Nocturne for a Widow

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As featured in the USA Today "Happily Ever After" blog!

"[DeWees brings] delicious humor to the forefront, creating characters and a plot that balance classic Gothic suspense and lighthearted humor so deftly that she nearly creates an entirely new genre -- the cozy Gothic romance." -- Sweet Rocket

"The sexual tension between Sybil and Roderick is absolutely delicious and keeps building to a crescendo at the end. ... Nocturne for a Widow is a delightful tale that anyone with a sense of humor will enjoy." -- InD'Tale magazine, crowned heart review

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Description

The ghost may be the least of her prob­lems… Viva­cious actress Sybil Ingram looks for­ward to a life of secu­ri­ty when she leaves the the­ater to mar­ry a wealthy Amer­i­can. But when he dies on their wed­ding night, she finds her­self a pen­ni­less wid­ow. Her only lega­cy is Brooke House, a Goth­ic revival manor in the wilds of the Hud­son Riv­er Val­ley. How­ev­er, the eerie man­sion comes with two ten­ants. One is a hos­tile ghost. The sec­ond, and far worse, is for­mer vio­lin­ist Rod­er­ick Brooke—the most inso­lent, dan­ger­ous, mad­den­ing­ly gor­geous man she’s ever met.

As Sybil and Rod­er­ick engage in a bat­tle of wills—and wits—she finds her­self increas­ing­ly drawn to him despite her grow­ing sus­pi­cion that there is a con­nec­tion between him and the spir­it that haunts Brooke House. But soon an even greater threat aris­es: the mys­te­ri­ous queen of local soci­ety, Mrs. Lavinia Dove. For rea­sons that Sybil can’t imag­ine, Mrs. Dove is deter­mined to have Brooke House and Rod­er­ick for her­self… if nec­es­sary, by dead­ly means.

Read­ers who enjoyed meet­ing Sybil in With This Curse will love this oppor­tu­ni­ty to spend more time with this spir­it­ed, con­fi­dent actress as she leaves the the­ater behind for an excit­ing and dan­ger­ous new life in Amer­i­ca. In Noc­turne for a Wid­ow you’ll learn the real rea­son she cast aside her life as a stage god­dess and left behind every­thing she knew… and of the wild­ly unex­pect­ed turns her life took after that momen­tous deci­sion.

Noc­turne for a Wid­ow is a bril­liant fusion of goth­ic romance, mys­tery, and roman­tic com­e­dy, per­fect for read­ers who love Vic­to­ri­an women sleuths like Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Dar­by, Pen­ny Richards’s Lil­ly Long, Dean­na Raybourn’s Lady Julia Grey, and Eliz­a­beth Peters’s Amelia Peabody. And be sure to explore Sybil’s con­tin­u­ing adven­tures in The Last Ser­e­nade, book 2 in the Sybil Ingram Vic­to­ri­an Mys­ter­ies series, now avail­able.

Additional information

Legnth

About 110,000 words

Sensuality Level

Sweet/Mild

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