One thing I love about being a book blogger is all the reading I get to do. I am given the fantastic opportunity to review books by finding ARC lists and being accepted. I currently have a few on the go from NetGalley. However, this one I got direct from Michaela by signing up to her advanced reader list. This is an honest review, all opinions are my own.
Housesitter for Cavendish House, an expansive medieval manor in the Highlands of Scotland. Must love country living and have maintenance skills. Decent pay for right applicant.
Sounds spectacular, doesn't it? Sadly, what the ad should've said was -
Idiot willing to live in abject misery for two months in the middle of nowhere Scotland. Must love ten-year-old dust bunnies, complete isolation, and have the courage to weather the nightly visits of the Blue Lady - the resident ghost. Great job for the right sucker!
And even that couldn't prepare me for the Cavendish heir, Branson Douglas. Branson is infuriating! Stubborn, smug, and worst of all, infuriatingly handsome. My god, that smile! Branson doesn't want me around and makes no secret of it, but there's one thing I have that might help him save Cavendish House from the auction block - I'm a force of nature with a hammer. Now, it'll take us both working together, day in and day out to get it done. If only I can keep from falling for the handsome bastard between now and then.
With every mystery of Cavendish we uncover, Branson's secrets come to the surface, and soon I see a whole new side to this beautiful creature - secrets that make my heart helpless to him. The way he looks at me - am I right to think he wants me too, or will the worst house-sitting job I've ever had turn into the hardest goodbye I'll ever have to say?"
Impenetrable heart lock. Must repel heart-stopping smiles and Scottish charm. Please include money back guarantee.
I recently read another novel by Michaela and fell in love with her writing style. The cover is what drew me to the book to begin with. The title along with the image of the two lovers intrigued me as to what the story was about. The blurb made it sound super mysterious and that is why I requested to review it.
This book's title does give a little bit of a throw off as there aren't many ghosts in this novel. Although the first couple of chapters will have you fooled and creeped me out a little bit. It almost made me stop reading but on my train journey to London I decided to push through the creepiness and I am SO glad I did because I devoured this little gem of a book!
It was really good at keeping my attention, especially all through the stages of fixing up the house in Scotland. I liked it because the characters were relatable and real. There is a lot of cursing in this novel but I feel like that gives it authenticity, I mean who doesn't curse every now then? Plus there was a mystery door which sometimes was open and sometimes was closed.
I think Calista might have been my favourite character overall. Her presence was brilliant and I loved her relationship with Bran. Our main character Corinne was a little feisty and I loved her character development. I also loved the way she interacted with both love interests.
Overall, this was a wonderful story that was a slow-burner and ended just the way I wanted it to.
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