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Castle of the Wolf by Sandra Schwab


Castle of the Wolf cover art Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Castle of the Wolf
Author: Sandra Schwab
Publisher: Love Spell--Dorchester
ISBN: 0-505-52720-0
Release Date: May 2007
Genre/Sub-genre: Historical Romance (Paranormal)
Year/Setting: Mid-1800’s
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle/Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Rating: Mild/Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Sandra's Website: www.sandraschwab.com

When Celia Fussell’s father died, she was left as the poor shirttail relation to the new baron (her brother) and his witch of a wife. As a spinster firmly planted on the shelf, her life looked like it would be a miserable existence until she died. At the reading of the will, she finds one shred of hope---her father owns a castle and the deed to it is hers. Provided she marries the former owner’s son. How bad could he be? It really couldn’t be any worse than staying with her brother and the shrew...could it? With no other choice, Celia leaves England and journeys deep into the forests of Germany. She’s bound for Baden where the Wolfenbach Castle, and her destiny, can be found.

Fenris von Wolfenbach has his own demons to battle. His past eats at him and is slowly claiming his soul. Even this fairy princess who has come to claim his castle can’t bring him out of the depths. Will they ever see eye to eye? Can the wounds of his past be healed?

Ms. Schwab has written a second novel that I find to be better than the first novel. She writes with such delightful descriptions that you are immediately transported into the scene. While this story is billed as a dark romance, I found the darkness came from within the characters and their own struggles. I thought it was an accurate look at what we would consider deep depression today. I was fascinated by the depth of understanding Ms. Schwab has regarding the bleakness of many people.

The story unwinds as a fairy tale, but keeps us wondering until the last page if happily ever after is possible for this prince and princess.


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