The Haunted Manor by Emilia Hartley
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Luck has not been on Lord Michael Baird’s side. After losing yet another large sum of money, he is relieved to discover that he has been left an estate in Scotland. With the ownership of this new estate he decides he will do his best to make it profitable. Upon arrival to the town he notices how unfriendly everyone seems to be. Finally when he reaches his estate he is met with not only a less-than-pleasant manor, but also household staff who refuse to even stay in the estate overnight. They try to explain about the ghostly goings-on in the home but he ignores their warnings completely. However it isn’t long before Michael is thoroughly convinced! He learns that there is only one person who might be able to help him rid his new estate of the malevolent spirits that haunt it: Rebecca.
Rebecca is the village’s wise woman who is only too willing to help. Ignoring her growing attraction to Michael, she works hard to find out more about the spirits and how she can banish them forever using her magic. Michael is surprised to discover that the wise woman is both young and beautiful, and a desire for her grows the moment he first sets eyes on her. Realizing that nothing can happen between them, he tries to put his attraction aside, knowing that he will need to marry well if he is to set the estate to rights.
Will they be able to rid the estate of its ghosts and pursue their love for each other, or will Michael’s pursuit for money push her away for good?
Content Warning: Explicit love scene. Intended for mature audiences.
Micheal is down on his luck “Lord Baird”, who has gambled away his last dollars and has nothing left to sell. Afraid that he actually might have to go to work for a living, he is very relieved when he learns that he has inherited a forgotten great uncle’s estate. His relief is short lived as he soon learns upon his arrival that the manor is haunted and said ghosts are possibly the cause of his uncle’s demise. He enlists the help of the young village wise woman Rebecca. In her efforts to help rid the ghosts, Rebecca loses her heart to Micheal and ends up making a great sacrifice. On the whole I am not typically one for scary stories, I just spend too much time by myself to be scared at every noise, but I went into this story ready to be scared and drawn into the haunted manor. Sadly, this book did not deliver. The incidents of haunting seemed a little generic and never scary. I felt bad for the way the ghosts died, but even that was a lacking storyline. To tie up my disappointment, I did not like Michael. He was a complete jerk and only had moments of being a good guy. Rebecca on the other hand was a strong female heroine. I rate this book 3.5 hearts.
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