Once Upon a Midnight Clear by Ava Stone
Sigh, I am not sure what to say.
Third son of a titled peer, Lord Michael Beck will never inherit the title, or the lands. With his women and gambling the cloth is not an option and neither is a career in the military. But with cooper at a premium for the war, he comes across an opportunity for a copper mine that has been badly managed. If he can gather his winnins for the past few years of gambling, he will be able to turn the mine around, provide copper for the ships, of which his brother is captain of one, and make a spectacular living for himself and not have to rely on his father, or older brother, for a living.
Lady Ivy Dallimore is a slightly spoiled Duke’s sister. She has watched her older sisters marry of love and watched them be miserable after the fact. Lord Michael Beck has looks to die for, makes her tummy flip and her breath catch whenever she sees him. But she will not let her heart decide for her, she is going to logically decide on a man that can keep her in the style in which she is accustomed too. When Michael tells her he is going into trade, of all things, that seriously is not him.
But the ghosts of Castle Keynvor feel differently. They feel these two a perfect match, especially the dark pirate. (Who Lady Ivy is seriously not impressed by.)
Can Lord Michael win his love? Will Lady Ivy learn to listen to her heart?
I loved this story. Five stars all the way. The family interactions are priceless, the ghosts are delightful, the scenery is breathtaking. I loved everythings about this book. Ms. Stone does not disappoint. Again she has brought us back to one of my favorite paces and pulled us into a time long past with costumes long gone and people and a touch of magic that pulls the recipe together with flair.