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HAUNT ME – REVIEW

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Haunt Me by Heather Long

Penny Hollow was a fading Virginia town; it had very little income, few jobs, and no appeal for tourists. Justin Kent was from one of the original families. As a caveat to receiving his inheritance, his father required Justin and his siblings to find a way to save the town.

The latest idea was to market the town as one of the most haunted places in Virginia. There were many ghost stories about the area, with one house in particular having a reputation as haunted: the house belonging to Katherine Summerfield. Justin had moved in across the street from Katherine and they had become friends. Katherine had promised to allow him to buy the house after her death. Before the agreement could be legally finalized, Katherine died and Justin discovered that, instead of leaving a purchase agreement for him, she’d instead left the house to a great-niece, MacKenzie Dillon.

MacKenzie Dillon was a writer who had just ended a horrendous marriage from an abusive, controlling husband. The home she’d inherited from her aunt came at a time in her life when she’d lost everything. Her husband had spent all her money, leaving her broke. In spite of the fact she’d written many successful books, she had nothing. This house saved her life. She knew of its haunted history; she’d heard the stories from her aunt, but also remembered her aunt telling her the ghost was more sad than scary or violent.

Justin was at first determined to purchase the house from MacKenzie, then slowly they became friends. Strange things began to happen, very strange things. The ghost became more and more malevolent. What was going on in this haunted house? Was the ghost angry at Justin and MacKenzie? Or was there something deeper at work?

Heather Long created an interesting story. The weaving of the ghost’s past via MacKenzie’s writing was an interesting twist. Long kept the suspense going by feeding it out it measured doses throughout the novel. The dual villains were interesting, though the villain of the past needed more detail.

I would have liked there to have been more trust displayed between the two main characters. That was a major point of annoyance for me. I didn’t understand why, after Justin figured out what was happening, he kept telling MacKenzie to write, rather than finding another way to communicate with her. He knew her issues with control, so he knew better than to do this. This, to me, was a major plot flaw, and was out of character for Justin, given his actions to that point. Also, Justin was the one who didn’t believe in ghosts originally, so it makes no sense that he didn’t simply talk with her about what he thought was happening. This whole issue threw me out of the story for a bit.

Otherwise, I enjoyed the story quite a bit. I look forward to reading more of Heather Long’s work. I give this book a happy 3 ½ stars rounded up to 4 shining stars!!

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20442399-haunt-me
Amazon Buy Link:
http://www.amazon.com/Haunt-Entangled-Covet-Heather-Long-ebook/dp/B00HP1JYPY
Barnes & Noble Buy Link:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/haunt-me-heather-long/1117987581?ean=9781622664467

 

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Unfinished Business by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

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.

What Happened in Witches Wood

What Happened in Witches Wood by Stephen Henning

NOTE: This is the second book in the CLASS HEROES series.

There were rumors about Witches Wood; there are ghosts lurking in its shadowy depths. Reports of sightings of these ghosts go back many centuries. It is just James and Samantha Blake’s luck that their grandparent’s house abutted the wood, but they are forbidden to enter it. Their grandfather told them it is dangerous but refused to explain further. Of course, sometimes the twins fail to follow the rules; this time they discover that perhaps the reason they were forbidden to venture into the wood is because their Aunt Katie died there. She also haunts the wood. What is even more eerie is that she looks almost exactly like Samantha.

James and Samantha Blake are spending the summer with their grandparents in the country due to circumstances that happened at the end of the school year. These events resulted in the Blake twins having what they called “super powers.” However, they are also stalked by a girl named Lolly who also seems to have powers. Their grandfather said he knew what was going on, but so far he hasn’t shared.

Could things get stranger? Oh, yes. Lolly’s father, the world famous Sir Michael Rosewood has taken an unhealthy interest in the twins. He is meeting secretly with their mum and granddad. What is going on?

Stephen Henning has once again created an adventure thrilling enough for all ages. Henning’s imagination is an object of rare and wonderful beauty. He crafts villains of profound evil and heroes both of epic proportions, willing to sacrifice all, as well as those who are heroic, yet all too human, wanting to do the right thing, but understanding that time is limited, and only so many can be saved.  

What Happened In Witches Wood is touching in its reality, while also amazing in its creativity. The super powers displayed by heroes and villains alike are super, indeed. Readers of all ages will be amazed and intrigued. The characters are captivating and appealing in their individuality. Some are lovely; others are annoying. Henning does an incredible job of making them all too human.

This series is a must read. Henning is one of those authors that should be added to every collectors’ shelves, such as King, Deaver, Patterson, Koontz, and others of their ilk.