This request comes from Sharon, who is searching for a romance she read awhile ago:
I am looking for the first “grown up” historical romance I read. I have Googled the crap out of this multiple times, but, alas, I have come up empty. So I thought I would turn to my wonderful fellow romance readers and see if someone happens to recognize this.
I am a little fuzzy on the details, and some of the things I remember don't exactly make sense. But I'm just going to throw it all out there and cross my fingers! I read this book in one afternoon in a hospital waiting room back in 2005, but it was definitely outdated at the time. I would guess it was published sometime in the 1990s. Anyway, here are the things I remember:
– It was definitely set somewhere in Great Britain, probably England.
– The hero was named Jasper (or something similar that started with a J). He was all tall, dark, and smolderingly intimidating and taciturn.
– I think the heroine was a redhead.
– The h/hr were distantly related (perhaps second cousins?).
– The hero had inherited a house, but the heroine was impoverished because her father had died with gambling debts, and for some reason, she thought she was the one to rightfully inherit the house.
– Obviously, the h/hr hated each other for a while. I am pretty sure they had almost-sexy!times in a barn at one point, though.
– Most of the book was spent in the aforementioned house, but it was all dark and possibly haunted.
– In the end, it turned out the house wasn't ACTUALLY haunted, but one of the older relatives (or a servant?) who basically hated everyone had been faking it. He (she?) wound up killing himself…and this scene had something to do with a giant chandelier. Don't ask me why. I think perhaps he dropped the chandelier? Regardless, there was a chandelier involved.
– The book obviously had a happy ending, but overall, it was a pretty dark and Gothic-feeling read. Aaand that's all. Any help would be appreciated!
Do you recognize Jasper, his chandelier, and the red-headed heroine?