Catherine Belford is very serious about not letting her niece, Tracey de Warrene, continue her relationship with handsome professor of medieval studies, Antonio de la Barca. Catherine claims that a family curse prevents the de Warrene family and the de la Barcas from existing together in peace.

Willful Tracey is not about to let anything stand in her way, and she wants Antonio. To force his affection, Tracey decides to visit him in Spain unannounced with her daughter, Alyssa, and her sister, Cass. Catherine tries to stop them from heading to the Casa de Suenos, claiming that the vengeful spirit of Isabel de Warenne de la Barca, who was burned at the stake in 1555, will destroy them all.

As a historical author, Cass is intrigued by the mystery surrounding Isabel. Cass finds that she and Antonio have more than just a shared passion for history in common, they also share a passion for each other. Casa de Suenos is a house filled with anger, bitterness and evil. Isabel does indeed rule here and she is determined to once again wreak her revenge.

HOUSE OF DREAMS is an updated gothic ghost story told with all the swirling menace Ms. Joyce can muster. Creepy and eerie danger abounds. (Sep., 400 pp., $23.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith