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Haunting Miss Trentwood

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3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  45 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Witty, secluded Mary is reeling after her father, Trentwood, passes away and returns in ghostly form. Despite the ghost’s constant prodding, Mary lives in their aging English countryside manor house with only her aunt and their servants for company.


But their quiet home carries secrets even from Mary and Trentwood. When Hartwell, a London lawyer, arrives at their doorstep c
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ebook, 254 pages
Published October 16th 2010 by Smashwords Edition (first published October 15th 2010)
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Jennifer Lane
Oct 15, 2010 Jennifer Lane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I adored the movie Sense and Sensibility, I can’t proclaim to be a voracious reader of Jane Austen type books. However, I LOVED this Victorian ghost story!

Taking place in 1887 in the English countryside, the story begins when 26 year-old Mary Trentwood watches her father’s ghost climb out of his freshly dug grave and begin to boss her around like he did in his living form. Not only is Mary dealing with this frightening predicament, but also the only family member she has to help her with
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Stacey Benefiel
Nov 20, 2010 Stacey Benefiel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting Miss Trentwood was an enjoyable historical/paranormal read. While many of the usual suspects that you would find in an Austen novel are represented, Miss Kroll gives them a supernatural tweak.

The heroine, Mary, has suffered great loss: Both of her parents have died and she is left in charge of the debt-ridden crumbling family manor. Since the day of her father's funeral, when she is sure that she saw her father crawl from his grave, Mary has been haunted by him. I loved this father/dau
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Charlie
The Haunting of Miss Trentwood is a gorgeously crafted Victorian novel through which Kroll creates a perfect gothic literary revival. Admittedly, the author suggests that upon completion she recognized the influence of Hamlet in the story. I also see other classical influences such as Bronte and Shirley Jackson. However, the most notable and flattering comparison I can draw is to The House of Seven Gables, by Nathanial Hawthorne because "The Haunting of Miss Trentwood" visits the archetypal them ...more
Suzy Turner
Mar 13, 2011 Suzy Turner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting Miss Trentwood is, without doubt, one of the finest books I have had the pleasure of reading. Belinda Kroll writes with such fluidity in a style that is reminiscent of classic authors like Jane Austen.
I was swept into the story from the very first page and I found it difficult to put down, often staying up late into the night to complete 'just a few more chapters'. I was not disappointed at any stage within the book, it flowed beautifully, making me feel that I didn't want it to end.
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Lauralynn Elliott
I don't understand why the other review on here sounds really good and yet was only 3 stars. So I'm giving it 5!

I've been reading (and writing) so many modern paranormal romances, that I had to get used to the voice of this book. The style is just a little old fashioned, and it reminded me a lot of books I read in high school. This was definitely a ghost story, and it was set in the 1800's, but it wasn't typical by any means. There was a lot of quirky humor in this book, especially when Mr. Tren
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Jennifer
Nov 30, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting Miss Trentwood was a delightfully twisted take on life after the death of ones parents. From the start the characters and settings are described so colorfully I was able to jump right into the story. The language of the book was great at keeping me in the Victorian setting. It was a great read with a touch of romance, definitely a page turner for me!
Swanbender2001
I must say I continued to read this book in order to take part in the discussion. I did enjoy Mary's character and spirit but was reading to finish; not for enjoyment.
Pili
Nov 29, 2016 Pili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a delightful and cozy read this one was!

Sometimes you are not in the mood to read any of the books you have started but instead decide to grab a Victorian mix of romance & ghost story with a little bit of mystery element and it proves to be exactly what you needed!

I really liked Mary, because she was a bit unconventional for the times, but not anachronistically so, and she was trying to deal with all the changes and news and losses as best as she could, and doing a pretty decent job, be
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Sally906
Mary Trentwood is having a bit of a problem - her father is haunting her! There she was, at his funeral, and as she turned to go she spotted him crawling back out of his grave! Well, she did what any good Victorian miss would do and promptly fainted! When she comes around dear old dad is there to talk to her, only no one else can see or hear him. Well the butler suspects but only because he thinks she’s gone mad with grief and is imagining him. Turns out he can’t move on until her future is sett ...more
IndieJane
Apr 01, 2012 IndieJane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Belinda Kroll describes her genre as “quirky Victorian romances” and the appellation is definitely accurate. There is a certain tone and quality readers tend to expect when they hear “Victorian romance.” Think of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell–the entire novel is steeped in the reserved, almost repressed sensibility of the era. While Haunting Miss Trentwood respects the mores of Victorian times, the tone is completely different. I adjusted my expectations pretty quickly when Mr. Tre ...more
Rachel
Nov 04, 2010 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites
Haunting Miss Trentwood is a beautifully written story set in the 1800s about a young woman who's father is haunting her. Miss Trentwood was left her father's estate and her only family is Mrs. Durham, her mother's twin sister. When Mr. Hartwell makes his presence, Mrs. Durham is put on edge while Miss Trentwood is rather intrigued by his ghastly scar on his face. Mr. Hartwell announces to Miss Trentwood that he has come to find the person who is blackmailing his sister and everyone is a suspect ...more
Jennifer Phillips
Mixed feelings on this book. On one hand, I read it and enjoyed it overall. On the other hand, there were elements that I felt were underdeveloped and required you to make a leap of faith. The characters seemed to behave immaturely and irrationally in several instances and I found myself struggling to determine if there was some context missing that would make it feel more natural. I felt the same about how easily Miss Trentwood slipped into a routine in which she accepted the haunting by her fa ...more
Galla
Grieving is bad enough when you're not being haunted by your recently-deceased father. Mary Trentwood's father wants to protect her from her psychologically unstable aunt, and Mary would like nothing more than for him to go away.

