The moment artist Riana Evans sees the dilapidated mansion in Wales she longs to buy it, despite its unhappy past – 20 years ago, five maids died there in mysterious circumstances. So she is delighted when the house’s elderly and eccentric owner sells it to her for a pittance. The house’s “ghosts” prove good for business – inspiring her paintings and providing welcome atmosphere for a series of successful ghost-spotting weekends. Her personal life begins to look up too, in the form of handsome American airman Tom Maybury. But the mystery of the girls’ deaths hangs over everything, and Riana soon discovers that the house holds a secret, and there’s someone – or something – which’ll do anything to make sure she never discovers it.
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Nice Gothic Ghost Story
Part cozy, romance, historical, part ghost story
The setting and central character. Interesting balance between cozy and wariness.
Conversations with the the old women in the blue room.
Iris Gower presents us with a novel that is part cozy, part romance, part historical and part good old ghost story. It is set in Wales just after the end of WW II and is based on an existing historic home. It is a light but enjoyable story. The characters are engaging and there are a number of mysteries. Not all loose ends are tied up but that took little away from the story and may have been because it was her last novel. I am not big on romances but I am tempted to check out more from this author as a relaxing guilty pleasure. Recommended for those who are not overly critical. Minor nit - the narration was fine but was light on good Welsh accents.