Historical fantasy is one of my favorite genres and one I don’t read nearly often enough. It has been hard, in the past, to find well-written works that fit the category…slowly but surely, that seems to be changing. Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey definitely fit the bill.
Violet lives in the late 19th century with her mother and a couple of servants (including the delectable Colin). Her mom is basically a crook – she goes around pretending to be a medium and drags Violet and Colin into her schemes. They have to help her put on the “show” that convinces people she is legit. When they are invited to a house party with upper crust guests, Violet’s mother is thrilled – thinking that it’ll open the door to a lot of other work. Unfortunately – the work starts a little early for Violet. Is that a real ghost following her around for once?
I loved the plot of Haunting Violet– Violet’s path to discovering the identity of the ghost followed by trying to help her find peace leads to a lot of interesting discoveries about herself and the people around her. It also leads to some legit creepy scenes – she has both other ghosts and living people on her trail. She doesn’t go it alone though, her good friend Elizabeth is an eager participant in the adventures. Also, she can always count on Colin to do his best to keep her safe.
Colin is one awesome dude, of the patiently-waiting-in-the-wings-he-has-wanted-her-forever variety. He watches while Violet’s mom tries to make her marry for money…then decides he isn’t gonna stand for any of that. Their developing romance from what was obviously a life-long friendship was very satisfying; I loved them together!
So, the combination of historical details, paranormal creepiness, romance and family drama made for one heck of a great read. I definitely recommend picking Haunting Violet up!