Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake


Josie Drummond, professional paranormal researcher (aka ghostbuster), is working in England in modern times when she meets the resident ghost of Castle Waite, Deverell Thornton, the ninth Earl of Waite. The ghost drags Josie back to 1815 to help prevent the swindle that impoverished the Earl, and which threatens to turn his castle into an undignified modern-day tourist attraction.

Contending with being a modern career woman navigating the complex social scene of the Regency period, Josie has to make sure no one discovers her real identity, prevent the swindle, discover the villain, and resist the irresistible attraction she feels towards Dev.

Even with suspending disbelief, accepting time travel with a ghost, and two versions of the same man, this story is absurd. I kept reading, thinking that it had to get better, but alas, it didn’t. Flat characters, a predictable villain, and historical errors such as English Regency people using modern American words created a weak novel. One wishes Brown could have better conveyed her interesting idea of imagining a modern woman transported back to the Regency period. Read this book if you are looking for pure fluff, but avoid it if you’re looking for quality Regency romance.


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