Unfinished Business by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
On the day of Angela Panther’s mother’s death, instead of only grieving, as normal folks might, she is learning to deal with her mother’s ghost.
Her mother tells her that she has unfinished business and came back to help Angela. As freaked out as Angela is to see her mother’s ghost, at least Angela’s not alone in dealing with the “sight;” both her beloved dog, Gracie, and her young son, Josh, can also see Fran, Angela’s mother. What this means for the future is hard to determine.
As Angela is learning to adapt to seeing one ghost, her ability expands, and she soon finds herself seeing ghosts wherever she goes, often making for humorous encounters. However, with her expanded ability comes responsibility to those she can now see. Fran, her Italian mother of d master of both wit and mom-induced guilt, is determined to both help her and perhaps coerce her, when necessary, to do her duty to those who haven’t moved on.
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson writes with a great deal of humor. This novel is clearly the first in a serial that is sure to be engrossing, emotionally intricate, and hilarious. As with many first novels of a series, much time has to be spent explaining and setting up the background for future books, so the beginning is a trifle slow, though the pace does pick up significantly as one continues to read. In the future, the author will be able to summarize this background in a page or so, getting straight to the action.
While there wasn’t as much action as emotion in Unfinished Business, it was emotion of an engrossing nature, and included the gamut. Of course, we all should remember that laughter is good for the soul. And there was definitely laughter to spare. Carolyn Ridder Aspenson is an author to watch.
I received this unedited copy of Unfinished Business through Goodreads’ Read for Review Program in exchange for an honest review.