Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
“Tis said, that some have died for love.” - William Wordsworth. Die for Love: A Ghost Story is a mystery by Ellen Read. In England in 1935, while recuperating, artist Edward Wallingford feels inspired to sketch Marston Castle despite warnings about its haunting history. He meets the beguiling Rose Marston who coaxes him to stay at the castle because they were meant to be together. England, present-day, William is curious to learn the circumstances surrounding his great-great-uncle Edward’s disappearance. He travels to Claeg, Dorset, where his uncle was last seen. Natalie, the innkeeper, also warns William not to go to Marston Castle, which he ignores. While touring the castle, William meets a lovely woman named Rose who invites him to stay with her. Natalie has her suspicions when William behaves oddly and takes him to see a witch.
“His love was such a grievous pain.” - William Wordsworth. Edward and his great-great-nephew William were befuddled after being smitten by the beauty of a Marston woman. William Wordsworth’s poetry is a significant feature throughout this story. If you’re a fan of Edgar Allen Poe like myself, you will be thrilled with the engrossing dark mystery theme of Die for Love. It’s a suspenseful, touching story with a lovely setting in the rural English countryside. Ellen Read has also included excerpts from her other books at the back of Die for Love: A Ghost Story and the information on how this story originated. I really like the book’s cover illustration and highly recommend the novel for your reading pleasure.