What I most appreciated about this novel is the obviously tremendous amount of research Ms. Martin put into it. Many romances deal with parapsychology so lightly that it is easy to dismiss it as part of the fantasy of the novel. As Devon James researches paranormal phenomenon in order to write her planned book, Ms. Martin shows Devon running into the quacks as well as those whose claims to psychic ability cannot be dismissed as lightly.
All of this made highly interesting reading. As a Catholic, I don't put much stock into paranormal phenomenon, but I'm willing to admit that there is much we cannot explain... much that will only be revealed in God's good time. I thank Ms. Martin for asking questions and for showing that there are no pat answers.
As for the romance, I found it lovely. Devon and Jonathan had to keep rebuilding trust when first one, then the other of them betrayed it. I especially appreciated that there were still issues in the relationship to resolve even after love was declared. Too often, in most romances, that is the end of the story. "I love you. Oh, I love you, too. The End." But not here. Devon and Jonathan still had to struggle to make the relationship work.
I was very impressed with this novel by Kat Martin.
It's a little longer than Kat Martin's usual novels (500 pages), but there's lots of romance and paranormal intrigue in this one. Throw in a hunky millionaire who is the single parent of a son in a wheel chair, and you know that the relationship is going to blossom between Devon James (a writer) and her millionaire boyfriend. Lots of suspense and passion. I enjoyed it!
When bestselling author Devon James checks into a quaint bed-and-breakfast in Connecticut, she only hopes to put the spark back into her sagging relationship with her fiance. But what she experiences at the Stafford Inn changes her life forever. For deep in the night, Devon is visited by a frightening vision that seems to speak to her.
In the morning she awakes certain that, long ago, something terrible happened in the Stafford Inn and that it is a story she must tell.
From the moment Devon begins her reserach into the inn's past, she is challenged by its wealthy and imposing owner, Jonathan Stafford, who will use any means, including seduction, to force her to abandon the project. But Devon is deterimed that nothing will keep her from the truth, not the dark shadows of her own past, not her increasing desire for the inn's handsome owner, not even her growing fear that everything she loves and her very life are in danger.
When bestselling author Devon James checks into a quaint bed-and-breakfast in CT, she only hopes to put the spark back into her sagging relationship with her fiance. But what she experiences at the Stafford Inn changes her life forever...