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Lynn Spencer - All About Romance

I'm one of the publishers of All About Romance. I love reading romance, as well as mysteries, fantasy, history and historical fiction, and all kinds of other things. Staying on Goodreads for now but trying this out in case I decide to switch.

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The Haunting of Maddy Clare

The Haunting of Maddy Clare - Simone St. James I'll try not to ramble too much, but I'm working on a sleep deficit caused by staying up way too late finishing this book. I read this book after both Susanna Kearsley and Molly O'Keefe recommended it to me, and what a wonderful read it was! As others have commented in their reviews, I did solve the mystery rather early on, but that didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book one bit. The story is told in the first person and Sarah Piper is a delightful narrator. Not only do we get treated to a story told by a likable, sensible narrator, but I felt like the very observant Sarah had a great way of detailing an entire world for the reader. The author does a wonderful job of telling a truly chilling ghost story mixed with a romance. And, given that the story is set in the 1920s, we also see glimpses of just how much World War I affected English society and how fighting that war scarred so many men very deeply. Those parts of the story especially resonated with me because they reminded me of things I have seen with veterans coming home from the Middle East or of things I remember from when I was in my early 20s and first home from Bosnia/Kossovo. This book is beautifully written and if you're looking for a dark, moody story, I really enjoyed this one. There were parts of the romance side of the plot that felt a bit off (such as the first sex scene), but I still found the book unputdownable reading, so that would make it a good 4.5 or 5 stars for me.