Monday, December 20, 2010

The Spurned Viscountess by Shelley Munro

Reviewed by Mirella Sichirollo Patzer

Take a gothic castle, a dark mysterious viscount, and a mystery surrounding a murder, and some paranoral elements, and you've got a fun romantic who-dunnit. 

This light-hearted gothic romance is set in Georgian England in the year 1720. Rosalind is a young woman blessed with a second sight. As she travels to wed her future husband, Lucien Viscount Hastings, a brooding widower, she experiences flashes of his previous life with another woman. Upon arriving at her destination, she meets Lucien, a mysterious man who offers to release her from their impending marriage.  Yet she is determined to marry him and build a family with him.  

As Rosalind begins to piece together the puzzle of Lucien’s secret past and tries to unravel the mystery of who murdered his first wife and unborn child, she faces a round of strange accidents and disturbing circumstances, including the sudden disappearance of her maid. All the while, not only is Lucien concerned with protecting Rosalind, but he struggles to overcome the amnesia that blocks his memory so he can find a man named Hawk whom he suspects is the killer. Together the couple confront dire situations, risking their lives time and time again, until they reveal the secrets of the past.

If you are looking for something easy, this is a very straightforward, enjoyable read, ideally suited for adolescents into the world of historical romance or for adults who simply want to indulge in pure escapism.

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