Title: Ghost Gifts
All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.
Rocked by the discovery of a young woman’s skeletal remains, the New England town of Surrey wants answers. Hard-nosed investigative reporter Levi St John is determined to get them. Aubrey has no choice but to get involved, even at the terrifying risk of stirring spirits connected to a dead woman’s demise and piquing her new reporting partner’s suspicions.
As Aubrey and Levi delve further into the mystery, secrets are revealed and passion ignites. It seems that Aubrey’s ghost gifts are poised to deliver everything but a normal life.
Author: Laura Spinella
Published by Montlake Romance Source: Publisher
Genres: Crime Drama, Paranormal, Romance
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On a Monday morning in February, I was with my family in a cottage deep in the woods. There was a snowstorm raging outside, flames were dancing in the fireplace. I sat down in the living room and began to read Ghost Gifts. I was not quite sure what to expect from this book due to the fact that I read my share of paranormal/romantic suspense. On Tuesday afternoon, this book was finished and I was sad that it was already over! Time went by so fast while I was reading, a little bit like those vacation days that seems just to be 12 hours instead of 24. The first thing you know you are back to work!
It started a little bumpy, it took me a couple of pages to get into it and Aubrey’s reaction to her first connection to the other side was a little too over the top. It may be because I know my woo-woo stuff, it had just an unrealistic feel to it. I am getting what the author was trying to get across but it just did not do it for me. Once these little bumps were history, all was good and I fasten my seatbelt and enjoy the ride. It could have been really tricky to move between present time and past time with different characters. There was a big risk to have us completely lost or unable to focus our attention on the story. However it was masterfully crafted and it gave a unique take on the story. I just love how everything was fitting together, like a huge puzzle and we were fed one piece at a time.
It could have been really tricky to move between present time and flashback with different characters. There was a big risk to have us completely lost or to change our focus on other things than the story. I must admit that it was masterfully crafted and it gave a unique take on the story. I just love how everything was fitting together, like a huge puzzle and we were trying to place one piece at a time.
Misty’s story (I should say flashback) is really well written and that is the main plot of the book. When her body is discovered 20 years after her death, a man that was previously declared guilty of her murder is released and a new one has been arrested awaiting his trial. Levi, as a star journalist, is called in Surrey to cover this story. Aubrey is assigned to be his partner. The story pace is perfect, fast enough to keep my interest, slow enough to have time to take in all the information. I kept going back and forth as to know who was the killer and I must admit that I did not find it until the story ended (Ha well, I’m not as good as I thought I was).
Aubrey is a character that did not strike me as an interesting character at first. She was standing in the background and happy that way. I have a preference for a strong lead. At first, I thought she was too nice, too polite, and the only other word that comes to mind to describe her is just too fluffy. I kept an open mind and I was surprised. She really grew on me throughout the story. She has a golden heart and using her gift to help lingering spirits to cross over. She is very private about what she is doing, she doesn’t want her co-workers to know about her mediumship abilities. She has been hurt by comments from outsiders in the past and wait to really trust someone before opening here heart and her secrets (Just ask her ex-fiancé!!).Levi is a rational and goal oriented individual. He is coming across as cold and is all about business. When we get to know him, we see what a tender soul he is and his story touched me.
It is supposed to be a romantic suspense, and it is lacking in romance. I am not expecting to read a love at first sight story, but we did not have the chance to really feel the chemistry between both characters. Both of them had issues to resolve before thinking about love and those issues took too long to resolve VS the birth of a new love affair.
I definitely recommend this book, it is a wonderful ride of mystery, seduction, and new chance to love!