Lovespell, Feb 2002, 5.99, 346 pp.
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.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner