I'll admit I'm regularly not too fond of ghost stories. I usually find they follow a similar format but I actually enjoyed Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey. She's a great author who has a knack for making unique and entertaining stories involving the supernatural.
Violet is the daughter of a Spiritualist. Her mom can't really see ghosts though. She cons people using a variety of tricks and Violet is sick of it. Violet's situation is unique. Usually when we read about the late 19th century it's all about the debutantes attending fancy balls or young maids who accumulate wealth somehow. I've never read the story of a Spiritualist before so I was amused while reading Haunting Violet. The book takes a well known concept like ghosts and make it its own.
Violet is a relatable character. She's nice but independent. She doesn't want to be like her mother and take pleasure in conning poor grieving families. She likes Colin but she knows that there's not a huge chance of it working out. Her friendship with Elizabeth is fun and I admire her love of books. Overall a good MC.
The pacing of the story is good. I wouldn't call it fast paced but it wasn't slow either. You'll be entertained of reading about Violet and the suspense is also evident as you try to solve the mystery. I honestly had no clue who could have hurt poor Rowena so the end was well done and interesting.
All in all, Haunting Violet is a great summer read. It has enough romance, paranormal, and history to appeal to fans of all three genres. You'll be swept away by the story until the last page. 4 stars,