I don’t appear to have read anything by Victoria Connelly before so The Wrong Ghost was a rather lovely introduction to her writing. She has written a whole series of books about book lovers and another series about Mr Darcy. How have I missed those? Must check them out. I see I already have the first book lovers one in my Kindle library. I’m delighted to be helping to kick off the blogtour today and to share my review. Isn’t that a beautifully, atmospheric cover? My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to take part in the blogtour and for providing a copy of the ebook for review.
About the book
When Beatrice Beaumont loses her husband, George, she finds herself raising their young daughter alone in the ancestral home, Ketton Hall, deep in the Suffolk countryside. With Christmas approaching and marking the first anniversary of George’s death, there’s nothing Bea wants more than to have him back again.
One night, she makes a wish for him to return and gets the shock of her life when a ghost appears. But it isn’t her George…
The Wrong Ghost is a delightful Christmas tale, full of warmth and charm, perfect for a dark winter’s night in a cosy, candle-lit room.
It used to be traditional to tell ghost stories at Christmas – think of A Christmas Carol for example. At the darkest time of the year, it was common to gather round the fire and tell stories about spooky happenings. With this story taking part in the lead up to Christmas, it’s a perfect short story if you like a bit of the supernatural without it being too terrifying!
It’s not surprising that young widow Bea is not looking forward to Christmas with it marking the anniversary of the tragic death of her husband. It’s perhaps also not surprising that their home, his ancestral home, Ketton Hall would have a few ghosts hanging about the place. In a particularly sad moment, when she wishes that George was still there, George appears. However, it’s not her George, but one of his ancestors.
George may have been The Wrong Ghost but he was a witty and helpful one. He helps Bea solve a bit of a mystery involving priest holes, squeaky floorboards and hidden panelling. Through him, Bea learns that she can be strong both for herself and for her young daughter.
The Wrong Ghost is a gentle story, easy to read and with a nice mix of history and mystery in a fabulous country house setting. I liked the way the story ended with perhaps a whisper of a possible sequel. The Wrong Ghost is a perfect read to while away an evening as we head towards the shortest day. I very much enjoyed this charming short story.
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wrong-Ghost-Victoria-Connelly-ebook/dp/B0B623PT2Y
US – https://www.amazon.com/Wrong-Ghost-Victoria-Connelly-ebook/dp/B0B623PT2Y
About the Author
Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.
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