by Kearsley, Susanna

As war is raging, young French Canadian lieutenant Jean-Philippe de Sabran is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, becoming an unwilling and unwelcome guest that soon has feelings for the daughter of the house, Lydia Wilde. By a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. Simultaneous. Hardcover available.

*Starred Review* When Charley Van Hoek takes the job as the curator of the Wilde House museum on Long Island, she is unprepared for the ghost that haunts it. It is allegedly the spirit of a French Canadian lieutenant quartered with the Wilde family during the Seven Years' War (aka the French and Indian War) whose love for the Wilde daughter led to his tragic demise. Lydia Wilde also loved Jean-Philippe de Sabran, but, initially, she resented his presence, as it triggered her brother Joseph's PTSD. As in her previous novels, Kearsley (The Firebird, 2013) weaves a richly told contemporary story with an imaginative, authentically detailed tale from the past, throwing in just the right elements of romance and the paranormal. Such is Kearsley's storytelling skill that even the appearance of several deus ex machinas, who tie up all the missing pieces at the end, does not diminish the novel's impact. Readers of women's fiction, historical fiction, and romance will find much to love here, especially those fond of Kate Morton's old houses, and book groups will enjoy discussing a less explored piece of American history. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

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