Haunting Miss Trentwood

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Haunting Miss Trentwood
Written by: Belinda Kroll
Published by: Bright Bird Press
Date published: 10/08/2010
Edition: 1st
ISBN: 978-0-9830786-0-9
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Witty, secluded Mary is reeling after her father, Trentwood, passes away and returns in ghostly form. Despite the ghost’s constant prodding, Mary lives in their aging English countryside manor house with only her aunt and their servants for company.

But their quiet home carries secrets even from Mary and Trentwood. When Hartwell, a London lawyer, arrives at their doorstep claiming someone is blackmailing his sister, Mary stumbles into a mystery that forces her to revisit memories and rethink her future.

As Mary and Hartwell seek the blackmailer, each learns about the importance of opening one’s heart to trust and betrayal. Haunting Miss Trentwood is a light gothic tale (think Legend of Sleepy Hollow meets Casper the Friendly Ghost) written from varied perspectives. Readers will be entertained by bright dialogue and encouraged to reflect on the universal themes of dealing with parents and disappointing relationships, and learning to love again.

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Reader praise for Haunting Miss Trentwood


Rachel Fisher
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.
Written by: Belinda Kroll
Haunting Miss Trentwood
Date published: 10/08/2010
5 / 5 stars

Nancy Kelley
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.
Written by: Belinda Kroll
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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