- File Size: 1826 KB
- Print Length: 400 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JXG0KB0
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Ghost of Buxton Manor Kindle Edition
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This book was told from one point of view, the ghosts (Rupert's). That was the first thing that got my attention. Every other book that I've read involving ghosts, like Faith Gibson's Ghost in the Mirror, is told from the point of view of the person encountering the ghost.
Having this story, about Rupert, being told by Rupert made it that much more personal and that much more real (if that's even a thing)
This book was based off of J M Barrie's Finding Neverland. I actually saw the play on Broadway and felt it helped me see an additional layer of this story. But, make no mistake, this beautiful story loses nothing if you haven't seen it.
The synopsis gives you a general idea of what this book is about but when you hear it from Rupert, the beauty (it's the only word that fits this book) comes shining through.
This is a story about soulmates and how that connection to the other half of your soul is something that can never be broken.
The only other book that can rival this, the only other book that shows such a deep connection of soulmates is Ana J Phoenix's For Never and Always. Both books will ultimately leave you with a great big, teary smile.
Three events throw Rupert's afterlife topsy-turvy. The appearance of Dr. Wyman, his spectral therapist; a strange ghostly trio of Bloody Mary, the Weeping Bride, and the Headless Horseboy; and finally the arrival of Caroline, George, and most importantly Aaron to his long deserted home. Rupert feels an immediate connection to Aaron, and despite Dr. Wyman's warnings to stay away, he's unable to resist.
Initially, Rupert is merely a spectating spector to Aaron and family's modern life, but eventually the two boys discover a way to bridge the divide. Rupert is precious and charming. His speech affectations are indicative of an earlier time as evinced by many of his turns of phrase such as calling Aaron's laptop a "futuristic typewriter."
I was able to figure out a major plot point, but that in no way stole any of the joy from this tale. One of the things I loved was how Aaron's parents knew he was gay, and it was a non-issue. There are plenty and more narratives, fictional and non, about parents who don't accept their LGBTQ children. It's been done over and over again, and showing parents/guardians treating it as normal, helps to show that it is. The unaccepting parents paradigm wasn't the adversary in this story, rather it was the mystery of Rupert's past and how the two boys could possibly be together.
I only have one critique, and it has to do with how a particular character's inflection was written out. She had a French accent, and the author chose to show that phonetically. It was a bit distracting, but didn't take away from the overall quality of the story. I only recently read the editing tip advising against this, making it one situation where you can tell and maybe minimally show with a particular phrase thrown in here or there.
Rupert has a sad, sweet whimsy about him, which balances perfectly with Aaron's almost stubborn determination. Aaron's parent's aren't just nondescript automatons either, but stand on their own as original characters, and Mr. Ferrara does an excellent job on touching on the mysteries of the ghost world that not even Rupert is privy to.
Considering I cried at the end of this book, I had no choice but to give it 5 stars.