Douglas Ashton is the cold and unfeeling owner of the gothic Victorian Mansion, Sommersgate House. Julia Fairfax is his stubborn American sister-in-law. After tragedy strikes, Douglas and Julia are forced to live together at Sommersgate and raise their newly orphaned nieces and nephew.
Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister’s children nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas’s frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique.
Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia. When he tells her (yes, tells her) she will be his wife, Julia thinks Douglas is (probably) insane. And anyway, she’s decided if she ever has another husband (since the last one wasn’t so great), he was going to be short, balding, have a paunch and worship the ground she walks on (none of these characteristics define Douglas in the slightest).
One more thing, Sommersgate House is haunted by the ghosts of the man who built the house and the woman who was the love of his life. They both died mysteriously at Sommersgate months after it was finished. When they did, a curse settled on the house making it seem strangely alive. And the only way for the beautiful but frightening house to rid itself of this curse is for its owner to find true love.
Sommersgate House begins when Julia has to go live at Sommersgate house to care for her recently dead brother's children. For some strange reason her brother and sister-in-law left the children in her and her sister-in-law's brother's care, and required them to reside at Sommersgate House. Now, Julia is trying to deal with the children, her strange attraction to Douglas, and get over her brothers death.
It is not so easy either. Especially when there are ghosts haunting their house, and people who wish her not to be there any longer. And Douglas has decided some crazy things as well. Especially after he realizes that Julia is not like other woman.
This book was very very good! Probably my second favorite of this series. I loved Julia! She is an amazing heroine, and Douglas was just as awesome. Even though there were a few times I thought he was a little dense, but I understood where he was coming from.
Julia on the other hand frustrated me towards the end some. I hated that she denied what she felt, when it seemed like a dumb reason to deny it. Other than that though, I loved this story!
I loved the plot line, all of the characters, and even the ghosts! Now, I look forward to reading more in this unique and interesting series!