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Fiery young "Nell" Belden went to Thorndene Castle to escape a lover, not to find one. She was bound by the strict conventions of England's Regency to a man she could never love, then bound by the ties of passion to a man she could never marry! For at Thorndene, she discovered a new and startling love, a love that was as intense as it was doomed... "You must leave Thorndene Fiery young "Nell" Belden went to Thorndene Castle to escape a lover, not to find one. She was bound by the strict conventions of England's Regency to a man she could never love, then bound by the ties of passion to a man she could never marry! For at Thorndene, she discovered a new and startling love, a love that was as intense as it was doomed... "You must leave Thorndene!" said the ghost. Then he added, more gently, "I come to warn you, not to harm you. I may never touch you, any more than a shadow may.." "What does that signify?" Nell asked. "Since you are dead, you can have no need or inclination to touch me anyway." "You can't know much about men-or ghosts-or how delightful you look in that nightdress, if you believe that," he said with disturbing sincerity. Nell blushed and pulled the bedclothes over her. For a long moment, neither of them spoke. Then, as suddenly as it had appeared, the ghostly figure was gone...


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Fiery young "Nell" Belden went to Thorndene Castle to escape a lover, not to find one. She was bound by the strict conventions of England's Regency to a man she could never love, then bound by the ties of passion to a man she could never marry! For at Thorndene, she discovered a new and startling love, a love that was as intense as it was doomed... "You must leave Thorndene Fiery young "Nell" Belden went to Thorndene Castle to escape a lover, not to find one. She was bound by the strict conventions of England's Regency to a man she could never love, then bound by the ties of passion to a man she could never marry! For at Thorndene, she discovered a new and startling love, a love that was as intense as it was doomed... "You must leave Thorndene!" said the ghost. Then he added, more gently, "I come to warn you, not to harm you. I may never touch you, any more than a shadow may.." "What does that signify?" Nell asked. "Since you are dead, you can have no need or inclination to touch me anyway." "You can't know much about men-or ghosts-or how delightful you look in that nightdress, if you believe that," he said with disturbing sincerity. Nell blushed and pulled the bedclothes over her. For a long moment, neither of them spoke. Then, as suddenly as it had appeared, the ghostly figure was gone...

30 review for The Phantom Lover

  1. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    This was absolutely delightful. A young man severely injured in the Napoleonic War comes home bitterly depressed hiding away in a small Cornish town hoping that the world thinks him dead. Unfortunately, the heroine and an elderly friend show up at his home (unannounced) and threaten to blow his cover. To get her to leave, he acts as a ghost to scare her away. The antics between the heroine and ghost were quite funny and I loved their feisty attitude. Great regency romance. I highly recommend.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves

    Wow! This book blows you over with its simple, sweet innocence. Although the sweet is admixed with the right amount of tartness as well! *with Spoilers* The h is spirited and adorable, even as you wonder at her apparent frivolity and flightiness. She flits from fiancé to fiancé. (Four by the end of the book!) I wish she was more discerning to begin with, although I could understand, even cheer as she dumps these men for all the right reasons. The H - a wounded and lame hero fresh from the peninsu Wow! This book blows you over with its simple, sweet innocence. Although the sweet is admixed with the right amount of tartness as well! *with Spoilers* The h is spirited and adorable, even as you wonder at her apparent frivolity and flightiness. She flits from fiancé to fiancé. (Four by the end of the book!) I wish she was more discerning to begin with, although I could understand, even cheer as she dumps these men for all the right reasons. The H - a wounded and lame hero fresh from the peninsula - is in hiding on a small estate of his in Cornwall as he fears the pity and difficulties he’d have to face in London society. So when the h, a ward of his uncle, is banished to the same castle as punishment for breaking another engagement, the H and his loyal staff try their best to evict this unwanted guest. When nothing else works, the H plays a ghost to freak her out. But the 'spirit' hadn’t reckoned on the the spirited girl who rather than being scared is completely riveted and thrilled by the 'visitations'. And it doesn’t take her long to realize that her ghost is more mortal than he’s letting on. The mystery enthralls her as does the phantom/man and she falls for him. The H has been engaged to a London beauty for some years, a woman whose memories had kept him alive during the terrible days of his near death and facing her is another reason he’d rather let people think him dead than see horror and pity on his fiancee's face. The h’s heartbroken on learning about his engagement. She leaves for London but implores the H to join the real world. Back in London a subdued h accepts back her (last) dumped fiancé and the H returns to a hero’s welcome and an adoring fiancee himself. So, how these two extricate themselves from their respective betrothals and find their happiness makes for the rest of the book.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mary - Buried Under Romance

