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The Velvet Cloak of Moonlight

Published Date: October 7, 2016

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Shortlisted: 2017 Romantic Novel of the Year Award
Selected as the very best of 2016 by Kobo UK

320 pages


“As the velvet cloak of moonlight settled over the ruined towers of Raglan Castle, the shadows beneath them stirred …”

When newly widowed Tess visits Raglan Castle, she experiences an extraordinary vision that transports her to seventeenth-century Wales and a castle on the brink of a siege.

Even when Tess leaves Raglan to return to Merrick Court, her late husband’s home, the strange dreams continue as her life becomes increasingly intertwined with the past. And when the new owner of the estate arrives – New Zealander Josh Owens – the parallels become even more obvious.

But perhaps the visions aren’t just trying to tell their own story, maybe they’re also giving a warning …

Book 4 – Shadows from the Past series. Book 1 – The Silent Touch of Shadows. Book 2 – The Secret Kiss of Darkness. Book 3 – The Soft Whisper of Dreams.

Available in paperback from all good bookshops and online stores in English speaking countries. eBook available on all the major platforms.   

Christina Courtenay

ChristinaCourtenayBooksAug12RDChristina lives in Hereford and is married with two children. Although born in England she has a Swedish mother and was brought up in Sweden. In her teens, the family moved to Japan where she had the opportunity to travel extensively in the Far East.

Christina’s debut Trade Winds was short listed for the 2011 Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Pure Passion Award for Best Historical Fiction.The Scarlet Kimono won the 2011 Big Red Reads Best Historical Fiction AwardHighland Storms (in 2012) and The Gilded Fan (in 2014) won the Best Historical Romantic Novel of the year award and The Silent Touch of Shadows won the 2012 Best Historical Read Award from the Festival of Romance.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Marsha
    Marsha at

    ….The Velvet Cloak of Midnight is one of those stories that it doesn’t truly matter what genre you prefer reading – it’s the combined story that is the focus and what drives you to continue on, discovering history and everlasting love in both the present and the past.

    I would have no hesitation in recommending this title to any Contemporary, Historical or Paranormal reader. The characters will touch your emotions and their story is filled with tensions, attraction, arrogance, evil incarnate and a satisfying conclusion to it all. This one will touch your heart, and that’s what a really good story should do.
    Reviewed by Marsha at Keeper Bookshelf
    Read the full review here …

  2. Jo Lambert
    Jo Lambert at

    Time slip is not my usual read but I really enjoyed this blend of historical and contemporary romance. And such a bonus to having not one Choc Lit hero but two!The story was cleverly interwoven, moving between Rhys and Arabella’s and Tess and Josh’s individual stories and provided two very different linked romances A great cast of likeable and not so likeable characters and, of course, Vincent the dog.

    The siege of Raglan Castle was well written and the switch from twenty first to seventeenth century and back done in a seamless way which did not interrupt the flow of the novel. All in all a wonderful read which has me planning to add more of Christina’s novels to my TBR pile.

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