Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: The Ghost of Emily Tapper
AUTHOR: Nita Round
PUBLISHER: Regal Crest Enterprises
LENGTH: 206 Pages
RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2017
Two families, inexorably linked through time and misfortune, come together to face an uncertain, and possibly fatal, future.
Maggie Durrant is heir to a rambling estate in the middle of nowhere. Along with the ramshackle, gothic style castle, she is plagued with a curse that will end her days sooner, rather than later. Providing her brother doesn’t get to her first.
In the city, a world away from the estates of Magwood Hall and the Durrants, Emma Blewitt discovers a heritage that she did not know she had. Orphaned at a young age, she finds herself the beneficiary of a house, money, and the legacy of an aunt who leaves her everything and tells her nothing.
Through ghosts and spectres, murder and mayhem, even the curse of the ghost of Emily Tapper cannot diminish the attraction between Emma and Maggie. Their bond has the strength of ages behind them, but Emma must discover her own legacy before she and Maggie can seek a solution to The Ghost of Emily Tapper.
When I read the announcement of this book’s release in a daily email I subscribe to, the cover caught my eye, and I read the blurb. I love ghost stories, so I knew it would be up my alley, and I asked Dani to get me a copy to read and review.
Nita Round is a new to me author. Honestly, those of you who follow my reviews might be surprised that I ventured over to the f/f side, as I so heavily read and review on the m/m side. This book was a great one to do it with though. It doesn’t have any hot, heavy and steamy scenes. Instead, it is more of a character study, in my opinion, of two young women, caught up in a long and bloody family feud.
Emma Blewitt is an adoptee. She never knew her real parents and doesn’t know anything of their history until one day when a solicitor arrives in her office, informing her she has inherited a house and some money from her aunt who recently passed. The house is in a small village, far out in the middle of nowhere, and when Emma arrives in town everyone is standoffish and distant.
Except for the young woman who she discovers is the current ‘Lord’ of the local castle. Maggie is friendly, and proves to be increasingly so, but there is this pesky ghost of a young woman wronged by Maggie’s family generations ago. The ghost as you might have guessed is one of Emma’s ancestors, and the cause of the family feud.
I enjoyed the story. It moved along at a good pace, I liked the characters, and I liked the premise. I’d recommend it for anyone wanting a ghostly tale. Personally, I would have liked a little more about the ghost, but the book was complete and enjoyable as it was.