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A Ghostly Tale of Forbidden Love

(Highland Passions #1)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Senara becomes a lady's maid at Castle of Park to help ease the financial burden of her beloved family. She does not expect to have such a wicked mistress any more than she expects to find a handsome laird...or a ghost with a burning need for retribution.
Gavin vowed on his father’s death bed to watch over his aunt, and regrets it every day. Especially when her new maid arr
Published September 19th 2017
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Sissy's Romance Book Review
A Ghostly Tale of Forbidden Love by Madeline Martin is book One in the Highland Passions series. This is the story of Gavin and Senara which this book was also in the box set "Once Upon a Haunted Castle".
Senara has went forward to help her family with money by becoming a ladies maid at Castle of Park. There is is to work as a maid to the Lair's aunt who turns out to be a very mean women. Gavin is the Lair of Castle of Park and made a promise to his father to care for his aunt but she is a harsh
Kacy Rozier
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this Novella!! Senara has to become a Lady's Maid because her family is in finacial crisis. The castle belongs to Gavin and he promised his dad that he would take care of his aunt. The aunt was wicked and down right mean. I wanted to go though the pages and slap her silly! Gavin and Senara really take their time with the falling in love.... which I like . I loved Senara's character from the get go, and Gavin, I mean.... what's not to love? This tale of Forbidden Love has everything I lov ...more
Tracy Emro
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gavin and Senara are a charming couple. Gavin is the laird of Castle of Park and Senara has just been hired to be a lady's maid to his vile aunt. These two dance around each other for months and when tragedy strikes, they become closer.

Just when happiness seems to be within reach, the aunt interferes and their newfound love is threatened. But thanks to a ghost with a taste for vengeance - these two are able to have their well deserved HEA.

I originally read this novella in the anthology Once Up
Candy Laine
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

It's a Cinderella story, with a ghostly twist.

When Senara leaves her home and family behind to come work for Lady Edana, she's only thinking about not being a burden to her family. Unfortunately her new employer is quite a difficult person to get along with. The bitter old maid is after her nephew Gavin to get married and beget a heir so that the king doesn't get his hands on their lands.
Gavin has been hoping to do the right thing and make a marriage of convenience and hopefully some profit. The
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novella was previously part of the Halloween anthology "Once Upon a Haunted Castle."
Madeline Martin doesn't dissappoint in this Ghostly Tale!

Hoping to ease the financial burden of her family, Senara takes a position as a ladies maid at Castle Park. She has no desire to marry, only to save enough money to buy her young brother a knighthood... She's an honorable sister and daughter, always putting family before herself. But Senara gets more than she bargained for when she sees how difficult h
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such an enjoyable book. It had romance, intrigue and even a vengeful ghost. Senara has come to Castle of Park to work as a lady’s maid to help with her family’s finances. On the road there she meets Gavin, laird of Castle of Park, when he intervenes as she is being attacked. Gavin has promised his dying father to care for his aunt, who is a cruel and mean spirited woman. She insists on reminding him that he needs to secure a marriage with a neighboring clan in order to guarantee peace. ...more
Christine Woinich
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a tale of finding that love you are willing to give up everything else for. Throw in a ghost bent on revenge and many intrigues and misunderstandings. Senara and Gavin conquer all to have that forever love. I loved how the ghost reached out to Senara and how Gavin allowed his feelings for her to be real rather than give into his past and expectations. I recommend this story.

This is my unsolicited review.
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
This is the first book I have read by Ms Martin, and I have been interested in her work for a while now and I can absolutely say that this will not be the last I will read by her. Her writing is faultless, it’s new and fresh, intelligently written and above all as romantic as you can get. I love the plot of this it’s so different and hugely enjoyable to read.

