Valley of Nightmares by Jane Godman #mf #review @JaneGodman @samhainpub


Valley of Nightmares

Danger lurks in the valley, and its ghostly source stalks Lilly’s nightmares…

As the threat of war darkens the skies over 1938 Europe, Lilly Divine trades the burlesque stage for a crumbling mansion deep in the mountainous heart of Wales.

Taran House is steeped in legend, remote and compelling as the reclusive owner’s motives for bringing Lilly to the valley. All she knows is she is to be governess to Gethin Taran’s niece, Ceri. And at night, eerie lights swirl and dance on the mountainside.

Although Lilly has never met Ceri, she knows the eight-year-old well. They meet in nightmares haunted by a sinister figure they both call the Hunter. The arrival of a mysterious black dog, and chilling howls echoing from the slopes, heighten Lilly’s fears.

Enthralled by Gethin, bound to orphaned Ceri, entranced by the unloved old house, Lilly must fight to keep her balance—and her young charge safe. But even as Lilly and Gethin succumb to sizzling passion, danger stalks just beyond the edge of the shadows.

Warning: Contains a bumping, grinding heroine and a stalker who haunts her dreams. Add a locked clock tower, an enigmatic employer, a psychic eight-year-old and a mysterious black dog… Can you handle a few nightmares of your own?

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Lilly is a former burlesque dancer who is asked to become a governess for the niece of a patron. She used to teach, but never thought she would get back to it and readily agrees to work for him. When she meets the child, Ceri, she learns that she is the girl that has haunted Lilly’s dreams since she was a child. Things become dangerous for the pair and a set of chilling events puts them in even more danger!

This was a fast paced, creepy, intriguing story with a Gothic feel. With a historical setting, I found the descriptions to be very well done and not vague at all. The writing style and world building by the author was on point and created a demonic and Gothic setting that had chills going down my spine. Unfortunately, I found myself straying from the pages while reading because of the historical aspect of the book, but otherwise it is a well done, creepy, story with demonic forces and chilling elements sure to scare even the most dedicated reader.

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