I received a review copy of "Whispers at the Wall" from the author, Alicia Hope, who is a fellow member of the Romance Writers of Australia. Alicia knew how much I enjoyed the first book in this duo, "The Brande Legacy", and I'm grateful that she generously shared a copy.


You must read "The Brande Legacy" before "Whispers at the Wall". Things will make a great deal more sense and your emotional connection with the heroine, Claire-Rose, will be deeper.


So with all the preliminaries out of the way, onto the book!


"Whispers at the Wall" was a lot of fun. Imagine renovating a castle -- in New Zealand! And as if that weren't stressful enough (renovating is crazy), add in ghosts and a lovely tangled romance that flows on from "The Brande Legacy".


With so many plot strands to wrangle and ultimately resolve, Alicia nonetheless maintains a smooth, readable style and introduces some likeable characters, such as "Jiff" :) Watch out for some wry and amusing comments from these side characters.


"Whispers at the Wall" is an enjoyable paranormal read that (if you're a scaredy-cat like me) isn't too spooky.