Thursday, January 13, 2022

Virtual Book Tour + Review: The Witch of Rathborne Castle by Virginia Barlow @Virgini35142126 @pumpupyourbook

Lady Jane Lenwood is surrounded by treason, lies, and a handsome stranger with a secret but she has one of her own, the ability to see the past or future with one touch…

By Virginia Barlow


 Paranormal Romance

The Wild Rose Press, 330 pp.

Lady Jane Lenwood is abandoned and alone in an empty castle in the middle of a dark twisted forest. The locals call her a witch because she has the “sight.”

When a wounded stranger is found within the gates, she is warned he carries secrets and their lives will be intertwined.

Lady Jane walks with a limp following a riding accident the night her mother left her. And had given up on having a normal life. She blames her misfortune on the current Duke of Rathborne.

Max Radley is sent by the king to find a traitor. His search leads him to Rathborne Castle and the beautiful woman living there. He must keep his identity a secret in order to find the traitor.

Lies, deception, and a grand scheme to relieve him of his wealth have the real villians framing him for treason.

Only Jane and her supernatural ability can save him, but in order to find the answer she must face her past and the feeling she has for him.


The Witch of Rathborne Castle is a riveting historical paranormal romance from start to finish. I hadn’t read more than a few pages before I was hooked. The plot unfolds at a nice easy pace with descriptive narration and a heroine to root for. Lady Jane is a mysterious character and her backstory plucked at my heartstrings. Max is a hero on a mission. Can he root out the traitor? The stakes are high for both Jane and Max which added to the anticipation. I did find the obstacles Jane and Max have to face a little over the top. But with each obstacle, they drew closer as a couple. There’s a wonderful gothic vibe to this story. There are quite a few twists I didn’t see coming, especially near the end. I may have gasped a few times. The ending was so unexpected, I got a little emotional. The Witch of Rathborne Castle is an engrossing historical romance with paranormal elements I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Fans of both historical romance and paranormal romance will love The Witch of Rathborne Castle. Reminiscent of classical historicals romance from the ’90s, The Witch of Rathborne Castle will sweep the reader away. Highly recommend! – N.N.Light’s Book Heaven Five Star Review

Alfred placed the candle back on the wall and reached for a clean blanket. He covered the man. “There is something familiar about him. Did you learn anything?”

“I know how he came to be here, but not who he is,” Jane murmured. “It was the strangest thing, Alfred. When I touched him, I saw what happened. It was not a whisper in my mind.” She gazed at the stranger.

     He shall be your lover…

She jerked back as if she were burned. “He cannot stay. He is to leave as soon as he can travel.” Jane rose and turned toward the door, easing her twisted leg before her.

“My lady, I thought you were urged to help him. What changed?”

Your lives are twisted together as your bodies shall…

Jane stopped in her tracks. “We have little enough to eat as it is. We do not need another mouth to feed.” She turned to Alfred. It was a feeble excuse, but it was all she had. She would not reveal the reason for her anxiousness.

My Review:

Lady Jane Lenwood lives alone at Rathborne Castle and has since the day her mother left her. Lady Jane has never known why her mother left without her or where she went. Lady Jane has not heard from her since that awful day.

Lady Jane suffers from an injury that happened the day her mother left. The one reason she lives alone at the castle. No one wants to marry someone that is disabled. To the world, Lady Jane is known as a witch. Lady Jane has a secret, visions that foretell the future.

One night Lady Jane’s visions tell her to go to the castle’s gate that there is a man there in need of her help. This man, Max Hadley has been injured. He is being hunted by whom he has no clue or why. Max’s injury is so server that he needs time to recuperate before moving on.

Max and Lady Jane get stuck at Rathborne Castle together after a blizzard sweeps in. They are stuck together long enough for the two of them to get to know each other fairly well and for love to start to blossom between Max and Lady Jane.

When Max was injured he was running away from someone, a traitor to the crown. After the winter is over Max must try to find this traitor before it is to late and something terrible happens to him or Lady Jane as she is in danger as well. Can Max and Lady Jane find the traitor to the crown before it is too late? Who is the traitor? What do they want?

When I saw the title I knew right then and there that I had to read The Witch of Rathborne Castle. The summary just sealed the deal for me even more. What I found inside the cover of The Witch of Rathborne Castle wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be I still enjoyed it tremendously probably even more than I believed I would.

The Witch of Rathborne Castle may not have turned out to be what I thought it would be but it did turn out to be so much more than I ever expected. I really loved the world that makes up The Witch of Rathborne Castle and would very much love to see more of it.

I would love to see more in this world. I would love to see more about the characters from this world especially Max and Lady Jane, oh and Grandmama, yes I would love to know her story, and then there is Lady Jane’s mother, what is her story?

I enjoyed reading The Witch of Rathborne Castle immensely and would highly recommend it to all historical fantasy fans. Grab your copy of The Witch of Rathborne Castle today!


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I love being an author. It’s all about where your characters lead you. I start with a general idea. As the story unfolds, I type as fast as I can in hopes I keep up with my characters. They have had me jotting on napkins, making notes while I’m waiting in a line, and waking me up in the middle of the night. The hard part is always the ending. My characters live with me and when I reach the end of the story, it is hard to say goodbye. Sometimes, I let the story sit for a few days to make sure I’m okay with them leaving home to get published. Kind of like when you kids move out. LOL

I enjoy my grandchildren, and the time I share with them. They make me smile with their antics. I like to quilt, crochet, knit and sew. Cooking and baking are occasional itches I scratch. The rest of the time, they are necessary evils. LOL.

My greatest support comes from my husband. He has been my sounding board for all my stories. My daughters are also a great support to me. I couldn’t do it without my family.

Virginia Barlow’s recent release is the paranormal romance, The Witch of Rathborne Castle.

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