- ‘Then, as she circled the tower room, in the distance, on a prominence, was the castle. She took in a long, deep breath. It was gothic and enchanting, the old castle keep and stone wall that disappeared into the hillside, then the more modern attached building, glass gleaming in the rising sun, glittering panes like diamonds, winking and blinking. (pg 113, Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, uncorrected proof, final printed copy may differ)
- ‘The bank was mossy and verdant, with a slender creeping vine that blossomed, opening trusting flower faces to the sunlight that filtered through the newly green branches of languorous willows.’ (pg 214, Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, uncorrected proof, final printed copy may differ)
I really enjoyed the story for the mystery, touch of romance and definitely the spunk of Lady Anne and the mysterious darkness of Lord Darkefell. The best thing is that this is the first novel in a trilogy. Still to come is Lady Anne and the Ghost’s Revenge and then Lady Anne and the Gypsy Curse. I can’t wait to read more of Lady Anne’s adventures.
Many thanks to Danielle from Sourcebooks for sending me this book to review. You can visit Donna Lea Simpson’s website here. You can buy Lady Anne and the Howl in the Dark, which will be released on April 1, 2009, here in the US and here in Canada.
Make sure to pop back here tomorrow as Donna Lea Simpson will be here with a guest post and I’ll be posting a giveaway too!
Other reviews to check out: The Tome Traveller’s Weblog, Books and Needlepoint
Jenny Girl says
Another great review Dar!
I love books that are fun and interesting to read. You need these kind of books in between the weighty ones 🙂
wow, sounds like an interesting book. I have read a lot about the Victorian era, but not much in the Georgian Era…in fact, I can’t recall even one book I’ve read about the Georgian Era.
Great review as always.
I just read about this book a week ago, and was intrigued about the romance part 🙂
Scrap girl says
I am really beginning to enjoy Victorian novels. The fact that it has a hint of the paranormal only has me more intrigued – one more for the list.
Dave King says
I can’t pretend that historical romances are my thing, but that was a cracking good review. It almosr convinced me… in fact, I may yet weaken and buy it.
Dar, that was a great review on what seems to be a lovely book. I’ll keep my eyes out for that one.
This one sounds like fun. It’s always refreshing to have a spunky heroine. Thanks for introducing me to the book!
great review dar, it does sound really good.
looking forward to the guest post.
Jenny, I totally agree. I had a few fun ones this month and that sure makes the reading go faster.
Serena, nor have I. Although the differences aren’t many that I could tell.
Blodeuedd, I bet you’d like this one.
Viv, I really enjoy the historical romances once in a while and with a hint of paranormal—for me too that makes it even better.
Dave, thanks for popping by my blog. I don’t read a lot of historical romances either but this one sounded fun and I’m glad I read it.
Lisa, Janel, Naida, thanks 🙂
I love trilogies, mystery and England in just about any time period!! I’m glad that the main character has a spine, this should be an interesting book!!
Staci, I really like trilogies as well. I love knowing, especially as I really enjoyed the book, that there’s more to come!
Sounds fantastic! I’m definitely interested in reading this one.thanks for the review Dar!
Hi Amy, thanks for popping in. This was a fun read for me. I think you’d like this one.
Donna Lea Simpson says
I do hope everyone finds it a fun read… it sure was a fun write!!
Great review. This definitely goes on my list.
Donna, thanks for popping in. I can’t wait wait to read the next two, that’s for sure.
Carol, thanks so much.
This one sounds interesting. I especially like the cover. 😉
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Susan Helene Gottfried says
So am I showing up on your stat counter a bunch? All shall be revealed, my friend… *grin*