Snow Falls Over Sunnybrook by Rosie Green
(This is part of the Little Duck Pond Café series, but works fine as a standalone.)
One Hallowe’en, Ruby Watkiss is at her friend Fen’s house – Brambleberry Manor – when she learns about the ancient tale of the Crimson Lady, a ghost who is said to haunt the big house. The story goes that Lady Eleanor lost her young son tragically and will continue to haunt the house until someone spends the night in the Blue Room, which will reunite the Crimson Lady with her son.
The suggestion is made that Ruby should spend the night there, along with Hudson Holmes, her good friend who she wishes could be more than just a friend. But will they be able to stay there the whole night? And if they do, will she find more than friendship with hunky Hudson?
Despite the initial premise of the book sounding like a standard romance novel, there is more to it than that and soon Ruby and Hudson are trying to solve a mystery.
I liked the characters, they seemed realistic and I cared about what was happening to them – and I especially liked the dogs! It’s a lovely little story, well brought together and nicely written.