A young widow restores a dilapidated mansion with the assistance of a charming, eccentric genius, only to find the house is full of dangerous secrets in this effervescent Gilded Age debut novel It's 1875, and Alva Webster has perfected her stiff upper lip after three years of being pilloried in the presses of two continents over fleeing her abusive husband. Now his sudden death allows her to return to New York to make a fresh start, restoring Liefdehuis, a dilapidated Hyde Park mansion, and hopefully her reputation at the same time. However, fresh starts aren't as easy as they seem, as Alva discovers when stories of a haunting at Liefdehuis begin to reach her. But Alva doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the eccentric and brilliant professor, Samuel Moore, appears and informs her that he can get to the bottom of the mystery that surrounds Liefdehuis, she turns him down flat. She doesn't need any more complications in her life―especially not a handsome, convention-flouting, scandal-raising one like Sam. Unfortunately, though Alva is loath to admit it, Sam, a pioneer in electric lighting and a member of the nationally-adored Moore family of scientists, is the only one who can help. Together, the two delve into the tragic secrets wreathing Alva's new home while Sam attempts to unlock Alva's history―and her heart.
Would I recommend it?yes
Would I read anything else by this author? Yes
First off I want to say thank you to St.Martin's for letting me know about this book as soon as I say it and read some of the description I was like yes please , because it's every thing I love to read, a haunted house , a ghost or maybe more , and a romance . And all I can say is wow because when I started to read it I didn't want to put it down at all, it was amazing. It's spooky but not to spooky,which mixes well with the story because it's also a historical romance but the spookiness doesn't take anything away from the story in fact it helps brings it to live , and the characters while some are not wroth mentioning there are some that will make you laugh and shake your add at the way they act, if I had to pick a favorite from them I would say that Sam is mine, because of how his character seems to be absent minded when he gets into his work or how he put his foot in his month at times. With that said I want to thank once aging St.Martin's and Netgalley for letting me read and review it exchange for my honest opinion.