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    Historical romance with a paranormal twist!

    One of my favorite bloggers, Natasha is a Book Junkie, recently talked in her Facebook group about reading this book and how amazing she thought it was. I take what Natasha says to heart, and Diana Biller has taken a couple of my favorite tropes and melded them into one fantastic story! This is my first time reading a historical romance combined with some paranormal and I absolutely loved it! This book is categorized as Gothic Romance, which I admit is a trope I am not familiar with, but will be one that I plan to research thoroughly now that I've had a taste! I truly felt for Alva, her life has been less than glamorous even though she comes from a very prominent family. And her married life was even worse, so she has really had no guiding light through it all, having to rely on her own inner voice to make decisions. Sam was so refreshing as a male character. He was such a good man. That was what Alva thought of him, he was a good man. He bore no pretenses and he was scatterbrained and couldn't seem to match his socks, but he stood up for what was right and he helped those who needed a hand, and he knew exactly what he wanted, and he wanted Alva. Even though there is a paranormal element in this story, it isn't a creepy book, and in fact the ghost story per se doesn't really come to a head until the end of the book. The majority of the story centers around Alva and her journey to restoring her name that has been besmirched, and how Sam helps her to see what her truth worth really is. There are plenty of entertaining secondary characters that come along for the ride. This story moves at a steady pace and I found myself not being able to put the book down until I turned the last page. I'm highly impressed that this is Ms. Biller's debut novel and I very much look forward to seeing what she has in store for us in the future! Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an advance review copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
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    Sweet and slightly spooky historical romance

    I was just expecting a late Victorian/Edwardian romance, but I got much more; a really strong, rather gothic storyline, a wonderful, smart, wounded heroine and a lovely inventor/science geek hero. First of all, the setting was somewhat unusual for a gothic. Rather than being set in England or Europe, it was set in the Hudson River Valley of New York. That's where our intrepid heroine, Alva, an infamous widow thanks to the lies her late, unlamented husband spread about her, buys an old estate with the hopes of renovating it so that she can write a design book aimed at making interior design accessible to the middle classes. Unfortunately, her new house comes complete with rampant ghost stories and hauntings. It's this reputation that attracts Sam, an absent-minded but brilliant inventor who comes from a brilliant, eccentric family made wealthy and famous by dint of the various inventions and patents. Sam is a bit obsessed with investigating ghosts in hopes of quantifying them and proving that they actually do exist. As soon as he hears the rumors, he introduces himself to Alva and requests permission to investigate her ghosts. He's also absolutely thunderstruck by a strong attraction to Alva. Unfortunately for him, she does not want to get involved with him, refuses his requests to come and investigate her house, and doesn't believe in ghosts. However, she arrives in upstate NY to find that her workmen have all run off and if she's to have any hope of getting them back, she will need Sam's help to try to get to the bottom of it all. Alva had a horrible childhood, and was married off at 16 to a monster. Now that she's finally free, she has plenty of trauma to deal with and just wants to get on with her life. Sam meanwhile is everything sweet, light and easy to Alva's darkness and the two of them together were just magical. Their romance was swoony, there were plenty of sparks, and Sam was so considerate and so in love with Alva, although admittedly, he was sometimes a bit dense when he got caught up in one of his inventions. There were just enough spooky moments for me without overshadowing the romance, and I felt the ghost elements were very well done. I absolutely loved this book and am having a hard time believing that this is the author's debut. I hope there will be more books - maybe featuring Sam's brother or sister next? I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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    Full of chills, science, and love

    This story had chills, humor, a little wackiness, science, attraction, and of course, love. Alva and Sam were wonderful people separately and as a couple. The danger surrounding Alva had me waiting to see how it would end. Sam's confidence that he could help Alva before he fully knew her and her problems had my heart thumping a little faster. He was an absent-minded professor with a gentleness and protectiveness inside. I loved the two of them, and I highly recommend this story. I received an ARC of this story through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
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    Fun and lively read

    This story centers around Sam, the bright oblivious professor and Alva the wronged widow. Alva has been abused and wrongly accused and Sam comes to her rescue. There is a major supernatural force at work along with past evil, there is romance, humor and steam. Enjoyed this story immensely, not my usual read, put at the top of your TBR.
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    Loved this book!

    I do not usually read paranormal/ghost stories but something about this book made me want to read it and I am so glad I did. The story takes place in Hyde Park, New York in 1875 when Alva Webster returns after the death of her abusive husband. She buys Liefdenhuis, a dilapidated mansion and wants to restore it. Rumor has it that the house is haunted. An inventor, Professor Sam Moore, wants to explore the house for ghostly activity and he falls for Alva after meeting her. This is a really cute, romantic, story with paranormal activity. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Griffin for the ARC of this very delightful Gothic Romance.
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