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Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite
When a family experiences difficulties and a romance is in jeopardy, a ghost steps in to set things right in the novella Christmas at Hembry Castle by Meredith Allard. After his untimely death, the newly deceased Earl of Staton, Richard Meriwether, watches his family from the shadows of his former home. His brother, Frederick, had to give up his life and career in the United States and return to Hembry Castle as the new Earl when Richard fell off the bridge. While Frederick deals with the loneliness of the castle, falling economic prices, and an uncooperative tenant farmer, his daughter Lady Daphne is waiting for her fiance to finish his book and marry her. However, as Christmas approaches, things are not getting any better for Frederick or Daphne. Concerned for his brother's and niece's well-being, Richard decides he must do something. But what can a ghost do that will make a difference in the land of the living?
Christmas at Hembry Castle by Meredith Allard is a charming holiday novella that contains a hint of mystery and suspense. The storyline keeps you guessing as to whether or not the ghost of the Earl will haunt the castle and change the course of his relatives' lives. Nicely written, the plot moves along at an even pace and comes to a satisfactory and heartwarming conclusion. With appealing characters who are endearing and lovable, it is easy to get caught up in the conflict and turmoil of their upended lives. It is a delightful tale that has unusual elements of hope and happiness inspired by a unique haunting.