Title: Ever After
In order to fully inherit a millionaire’s fortune, Allie Knowles must survive a month on her property—easier said than done when the enormous house is haunted by a violent ghost who claims to know Allie. But the true mystery lies with Cole Kinsley, the handsome groundskeeper. Cole and Allie have never met, though he’s been driving her wild in her dreams for years. Yet now, every effort to get closer to him pushes him further away…
Cole has only ever loved one soul and that love has endured for centuries. Now that soul rests within Allie’s body and it takes everything in his power not to confess the truth. For her presence has put them both in mortal danger. Racing against the clock, Allie will have to break the ghost’s curse—or history will be doomed to repeat itself.
Author: Odessa Gillespie Black
Series: Cursed #1
Published by Lyrical Press Source: Publisher
Published: September 1, 2015
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Do you like ghost stories? I mean the kind of ghost story where the ghost has a rather active part in the story, and not in a good way? Then you need to get this book and read it! I mean – wow! This is an edge of your seat, bite your nails if you aren’t covering your eyes kind of story. If you are the suggestible type, it could give you nightmares. Otherwise, it is a darn good read with lots of excitement and many surprises.
When I chose this, I was looking for something a bit different. Boy did I find it. I will classify this book as paranormal, but it is so much more than that. As mentioned, there are ghosts. A nasty one, to put it mildly. Surprisingly, there is also a shape shifter. That kind of surprised me. It was kind of out of left field and I am not totally sure why, but it did add a bit of excitement and/or conflict to the story. And there are witches. I was not sure exactly how truly effective these witches were, but they added a bit of levity to the story. And of course, there is romance – kind of. I won’t go into detail. Spoilers. But it is the kind of romance to touch the hardest heart and make you sigh.
I found the story behind all these fascinating characters to be interesting. It made this book well worth reading. But then, I have been a fan of this kind of story for a lot years. A truly gothic tale reminiscent of Victoria Holt’s Mistress of Mellyn – an all-time favorite of mine – with even more . . .
I was somewhat dissatisfied with the ending. Although things were neatly tied up, I didn’t feel a complete sense of happy ever after. There was the suggestion of the possibility, but in actuality, it was left to the imagination. I guess I have gotten very used to the definitive happy ever after, so this left me – well – wanting more. Hmmm . . . maybe that was the intent of the author.
I will be watching for more by this new-to-me author as well as in this series. She writes a gripping story.