Published: December 29, 2011
You are in danger. Trust no one. The terrifying words from a mysterious letter echo in Juliet Bucheron’s mind. Destitute ever since her husband disappeared in the Civil War, Juliet has turned her New Orleans ancestral home into a boarding house—despite the rumors of ghosts, the whispers of scandal, and the stain of murder. But even more unsettling is Juliet’s new tenant, a handsome stranger named Stephen Trevelyan.
Wealthy, educated, and seductively compelling, Stephen fills Juliet’s heart with uncontrollable longing—and her head with suspicion. Something, she senses, is lurking beneath the surface. And someone is stalking the hallways after midnight. As the danger draws nearer, Juliet wonders if she can really trust Stephen. But as he pulls her closer, she knows she cannot resist him…no matter what the price.
Tags: Romance, Historical, Suspense, New Orleans, Paranormal, Ghost
Time Frame: New Orleans, 1874
Heat Level: 2
REVIEW RATING : 4 stars
REVIEW BY LEE ANNE:
I happened to be lucky enough to pick this wonderful book up for free. And what a wonderful surprise! I quickly found myself immersed in a post-civil war New Orleans filled with hardship, mystery, romance, passion and a little murder thrown in for good measure.
Juliet is a wonderful heroine who has done so much to keep her home and family together after the civil war has ravaged their home and community. She’s done everything she can to raise her son on her own as she faces the reality that her husband abandoned them and ran off with thousands in gold. While trying to survive all of these hardships, she’s faced with a mystery as she’s told to trust no one and that she’s in danger.
Stephen comes along to be a boarder in her house and adds to the mystery and confusion she’s facing. Juliet is so attracted to Stephen but since she’s still married to her husband she refuses to give in to that temptation. Stephen pursues her. But as much as he wants her, he insists she come to him. He is an honorable man and will do anything to protect her from harm. While Juliette relies on Stephen to protect her, she is by no means a damsel in distress. She is smart about her safety without being weak.
Jennifer St. Giles did an amazing job of bringing the Post-Civil War trials to surface in this book. She managed to show how families were devastated by the Civil War and the steps they were forced to take to survive. She did this in a way that showed how strong these people were without making them into whiny complainers. They accepted what happened and did the best they could.
I also really liked how Ms. St. Giles brought in women’s suffrage. It was very subtle in it’s introduction but it’ affect was profound in the story. She managed to show how women in the time believed and fought for suffrage but were often unable to make those changes in their every day lives.
I was drawn in by the mystery in the book. I was surprised by who was committing these murders. The mystery was so well written that no one was the obvious murderer, yet they were all suspects! They all had reason to commit these murders.
While I’m not normally a big fan of ghost stories, the ghost in this story really added something. Juliette could not figure out if the presence was friend or foe. It was a mystery to be solved. In the end we find out who the ghost is and what it wants.
This was an amazing story and I feel lucky to have found it!
**At the time of review this book was available from Amazon for $2.99**
ABOUT THE REVIEWER:
I am a happily married mother of three very busy children. Most of my time is spent chauffeuring my kids to their various activities. I cram reading into any spare moment I have. Some days I can have an hour or two and others I’m sneaking in quick reads while waiting on the kids to finish their soccer or gymnastics practice. I like to read a wide variety of genres but I definitely prefer romance. I can’t really pinpoint a favorite author as it changes on a regular basis. I absolutely love finding new authors and giving their stories a chance to be heard. We all have a voice in our heads writing stories and those voices should be given a chance to be heard.