This was a favorite of mine that I read many times over many years. It seemed like such a sophisticated and dramatic book to me, and it was obviously, even then, not a popular book. It had a dull, matte, hard cover, but its title popped out T me from the shelves of the books at the library: Requiem for a Princess by Ruth M. Arthur. Requiem. Such a romantic and grown-up sounding word. I didn’t even know what it meant*, but I’m sure the title is what attracted me initially, and then I continued to reread it for the story.
Here’s what I recall of the story: A girl goes to live in a possibly isolated house along the coast. Some mysterious things happen that make her think of ghosts and she finds an antique necklace buried in an old garden by the house. Holding the necklace gives her a feeling of connectedness to someone who lived there long ago — possibly a Spanish princess. There is a strong time-travel or historical and supernatural element to the story. I found it slightly spooky, but beautiful. The most vivid image that has stayed with me is that she wakes up from a “dream” about a shipwreck (or something in the ocean) and is … wet!
I’m eager to reread this and see if it still stands up as a well put together story. I’m already thinking that it’s along the lines of Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty.