Lady Jane Lenwood is surrounded by treason, lies, and a handsome stranger with a secret but she has one of her own, the ability to see the past or future with one touch…
By Virginia Barlow
I started reading The Witch of Rathborne Castle when our weather turned very cold and the snow was falling. It was so easy to drift away with Lady Jane alone in her castle, all but for the few of her hands.
This book is a perfect example why I love reading paranormal romances. I can not count how many I’ve started reading in search of this kind of content. The author Virginia Barlow nails it with all the right points that make a great hauntingly, gothic fantasy.
The maturity of the characters, the curiosities and the “whodunnit” feel kept me intrigued. Yes, it is a romance but a romance that only adds to the richness of this story and the characters themselves. Things do get hot and add a spice for mature adult reading.
There are wolves at the gate, a stranger that Jane feels coming but could only dream where he would finally take her. A voice that never leaves Jane completely alone. All of that make this gothic fantasy chilling, mysterious, romantic and a perfect cozy read for the winter.
A historical charm is that of an old soul from a time and place long ago. The heroine here is strong willed, determined to carry on alone and finds it difficult to believe in or trust the goodness of anyone. What has happened to Jane in the past is with her constantly keeping her frigid, alone and the Lady of Rathborne.
Even before things heat up for Jane, there is a certain dark but romantic feel in everything about the telling of this story. The romance has a slow build and slow burn without dominating the tale. Lady Jane is the star and that point is never forgotten through the tribulations that has led up to her being mistaken for ugly and old.
The writing is spot on and beautifully done. Getting lost away with The Witch of Rathborne Castle was so easy and just a wonderful cozy read. From the mystery and who is really who, to the paranormal romance vibe all in a dreary gothic castle. Absolutely beautiful!
I love being an author. It’s all about where your characters lead you. I start with a general idea. As the story unfolds, I type as fast as I can in hopes I keep up with my characters. They have had me jotting on napkins, making notes while I’m waiting in a line, and waking me up in the middle of the night. The hard part is always the ending. My characters live with me and when I reach the end of the story, it is hard to say goodbye. Sometimes, I let the story sit for a few days to make sure I’m okay with them leaving home to get published. Kind of like when you kids move out. LOL