Title: The Witch of Rathborne Castle
Author: Virginia Barlow
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance
Lady Jane Lenwood is abandoned and left penniless and alone at Rathborne Castle in the middle of a dark, twisted forest. She yearns to live a normal life and blames her misfortunes on the current duke. But Lady Jane has a secret, a voice in her head warning her of the future, which brings unwanted visitors to her gates.
Wounded, Max Radley is found inside the gates of Rathborne. He is intrigued and drawn to the beautiful red-haired woman the locals call a witch. After spending the winter snowed in, Max must resume his search for a traitor but finds he cannot forget Lady Jane.
Treason, enemies, lies and deception surround them. Jane must give everything to save them both, as well as Rathborne.
Alone and destitute, Lady Jane must put her trust in a stranger in order to save them both. All Lady Jane has is a cold, empty castle surrounded by dense forest and a dark secret. An ability to hear a guiding voice that gives her glimpses into the past, present, and future and warns her when trouble is near. Some call her a witch; she just wants a normal life. When an injured man named Max flings himself over the Rathborne gates, she’s naturally suspicious. But she heals him and gives him shelter, not knowing who he really is. There’s something about Max which she’s drawn to, but she’s scared. He’s got secrets of his own and they’ll have to trust each other to come out of the danger surrounding Rathborne in one piece. Deep-rooted deception, treason, and more encircle Lady Jane and Max. Can they reveal the truth to the king, or will they both be hanged by vicious lies?
The Witch of Rathborne Castle is a riveting historical paranormal romance from start to finish. I hadn’t read more than a few pages before I was hooked. The plot unfolds at a nice easy pace with descriptive narration and a heroine to root for. Lady Jane is a mysterious character and her backstory plucked at my heartstrings. Max is a hero on a mission. Can he root out the traitor? The stakes are high for both Jane and Max which added to the anticipation. I did find the obstacles Jane and Max have to face a little over the top. But with each obstacle, they drew closer as a couple. There’s a wonderful gothic vibe to this story. There are quite a few twists I didn’t see coming, especially near the end. I may have gasped a few times. The ending was so unexpected, I got a little emotional. The Witch of Rathborne Castle is an engrossing historical romance with paranormal elements I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Fans of both historical romance and paranormal romance will love The Witch of Rathborne Castle. Reminiscent of Jude Deveraux’s historicals, The Witch of Rathborne Castle will sweep the reader away. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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I love being an author. It's all about where your characters lead you. I start with a general idea. As the story unfolds, I type as fast as I can in hopes I keep up with my characters. They have had me jotting on napkins, making notes while I'm waiting in a line, and waking me up in the middle of the night. The hard part is always the ending. My characters live with me and when I reach the end of the story, it is hard to say goodbye. Sometimes I let the story sit for a few days to make sure I'm okay with them leaving home to get published. Kind of like when you kids move out. LOL!
I enjoy my grandchildren, and the time I share with them. They make me smile with their antics. I like to quilt, crochet, knit and sew. Cooking and baking are occasional itches I scratch. The rest of the time, they are necessary evils. LOL.
My greatest support comes from my husband. He has been my sounding board for all my stories. My daughters are also a great support to me. I couldn't do it without my family.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N