*I’d like to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
When the author approached me with a request to review this book, I thought it sounded fun. Having read the previous book in the series about a year ago, I was glad to hear that this tale could stand on it’s own. The synopsis promised ghosts, fairies, and an interesting romance. I’m happy to say that I got most of this, along with some pretty funny parts.
The main character of this book was Marilee, who was the best friend of the girl book one was about. I didn’t like Marilee when I read book one, but I do think that this story helped change all that. This is because we got to see that she was really dealing with some issues, like her mom trying to recover from breast cancer. This all made her a sympathetic character, so I wasn’t as annoyed as I should have been when she decided to be ridiculously mean to people who didn’t deserve it. In the end, I found Marilee smart, compassionate, and loyal to her friends and family, despite her flaws.
The side characters were interesting. Marilee’s mother was quite interfering and never listened to reason when her daughter offered it, but i still liked her. Even though they constantly fought, I could still tell there was a bond between the two of them. Then, there were all the various quirky people who worked with Marilee. They made the book a lot more livelier and fun, even if none of them were really developed. Finally, there was John. As Marilee’s boss, their relationship was pretty interesting to watch. They were always attracted to each other, but had to maintain a professional relationship. I found it a bit fast when things switched from professional to romantic, but i did like the two of them together. They made each other into better people, and did whatever they had to in order to help one another out.
The plot of this novel was all about Marilee taking a new job working for John, trying to run a bed-and-breakfast. As they were renovating it at first and odd things kept happening, it made the story unique. There was romance, the mystery about what was going on, and all the paranormal elements that were introduced. There was even a funny first kiss scene. My interest was held all the way through, and I liked how all the different plotlines came together.
Overall, I liked this book. The ending was a bit too abrupt and anticlimactic for my liking, and the romantic relationship developed a bit too fast. However, I never got bored while reading, and i always wanted to know what was haunting the building. Therefore, I recommend this book if you’re looking for a light, funny, and slightly romantic ghost story.
Kathy Bryson knew she wanted to be a writer when she finished reading through her school and local children’s libraries. She spent 20 years honing her writing skills on marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts before going into teaching and finishing a book with all the stuff she enjoys most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare! Kathy lives in Florida where she caters to the whims of two spoiled cats and wonders what possessed her to put in 75 feet of flower beds.
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