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Between Seasons (Home Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Aida Brassington
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Book Description

Between life and death, there is a cold and lonely world—and Patrick Boyle has been stuck there for forty years. His draft into the Vietnam War, the sound of his own neck breaking on the steps of his childhood home after a fall . . . even the taste of his mother’s chocolate cake, it’s all behind him now. He spends his afterlife haunting his own house, missing his parents, and wallowing in existential misery. That is, until Sara Oswald shows up.

Sara, the new owner of Patrick’s house, doesn’t know his ghost roams the halls. A terrible divorce and a strained relationship with her family has left her questioning her own sanity even before she starts channeling the memories of Patrick’s life and death in her writing. And when she begins to hear and see him, too, the results could be disastrous.

Then again, they might find love.

BETWEEN SEASONS explores the intersection of the possible and the impossible. Best-selling author Aida Brassington has written a hopeful love story, full of tender moments and sweet romance.

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About the Author

Aida Brassington lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband and dog, where she is at work on her next novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Green Needle Press (October 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0061G3HHA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost great May 20, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When Patrick falls down the stairs at home and breaks his neck, he truly believes the life he experiences after death will be a fleeting moment, a hiatus before he is called to heaven. When his parents move out death gets worse. Years pass. Many years pass and Patrick discovers he can never leave the confines of his home. If he wasn't already dead he'd think about committing suicide.

Things change when Sara moves in. Young and pretty, she talks to herself all the time, and to Patrick it feels as though she is talking to him. Then, when Sara starts to see and hear him, his whole after-life takes a new turn. That is until Sara's uptight sister gets her committed to an asylum for talking with ghosts!

I loved the start of Between Seasons. Patrick is a fully formed character, and even though events are, by their very nature, restricted to the four walls of his home things never get dull. Patrick is a likable character you feel you would get along with if only he wasn't quite so dead. Sara too is a sympathetic personality, a little ditzy, a little damaged, and the blossoming of the love Patrick feels for her is well handled, feeling natural.

Had the final thirty pages been as good as the first 190 this would have been a 5 star read, but for me the ending was a little too obvious, a little too rushed. Nevertheless I recommend Between Seasons. The writing is slick, tight and in places very funny indeed. Aida Brassington has a wonderful touch in bringing alive the main characters.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Debut! November 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Descriptive. That's the one word that comes to mind when I think of Aida's debut novel - a touching tale of a nineteen year old young man who dies on the very first page. What comes after that almost disturbingly detailed account of a simple fall down a flight of stairs is a beautiful and unique look at life... and love... after death.

Patrick haunts his childhood home for decades, alone and isolated from the rest of the world... until the day Sara walks in the door. Almost immediately she seems to have a sense of something or someone in the house, watching her, interacting with her. She does what many of us have probably done at one point or another - she talks to the nothing around her. And she absolutely captivates the dead young man still roaming the shag-carpeted halls.

This book absolutely drowns you in the emotions of its characters. From the loneliness and sorrow of a long-dead Patrick, trapped in the same house he died in, to the anguish of the heartbroken Sara. Through the sweetness of falling in love and the bitterness of lost dreams. From the pain of feeling disconnected from everyone to finding that special someone who gets it... gets you. Even if he is dead.

The bad: Take everything you think you know about ghosts and throw it all out the window. The world Aida builds includes touching... kissing... sleeping. It's a fresh view on life after death, and I absolutely loved it!

The characters are written true and bold, with flaws and quirks that make them stand right up off the page. The plot is intriguing and keeps the reader engaged right from the first page. The writing is witty, a bit snarky at times, and utterly captivating. I definitely recommend buying this lovely, unique, wonderful novel and giving it a read. It's well worth the time. I'd love to see a sequel written, Miss Aida.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unique paranormal romance February 6, 2012
Between Seasons starts with the death of nineteen year old Patrick. He is both sad at his death, and excited that he escaped the draft. Such a mixture of feelings in the first few paragraphs of this book, made it more intriguing for me. I can not remember ever reading another book like this one. There is such a sense of loss and loneliness until the "mysterious woman" arrives. I don't like to give spoilers, so I won't tell anymore about the story, but I do suggest you give it a chance. It was a unique reading experience for me, and kept my interest to the very end.

