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Lovespell, Feb 2002, 5.99, 346 pp.
ISBN: 0505524694

    In 1851 Anne Garthwicke accompanies her father to Castle MacCairn in Scotland so they can examine, appraise, and catalogue the edifice's contents. Anne's first reaction to the foreboding castle is a combination of déjà vu with a strong sense of evil and power.

    When Anne meets the owner Ruairdh MacCairn, she feels empathy and more misfortune. Ruairdh wants to sell the castle so that he can use the money to help his tenants before the four centuries old curse placed on his family by a monk disables and ultimately kills him. Though they avoid each other, Anne and Ruairdh feel strongly attracted to one another. As Ruairdh steps closer to insanity, Anne becomes his last thread of normalcy as love blossoms between them.

    Regency author Joan Overfield provides readers with an exciting gothic romance that includes a foreboding castle, a brooding hero, an innocent woman, and a nasty curse. The lead couple makes the tale interesting as well as fun because readers will empathize with both of them. Ruairdh's last grasp is his love for Anne while she struggles with mourning the death of her father and helplessly observing her beloved going insane. Gothic romance readers will thrill to THE SHADOWING.

Harriet Klausner

This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   Ancient scotland Difficult/unusual lover?    -   Yes How difficult?    -   mentally ill person Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes How seduced/forced?    -   loving persuasion Inner struggle subplot    -   Yes Struggle with...    -   (general) search for identity/new understanding Who seduces whom?    -   woman seducing man

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   scholar

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   castle

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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