Lillyport House was one of Britain’s most haunted residences. Originally home to Viscount Eldon Davenport, one of history’s most controversial poets, the house was sold by Davenport’s parents after he was found dead of a gunshot to the head, the Colt pistol that killed him still clutched inside his hand. The majestic mansion in Hampstead Heath refused to let go of Eldon’s misplaced spirit. Jailing him in death inside the room in which he’d lost his life.
Reclusive painter Cameron McKenzie is the latest owner of Lillyport, and he doesn’t believe in ghost stories. At least not until he spends his first evening at Lillyport and is jolted out of sleep my mournful wailing and terrified screams. Drawn to the bedroom by an unseen force, Cameron’s presence calms the distressed spirit and Lillyport House falls silent once again. When Cameron falls asleep, he unintentionally sets in motion a 19th century necromantic ritual and raises Eldon from the dead. Two soul mates, kept apart by death and a rip in time, are reunited.
But what happens when that rip in time tears open again? Enter parapsychologist Malcolm and psychic Trudy, each with their own agendas. Malcolm wishes to sever the link between Cameron and Eldon, while Trudy is attempting to keep them together. Will she be able to unravel Lillyport’s secrets or does the answer to Eldon’s survival depend on Cameron, a painting, and a guilt-ridden 19th century stable boy
Imagine if your soul mate was a man from a previous era. Imagine only being able to see or hear him was through your dreams and imagine what your family members would say and think about this. They’d title you insane and lock you away. Well, for Viscount Eldon Davenport, we’ll call him Eldon for short, this is exactly what happened to him. As Zathyn described the Viscount, I found myself completely in love with the man he was back in his era. I pictured him more like a pixie, soft spoken, whispery, pretty, well spoken, very smart and very alone. He was a very young man when he was killed, over something he really had no say so about. That was tragic and made me tear up as I read through that.
Well in present day there is Cameron, he’s somewhat reclusive, doesn’t do well in a social setting, would rather be on his own painting, as that is what he’s known for, his art. He’s very well-known and though he’s okay with that, he’s still prefers his own company. So, he ends up moving out of the busy city he lives in and buys a “haunted” manor in the country side. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, all he knows is that the manor offers what he needs to create. Peace and tranquility.
Imagine his surprise when he realizes one room in that house IS indeed haunted, but not in the way that’s malicious or harmful to him, he just happens to come across Eldon, who is the very same man that Cameron has more or less fallen in love with through years of studying him and his life. He knows what the reports say on the mental well-being of Eldon, that he died by suicide but he doesn’t know even the half of it.
Enter Cameron’s best friend Trudy and her ex-husband, Malcolm and wow do things heat up in very twisty ways in this book. We have a bit of mystery, paranormal, witchcraft, sex, lots of love, and more twists to keep you on the edge of your seat The scene I really enjoyed reading was when Cameron “woke” Eldon up. The details, description and dialogue used to create this will put you right there. And when I met Eldon again in today’s era with his speech pattern I fell more in love with him! He called his soul mate: Dearest. That is so heartwarming. When someone calls you Dearest, its more than the word honey, or sweetie. Dearest is the most romantic word I’ve heard.
This is a definite read. I highly recommend it.
Reviewed By: Michele