*A special thanks to the author for the review copy of this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read August 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I almost didn't make it past the first few pages of this due to frequent formatting errors (primarily random spaces within words, and a few places where whole paragraphs are italicized). Maybe it was just how it was reading on my kindle? If not, author, if you're reading this, I'd recommend fixing these issues as it can turn readers off.

I'm glad I persevered though, because the book grows into a nice little story. The characters are well written and believable. The plot is interesting. Nothing I'm rushing to recommend to everyone I know, but an enjoyable read.

One thing that bothered me though was that the ending was a bit abrupt. I think it could have been better set up.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did I not get the whole book? August 18, 2012
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I hate the way this ended. A book two continuation needs to be great concept and I thought not a bad read... but it needed some closure.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting take on death. February 4, 2012
This was such an intriguing book! The first chapter was so intensely descriptive of Patrick's death and the reactions of his parents. It was heartbreaking, knowing that he was the only child his parents could have, and they lost him.

I understood why his mother wouldn't be able to live in that house any longer and why she felt the need to leave. And it had to be absolutely horrifying for Patrick to be at his own wake.

What I enjoyed about Patrick was that despite the fact that he seemed to be stuck, he never lost his belief that there could be a better afterlife for him besides where he was. He was such an easy going guy, and quite the gentlemen. I really liked that about him.

And I couldn't help but feel for him when someone buys the house and starts bringing in all this new technology stuff that he didn't recognize. Sarah was a bit crazy, as she spoke to herself in the house almost all the time. That's not to say that I didn't like her, I just liked Patrick more.

Her sister was a pretty one dimensional character for me. She was a religious whacko with an agenda bent on fact that her sister fraternized with demons.

The romance part of the story was well written and I enjoyed watching them figure out how to work out their relationship. The ending felt a bit abrupt and I'm not sure if there's going to be another book or if this was a stand alone but I would like to see where this story is going because it felt unfinished to me.

Also, this is not a YA book, as there was language and nudity. I mean, it definitely wasn't erotic, but it definitely doesn't fall into the lines of YA. Just thought I'd throw that in there. :)

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Between Seasons is different
I can honestly say I don't know what I think about this story. It is definitely different and not something I enjoyed. Sorry!
Published 5 days ago by Patricia Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 1 month ago by pamc
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it.
Fast read. Really enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Foengreek
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Unique and Emotive
This was one of the times my habit of downloading on title or cover alone really paid off. The opening of the book came as a surprise, if not a little bit of a shock to me, which... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharon Joan-Figuerola
4.0 out of 5 stars Aida does it again.
Fun, easy read. I liked the concept and thought the author did a good job with it. Only complaint is a few editing issues, esp when the sister gets heated.
Published 4 months ago by Gbelladauna
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
At the beginning of the book Patrick who is 19 years old woke up to the smell of his mother's pancakes. On his way down the stairs he tumbled down and broke his neck. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and intriguing storyline.
I've never read anything quite like this book. Written from the perspective of a dead 19 year old man. I loved it and really didn't want it to end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cheryl Myklebust
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic read
I loved the story. I couldn't seem to put it down until I had finished it. I just wish it went on a bit longer.
Published 5 months ago by ferret lady
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me wanting to find out what would happen
A very original type of love story that has all the intrigue of a romance with added elements of suspense.
Published 5 months ago by LDF
5.0 out of 5 stars ....and WHEN???
There are only two other books (in my lifetime) that I have read cover to cover more than once. "Little Women" & "The Thorn Birds". Read more
Published 6 months ago by DrSeuss42
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More About the Author

Aida Brassington is an award winning writer who lives in the suburbs of Pennsylvania with her husband of five years and a Great Dane named Patrick. She has a pointed interest in local ghost history and gourmet foods.

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