Delighting In Your Company

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Blair has a home on a remote island in the Caribbean where the local lore of the Jumbie (‘the dead who walk’) formed the basis for her paranormal romantic suspense novel "Delighting in Your Company".  Always fascinated by the unique legends of the West Indians, it was natural for Blair to incorporate some of these into her writing.

 

 

 

 

Delighting In Your Company is rich with the turbulent history of the sugar trade in the Caribbean including murder, deceit and a slave uprising.  Interwoven throughout this intriguing tale is a love story that challenges the boundaries of time, between a dashing plantation owner from the past and a beautiful present day heroine, drawn into a series of events she would never have thought possible.

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When Amalie Ansett visits her elderly cousin on the Caribbean island of St. Clements, the last thing she’s looking for is romance. Just out of a disastrous marriage, she’s ready to swear off romance forever. That is until she meets local plantation owner, Jonathan Evans -- tall, good looking, and incredibly sexy. What more could a girl ask for?

Then Amalie discovers the man she loves is a ghost. He was murdered two hundred years ago.  Only she can see and hear him. 

 

To save Jonathan, Amalie agrees to return with him to the 1800's -- to a time when the sugar trade reigned supreme, and the slave trade was making fortunes for wealthy planters and ship owners. During a slave uprising their love is put to a test, and when murder and deceit rear their ugly heads, Amalie wonders if taking a journey to the past is worth losing her life.

This is a re-launch of one of Blair's first novels, with fleshed out characters and added thrills. The reviews are for the original version.

Amazon.com Reviews

Independent Reviews

 

The Romance Reviews - 4 out of 5 stars  

DELIGHTING IN YOUR COMPANY is a unique paranormal romance that brings together island folklore, history, and mystery with an unlikely romance between the past and present that had me going through a torrent of emotions and made it impossible to put down. .....More

Black Hippie Chicks Take on Books

When I first began this book, I thought that I wouldn't like it because it dealt with the slave trade.  I was delightfully wrong.  I promise you won't be able to put this book down. ....More
 

Close Encounters with the Night Kind

This was a book I was literally sucked into and it would not allow me to put in down.  I was so completely engrossed in the plot that I literally lost track of time.  It was breathtaking, heartbreaking, and so well written that the vividness of the details came to life right before my eyes.
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Reading Reality - Rating: A

Usually it's either the ghost story or the time travel story.  This time it's both, and it SO works. ....More
 

Books Books & More Books - 4 of 5 Clouds

Someone said ‘The course of true love never did run smooth’ or something like that and that is certainly the case in this story. Amalie starts out the story having just divorced, lost her parents, and is all alone in the world with only her friend and business partner left. Then she finds a note from a distant cousin who turns out to be the last in her line also.

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My Guilty Obsession - 3.5 - 4 Stars

This truly was a great fun read that I had a hard time putting down. I almost read it in one sitting.
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By JP on Amazon.com - 5 out of Stars

This book is hard to put down . Delighting In Your Company is an engrossing paranormal with time travel. I couldn't put the book down. The characters are well developed and this author's knowledge of the Caribbean is apparent on every page both in the present and the past. An exciting read from start to finish.
 

Katy Cody's Reviews - 5 out of 5 Stars

This was a captivating adventure with a great romance that I highly recommend! ....More
 

Marlene's Reviews - 5 out of 5 Stars

The story works on a lot of levels, the love story because Amalie knows it can't last, but does it anyway. She's always trying to make things right for Jonathan, aware that it's a sacrifice for the greater good. But it only works when she builds trust with people in both the present and the past, especially her past self. That was fascinating. ....More
 

Sassafrass's Reviews - 4 out of 5 Stars

DELIGHTING IN YOUR COMPANY was so interesting. I was intrigued by the blurb because I had no idea how the author was going to pull off the story. I was pleasantly surprised. I think the notion of the island legends and magic help lend to the overall tone of the story. Yes, it's paranormal romance, so you're supposed to suspend reality, but the historical accuracy of the island made the plot even better. 
This is my first time reading a novel by Blair McDowell, but she got me so wrapped up in the world she created in this book, I don't believe that it will be my last.    ....More

Deborah (LoveToReadRomance) Reviews - 5 out of 5 Stars

I was fascinated with the history and beliefs of the Caribbean of the 1800's. I read this book in two sittings, I just lost track of time while reading, and that is the sign of a great book to me, if it can "take me away"! Ms. McDowell you definitely have a new fan!. ....More

Excerpt

He was real. Jonathan Evans was—what? A ghost, a spirit, a jumbie? But to her he was real. True, she couldn’t touch him. She had a fleeting thought it was a pity. She would rather have liked to touch him. But how could she help him? She wasn’t that other Amalie, no matter what he thought. She couldn’t be, could she? And yet where had those memories of Ansett Plantation come from?

Josephina arrived at the table for breakfast at that moment and all thoughts of ghosts had to be put aside.

“What are your plans for the day, my dear?”

“I’ll spend the morning working in the archives again, and then this afternoon I guess I’ll just swim and read as usual.”

“Could you run me up to town before you begin? I need to see my solicitor.”

“Of course.”

It was mid-morning when Amalie entered the basement room at the Museum.

“You!” Amalie looked at Jonathan, perched on her stool, his hair falling over his forehead, his elbows on the table, his long legs stretched out in front of him. He was whistling softly. That same elusive tune.

“You’re rather late getting here. I’ve been searching for evidence.”

She stared at him. He looked so real, so alive.

He gave her a crooked smile and said, “Jonathan Evans, in the flesh. Except, unfortunately, I’m not in the flesh. If I were, I could kiss you as I should very much like to.”

Amalie flushed. The thought of being held in those arms, caressed, kissed by those lips…she turned her thoughts hastily away from that direction.

“What’s the tune you’re always whistling?”

“Greensleeves.” He sang a phrase, his voice low and melodious.

“Alas, my love, you do me wrong,

To cast me off discourteously…”

He sighed. “You used to sing it.”

“I used to sing it?”

“You used to sing it.”

“It must have been the other Amalie who sang it. But I know it from somewhere. I’m not sure where.” She finished the stanza in her light soprano,

“While I have loved you well and long,

Delighting in your company…”

Jonathan looked long at her. “Of course you know it. You are one with her. Why do you find this so hard to accept?”

Amalie just shook her head. How could she possibly be a woman who died two hundred years ago? She was alive. She was born in the twentieth century. For that matter, how could she possibly be holding this ridiculous conversation with a ghost?

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