    It would have been 5 stars if I haven't felt that Nell behaved rather outrageously immature in the second half of the book and the resolution was a bit too "last minute" for my tastes. Still, the first half of the book was delightful and the banter between the leads as mister ghost and his-intended-scare-victim is quite fun. It would have been 5 stars if I haven't felt that Nell behaved rather outrageously immature in the second half of the book and the resolution was a bit too "last minute" for my tastes. Still, the first half of the book was delightful and the banter between the leads as mister ghost and his-intended-scare-victim is quite fun.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Harry who was wounded in the Napoleonic wars pretends to be a ghost to try to scare Nell away from the house where she has been banished. A very cute story and a long time favorite,

  5. 5 out of 5

    KC

    So much fun! I chuckled out loud many times especially in the first half. The banter and chemistry between Nell and Harry leapt off the pages, keeping me well-entertained. I enjoyed seeing them fall in love as well as establishing a solid friendship. The author did a great job in showing how Nell fit Harry perfectly. Her sweet, yet fiery spirit (hehe) was exactly what he needed. Harry, too, possessed an easy-going, yet moody nature that kept Nell on her toes. He was not a doormat when it came to So much fun! I chuckled out loud many times especially in the first half. The banter and chemistry between Nell and Harry leapt off the pages, keeping me well-entertained. I enjoyed seeing them fall in love as well as establishing a solid friendship. The author did a great job in showing how Nell fit Harry perfectly. Her sweet, yet fiery spirit (hehe) was exactly what he needed. Harry, too, possessed an easy-going, yet moody nature that kept Nell on her toes. He was not a doormat when it came to taking Nell's sharp tongue though, teasing her back in full: Harry let out a snort. “What nonsense,” he said disparagingly. “You women are such gullible fools.” “What do you know of the matter, sir? I have it on good authority that this lotion gives excellent protection against age-spots and wrinkles.” “Age spots and wrinkles, eh?” Harry asked, his grin apparent in his voice. “Well, then, I sincerely apologize. Obviously, the lotion is a necessity for such a wrinkled old hag as yourself.” As much fun as I had reading this, I can't ignore some of the story's weaknesses. I thought Harry's charade, although amusing, seemed to be pulled off a little too seamlessly considering the logistics required. The pacing, as well, slowed down in the second half because Nell and Harry's interactions were sparse and dry. This is a gem even with its minor flaws. If one likes witty dialogue, charming characters, humor and a lovely romance, then this might be just your cup of tea.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ilze

    Elizabeth Mansfield's "Phantom Lover" Good one from Elizabeth Mansfield, almost didn't put it down to do the things I was supposed to do today. Also love the cool 1970's-style cover on the 1979 edition (which I am lucky enough to have). Elizabeth Mansfield's "Phantom Lover" Good one from Elizabeth Mansfield, almost didn't put it down to do the things I was supposed to do today. Also love the cool 1970's-style cover on the 1979 edition (which I am lucky enough to have).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Megzy

    4.5 Stars Original storyline, checked. Remaining authentic to the era, checked. Humor, checked. Character build up, checked. I deducted 1/2 point for the pace of the last 1/3rd of the book. It took exactly 5 pages for Harry to untangle the mess and be back in Cornwall.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Adrianna

    I really loved this one. Of course the "ghost" who visits Nell's bedchamber at night is flesh-and-blood, but it's such an enjoyable event for her that she's loathe to figure out how the trick is done and spoil the fun. The friendship that develops between Nell and her visitor is exactly what one would expect to come before one falls in love. So many of these novels focus solely on the physical attractions, or love at first sight, but the novels that develop a real, lasting relationship between t I really loved this one. Of course the "ghost" who visits Nell's bedchamber at night is flesh-and-blood, but it's such an enjoyable event for her that she's loathe to figure out how the trick is done and spoil the fun. The friendship that develops between Nell and her visitor is exactly what one would expect to come before one falls in love. So many of these novels focus solely on the physical attractions, or love at first sight, but the novels that develop a real, lasting relationship between the H and h is so very honest and refreshing and real, that I can't help being drawn in.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen

