the-velvet-cloak-of-midnightTitle:  The Velvet Cloak of Midnight
Series:  Shadows From The Past #4
Author:  Christina Courtenay
Genre:  Romance, Paranormal
Published:  October 7, 2016
Publisher:  Choc Lit
My Rating:  4.5 stars
Source:  NetGalley
Cover Description:

When newly widowed Tess visits Raglan Castle, she experiences an extraordinary vision that transports her to seventeenth-century Wales and a castle on the brink of a siege.

Even when Tess leaves Raglan to return to Merrick Court, her late husband’s home, the strange dreams continue as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the past. And when the new owner of the estate arrives – New Zealander Josh Owens – the parallels become even more obvious.

But perhaps the visions aren’t just trying to tell their own story, maybe they’re also giving a warning..

Titles in this series include:  The Silent Touch of Shadows – The Secret Kiss of Darkness – The Soft Whisper of Dreams – The Velvet Cloak of Midnight

Time slip novels are among my favorite type of paranormal-historical-contemporary romance combinations.  We get a glimpse of each and when tied together seamlessly the result is a fascinating experience – exactly like what The Velvet Cloak of Midnight delivers.

In the present day, Tess is experiencing the numbing death of her husband, the need to turn over her beloved home to a stranger and the constant battle against debt collectors, one in particular.  The new heir, Josh, has no knowledge of the value and history of Merrick Court and it’s obvious his intention is to sell and get out quickly.  Add in some unexpected attraction and you have a story line that is fraught with tensions, adjustments and possibilities to explore.

When Tess experiences visions of the past we are taken into the turbulent and dangerous world of 1646 and the siege of Raglan Castle.  In this time we encounter Arabella and Rhys, a couple who face huge differences in spite of their attraction to each other.  This world if full of danger, politics and war.

Between the two separate romances going on, visions of the past, ghost sightings and dangers faced all of these characters easily come to life in a manner that is seamless to follow from one time period to the other.

The Velvet Cloak of Midnight is one of those stories that it doesn’t truly matter what genre you prefer reading – it’s the combined story that is the focus and what drives you to continue on, discovering history and everlasting love in both the present and the past.

I would have no hesitation in recommending this title to any Contemporary, Historical or Paranormal reader.  The characters will touch your emotions and their story is filled with tensions, attraction, arrogance, evil incarnate and a satisfying conclusion to it all.  This one will touch your heart, and that’s what a really good story should do.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this novel. It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this story.*

Available for the Kindle (and paperback in 2017)