Sojourn with a Stranger by Keta Diablo
Publisher: Books We Love Publishing Partners
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (144 pages)
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Moonflower
Penniless when she arrives in Norfolk, her mother and father drowned at sea, Raine Brinsley longs to return home to her grandfather in Maine. When Derek Stafford, owner of an affluent manor, offers a solution to her dilemma, Raine is stunned. And outraged. She agrees to fulfill the contract to bear his child, and vows to dispel every memory of the cad from her mind. Will her traitorous heart listen?
Derek’s only goal in life is to father an heir for Stafford House to secure his future. But the exquisite Scottish lass arrives at the manor and interferes with his best-laid plans, and his heart. After one night in her arms, guilt, and the loss of his soul become his penance. He’ll do anything to win her love, anything to quench his tormenting hunger.
This is my first experience reading a paranormal romance with a ghost element and it was exceptional!
Guided by a ghost from the past, these two lovers are drawn together by need, mystery and attraction. Neither knows what the future holds, but justice and fate has a way of making everything right again in the world.
Raine Brinsley is an amazing woman. She is emotionally sturdy and very level headed. After losing her parents in a boating accident, she refuses to take charity and the offer for passage to her only remaining relative, her grandfather in Maine. Though she has no experience with any form of labor or running of a household, she decides she would rather work then take a hand out. As the story progresses, she holds firm and perseveres, by not being foolish and swooning to Derek’s charm and standing up to him when he was an arrogant jerk. I truly enjoyed everything about her.
Derek Stafford is the second born to a prominent Virginia family. He has survived the death of his wife and all of his children. He’s heart is beyond the ability to love. His practical side is determined to produce an heir for the estate before his brother does. Derek’s emotions have been put on the back burner due to his loss in life. One sight of Raine though and his walls start to crumble.
Sojourn with a Stranger has an amazing supporting cast. Everyone had an important role and Ms. Diablo used them all skillfully. She incorporated the characters into the story right alongside ghosts, voodoo and intrigue. It was done seamlessly and in no way felt forced.
The story is placed in post civil war era. I enjoy historical romances, but I do not enjoy books that are more facts then story. I’m not a stickler when it comes to these types of books. I like the historical feel of them, but if I wanted to know about history I’d pick up an encyclopedia. In Sojourn with a Stranger, I was not bogged down with useless information. I felt like I was in the period, but could sit back and enjoy the essence of the book, the romance.
This is also a well paced novel. The set up was thorough and well thought out. I could feel the desire building between Raine and Derek and understand their reluctance to grasp it. This story is on the very light erotica side. The sex scenes were pleasantly written, more quality then quantity. In fact, they were perfect.
Every single word in the book was exquisitely used and there was no fluff or filler. The author blended everything together perfectly. Her depictions of the characters, historical ambiance, sexual electricity and heady romance enhanced the story superbly.