Vivacious actress Sybil Ingram looks forward to a life of security when she leaves the theater in 1873 to marry a wealthy American. But when he dies suddenly on their wedding night, she finds herself a penniless widow. Her only legacy is Brooke House, a Gothic revival manor in the Hudson River Valley. However, the eerie mansion comes with two tenants. One is a hostile ghost. The second, and far worse, is former violinist Roderick Brooke — the most insolent, dangerous, maddeningly gorgeous man Sybil has ever met. As she and Roderick engage in a battle of wills — and wits — she finds herself increasingly drawn to him, despite her growing suspicion of a connection between him and the spirit that haunts Brooke House. But soon, a greater threat arises: the mysterious queen of local society, Mrs. Lavinia Dove. For reasons that Sybil can't imagine, Mrs. Dove is determined to have Brooke House and Roderick for herself... if necessary, by deadly means. By turns mysterious and moving, sparkling and spooky, Nocturne for a Widow follows a spirited heroine through adventures in life, love and death. From the colorful theatrical world of late-Victorian London to the American wilderness, Sybil's travels will test her mettle — and her heart.