Monday, February 2, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Miramont's Ghost by Elizabeth Hall


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ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

Miramont Castle, built in 1897 and mysteriously abandoned three years later, is home to many secrets. Only one person knows the truth: Adrienne Beauvier, granddaughter of the Comte de Challembelles and cousin to the man who built the castle.

Clairvoyant from the time she could talk, Adrienne’s visions show her the secrets of those around her. When her visions begin to reveal dark mysteries of her own aristocratic French family, Adrienne is confronted by her formidable Aunt Marie, who is determined to keep the young woman silent at any cost. Marie wrenches Adrienne from her home in France and takes her to America, to Miramont Castle, where she keeps the girl isolated and imprisoned. Surrounded by eerie premonitions, Adrienne is locked in a life-or-death struggle to learn the truth and escape her torment.

Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, this hauntingly atmospheric tale is inspired by historical research into the real-life Miramont Castle in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

MY REVIEW:

I chose this as my Kindle First selection last month and I am so glad I did.  I'm trying to branch out in this year by reading authors/genres that are outside of my normal range of choices.  I didn't even realize when I picked this book that part of the story takes place in Manitou Springs, Colorado, which is not far from where I live.  Now that I have read this book, I have added the Miramont Castle to my list of travel destinations for this year!

I thought the story was fantastic -- there is drama, suspense, romance and tragedy. We first meet Adrienne Beauvier as a young girl in France and discover that she has visions, just like her grandmother used to.  Adrienne's grandfather, remembering what her grandmother went through when she was alive, tries to keep Adrienne quiet about her visions in order to protect her from the people who fear what those visions might reveal, but eventually her own secret is exposed to the one person who fears it most -- her Aunt Marie.  Marie then takes drastic measures to keep Adrienne quiet, beginning with moving her to America to live in Miramont Castle, which was built by Marie's son Julien.  But Julien has his own secrets and Marie can't protect Julien from Adrienne...or vice versa.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes fiction/suspense.