    I ADORE this novel!! Mansfield’s writing is so witty & comical & romantic & reminiscent of Heyer & Austen. I seriously want to make it my mission to go out & buy any copies of her stories that I can. (I enjoy her writing that much!) This story is so original & characters so endearing. Nell has scandalously broken off 3 engagements & is sent to an old Cornwall estate as punishment by her guardians. Little does she know that the Earl who owns the estate, the war veteran Harry Thorne, now lives the I ADORE this novel!! Mansfield’s writing is so witty & comical & romantic & reminiscent of Heyer & Austen. I seriously want to make it my mission to go out & buy any copies of her stories that I can. (I enjoy her writing that much!) This story is so original & characters so endearing. Nell has scandalously broken off 3 engagements & is sent to an old Cornwall estate as punishment by her guardians. Little does she know that the Earl who owns the estate, the war veteran Harry Thorne, now lives there in seclusion after losing a limb in the war. Harry devises a plan to make Nell leave the estate— come to her room at night & pretend to be a ghost to scare her away! & so ensues the spirited Nell falling for Harry, a very swoon worthy wounded veteran described as being tall with black hair with a white streak in it (😍). Of course the story thickens as Harry finally returns to society & reunites with his long-time betrothed who is seemingly perfect... the ending in which Harry realizes that perfection is boring is nothing short of romance at its finest. ❤️ I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again. I don’t know what it is about Mansfield’s writing but it clicks so well with what I want as a reader. It is clever proper regency romance that really has stood well over the test of time. I can never put her books down until I see the main characters realize their happily ever after! I’m a fan! 😍

  10. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Treat For Regency Romance Lovers Wounded having lost a leg, the new Earl hides on his remote Cornish Estate. At the same time, young Nell is banished to the same Estate by her guardian, who is anticipating becoming the Earl because nobody has heard from Harry since leaving him wounded on a battlefield in Spain. He has been presumed dead. And dead he appears, when he assumes the appearance of a ghost to scare away Nell and his Aunt Amelia from the estate. The dialogue is witty and delightful betwee Treat For Regency Romance Lovers Wounded having lost a leg, the new Earl hides on his remote Cornish Estate. At the same time, young Nell is banished to the same Estate by her guardian, who is anticipating becoming the Earl because nobody has heard from Harry since leaving him wounded on a battlefield in Spain. He has been presumed dead. And dead he appears, when he assumes the appearance of a ghost to scare away Nell and his Aunt Amelia from the estate. The dialogue is witty and delightful between Nell and the ghost. This is a wonderful and quite different story line than the usual PTSD returning soldier. Harry's coping abilities with society, and the ton particularly, cause him to hide his disability and imperfection. Nell is a force to be reckoned with and uncaring of the ton in particular. A very excellent romance with several unexpected and interesting twists.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ellen Sara

    When Nell jilts her fourth betrothed and with it tosses aside her guardians hopes of getting out debt her family sends her away to teach her a lesson. Nell is banished far to the her families estate that is furthest from London. Her kind honorary Aunt agrees to accompany her on the long journey. When they arrive at the state they find the caretakers to be unwelcoming and are told the house is haunted. Nell doesn't believe in ghosts but when she receives a ghostly visitation she is intrigued. She When Nell jilts her fourth betrothed and with it tosses aside her guardians hopes of getting out debt her family sends her away to teach her a lesson. Nell is banished far to the her families estate that is furthest from London. Her kind honorary Aunt agrees to accompany her on the long journey. When they arrive at the state they find the caretakers to be unwelcoming and are told the house is haunted. Nell doesn't believe in ghosts but when she receives a ghostly visitation she is intrigued. She decides to look into the mystery and soon finds she is falling in love with the man pretending to be a spirit. This was such a delightful story. I liked the heroine and the hero as well. The romance was sweet. I enjoyed Nell challenging Harry and his plans to hide from the world. Fun, fast and clean!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Elen

    Too bad I can't come over my initial dislike of Nell, because Nell and Harry's first encounter was everything delightful and hilarious. But Nell is refreshingly dislike-able. I thought I would really like her, a girl who admits to dampening her gowns a few times and showing off her figures. Way better than moralizing hypocrites who are supposedly tastefully revealing. meh. But her attitude toward the betrothal and the family situation was too stupid and, as much as I am against coercing someone Too bad I can't come over my initial dislike of Nell, because Nell and Harry's first encounter was everything delightful and hilarious. But Nell is refreshingly dislike-able. I thought I would really like her, a girl who admits to dampening her gowns a few times and showing off her figures. Way better than moralizing hypocrites who are supposedly tastefully revealing. meh. But her attitude toward the betrothal and the family situation was too stupid and, as much as I am against coercing someone into unwanted marriage, selfish considering it's her who cries off from betrothal THREE times. And if the way she barged into a relation's house and being all disdainful and autocratic is supposed to show how assertive and strong the heroine is, well, it's just not the book for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barb in Maryland

