Spirited Brides by Amanda McCabe

Signet Eclipse

Historical Paranormal

ISBN: 9780451227836

Reviewed by Niki Lee




“One Touch of Magic”

Lady Iverson had been working on the Viking village excavation since her husband’s death, but when the land they are on is suddenly owned by someone else, she expects to be kicked out.  The new marquis, Miles Rutledge, is not as scholarly as his predecessor and has plans for that land, plans that involve giving jobs to homeless war veterans.  But when they meet, each one’s plans go out the window as they try to find a way to both get what they want – as well as each other.

“One Touch of Magic” was a very sweet romance, with just a small amount of paranormal activity in the form of a curse and a ghost.  The two characters are both stand up people who each think they are right, while still respecting the other’s principles.  The attraction between them is instantaneous and the only mystery is how long it will take the two of them to realize they belong together.


“A Loving Spirit”

Cassie Richards is fascinated by the world around her, what can be seen and what cannot.  While visiting her mother, she meets Phillip, Lord Royce, a scholar who is more inclined towards order and logic.  But Cassie knows there are ghosts lurking around his castle and wants to show Phillip there is more to life than just books.  Seemingly different, each one is drawn to the other, and not even the existence of ghosts can keep them apart.

“A Loving Spirit” was heavy on the paranormal, with the ghosts in it talking and interacting with the other characters.  This was also a sweet romance, nothing sexual beyond a few stolen kisses.  I enjoyed the two main characters more in this book than the other, but the story was not as easy a read for me as “One Touch of Magic.”

Overall, these two books were fun, sweet romances with interesting characters and different dynamics in each one, making Spirited Brides a good read.


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