Author: Bonnie Dee
Narrator: Ruri Carter
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 10/06/2016
Length: 07 hours 30 minutes
Genre: Gay Romance, Historical, Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal
Gothic romance with a twist.
Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and “true” ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.
Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.
His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive, Sir Richard doesn’t go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear, break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected and attempt to bridge the gap between them.
But strange sounds, sights and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other while protecting the broken family he’s grown to care for.
I thought this story was very well done. The mystery was creepy and the author kept me on my toes the entire time I was listening. I was pulled in from the start and glued to my iPod until this one was over. I listened to this in one day.
I loved how the world was set up and how the house was so dark and dreary which perfectly reflected the suspenseful atmosphere of the story itself. The characters were rich and added to the overall mysterious nature of things. The supernatural elements were plausible and brought out in such a way that I almost believed they were just another part of everyday reality.
I did feel like the romance was rushed and a bit forced at first. I liked the outcome but really, it was supplemental to discovering what was going on in that house. The mystery was what grabbed me and drove this forward and for me, was good enough to stand on its own. The romance was nice, but it was not what shone in the case.
If you are looking for a story set in the past that will keep you guessing, pick this one up. It was a wild ride that was worth every minute spent reading, or in this case, listening.
This was my first experience with Ruri Carter as a narrator. I thought his reading of this story was well done. He captured the characters and the emotions. He highlighted the creepy feeling well when necessary and I thought he really brought out the mysterious aspects that made this story so well done. He definitely increased my enjoyment of this story.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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