    Technically this is a (multiple times) re-read. I first read it in 1979; indeed, somewhere, is my original paperback copy, but I hadn't re-read it in who knows how long. Maybe I was afraid that the 'suck fairy' would have gotten to it. i am happy to report that it is just as charming as it ever was. This is Regency Romance in the Georgette Heyer mold. Delightful characters, clever dialog, heart-felt emotions. I laughed. I cried, I rejoiced in the well-deserved happy ending. Our heroine, Nell, is Technically this is a (multiple times) re-read. I first read it in 1979; indeed, somewhere, is my original paperback copy, but I hadn't re-read it in who knows how long. Maybe I was afraid that the 'suck fairy' would have gotten to it. i am happy to report that it is just as charming as it ever was. This is Regency Romance in the Georgette Heyer mold. Delightful characters, clever dialog, heart-felt emotions. I laughed. I cried, I rejoiced in the well-deserved happy ending. Our heroine, Nell, is high-spirited, impetuous, with a lively sense of humor. Our hero. Harry, is loyal, stubborn and wounded in body and spirit. So, as Nell's wonderful Aunt Amelia would advise, pour yourself a cup of tea and prepare to be entertained for a few hours.

  14. 4 out of 5

    DKC

    Fun little Regency! Not steamy, so if you're looking for a "clean romance" this would fit the bill. I was worried that Nell would be a disappointment, because at first she seemed so rebellious - which seemed odd, considering how her guardians indulged/didn't bother with her. Rather wanted to bash both her guardians over the head within a very few pages, but in a way, it sort of showed what kind of marriage two selfish, ego-centric pleasure-seekers would have developed over the years. The mystery Fun little Regency! Not steamy, so if you're looking for a "clean romance" this would fit the bill. I was worried that Nell would be a disappointment, because at first she seemed so rebellious - which seemed odd, considering how her guardians indulged/didn't bother with her. Rather wanted to bash both her guardians over the head within a very few pages, but in a way, it sort of showed what kind of marriage two selfish, ego-centric pleasure-seekers would have developed over the years. The mystery was why anyone would feel bad about defying them, as they were only a few steps short of turning into pre-Dickensian villains! But, Nell turned out to have a sense of humor, and be quite sensible at heart. The "ghost" idea was cute, if corny, but the humor of the inter-changes really diminished the corny aspect of the plot. She and Harry were a sweet couple, and I enjoyed watching them come around to realizing how to get around societal strictures to have their HEA. Lol'd when Harry put his plan into action! Warning: this book made me hungry, as they were mentioning a bunch of Cornish dishes that sounded awesome. Also, love a Cornwall setting any day!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Get Booked Fans

    Episode 46 So, my mom. She retired last year and has begun reading for pleasure again, something she has not really done in decades. She picked up an Eva Ibbotson romance from our library and fell in LOVE, and quickly devoured the rest of Ibbotson’s romances since then. After some discussion I’ve pinpointed her favorite thing about the books besides the characters: Ibbotson writes romances that are relatively clean (so no explicit sex, which is not something she wants to read about) but also not Episode 46 So, my mom. She retired last year and has begun reading for pleasure again, something she has not really done in decades. She picked up an Eva Ibbotson romance from our library and fell in LOVE, and quickly devoured the rest of Ibbotson’s romances since then. After some discussion I’ve pinpointed her favorite thing about the books besides the characters: Ibbotson writes romances that are relatively clean (so no explicit sex, which is not something she wants to read about) but also not full of Jesus talk (my mom is a Christian but she’s tried and bounced off of a lot of Christian romance). Do you have any recommendations for historical books, either in the romance genre or with a large romance subplot, that are in the same vein? For what it’s worth, she’s also read all of Austen and Heyer and liked them as well.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Charming Regency with lots of amusing situations and witty conversation between characters. This is a delightful pair of lovers who suit one another perfectly and the reader knows they will have a happy and loving life together. There are some fun secondary characters like Aunt Amelia and Roddy and who can forget the inestimable Nigel (and his mother!)? Lots of fun and a well crafted story! More shades of Georgette Heyer!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alexandria Blaelock