The humor really carries this offbeat piece of historical fiction. The ghost is hilarious, and the interfering butler--that staple of nineteenth-century settings--has some of the best lines in the book (bonus points because he's a former pugilist). Mary is an easy chara
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Kait Nolan
Dec 06, 2010 Kait Nolan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a general rule, I don't like historicals. I mean, I love Jane Austen, but other than my annual re-reading of Pride and Prejudice, I don't seek them out. I admit to a prejudice against them from having gotten ahold of a few too many with ninnies for heroines. So I was REALLY pleasantly surprised when I read this book. The heroine is spunky and witty, the hero honorable with just the right amount of rough around the edges. And FUNNY, OMG, I laughed so much during this story! Love, love, love th ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Haunting Miss Trentwood is a tale that practically screams Gothic. Whether it is the dreary days, the pouring rain, the suspects, or the ghost himself, the scenery within the novel is matched perfectly to the genre. I do have to say I found Mary to be more of the anguished heroine versus the typical tormented hero, which shows Ms. Kroll used a unique and fresh idea while penning this book. I did find there were parts of this tale that dragged a bit and left me hoping for something to happen to p ...more
Babs
Nov 14, 2011 Babs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
I read haunting Miss Trentwood for a book group discussion. I would never have chosen it for myself, but enjoy the discussions. I can't recommend it unless you are looking for something with loose ends all over the place...events, characters, locations, and close it after the last page thinking a lot of great ideas if they'd just been connected to each other.

The author said she learned a lot from the widespread criticism of her book and would use the knowledge to make her next book (being writte
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Mary
I won Haunting Miss Trentwood from First Reads. I look forward to reading it now that it's arrived. The site won't let me mark this as arrived yet but I did indeed receive it. I got it so quickly, in two days I believe. I like the look of this book and enjoyed the several pages I read to get a feel for the book. The slightly old fashioned style of writing falls into a comfortable rhythm. I think this will be a easy, pleasurable read (with a ghost!). It's in my queue.
Kenia
Jun 09, 2011 Kenia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I don't usually read historical fiction novels but I quite enjoyed this one. Although it did seem a little boring for me in the beginning but I liked it. I chuckled here and there throughout reading the book. After a few pages I caught onto Mary's story and was fascinated. Overall it's a beautifully written novel and enjoyable.
Vicki
I liked Mary's character and some of the banter between her and her father's ghost and a few of the other characters. However, for a relatively short book, it dragged. This was not enough to keep me engaged. I found most of the plot predictable and was a little upset when I finally felt I wanted to see how it all ended, that it was almost exactly as I expected.

2.5 stars.
Naomi
Jan 17, 2011 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haunting Miss Trentwood kept my interest, but barely. I felt in a number of places the story seemed to drag on and then come to a predictable conclusion. I did enjoy the story though and would recommend it to certain readers.
Kathy
Jan 04, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read! I would equate it with a Victorian "Arsenic and Old" with an offbeat ghost added in.
Ckay Brooks
Jan 30, 2012 Ckay Brooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book!
It is hard to imagine living under the restraints and conditions of this period in history. Belinda Kroll did did a good job of describing and making you feel you were there.
Nancy Kelley
Mar 29, 2012 Nancy Kelley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review posted under Indie Jane
Cheryl
May 24, 2011 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, humorous
Very good pacing. Likeable main characters. Interesting story.

I felt some of the supporting characters were a little over the top but overall, a good read.
Mary  (Biblophile)
Jul 24, 2011 Mary (Biblophile) rated it really liked it
Loved this quirky paranormal romance set in Victorian times. The dialogue between Mary and Hartwell was priceless. A very enjoyable read.
Lanelle
Jan 10, 2017 Lanelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too many typos. And a bit unbelievable.
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Belinda Kroll is the author of three historical novels. She is also the author of non-fiction and children’s storybooks under the name Binaebi Akah.

With a masters in Human Computer Interaction and a minor in English, she helps make websites and software intuitive by day, and puzzles away at her writing by night. She grew up in a home where reading was encouraged and Jeopardy! was on every weeknig
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