The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall by Lauren Smith

The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall

byLauren Smith

Kobo ebook | September 29, 2014

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Winner of the 2015 New England Reader's Choice Award for Paranormal Romance

Bastian Carlisle, the Earl of Weymouth, doesn't believe in ghosts. Even though tragedy and mysterious hauntings have driven his family away from his ancestral home, Stormclyffe Hall, he is determined to restore the castle to its former glory. His plans are disrupted when a stubborn American shows up on his doorstep hoping to pry into his family's tragic history.

Jane Seyton, an American graduate student, is convinced there's more to the tragedy of Stormclyffe Hall than history claims. Ever the scholar, she is determined to discover the truth, even if it means putting up with the arrogant, yet sexy, Bastian.

Although Bastian wants nothing to do with the pushy American, it soon becomes clear that something evil is in the house—and that something is targeting both Jane and Bastian. The two must join forces to purge the ghosts of Stormclyffe Hall once and for all—even as they try to fight a physical attraction between them that grows more and more impossible to deny.

Title:The Shadows of Stormclyffe HallFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 29, 2014Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:163375104X

ISBN - 13:9781633751040

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond 5 stars Beyond 5 stars. The story starts off with the earl being soo happy that his wife gave him a heir. One stormy night he wakes up and sees her on the cliffs by the edge . Next thing he knows she jumps from the cliff. He slowly drinks himself to death. 200 yrs later the earl is slowly putting the castle back to rights and an American comes to the castle to check on the history for the theses. They slowly fall in love . They also see ghosts. And things that are not explained. There is a dark force in the castle because there is a presence of a witch with her energy surroundingit. The reason is that the body was buried in the flower garden. The ghosts of the earl and the wife are trying to help the present day couple. Buy the story to see if the present day couple get together and if they break the curse. I won't spoil the book to tell you everything. You won't be able to put it down
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fantastic gothic inspired romance I received my copy of The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall, by Lauren Smith, in exchange for an honest review, through the Lovers of Paranormal group on Goodreads. 4 ½ stars Jane Seyton’s interest in Stormclyffe Hall goes beyond that of a doctoral candidate doing research for a thesis. Stormclyffe Hall and its purported family curse-hauntings occupy not only her waking hours, but her sleeping hours as well. When her dreams about the lady in white become full blown nightmares, Jane’s boyfriend calls it quits, questioning her sanity. Determined to learn all she can about the Stormclyffe family, Jane petitions the current owner of the castle for permission to go through the family documents. Bastien Carlisle, the Earl of Waymouth and current owner of Stormclyffe informs her that she is welcome to visit the castle as a tourist once the renovations are complete, but all private family documents are off limits. Regardless of the prim brush-off, Jane decides to travel from the U.S. to England and simply show up at the castle. The result is a fantastic gothic-inspired story of restless spirits, a dark family curse, a creepier than all get out evil that just won’t die, and proof that love conquers all. While Jane and Bastien seem to fight their attraction to each other in typical romance novel fashion, all angst and desire, right, wrong and personal reasons why they just shouldn’t fall for one another for the other person’s own good, the spirit world clamours to have their say. The spirits of Isabelle and Richard Carlisle, trapped for eternity on Stormclyffe property, yet forever separated from one another, are able to reconnect through Jane and Bastien, their blood descendants. While positive forces within the castle are determined to unite the couple, a gruesome evil is determined to destroy Jane, just as it has destroyed everyone loved by a Carlisle man for generations. I admired the author’s writing style. The book was relaxing to read, while still keeping me on edge. The descriptions of the castle property, both the landscape and the physical architecture were well described without feeling forced. Depictions of the hauntings, possessions and poltergeist-like activity were creepy and quite original, but still allowed me to get a good nights sleep. Readers reconnect with the past through the prologue, Richard’s journal, Jane’s dreams about Isabelle and several of the possession-type incidents. There were a few times when I thought the journal writing was too precise, as though it should have been a memory instead of someone’s private diary being used to convey the information to the reader. As I was reading there were a few details that bothered me, as though they were a contradiction or an editing error. For example, if Bastien’s grandparents suddenly abandoned the castle and it was allowed to fall into such terrible disrepair, how was it that Jane found a detailed account of the following generations of Carlisles. At one point I thought this was an error, but later concluded that someone, possibly Randolph, Bastien’s loyal manservant, must have continued to visit the castle periodically to check on things. Perhaps he maintained the family history out of loyalty and love. There were a few points that I wanted more information on. Why did Isabelle’s brother travel to America? Why did he alter his name? Who buried the body? Who raised baby Edward? How did the maid hang herself when it seemed physically impossibly? Did Cordelia’s father play any role? Did he not look for his daughter? How did Randolph know that Jane was coming back to Stormclyffe for the night, and which room to prepare for her? What was the significance of the dragons and why wasn’t that expanded? What was in the basement – its creepiness was mentioned twice. It is because of these little irritating points that I can not rate the book a 5 star. Otherwise, it is a great read, very entertaining, nice historical backdrop, colourful, descriptive and quite original. I look forward other books by Lauren Smith!
Date published: 2015-03-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Shadows of Stormclyffe Hall Even as they try to fight their growing attraction, the evil that dwells within Stormclyffe Hall is stalking Bastian and Jane and together, they will have to mend what was broken in Bastian?s family?s tragic past to put it to rest in this chilling gothic paranormal romance. This steady paced and smooth flowing plot sends chills down the reader?s spine with lots of suspense and romance. The author brings the story to life with well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and the well orchestrated suspense builds throughout sending shivers down the spine as the evil stalks Bastian and Jane. The characters are strong, compelling and grab the reader?s attention from the very beginning and ensure that the reader can?t put the book down until they know the entire story? past, present and future. The attraction between Jane and Bastian is strong, but the two are determined to not to give in, of course the ghosts may have something to say about that. The reader can?t help but get caught up in their story as they try to piece together the past to find what brought about the tragedies and mysterious haunting that has driven Bastian?s family away from their home for centuries and Jane has suffered some emotional trauma of her own and is driven by haunting nightmares that she desperately needs to understand. The past, the present and even the future collide is this riveting gothic romance and the author has created a fascinating setting and set the perfect pace that gradually builds to an electrifying conclusion. I?m not sure exactly what direction the author plans on taking this series, but I must say she has gotten off to a great start and the future stories promise to be full of Dark Seductions. 4 ? STARS
Date published: 2014-09-29