I found this pretty bland and unexciting. The series is about a woman who inherits a house from her aunt. Said aunt is a ghost who communicates with her heir by writing in a magical diary. If I’m fuzzy on the details, it’s because this book left no lasting impression. The heroine was not very engaging, and the only interesting thing she did—lust after a man who was not her husband—was passed off as part of the magical influence surrounding the area where the story takes place. Allowing her to really be attracted to him would have given the character a nice dilemma and a little depth, but instead the whole thing feels like a cheat.
I might like this series better if I’d started with the first book, but I never got interested enough to find out which one that is.
This was awful. Rather than continuing forward with the Amelia Peabody series, she jumped backward and filled in one of the digging seasons she’d previously skipped. (The series is marginally about archeology, in case you didn’t know.) Unfortunately it’s a season we didn’t care about before, and we don’t get much reason to here. This book is the very definition of filler. I had to go re-read Falcon at the Portal and He Shall Thunder in the Sky to remember why I liked this series.