Finding Lord Farlisle
by Cassandra Dean
Eleven years ago, a shipwreck robbed Lord Maxim Farlisle of his memory. Recovering himself, he journeys to his childhood home to find Waithe Hall shut and deserted. Unwilling to face what remains of his family, Maxim makes his home in the abandoned hall…only to have a determined ghost hunter invade his uneasy peace.
The boy she never forgot
Fascinated by spirits, Lady Alexandra Torrence cannot disregard the opportunity to investigate the estate she knew so well. She arrives at the shuttered hall to discover a ghost of a different kind—the boy she thought to never see again. Maxim had been the boy next door, her best friend, her soul mate…and then he’d vanished.
As the two rediscover their connection, the promise of young love burns into an overwhelming passion. But the time apart has scarred them both—will they discover a love that will draw them together or will the past tear them apart forever?
It was eleven years ago. The pain had faded, but had never truly left. Alexandra had thought
she’d learned to live with it. But now…now Maxim was here?
A thunderous scowl on his face, he made a noise of impatience. “I do not have the inclination for this, girl. Tell me why you have come.”
His voice crashed over her. That, too, had deepened with age, but it was him. It was him.
“It is you.” Joy filled her, so big it felt her skin couldn’t contain it. Throwing herself at him, she enveloped him in a hug.
Embarrassment coursed through her. What was she thinking? Immediately, she untangled herself from him. “I beg your pardon,” she stammered. Always before they’d been exuberant in their affections. They’d always found ways to touch one another, even though that last summer, the one before he’d gone away, she’d begun to feel...more....
Clasping her hands before her, she brought herself to the present. Much had changed, now they were grown and he, apparently, had not died.
Maxim had not died.
A wave of emotion swept her, a mix of relief, joy, incredulity…. It buckled her knees and burned her eyes. He was alive. Maxim was alive.
I enjoyed reading this story, partly because the characters are so well drawn. Alexandra is a ghost hunter and thinks for herself even though many of her acquaintances label her as odd. She's multi-dimensional, not a flat, insipid heroine like some I've read. Maxim is also multi-dimensional. He isn't flat either. He's conflicted, but not to the point that it's ridiculous.
The plot of the story is good and well drawn, and the author couldn't have picked a better setting for the story. The end too didn't disappoint, and I thought the last line of the story was wonderful.
If you enjoy a good regency with warm, likable characters and a good plot and setting I'd recommend the book to you. I'd give it 4.5 stars.
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Cassandra Dean is an award-winning, best-selling author of historical and fantasy romance. She is a 2018 recipient of the coveted Romance Writers of Australia Ruby Award.
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