I absolutely love this twist, it is so different to what you usually expect from an Historical Romance. I did hugely enjoy A Ghostly Tale o
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book by Martin. I especially like the ghost in it. Definitely a page turner. Couldn't put it down. "He eased her back to the ground where their clothing lay discarded. The errant folds of fabric were bunched and soft beneath her back, though she noticed it for only one moment before his powerful body stretched over hers. And he was powerful - his body bared and perfect in the stream of daylight, every movement rippling with strength and masculine beauty." Loved it!
Anna Holmes
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book for an honest review. I have recently fallen in love with Madeline Martin's work. She is a fabulous author and knows how to snag the reader at the beginning. She has solid characters and a well planned out story.

In this story, the heroine Senara is seen fighting off some hooligans on the street with her two most precious things, a horse and her sword. She is pretty feisty and handy with a sword, but enter the hero Gavin. Gavin and Senara enjoy a talk and walk, unti
Maggie Whitworth
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Gavin is Laird of Castle of Park . When returning to the castle comes upon Senara a young woman , defending herself from thieves trying to take her horse . She is on her way to his castle to serve his aunt as a Lady's maid , an aunt who is not a kind soul , but who he promised his father he would care for .
They meet most days on the stairs , gradually becoming closer , from smiles ,to touches ,to kisses . Eventually falling in love , but Gavin is supposed to marry for his clans gain not for ple
Debbie Glenn Brown
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Senara travels to Castle of Park to become a lady's maid at to help ease the financial burden of her beloved family. She encounters Gavin on her way when she’s attacked and he comes to her rescue. Gavin turns out to be the Laird of the castle she’s headed to and the nephew of the woman she’s to be a lady’s maid. Gavin finds Senara extraordinarily fascinating and her idea of only marring for love out of the ordinary for the nobility. Senara finds Aunt Edna to be quite the demanding shrew. Senara ...more
Lori D
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful story and it grabs you from the first page! Senara has left her home and family to work as a lady's maid to Lady Edana at Castle of the Park. On her journey to the castle she is set upon by brigands and Laird Gavin MacDuff comes to her rescue. Feisty Senara with her dagger and sword lets him know she could have defended herself without his help! As Senara finds out, Lady Edana is Gavin's mean spirited aunt who he has to allow to live in the castle for her lifetime. This is wher ...more
Colleen Perry
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book

I gave 5 stars because I enjoyed so much. It drew me in right from the beginning, and held me to HEA end. It was so unique. It had everything, intrigue, adventure, romance, even a ghost, a villain, romance, and a little good steam. I loved both H/h from beginning. There was no hate love to drag on and on. It was a page turner, because of the joy and pleasure it gave. Everything was revolved just right at end. I had a very happy and peaceful feeling after I had read, but very sad t
Kat Tolle
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars for Madeline Martin!! This novella was so good I read it in one sitting. If you have not read one of her books you are truly missing out! She has a way of making her character come alive with Gavin, Senara, Edana, a ghost named Balthasar and even the horse named Norbert.

Gavin only gave his first name when meeting Senara for the first time on their way of Castle of Park. Senara is going there to be the wicked Aunt Edana maid as Gavin is the Laird. Can Gavin keep his promise to his father
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laird Gavin MacDuff has his hand full with his cruel and bitter aunt. Sentra, the new lady's maid, enters the picture and a forbidden love blooms. This story has a wonderful mystery and a ghost in it that I really loved. The ghost is very angry and set on revenge against the aunt, but why? The actions of this ghost against Gavin's aunt is blamed on Senara, and the aunt wants her banished from the house. Will the aunt prevail? Will Senara's innocence be proven? You will be shocked and at the same ...more
Amber Jones
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off I have to say Madeline Martin has by far become one of my favorite authors. I believe this is my third book of hers that I have reviewed and I flew through it within a day. I just couldn't put it down. It pulls you into the story and hooks you into the backstory of each character (even the villains)so that you just cannot stop reading this amazing tale of love.

