Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Alison reviews The Ghosts of Cragera Bay by Dawn Brown

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Today’s book review comes from Alison, she blogs at http://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/

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Alison chose the Harlequins Boxset of Gothic Romance and this is a review of The Ghosts of Cragera Bay by Dawn Brown

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The Ghosts of Cragera Bay – Dawn Brown

This is a very creepy read and a lot deeper and more complex than many gothic romance novels.

Declan and his mother fled from his father when Declan was small and Declan has built a life in the US. Years later, Declan has inherited Stonecliff – an estate on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales. He returns to the place of his birth, wanting only to sell the estate which has been the scene of numerous murders.

Parapsychologist Dr Carly Evans wants to investigate exactly what is going on in Stonecliff and an initially reluctant Declan decides to help. The two are strongly attracted to each other, and their romance plays out amidst some really scary goings-on in Stonecliff.

Declan is a great romantic hero, and Carly is likable and intelligent. The premise behind the story is a good one, although I did find it quite difficult to understand what was going on at first, and what the history was with Declan’s half-sisters. There are two other books ‘The Witch of Stonecliff’ and ‘The Devil’s Eye’ that recount these other stories and it might be helpful to read them first, although this book does work as a standalone.

4 out of 5 stars.

Now available as individual books

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Rosie’s Book Review Team #RBRT Alison reviews Valley of Nightmares by Jane Godman

Today’s book review comes from review team member Alison, she blogs at http://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/

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Alison chose to read and review The Shivers Box-set and Valley of Nightmares by Jane Godman is one of the books from the set.

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There was a lot to like in this book. Lily Devine is a warm and empathetic heroine, who certainly held my attention as she made her way from her risqué London lifestyle to the life of a governess in the dark, gothic setting of the Welsh mountains. Gethin Taran is an enigmatic and appealing leading man, and there are plenty of twists and turns and surprises to keep you on your toes in this compelling read, as Lily finds out more about her own powers and discovers the truth behind the strange figure that stalks her in her dreams.

My only issue was with the amount of description. I do love to feel a sense of place and time when I am reading, and Jane Godman certainly does this very well. And I do appreciate that building an atmosphere is a vital component of a Gothic novel. However, I did feel at times that the imagery and description was rather overdone and detracted from the story – I found myself occasionally skipping over parts of the narrative to get to some action.

That aside, this was a really good read, and I’ll certainly be looking out for more books by Jane Godman.

4 out of 5 stars.

Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com