Poor Margaret - she accepted the proposal of someone she didn't love in order to be accepted by society and to escape being a spinster. Poor Bernard - a man who became trapped in society and it seemed to strip him of any interesting qualities. And then the Ghost - Phillip, who was wrongfully accused and hung for the murder of his second wife (mind you, she was a royal you-know-what).
And so the triangle of love begins. The first half of the novel thoroughly has you feeling sorry for Margaret - and wondering how on earth she could marry Bernard when this dashing ghost shows up in her bedchamber... Well, all is not how it seems. The appearance of the ghost brings about changes in everyone for the better and the ending is totally different and much more fun than you would expect. This is a character illustration done so well, you don't notice till the ending. A love that needed to unfold slowly and in unexpected ways. And the changes in Bernard are the most dramatic and gratifying
London, 1769. One rash public statement and her fate was sealed. At 23, Miss Margaret Westbourne was a social outcast. When she accepts the only proposal she's likely to get, from dull Lord Barnett, then travels with him to haunted Durnock Castle to announce their engagement, she is determined to be proper in all respects. Until, that is, a sensual man (or phantom?) whose eyes gleamed from a dusty portrait appeared at her bedside and asked her help in clearing his name.