1846. Sophronia Carver was widowed 4 years ago. The townfolk of Pale Harbor think she's a witch and a murderer so she's exiled herself with only two servants and a part-time helper in her sprawling Maine home, Castle Carver. When bodies begin turning up, Sophy is blamed. But someone is dropping strange clues and threats on her doorstep, clues that only a person who knows literature can unravel.
Gabriel Stone's wife was deep into transcendentalism before her death and Gabriel feels obligated to become the man she wanted him to be. So he has taken a job as a minister in Pale Harbor, even though he knows little about the philosophy and is ill prepared to guide others.
When Sophronia and Gabriel meet, she is hesitant to let her guard down after an abusive marriage but he is smitten. When the small town has more than its share of bodies showing up and the threats against Sophy continue, will Gabriel be able to help figure out who is tormenting Sophy and killing the locals?
Meh - I don't know . . . I probably don't recommend this but I finished it so I'd say it depends on whether or not you like romance. After reading The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox, I was hoping for another good Gothic read but The Widow of Pale Harbor was really a romance, first and foremost, and the mystery was a bit weak so it was slightly disappointing. I guessed who was guilty early on and the witch thing was a bit of a tease. Still, I liked The Witch of Willow Hall so much that I'll give the author another chance.
A friend sent me this copy of The Widow of Pale Harbor and we discussed it after I finished. We felt about the same. Her opinion: "The cover was the best thing about the book." I do love that cover.
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Sounds like not my kinda book, but that is a nice cover. I see you still have snow! It was seventy nine degrees here today, the weather feels crazy. And yet I know we could still get icy nights before March is over.ReplyDelete
Yeah, I thought it would be fun but it was disappointing. I do like a good Gothic novel but this was just not one.Delete
I took the photo during our week of winter storm. No snow, here! It's in the 80s. Lotta blooming things out there. I need to take a walk and get shots of something other than daffodils (which are all we have blooming in our yard). I noticed the Japanese magnolias are in bloom and something else . . . Bradford pears, maybe?
I think I would be meh on the romance aspect as well.ReplyDelete
Her first book had a touch of romance, as well, and it worked fine with the gothic elements. It's just that this book felt like it couldn't quite decide what it wanted to be but romance wiggled its way to the forefront. It was uneven, at best.Delete
I almost picked this up because of the cover, now I'm glad I didn't.ReplyDelete
The cover is great. If you haven't read The Witch of Willow Hall, that one is so much better. It's not a book that will give you nightmares but it had the perfect amount of ghostly, gothic tension.Delete