    Such a sweet Regency romance! Headstrong Nell meets and falls in love with ghostly smuggler Harry DÉspry while exiled from London to a remote Cornish estate. though we all know he's not a ghost, but wounded war hero and Earl of Thorndene. Cpt Henry Thorne. It's a quick read with likeable characters, unpleasant villains, and in the end, everyone gets their just deserts. Such a sweet Regency romance! Headstrong Nell meets and falls in love with ghostly smuggler Harry DÉspry while exiled from London to a remote Cornish estate. though we all know he's not a ghost, but wounded war hero and Earl of Thorndene. Cpt Henry Thorne. It's a quick read with likeable characters, unpleasant villains, and in the end, everyone gets their just deserts.

  18. 5 out of 5

    shms

    A light hearted romance where the angst is glossed over and the romance develops quite predictably but keeps us entertained. I find I can appreciate really good writing for its own sake, as was the case here, now that I read so many books where the story lines grabs me but the writing isn't necessarily the best. A light hearted romance where the angst is glossed over and the romance develops quite predictably but keeps us entertained. I find I can appreciate really good writing for its own sake, as was the case here, now that I read so many books where the story lines grabs me but the writing isn't necessarily the best.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emily Karns

    I have loved this book for over 20 years! I found a box of 20 or so of this author's books and started with this one because remembered it was my favorite! I am so glad I did it was as good as I remembered! ❤❤❤❤ I have loved this book for over 20 years! I found a box of 20 or so of this author's books and started with this one because remembered it was my favorite! I am so glad I did it was as good as I remembered! ❤❤❤❤

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    It was funny and I enjoyed it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Bizzell

    This book was just okay. The plot, characters, and romance where all fine, but underwhelming. Also, not enough ghost story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Meh. This lacked the punch to be any kind of re-read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Donnalee

    Good

  24. 5 out of 5

    David

    This is literary rubbish. But I couldn't put it down, and in fact read it in one day. This is literary rubbish. But I couldn't put it down, and in fact read it in one day.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Z.

    I really enjoyed the first half, when Nell and Harry get to know each other as he "haunts" the family home. Unfortunately, the second half didn't work as well for me. The heroine's immature behavior really put me off so that, even though the final scene when (view spoiler)[after Nell runs off to Cornwall, they reunite when Harry comes to meet her at night using the secret passage he used when he was pretending to be a ghost (hide spoiler)] was cute, I wasn't totally sold on their HEA. I really enjoyed the first half, when Nell and Harry get to know each other as he "haunts" the family home. Unfortunately, the second half didn't work as well for me. The heroine's immature behavior really put me off so that, even though the final scene when (view spoiler)[after Nell runs off to Cornwall, they reunite when Harry comes to meet her at night using the secret passage he used when he was pretending to be a ghost (hide spoiler)] was cute, I wasn't totally sold on their HEA.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nenya

    The first half is a lot of fun. h is banished to an estate in Cornwall, by her adopted 'parents'. A tea-loving great aunt accompanies her. H is hiding from the world and is depressed about his amputated leg. He tries to scare them away by playing to be a ghost. H visits h nightly as ghost, and they play along for 2 weeks. Around midway through the novel, everyone is in London, H is back with his fiancee (not the h!), whom he was betrothed to before leaving for war. And I don't really like this pa The first half is a lot of fun. h is banished to an estate in Cornwall, by her adopted 'parents'. A tea-loving great aunt accompanies her. H is hiding from the world and is depressed about his amputated leg. He tries to scare them away by playing to be a ghost. H visits h nightly as ghost, and they play along for 2 weeks. Around midway through the novel, everyone is in London, H is back with his fiancee (not the h!), whom he was betrothed to before leaving for war. And I don't really like this part all that much. (Even though I didn't care for the ow, H shouldn't have been kissing h-- it was only once--when he was engaged. Atleast he shouldn't have gone back to kissing his fiancee, while thinking of Nell. hmm... felt a bit like cheating... but it's not... this the point where I thought I'd rate this 3 stars.) However, I did really appreciate how the H managed to get out of his engagement. I really, really liked it. He couldn't jilt her, since it has to seem as if the girl has called off the engagement, therefore, (view spoiler)[ he starts stumbling in public-- his amputated leg, you know. Combined with the fact that society looking down on him and his gimpy leg was teh reason he was hiding out in Cornwall originally, this was a big deal. (hide spoiler)] First half was 5 star, by the 2nd half I gave it 3, and towards the end I decided to up the stars by one.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kazen

