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It was a ghastly horror of a house party. Miss Penelope Childe and all the others were awaiting the end of the wicked earl's rotten life. The disinherited son, the new heir, the illegitimate son - all of them are there. Murder is done. The centuries-old curse has struck again. Penelope alone heard the supernatural scream and sees the ghosts that no one else can. Penelope is a reluctant bride-to-be, contracted to wed a man she's never met before. She intensely dislikes her betrothed, the rakish Lord Taredell. With a murderer in the haunted house, dare she trust the rogue lord? Is Lord Taredell really her protector? Is he the murderer?

©2015 Gayle Buck (P)2020 Gayle Buck

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Excellent gothic romance

I don’t have a lot of experience with gothic romances which is surprising since I have read so many Regency romances and gothic horror stories. This was one of my first and I thoroughly enjoyed it! It was like the best of both worlds. It wasn’t too scary or graphic but had enough intrigue and interesting characters to make it fun and interesting. I actually listened to it twice before writing this review. I very rarely enjoy a book enough to read it a second time much less right after reading it the first time. If you are a fan of Northanger Abbey, you will really enjoy this one! Well performed and written, you can’t ask for more except that it might be longer or you get your hands on more from this author quicker!!

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  • momof6
  • 26-05-21

Fun Novella

As a rule, I’m not as fond of novellas as full novels, but this one covers the bases nicely with a shorter tale. This is a quick moving, lively story of a curse and ghosts at the Holybrooke Manor. It has a few additional family characters that round out the cast. A fun, quick, quirky, read if you want a short story to fill a few hours!
As always, the reader did a great job distinguishing characters with voice changes.

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  • Jocelyne
  • 23-05-21

Regency Gothic Ghost Tale!

This is the fourth book in the Regency Tales Series, an amazing Regency Gothic Ghost Tale! The Holybrooke Curse is an interesting, and well written short novella. The storyline is intriguing, and captivating. Julia Eve did a great job with the narration. I enjoyed it!

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  • Ballet in AK
  • 21-09-20

Short, gothic novelette

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This is short, but surprisingly complete! I loved the gothic feel to the whole story! There is quite the cast of characters and was a bit overwhelming, but if you hang in there, they sort themselves out fairly quickly.

The female protagonist had a reliable viewpoint and was surprisingly perceptive and the male was sarcastic, brooding and world-weary. The combination was perfect. Throw in a curse and a partly psychic aunt and you have a well-rounded short story.

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Julia Eve did a wonderful job with the various voices! Her acting is stellar and her timing, emotion and nuances are top-notch!

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  • Rosemary Hughes
  • 19-09-20

Interesting where the wives are the ones that hear

A scream heard by someone, then ghosts and a murder. It sounds beyond astonishing, yet it appears as though within the household have come to experience the significance of these events.

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  • Bryan Boulter
  • 12-09-20

short but good

I enjoyed this for a short story. I wish it was longer so I could get to know the characters better but overall it was an enjoyable quick read.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-06-20

Regency gothic

This is a really great regency Gothic mystery. It was quick and classic traditional Regency.

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  • Shaylin Maxwell
  • 27-05-20

Quick enjoyable read

This was fun to listen to. I liked the ending and enjoyed the characters. The narrator did a great job too.

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  • the_maestro
  • 15-04-20

Eerily entertaining!

Julia Eve performs this eerie tale by Gayle Buck tremendously, giving life to each individual. The plot itself will mislead and surprise, perhaps even bring goosebumps!

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  • BradTL3
  • 14-04-20

Short novella

This was a short, clean novella. I really enjoyed listening to this story. The short story was well written & the narrator does a beautiful job.

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  • MDW 77
  • 30-03-20

Not for Me

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
This book was a slow and difficult listen. I understand that this was set in another time, and the language used may be appropriate for the era, but it was frustrating for me. The story itself was OK, but I thought it took too long to get to the point. I found myself losing interest often, rather than being engrossed in the story. I think this would be a book better read instead of an audio book. Overall this book was not for me.