Review: Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson

Posted January 16, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Audio Delight, Reviews / 18 Comments

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Review: Spirit of the Knight by Debbie Peterson
Spirit of the Knight
Narrated by Dawson McBride

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Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by The Wild Rose Press
Released on 06/20/18
Format: Audiobook
Source: Giveaway
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The Delight

A Scottish castle, an artist, a knightly ghost and his retinue, and a curse that holds them all in its thrall.  Sounds like just my thing so I was enthused to jump in with a new to me author and narrator for this lively and engaging romance.


Spirit of the Knight opens with painter, Mariah Jennings, coming to the castle to capture several scenes for an art exhibition designed to preserve the past before it crumbles away.  Painting medieval castles are something of a specialty since she’s been seeing the same knight in her dreams since childhood and can see and interact with ghosts.  Imagine her shock when the knight of her dreams turns out to be one of the ghosts of this castle and he acts like no ghost she has ever encounters- none of them do, but then again, as she helps Sir Cailen uncover the truth about himself and fellow knights, they learn that dark deeds happened in the past and are stirring once again.

It has been a while since I enjoyed a ‘ghost’ romance story.  I know some folks can’t get past the ghost bit, but I’ve never minded that type of unrealistic element.  I enjoy the mystery of how the author is going to make this huge barrier work out.

Mariah and Cailen were an engaging pair from the moment they met.  I thought it was hilarious that she just took his first few appearances matter of factly and left him scratching his head.  When, in truth, she thought she was just delusional and seeing things.  There was a sweet and fun quality to their relationship and I loved the knightly chivalry and her easy nature.  Add in Cailen’s knights who like to party like its 1999 and that castle was a happening place.

There was some lag in the middle, but it never actually lost my attention.  I just wanted things to hustle of and get to the good parts again.

But, it wasn’t all sun and fun.  There was dark magic involved and a good mystery.  There were a few modern-day villains, too.  The reader/listener spots the one right away and I had the urge to kick him several times.

Dawson McBride’s narration work was engaging from the beginning.  I enjoyed it whether he was voicing Mariah’s POV or Cailen’s.  He caught the tone of the story so well and delivered on the complication of her being a modern woman and Cailen and the others being from the past.  I had no trouble seeing the story in my mind.  I will definitely be looking out for more of his work.

All in all, this was a delightful story through and through, surprising me with just how much I was enjoying it so the hours clicked past and I didn’t want to shut it off.  Those who enjoy Highland castle settings, medieval historicals, ghostly romances, and some witchery will be the target audience for this tale.


Mt. TBR #9
COYER Winter #44
Literary Pickers #11 New to me author/narrator
Audio #4

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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2 years ago

I have never read a ghost romance before. This sounds like it was a lot of fun

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Nadene

I’ve read a few and some are better than others, obviously, but this one had a mischievous and sweetness to it that I really enjoyed. I had a pretty good idea how this one would resolve as far as the romance so I could concentrate on the other conflict in the story. Fun all around. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
2 years ago

That sounds fun. Glad it picked back up after being a bit boring in the middle.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yes, I know some explanation is needed and we have to see a progression of things, but I already got the point so it made me impatient. 😉

Debbie Haupt
Debbie Haupt
2 years ago

Oh you have got my attention Sophia Rose, yes you do. I haven’t read a Wild Rose Press for a while I remember reading them a lot when I reviewed for Long and Short Reviews. Thanks

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Debbie Haupt

I think I can count on one hand how many Wild Rose Press I’ve read and this was my first audio. I’m pretty sure I’ve loved each one. 🙂

Laurie | Bark's Books
2 years ago

Sheesh, it has been sooo long since I’ve read a ghost romance but you are making me long for one right now!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Heh, heh, heh, so glad to tempt you, Laurie!

2 years ago

Oh it’s been so long since I haven’t read a book like that

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Melliane

It had been about five years since my last one so it was a fun change up. 😉

2 years ago

I’m glad you liked it. Anne – Books of My Heart

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Anne

It definitely had me grinning and giggling a few times. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books

I think that I have only read one ghost romance before and I admit that it didn’t work out well for me but this one sounds like it would be worth a try.

Sophia Rose
2 years ago

Yeah, the ghost romance only works if the author has a convincing twist to make it possible. This one does and I figured it out early so wasn’t too worried about the romance. It was a fun one, Carole. 🙂

Carole rae
2 years ago

The book sounds interesting and good. But that cover is so cheesy 😉

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  Carole rae

It definitely hit the spot for me. LOL, I didn’t mind the cover.

herding cats
2 years ago

I don’t mind them either. It’s defintiely entertaining seeing how an author will make it work. I’ve been nicely surprised by some over the years 🙂 On the list it goes!

Sophia Rose
2 years ago
Reply to  herding cats

Yeah, I’ve read a few that I didn’t buy the explanation or how it seemed to cheat to get around their own rules, but for the most part, there are some real fun ones. Hope you like it when you get the chance, Anna!