Monday, January 03, 2022

The Witch of Rathborne Castle by Virginia Barlow


          In the middle of a dark, twisted forest in Cumbria England, Lady Jane Lenwood lives at Rathborne Castle, alone and penniless, blaming her misfortunes on the current Duke of Rathborne. But Lady Jane has a secret, voices inside her head that warn her of a dark and dangerous future, and foretells the arrival of an unwanted visitor to her gates.

Gravely wounded, Max Radley is found inside the gates of Rathborne and begs her help. He is intrigued and drawn to the beautiful red-haired woman whom the locals fear is a witch. After spending the winter snowed in, Max must resume his search for a traitor to the Crown but finds he cannot forget Lady Jane.

As treason, enemies, lies and deception surround them, Jane must give up everything to save both their lives and their future.  

 Our Review: for fans of action-packed swashbucklers set in England during the early 1700’s, this is the one for you. Author Barlow weaves multiple sub-plots and secondary characters into the story, keeping the reader turning the pages to learn who is behind the threats to the English monarchy as well as two deserving lovers.

 Based on a scale of 1-5, The Witch of Rathborne Castle deserves a 4.

Kat Henry Doran, Wild Women Reviews

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