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Supernatural chills and romantic sighs are Erskine's (Midnight Is a Lonely Place) stock in trade, but this outing finds her deficient in both categories. She concludes her latest romance-cum-spook story with a book review praising a first novel by protagonist Jocelyn "Joss" Grant for "leaving the reader clinging to the edge of his chair," but that's wishful thinking as far as this novel is concerned. Adopted as a baby, Joss tracks down her biological mother and learns she has inherited an ancient house in Essex. Ignoring the villagers' superstitious warnings, she moves into Belheddon Hall with her husband, Luke, and her two-year-old son, Tom. Unfortunately, the ensuing strange phenomena?roses left on pillows, and ghostly giggles?frighten Joss more than the reader. Then bruises appear on Tom's arms. Joss suspects ghosts, but Luke suspects Joss. Determined to discover the house's secrets, Joss researches her blighted family tree only to find that no male heir has ever inherited Belheddon. The problem, it turns out, stretches back to the 15th century, when a powerful witch, who lived in the house, cast a spell on King Edward IV that caused him to fall in love with her daughter, Katherine. Over 500 years later, the spell still binds an armor-clad King Edward, who spends eternity making love to all of Katherine's descendants (including Joss), while the bitter Katherine menaces the men of Belheddon. Just when Joss is on the verge of losing her sanity, a village psychic conveniently breaks the ancient curse with surprising ease, forcing an ending that is as illogical as it is happy. Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club featured alternate.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Faced with financial ruin, Jocelyn and Luke Grant at first view the surprise inheritance of an Essex manor house from Joss' birth mother as a godsend. But who really sent the centuries-old house where boyish voices echo, drifts of icy rose petals appear and then vanish, and a chilling shadow threatens the safety of Luke and his toddler son? When Joss' second child is born, also a boy, it becomes apparent that only the males in the Grant household are threatened, and suspicion falls on Joss. To clear her name and save her family, she must confront and defeat a powerful, ancient presence. Without being overly graphic or ghoulish, Erskine's third novel of the supernatural provides a sensual, shivery thrill ride through a classic English country house. Roberta Johnson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
I'm a huge fan of Barabra Erskine and this book does not disappoint in any way!
Joss, a young woman with a new family, inherits an estate from her mother. Read more
I absolutely love ghost stories and this was a pretty good one. It was a little too long and drawn out but if you've got some extra time I would recommend it. Read morePublished on June 16 2000 by Kate
I absolutely loved this book. It's suspenseful and a lot of fun to read. You can't put it down! I love the descriptions of everything! Read morePublished on April 20 2000 by Kimberly
I've enjoyed some of Erskine's work in the past, but this one was awfully dull. The characters were vapid, the story lacked suspense, and I found myself putting the book down... Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2000
I am a big fan of Barbara Erskine's. She really spooked me with this one! Naturally enough the only times I could find to read this one, were at night, husband asleep, the kids... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2000 by sallyann
I have been addicted to Barbara Esrskine Books since the late 80's. Her best book so far (I think) is Child of the Phoenix, I was so captivated with this book as it incorporates... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 1999 by yvonne bamford
I received this book as a replacement for another last christmas. I could not put it down. 8 month later I have read every book by Barbara Erskine and am desperately waiting for a... Read morePublished on Sept. 8 1999
I have enjoyed all of Erskines books and this was no exception, at times it scared the hell out of me, who would stay in a house like that?? Read morePublished on Aug. 29 1999