Haunting Miss Trentwood

Haunting Miss Trentwood

Published by: Bright Bird Press
Date published: 10/08/2010
Edition: 1st
ISBN: 978-0-9830786-0-9
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It’s autumn 1887. Mary Trentwood, a grieving young woman, has a problem. Mary’s father has died after years of her caring for him, and in the middle of his funeral she is horrified to watch his ghost crawl out of his grave.

Mr. Trentwood isn’t satisfied with simply haunting his daughter, he provides his fatherly opinions and suggestions whether solicited or not. Mary is left with the decision to pretend she can’t see and hear her father, or face the consequences of probable insanity. Meanwhile, she must settle her father’s estate, tend to her declining house, and handle her passive-aggressive aunt, Mrs. Durham, with care.

Alexander Hartwell has a problem. His widowed sister has been receiving letters threatening blackmail and harm to her child. After months of searching, he has finally traced the source to the country manor house of grieving Mary Trentwood. Unsure who would want to hurt his sister and nephew, Hartwell allows Mary to believe he is her father’s solicitor, arrived to handle the estate paperwork, to allow time for an investigation.

Attraction grows between Mary and Hartwell as they reveal deceptions and uncover unexpected truths in this light-hearted gothic set in the charming countryside of Victorian England.

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Reader praise for Haunting Miss Trentwood

Belinda Kroll is the Queen of Quirky Historical Fiction.
I don’t know how someone can find humor in a story about your dead father haunting you while a dangerous blackmailer lives under the same roof as you, but Belinda Kroll found a way. If you enjoy Haunting Miss Trentwood, I highly recommend her first novel Catching the Rose. Belinda Kroll is the Queen of Quirky Historical Fiction.
Haunting Miss Trentwood
Date published: 10/08/2010
5 / 5 stars

Despite the image that presents, this book is not at all fantastical in the way Gothic romances are. The supernatural element is treated by the author in a very matter-of-fact manner.
Author Belinda Kroll describes her genre as “quirky Victorian romances” and the appellation is definitely accurate. There is a certain tone and quality readers tend to expect when they hear “Victorian romance.” Think of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell-the entire novel is steeped in the reserved, almost repressed sensibility of the era. While Haunting Miss Trentwood respects the mores of Victorian times, the tone is completely different. I adjusted my expectations pretty quickly when Mr. Trentwood climbed out of his grave at the end of Chapter 1. Despite the image that presents, this book is not at all fantastical in the way Gothic romances are. The supernatural element is treated by the author in a very matter-of-fact manner. Trentwood is an important character, one who holds the final key to the mystery. Ms. Kroll writes excellent dialogue. I was frequently laughing out loud during Mary’s conversations with her father’s ghost.
Haunting Miss Trentwood
Date published: 10/08/2010
4 / 5 stars

Book blog praise for Haunting Miss Trentwood

  • From Indie Jane
    … Ms. Kroll writes excellent dialogue. I was frequently laughing out loud during Mary’s conversations with her father’s ghost. The book was well paced and enjoyable to read.
  • From Tamela Quijas
    Haunting Miss Trentwood is the novel to curl up with and leaves the reader with that warm and fuzzy feeling that can only be delivered by a fantastic bit of delightful historical romantic fiction.
  • From Coffee Time Romance
    …I do have to say I found Mary to be more of the anguished heroine versus the typical tormented hero, which shows Ms. Kroll used a unique and fresh idea while penning this book.
  • From My Love Affair with Books
    …Belinda Kroll describes herself as writer of “quirky historical fiction”. I totally agree. I love historical fiction and I have read a lot of it. But I have never read a historical fiction like this one. There is romance, suspense, humour, drama and even the supernatural. Infact it reminded me a lot of Victoria Holt books which I devoured as a 16 year old.
  • From Bitsy Bling’s Book Review
    …There is a definite elegance presented in the word choice and proves the painstaking effort the author took in committing to the voice of the story. The lead character, Mary, is vulnerable, but not overtly fragile. There is a feminist quality to her reactions and thoughts, which is evident in her finding a prince in need of rescuing.
  • From Dear Author
    …The premise of the story is one that takes the usual romance plot of the orphaned young lady and adds this interesting twist: that her father’s ghost is haunting her. Not in a metaphorical way, but actually haunting her. That is intriguing. That is a ripe and rich vein to harvest a story from.
  • From Readers Favorite
    …This is a novel that not only is humorous throughout, there is also a touch of suspense that kept me turning the pages. This book contained just about everything I like to read: Victorian, slightly paranormal with humor and suspense combined throughout, and cleanly written.

1st Edition October 2010.

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