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The Haunted Bedchamber, by Gillian St. Kevern - Release Day Review

The Haunted Bedchamber by Gillian St. Kevern Release Day Review

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Book Info

Book Series
Read by Candlelight, Book 4
About the Author
Gillian St. Kevern is the author of the Deep Magic series, the Thorns and Fangs series, the For the Love of Christmas series,and standalone novels, The Biggest Scoop and The Wing Commander's Curse. Gillian currently lives in her native New Zealand, but spent eleven years in Japan and has visited over twenty different countries.
As a chronic traveller, Gillian is more interested in journeys than endings, with characters that grow and change to achieve their happy ending. She's not afraid to let her characters make mistakes or take the story in an unexpected direction. Her stories cross genres, time-periods and continents, taking readers along for an unforgettable ride. Both Deep Magic and The Biggest Scoop were nominated for Best LOR story in the 2015 M/M Romance Groups Member's Choice awards. Deep Magic also received nominations in Best Cover, Best Main Character and Best Paranormal, while The Biggest Scoop was nominated for Best Coming of Age.
Publication Date
June 01, 2019
Available Formats
Wiremu’s not come halfway across the world to be stopped by a ghost.

Summoned from New Zealand by his tyrannical grandfather, Wiremu arrives at isolated Scarhill House to discover scheming relatives, hostile servants, and a secretary on the verge of a nervous collapse. Little wonder: the house is inhabited by a poltergeist with an apparent grudge against Wiremu’s family.

The poltergeist isn’t the only ghost in Scarhill House. Wiremu shares his bedroom with an invisible presence. As the ghost grows increasingly familiar, Wiremu enlists the reluctant secretary Patrick’s help to uncover the secrets of Scarhill House. Can Wiremu and Patrick lay these ghosts to rest? Or will they be haunted for the rest of their lives by Scarhill’s ghosts?

Editor review

1 review
Loved it!
POV: 3rd person, one character

 Wow! The Haunted Bedchamber is another resounding success, with a perfect blend of historical, paranormal and gothic mystery all rolled into one fantastic novel.

 I've loved every book in the Read by Candlelight series so far, and I don't see that changing any time in the future. Each book has its own magic, its own charm, and – for the first time ever! – each book *can* actually be read as a standalone. Though there are connecting characters and places, those are bonuses for those of us who want to read in order, throughout the entire series. But, to anyone new to the series, they can easily pick up book 4, be intrigued by the characters and then decide to go back and visit Pip and Cross' story in book 1; or skip from book 2 to book 4. There is nothing stopping them from enjoying the series however they want, in whatever order they want.

 Saying that, if you read the series in order, this one feels like it's out of order but it's really not. For me, it felt like it was in exactly the right place. Book 3 took us to a place where Pip was an old man, but it also introduced us to the idea of him being a paranormal enthusiast and paranormal hunter. That was important to tell us, before we ventured into this book, so that we could see how that fascination started and came to become an obsession. But also that he was the perfect person to help Wiremu deal with his ghostly problems.

 I absolutely loved Wiremu, the New Zealander MC who is part of the Mauri people. I knew St. Kevern had skill and talent before reading this book, but I really fell in love with the authenticity of Wiremu's character and his dedication to culture. I'm nowhere near close to understanding Mauri culture or the terms, but that didn't matter. The terms used were so well used in the text that the context provided all the meaning I needed. And I appreciated that it wasn't given as a lesson or with Wiremu having to endlessly explain himself. It was natural and flowed perfectly.

 In the end...as with each book in the series...I loved everything about it. From the main characters, to the paranormal twist, to the return of Pip and Cross. I even liked the irascible old man Jarvis, for a while. His banter with Wiremu was brilliant. Wiremu was charming and different. Patrick was sweet and a little lost. I loved them all! The ghostly/invisible man aspect of the story was original and clever, but the big reveal of who and what the ghosts were was even better. I honestly didn't see it coming.

 Am I excited there is another book? Duh. Of course! I don't read FF books much, but I'm already itching to get my hands on it, after reading the blurb. This series just does that to you. It makes you want to keep reading and keep exploring, because there are so many possibilities. I love seeing old characters return. And...I mean, Pip is in book 5, so of course I need to read it! It's Pip! I wouldn't miss it for the world.


 Favourite Quotes

 “He's not a man, he's a spider. Once you're caught in his web, that's it. You can't leave.” He spoke with venom. “No one here can leave.”

 “As his hand clutched the bare sheets, a thought occurred. Did he want to free the ghost – or keep him?”
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