A Castle in the Air is the fourth novel in the historical time slip romance, A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong. I absolutely love these romantic tales. Each delivers its own romance and adventure. This story belongs to Portia Hastings, who set out to find her sister and ended up with her own adventure.A Castle in the Air
by Kelley Armstrong
Series: A Stitch in Time #4
Genres: Historical Romance
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Portia Hastings has spent her life rescuing her younger sister from one scrape or another. Now, she has to step through time to do it, following Miranda from the nineteenth century to the eighteenth. Almost immediately, Portia is beset by highwaymen, which might be the most exciting thing to happen to her in a long time, even if she’d never admit it. When one of the highwaymen is injured, Portia makes the inexcusable mistake of helping him—she is trained as a doctor after all. Her travel companions abandon her, and she’s left at the mercy of a highwayman who demands she continue tending to his compatriot’s wounds. Portia soon finds herself at a crumbling castle inhabited by the destitute Earl of Ravensford. Benedict Sterling is in desperate need of money, and his solution is a ball, where a wealthy bride will win the title of countess, even if it does come with one thunderously ill-tempered earl. Portia agrees to a scheme to help Benedict look like a slightly more appealing bridegroom, while she continues to search for Miranda. Then there’s the small matter of the castle, complete with a ghost intent on driving her out. But once Portia sets her mind on something, she’s not going anywhere.
Portia Hastings is a timid, levelheaded healer who would have been a doctor in a different era. She is brave, clever, and I quite adored her. When her sister and husband don’t return, she goes through the time-slip and ends up set upon by highwaymen. It seems they are honorable ones at that. They only want to steal from the wealthy family she shares her carriage with. A highwayman is injured, and Portia stays to provide medical aid. The leader of the group promises her safe harbor to find her sister. The tale that unfolds delivered swoons, ghosts, and plenty of suspense. I found myself completely caught up, as I suspected who the masked men were.
Armstrong’s characters are flawed but redeemable, and meeting The Earl of Ravensford and his family was a delight. Ravensford castle and farmlands are in ruins thanks to a drought, and his late father’s management. Another landlord is trying to run him into the ground and the Earl is considering an arranged marriage to fill his coiffures. I became completely caught up in the telling from the mystery to the slow-building, banter filled romance.
Fans of time-slip romances, hauntings, suspense and adventure will want to snag this for themselves. While the story will hold on its own, I recommend reading or listening to the series in the order of its release. According to Armstrong, this is the last in the series, but may revisit these characters again.A Castle in the Air by Kelley Armstrong brings the series to an end with Portia Hastings' story and it did not disappoint. #TimeSlip #NewRelease #Ghosts #HappyHalloween Click To Tweet
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