No sign of frost yet at the Witch’s Yard, Whitby but there is a chill in the air that isn’t from the hauntings of the resident ghosts. The Christmas market has arrived with the aroma of cinnamon and spice, and the lights have been switched on so it’s a magical time of the year and Rosa’s favourite season to curl up with a festive book. Excitement brewed in the Emporium with the arrival of The Wrong Ghost by Victoria Connelly on the Enchanted Bookshelf, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources. Her Book Lovers series is a firm favourite in Rosa’s Box of Romance so Rosa and Willow couldn’t wait to read.
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Book Review: Winter’s Ghosts by Victoria Connelly
Title: The Wrong Ghost
Author: Victoria Connelly
Release date: 31st October 2022
When Beatrice Beaumont loses her husband, George, she finds herself raising their young daughter alone in the ancestral home, Ketton Hall, deep in the Suffolk countryside. With Christmas approaching and marking the first anniversary of George’s death, there’s nothing Bea wants more than to have him back again.
One night, she makes a wish for him to return and gets the shock of her life when a ghost appears. But it isn’t her George…
The Wrong Ghost is a delightful Christmas tale, full of warmth and charm, perfect for a dark winter’s night in a cosy, candle-lit room.
Thoughts from the Emporium
Behind this beautiful cover that encapsulates the wintery season was a delightful and gentle ghost story. As a novella of 114 pages, it provided the ideal escape from the everyday stresses for a chilly evening or two. Victoria Connelly has a talent for bringing a location alive with her descriptions by using not only sight, but touch, smell and sound and this is used well especially in scenes for Bea’s floristry YouTube videos. Both Willow and Rosa agreed they were immersed in the story and stood alongside Beatrice when she discovered Ketton Hall has more residents than she imagined. It delved into the history of the house and a tantalising mystery.
This is not a tale of horror but of grief, love and moving forward with hope. Bea’s emotions of the upcoming anniversary of her husband’s death and Christmas were dealt with sensitively and provided an instant connection to her and the wrong George. The themes covered could easily have been developed into a full-blown novel but are perfectly formed for an entertaining and warming read.
It will be highly recommended to visitors to the enchanted bookshelf and Rosa’s Box of Romance.
Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.
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