Senara is a soon to be lady's maid when she is attacked and someone saves her even though she didn't need the help. What she do
Megan | Bookstacks 'n Golden Moms
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first picked this book up. I have read only a few historical fiction stories. Gavin and Senara rank high up there with Royce and Nicholaa. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the characters (well, except for Edana - what a cruel, bitter, angry old woman! I disliked her immediately). Senara is one of my favorite female lead characters. She is strong and knows how to use a sword to defend herself. She's also a kind soul, which ends up attracting the ghost Balthasar to her. Tha
Suzy Sims
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and Revenge

Senara is on her way to become a lady's maid in a grand castle. She is attacked by thugs, is fighting them off, when a handsome stranger steps in to save her. They visit on the way to the castle. Senara finds out he is the Laird Gavin she s to work for his aunt. Her first night serving she has a ghostly encounter. Will she be able to unravel the ghostly tale and help the spirit find peace? With the Laird's help maybe.
Nicole Laverdure
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Delightful tale of love!

I really enjoyed A Ghostly Tale of Forbidden Love, written by Madeline Martin, as part of this collection Once Upon a Haunted Castle that I read on September 27, 2016! Charming characters blended into a beautiful tale!
A short read, but such a lovely HEA story. Will definitely read the series. What a great come-uppance in the story too. 5☆
Historical Junkie
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2017, 1-day-reads
Banff, Scotland 1604

This story is exciting from the first paragraph. It's part mystery, suspense and romance and a fantastic read for a rainy day. I loved their meetings on the stairs! Soooo romantic. Well done, Ms Madeline, well done.

Senara is no helpless lass, by any means. And she is quite humble, I really liked her.
Gavin is... well... an honorable Medieval Laird. And Scottish. 'Nuff said.

I received a copy for review. All opinions are my own.
Jennifer Yeakel
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in an afternoon. It was so compelling I could not put it down. Gavin and Senara were so sweet and caring. It was so romantic with a hint of mystery. I would highly recommend this novella. You won't be sorry. Loved it.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrilling ghost tale of love and vindication. Senara has decided to take a position at Castle of Park home of the MacDuff Clan. She will be a lady's maid to the elderly Aunt of the Laird. While on her way she is attacked by three ruffians. She defends herself in "Madeline Martin" style; however, a hero shows up at the end to lend a hand. He walks her to the Castle and once there he tells her he is Gavin, Laird of the clan. The attraction is strong and they both fight it. He must marry to ensure ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in return for an honest review. This was a great read. I liked the fact that it was a little different from traditional historical romances. I enjoyed the fact that it included the paranormal twist. I enjoyed the main characters. Senara was a sweet girl and her innocent behavior worked well with the theme of this book. I do like the author's typical strong willed heroines but I really did enjoy the sweet characters and development of the story. It held my attention and I fin ...more
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love this book! It has everything I could ever want in a story, and then some. There is a great mystery around a murder. There is also a ghost full of vengeance. Was he a good guy or a bad guy? And then there is the aunt with her interferences. Is she right or is she wrong? The only way to find out is to read the book. It's totally worth it. Get it - you won't regret it!
Nicole LaBoy
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely book

What amazing book. I love the story. The characters are easy to connect with and are realistic. This book is about a laird and a mere lass chance meeting and falling in love. They having to overcome his miserable aunt and her interference in his life.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story

I'm always a lover of a good ghost story. This ghost's story added so much to the book. A really sweet love story.
Wendy Bernard Blair
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Loved this Novella!!
A ghostly Cinderella story, this is a must read. Senara and Gavin's story is amazing. This story has it all, wicked aunt, intrigue, longing, a vengeful ghost and last but not least everlasting love.
I read this in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. If your looking for a good story then look no further.
Jena Lang
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like historical paranormal romances - especially ones about ghosts. This novella had all the right elements: a sexy laird, a sweet but tough heroine, a love-to-hate villain, and a good twist with a HEA ending. I'm impressed by how well Madeline Martin incorporated the ghost's tale into the lover's romantic story. It was unexpected and engaging.
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Madeline Martin is a USA TODAY Bestselling author of Scottish set historical romance novels filled with twists and turns, adventure, steamy romance, empowered heroines and the men who are strong enough to love them.

She lives a glitter-filled life in Jacksonville, Florida with her two daughters (known collectively as the minions) and a man so wonderful he's been dubbed Mr. Awesome. She loves Disney

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