There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.
When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past—both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart. – Goodreads
This is, simply put, a lovely and well written novella.
The mythology use here is well done, the atmosphere of the woods is palpable, and the central story is a good mystery with a satisfying, but unexpected ending. I also appreciated that the story stands on its own while still leaving the reader wanting more.
What I was most impressed with though, surprisingly, was the romance. This is because I do NOT like romance as a general rule and I am incredibly picky about the few couples I do like. I can count on my fingers the number of books were the romance aspect has not been a hindrance to the overall story and this would be one where it worked beautifully. While there is an initial attraction, Tesh gives the characters the time and opportunity to actually get to know one another which makes the development of romantic feelings feel both natural and genuine for the reader.
I read this as an e-book but I would happily buy a physical copy for my collection and was more than pleased to have the ARC of the next book to be able to read immediately.