Book Review – The Captain’s Ghostly Gamble by Catherine Curzon and Eleanor Harkstead

Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages: 43
Characters: Cornelius/John, Dan/Jenny
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Blurb:
When a ghostly dandy and his roguish companion try their hand at matchmaking, things definitely go bump in the night.

For centuries, foppish Captain Cornelius Sheridan and brooding John Rookwood have haunted the mansion they duelled and died for. Now these phantom foes must join forces to save both their home and their feuding descendents.

But when Captain Sheridan sacrifices his afterlife for the sake of true love, will Rookwood risk everything to keep his companion by his side, or is it too late to say “I love you”?

Publisher’s Note: This book is related to the Captivating Captains series.

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Review

This was a cute story, very sweet and light. There is some angst, and I loved the way it was resolved—very romantic! The story is a quick read, and the perfect way to finish my day. I liked the way the two sets of relationships paralleled each other.

The two ghosts are very quirky. I enjoyed the banter between them, which starts as quite surface and then grows into something much deeper, a reflection of what has been there for a long time. They’re very much a product of their time, yet with a hint of much more beneath their surface, which makes me wonder if the mansion was really the reason for their duel.

I’d recommend The Captain’s Ghostly Gamble to readers who enjoy a light, quirky short ghost story with interesting characters. 4 out of 5 stars.

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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with two cats who are convinced that the house is run to suit them; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date it appears as though the cats may be winning. In 2008 she completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher and a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts other authors, reviews for the GLBTQ Historical Site “Our Story” and Top2Bottom Reviews, and writes monthly blog posts for Authors Speak and Love Bytes. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions four times and reached the finals three times in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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