In 1862 Fredericksburg, Capt. Ethan O'Malley is wrongly hanged for treason. The man who plotted against him has taken his sweetheart, Belle. Ethan pledges to find a way for them to be together, even if it means haunting her. In present-day Fredericksburg, history professor Maggie Holliday buys an 1850s Victorian house and finds a Civil War-era diary, Belle's. Her current boyfriend, although a renowned psychiatrist, is unsatisfactory, always leaving her doubting herself. Soon Maggie dreams vivid dreams of Ethan and the war, in which she is Belle. Then Ethan is in the house, but is he real or a dream, and can they ever be together? The Haunting (3), by Hope Tarr, is an enjoyable book with interesting characters as well as passion, but the diary entries slow down the story.