    After seeing the 1979 publication date I was afraid this book would be full of literal bodice ripping and alpha-holes and old skool awfulness. But in fact it's a lovely Regency romance with a feminist heroine and a good share of laughs. The good: - Nell is a strong character that has her head on straight. She calls people out on their bullshit and is determined to only marry for love. - The hero appearing as a "ghost" is fun device that is executed well. There's nothing domineering about Henry, a After seeing the 1979 publication date I was afraid this book would be full of literal bodice ripping and alpha-holes and old skool awfulness. But in fact it's a lovely Regency romance with a feminist heroine and a good share of laughs. The good: - Nell is a strong character that has her head on straight. She calls people out on their bullshit and is determined to only marry for love. - The hero appearing as a "ghost" is fun device that is executed well. There's nothing domineering about Henry, a genuinely nice guy. - While there's a ballroom scene most of the action takes place away from society, allowing for a comfortingly small cast of characters. Everyone is fleshed out, from the housekeeper's family to the suitor from hell. - The whole book is just silly in a good way. Great aunt (or is it grandma?) Amelia is always good for a laugh and the action never gets too heavy or dour. Escapist romance for the win! The not-so-good: - The relationship between the hero and heroine's families is a little convoluted and I'm still not sure I can explain it. - The ending is rushed and only half-earned. All in all a welcome diversion that reads quickly and leaves you smiling.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Antonia

    overall, it was a good read. i wasn't convinced by the beginning but enjoyed the second part when the setting changed. the characters were as believable as befits a romance novel of the genre. i am always in two minds about the dukes and earls etc. because they (and the girls obviously) always seem too nice, not, you know, powerful / leading enough as would befit their position. in romances they tend to be sympathetic to everyone without the sense of entitlement i would expect from the higher cl overall, it was a good read. i wasn't convinced by the beginning but enjoyed the second part when the setting changed. the characters were as believable as befits a romance novel of the genre. i am always in two minds about the dukes and earls etc. because they (and the girls obviously) always seem too nice, not, you know, powerful / leading enough as would befit their position. in romances they tend to be sympathetic to everyone without the sense of entitlement i would expect from the higher classes. but this is more of a general thing with regency romances. back to this one. it did drag a bit with the will they / won't they and how, so towards the end i was getting a bit impatient. as for the writing, it was ok. not particularly rich or poor, but ok. hence overall enjoyment from this novel despite the pretty silly start.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brie Figueroa

    Frustrating lack of depth Too much telling, and retelling, and reminders of what we've been told. Not enough showing. The author often summarizes situations and feelings that are central to the story. It leaves me with a haunting feeling that the storyline had a lot of potential but failed to deliver. The hero was especially disappointing. His dialogue was awkward and unconvincing and didn't match the character described. Yes, Elizabeth Mansfield delivered what I was looking for - a fluffy story Frustrating lack of depth Too much telling, and retelling, and reminders of what we've been told. Not enough showing. The author often summarizes situations and feelings that are central to the story. It leaves me with a haunting feeling that the storyline had a lot of potential but failed to deliver. The hero was especially disappointing. His dialogue was awkward and unconvincing and didn't match the character described. Yes, Elizabeth Mansfield delivered what I was looking for - a fluffy story with no sex scenes, but the flaws in the writing were so annoying that I won't give her another try.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Persephone Zahariou

    Really enjoyed this one. The talks with the ghost are extremely funny. "Oh, sorry," the ghost said politely. "I seem to have startled you." "Well, isn't that what ghosts are supposed to do?" Nell asked saucily. "Yes, that's true. But it's been many days since I've been able to arouse any sort of proper reaction from you. You've grown quite complacent in my presence." "Yes, I have, haven't I? I suppose that means you are not succeeding very well in your ghostly role." "I am a positive failure," the gh Really enjoyed this one. The talks with the ghost are extremely funny. "Oh, sorry," the ghost said politely. "I seem to have startled you." "Well, isn't that what ghosts are supposed to do?" Nell asked saucily. "Yes, that's true. But it's been many days since I've been able to arouse any sort of proper reaction from you. You've grown quite complacent in my presence." "Yes, I have, haven't I? I suppose that means you are not succeeding very well in your ghostly role." "I am a positive failure," the ghost agreed ruefully. "If word of this leaks out among the society of ghosts, shades and phantoms, I shall not be able to hold up my head."

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