The Haunting of Danielle series has been my literary companion for quite some time now. With 33 of the 34 currently published books sitting triumphantly on my read list, it’s safe to say I’ve spent many enchanting hours immersed in the ghostly charm of Marlow House and the idyllic town of Frederickport. This series, written by Bobbi Holmes, has provided an escape into a world where the past and present intertwine in the most delightful ways. 

The Setting

Frederickport, the charming coastal town where the series is set, is more than just a backdrop; it’s a character in its own right. From the very first book, I was drawn to its picturesque streets, quaint shops, and the ever-mysterious Marlow House. Holmes does an exceptional job of painting a vivid picture of this Pacific Northwest town, where history seems to whisper from every corner. What makes Frederickport truly special is its rich history, seamlessly woven into the fabric of the present. The town’s past is not just a distant memory but a living, breathing part of everyday life. Ghosts from different eras interact, or at least try to interact with the living, bringing the town’s history to life.

The Very Slow Burn of Romance

At the heart of The Haunting of Danielle series is the beautifully crafted slow-burn romance between Danielle Boatman and Walt Marlow. Their relationship, which evolves over the course of the series, is a masterclass in romantic tension and emotional growth. Unlike many romances that rush to the finish line, Danielle and Walt’s love story is a journey, filled with obstacles (such as murder and pesky ghosts), misunderstandings (like who killed Walt or the many other ghosts in town), and moments of pure, heartwarming connection.

What I appreciate most about their romance is its authenticity. Danielle, a modern-day woman running a B&B, and Walt, a ghost from the Prohibition era, have a relationship that feels genuine and relatable despite its supernatural elements. Their love grows naturally out of friendship and mutual respect—taking more than 16 books to go from friends to more, making every step of their journey deeply satisfying and thrilling.

The Best of Friends

Another aspect of the series that I adore is the close-knit community of friends who all live on the same street. This sense of camaraderie and neighborly support adds a layer of warmth and charm to the story. The residents of Marlow House and its surrounding homes are not just characters in a book; they feel like friends and family. Their interactions, whether solving mysteries, dealing with personal issues, or simply enjoying each other’s company, create a sense of belonging and community that is both comforting and inspiring.

The World Worth Visiting

As I look back on the 33 books I’ve read, I can’t help but feel a sense of anticipation for the 34th installment. The Haunting of Danielle series has become more than just a collection of stories for me—it is a world I look forward to revisiting. Each book is a new chapter in the lives of characters I’ve come to love, set in a town that feels like a second home.

Bobbi Holmes has created a series that is not only entertaining but also deeply engaging, with its rich setting, authentic romance, and memorable characters. Whether you’re a fan of ghost stories, slow-burn romances, or simply love a good mystery, The Haunting of Danielle series offers something for everyone. Here’s to the magic of Frederickport and the many more stories yet to be told.



The Ghost of Marlow House by Bobbi Holmes

  • ISBN: 978-1515224693
  • Publication Date: October 19, 2015

When Danielle Boatman inherits Marlow House, she dreams of turning it into a seaside bed and breakfast. Since she's never visited the property, Danielle's not sure what awaits her in Oregon. She certainly doesn't expect to find one of the house's previous owners still in residence. After all, the man has been dead for almost ninety years--shouldn't he have moved on by now? Charming Walt Marlow convinces Danielle the only way he can move on is if she solves the mystery of his death. Danielle soon discovers her real problems may come from the living--those who have their sights on Marlow House's other secrets.