Title: Miramont's Ghost
Author: Elizabeth Hall
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (Amazon Publishing)
Release Date: February 1, 2015
Acquired Via: TLC Book Tours
Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle.
Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne’s visions show her the secrets of those around her. When her visions begin to reveal dark mysteries of her own aristocratic French family, Adrienne is confronted by her formidable Aunt Marie, who is determined to keep the young woman silent at any cost. Marie wrenches Adrienne from her home in France and takes her to America, to Miramont Castle, where she keeps the girl isolated and imprisoned. Surrounded by eerie premonitions, Adrienne is locked in a life-or-death struggle to learn the truth and escape her torment.
Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, this hauntingly atmospheric tale is inspired by historical research into the real-life Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, Colorado.
I'll be honest with you - I'm disappointed. Miramont's Ghost started off as a fascinating and addictive novel, and I am very unhappy how everything turned out. (Though not as much as the characters were, I'm sure.) There are a lot of themes in the book that would normally scare me away, but I was already hooked on Miramont's Ghost and kept reading.
I was very drawn to the story and characters in Miramont's Ghost, but I have to admit that the writing regarding the characterization of the individuals in the novel were a bit heavy-handed. The villains were Disney Character Grade evil, and Adrienne was introduced to us a barely more than a toddler, so of course she's the innocent protagonist. This would not have been a problem, but I was just so pissed off by the end of the book because nothing went the way I wanted. I know that it is based on history, but still... Can't you tell I'm trying to avoid spoilers?
The character in Miramont's Ghost that I actually liked - Adrienne's grand-père - isn't quite as likable the more I think about it. He could have spoken to Adrienne at any time about her visions, and he kept putting it off until it was nearly too late. As I write this, I'm getting a little upset with him. I guess that speaks to Hall's writing.
Miramont's Ghost was hard to put down, and the historical aspect of it was very good. If you have no problems with reading about touchy subjects (rape, suicide, and more) and like the occasional tragedy, you'll likely enjoy this novel.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Hall spent most of her life in the mountains of Colorado, working as a teacher, writer, and radio show host. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she writes and plays with fiber.
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Tuesday, February 3rd
Friday, February 6th
No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, February 9th
Life is Story
Tuesday, February 10th
History from a Woman’s Perspective
Thursday, February 12th
Musings of a Bookish Kitty
Friday, February 13th
Monday, February 16th
100 Pages a Day
Tuesday, February 17th
Mary’s Cup of Tea
Wednesday, February 18th
Thursday, February 19th
Monday, February 23rd
Tuesday, February 24th
Thursday, February 26th
Peeking Between the Pages
Monday, March 2nd
Tuesday, March 3rd
Ageless Pages Reviews
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Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Wednesday, March 11th
Sara’s Organized Chaos
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To satisfy FTC guidelines, I am disclosing that I received a copy of the novel from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an unbiased review. It has in no way affected the outcome. All expressed opinions are awesome, honest, and courtesy of me.
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cannot wait to read this book.......