Gothic romance with a twist.
Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and “true” ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.
Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.
His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive, Sir Richard doesn’t go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear, break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected and attempt to bridge the gap between them.
But strange sounds, sights and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other while protecting the broken family he’s grown to care for. Once again Bonnie Dee has out does herself. If I could get away with just say, people…. it’s Bonnie Dee… of course it’s brilliant, just buy it. I would. But boss lady, that runs this wants more, so.
The tangle web of desist that Graham weaves to get the position is overwhelmed, understandable. The love and connection he feels for the boys and then for the father so well done and natural you forget that we are also fighting a secondary problem within the home.
Richard is so consumed with guilt and shame he’s losing focus of the bigger picture, his boys and the baser nature of the feelings that lead him to this point.
These two have to dance a fine line before both can succumb to the pleasures of the flesh, and when everything seems to be going well, life and reality happens. Only one secondary secondary person really stands out, Tommy. The rest help the story but without Tommy. The children really make this a complete tale and all four bring it home.