Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Ghost and Lady Alice

Author: Marion Chesney
Genre: Historical Romance

2 Stars

Alice Lovesey is a  16-year-old innocent servant girl who is being sexually pursued by one of her employers.  One night she sees a portrait of the deceased Eighth Duke of Haversham and makes a wish that she could change her life.  She somehow, through that wish, brings the duke back as a ghost.

At first the ghost refuses to help her, then, on a whim, he decides he will not only help her to escape, but also help her find her way to an advantageous marriage, by 'reinventing her' as someone else. He succeeds in this to such an extent that he, himself, begins to fall in love with her (since this is a romance from that wonderful writer Marion Chesney, of course he would, so I am not really giving anything away.

I read this book because I thought it would be interesting; ghosts and castles somehow just belong together.  The book itself was a quick read, and had a different premise (ghost and living person fall in love).  The storyline was interesting, but there are a few things I would have preferred differently, including the ending (which I won't reveal here, but if you're interested, please check out my review on Goodreads to view the spoiler).

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