In Sarah M. Eden’s mysterious novella OF GHOSTS AND GARDENS, if Enid Pryce has one downfall, it’s that she talks to the ghost in her garden, which doesn’t make her too popular among society’s elite. In fact, she returns to her home in Wales after a Season in Bath with not one offer of marriage. Deeming herself a failure at the nearly-spinster age of nineteen, she is pleasantly surprised when an English gentleman shows up in her garden, apparently intent on finding out more about the ghost. Burke Kennard, grandson of an English marquess, quickly becomes utterly charmed by the young Welsh woman, but the ghost in the garden is more likely to push them apart than pull them together.
In Annette Lyon’s enthralling story IT’S YOU, when Charlie and Anna both see the ghost of Nanny Mae, they think they’re losing their minds. Anna tries to find out more about the ghost and uncovers a decades’ old family secret. One that separated two people in love. Now, the ghost of Nanny Mae must set her wrongs to right. As Charlie and Anna explore the past, and the truth of what happened, they discover that the mistakes of the past might lead to love of the future.
In SOPHIA’S CURSE, a suspenseful novella by Heather B. Moore, Joan grows up in an abbey in France, believing that she is an orphan. A chance encounter with the foreboding owner of a neighboring estate, alters everything she’s understood about her parents. She discovers she’s an integral part of changing a decades-old curse, and that her life, as well as the handsome and intriguing Simon Rousseau’s life, are both in danger unless she makes an enormous sacrifice that will change the course of her dreams.
In Lisa Mangum’s haunting story THE SIRENS’ SONG, we meet recently widowed Oliver, the lead physician on a luxury cruise liner traveling to Greece. He hopes that the change of scenery will help ease his grief over his deceased wife, Cate. After falling overboard, though, he is captured by a siren and taken to a mystical island. Through the sirens' song, Oliver is able to relive his memories of Cate—both the good and the bad—as long as he gives away his memories of her. But can he sacrifice his best memory in exchange for one last chance to say good-bye?
In Jordan McCollum’s thrilling novella THE MAN OF HER DREAMS, homicide detective Alexandra Steen dreams about real murders before they happen, seeing the crime through the eyes of the killers. But the dreams never contain enough clues to save the victim before it's too late. Then one dream ends before a murder occurs—in a place she knows. She finds herself racing against time to prevent the deadly act, only to discover that the intended victim is a man she thought she’d never see again. Seven years might have passed since her breakup with Nick, but the years haven’t changed her feelings for him. Now, she must convince Nick that her dreams are real and find a way to prevent his death.
In Elana Johnson’s chilling story THE GHOST OF MILLHOUSE MANSION, Naomi knows her crush on Colt Jennings is unreasonable. When he invites her to his reclusive mansion to restore an old wooden rocking horse, Naomi can’t resist accepting the job. The more time Naomi spends touring his home, the more interested she becomes in Colt. Until she sees a man in the library who vanishes into thin air. She thinks she’s losing her mind until Colt tells her about the ghosts he’s been seeing for years.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Halloween-inspired collection from Timeless Romance. Each novella was unique - some were set historically while others were contemporary. Some featured ghosts while others do not. This does stray a bit from the traditional Timeless Romance Anthology because of the added spooky/suspense element warranted by the theme, but I still enjoyed this collection.
Ghosts and Gardens by Sarah M. Eden was a great historical piece. I enjoyed the budding romance and how solving the mysteries surrounding the resident ghost helped bring Enid and Burke together.
It's You by Annette Lyon was another story that had a ghost playing matchmaker. I felt bad for Nanny Mae and how one mistake had such an impact on her life. Sometimes we don't anticipate the consequences of our choices.
Heather B. Moore's Sophia's Curse was another historical piece, but there wasn't a ghost in this one. Joan and Simon find themselves in a position where they have to choose whether to make a personal sacrifice in order to break a curse that has plagued both their families. As they grow in their relationship, they also discover more about the families' curse that originally known and together are truly able to put an end to the curse.
Lisa Mangum's story The Sirens' Song was not what I had anticipated - but I think that was the point. We all have our idea of what a Siren is so this twist was unexpected, but pleasant. I was intrigued by her Sirens who feed off of memories and I loved how Oliver's memories were so filled with emotion. Cate's gift at the end was tear-inducing. Such a sweet story of true love.
The Man of Her Dreams by Jordan McCollum was more police suspense than romantic suspense. I love how Alex's precognitive dreams have led her not only to be successful in her job as a police detective, but they are now leading her back to her old boyfriend, Nick. While she's devoted to her job and doing what's right, she learns through her experiences to be more adaptable and earn that second chance.
The Ghost of Millhouse Mansion by Elana Johnson was possibly my favorite from this collection. I loved the budding relationship between Naomi and Colt, how they were tentative and yet opened themselves to trust one another. The twist towards the end caught me off guard. Looking back, I should have seen it coming, but I didn't. Two thumbs up for a great story that wasn't predictible and left me with a happy sigh.
FYI ~ clean read, some spooky, suspenseful, and ghostly content - but definitely PG
Honest Disclosure ~ I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review.