The Ghost of Glendale
by Natalie Kleinman
At twenty-four years old, Phoebe Marcham is resigned to spinsterhood, unwilling to settle for anything less than the deep love her parents had shared. That is, until adventurer Duncan Armstrong rides into her home wood, larger than life and with laughter in his eyes and more charm in his little finger than anyone she’s ever met before. Far from ridiculing her family ghost, Duncan resolves to help solve the mystery which has left Simon Marcham a spirit in torment for two hundred years.
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The Ghost of Glendale by Natalie Kleinman is a great combination of historical romance with a bit of a ghost story!
Phoebe Marcham is twenty-four-years-old, and she has resigned herself to becoming a spinster. She is a woman ahead of her time, and she refuses to marry for anything less than love. Her parents were deeply in love, and she wants that kind of marriage, not one made as an alliance between families. Who knew fate was just about to intervene and completely upend Phoebe!!!
Scotsman, Duncan, is visiting with his friend Rupert, who happens to be Phoebe’s old friend and neighbor. One day he is out riding his horse when he becomes lost. Fortunately, he happens upon a beautiful, Phoebe. She intrigues him as much she he does her. When they realize they are both friends with Rupert, they begin spending more time together, usually riding together every morning. Before long, Phoebe has convinced him to help entertain her visiting aunt whom Phoebe nor her father seem too fond of. When Phoebe tells Duncan about the family ghost, Simon, and the mystery surrounding him, Duncan is determined to help her solve the mystery and give Simon the peace he deserves.
I am a huge fan of historical romances and ghost stories, so this book was right up my alley. I rather liked the fact that the book was written in a way that reminded me of Jane Austen as she is one of my very favorite authors of all time. It made the book more authentic. However, I also loved that Phoebe could have been a woman in modern literature. She was smart, intelligent, witty, beautiful, and really fearless. She refused to allow a man to dictate her future. That made Duncan the perfect man for her. Instead of being threatened by Phoebe, he respected and loved her for it. I can only imagine the journeys this couple will take in their future!
One unique aspect of the book was that it was told in several different POVs. Almost every character had their own voice. Sometimes that is a bad thing, but in this instance, it added depth to each character. Even Simon and his love, Agnes, were able to tell their story through old letters and with Simon’s guidance.
Not only was this a romance, but it was also about forgiveness, seeing past what you thought was true about someone, and reconciliation of family and friendships. If you love historical romance and ghost stories, I highly recommend reading this one!!!
Natalie is a published novelist and short story writer whose addiction to the books of Georgette Heyer and love of The Regency have been the inspiration for her latest book, The Ghost of Glendale.
Working on the premise that you never stop learning, she goes to any and every writing event and workshop she can. In addition she attends The Write Place Creative Writing School in Hextable in Kent, one of the rewards for which is an abundant supply of cream cakes to celebrate the frequent successes of its students.
Natalie is a member of the Romantic Novelists Association, The Society of Authors and the Society of Women Writers and Journalists. She lives with her husband in southeast London.
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