- File Size: 594 KB
- Print Length: 260 pages
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- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; Crimson Rose edition (September 5, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 5, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0096PKCOE
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- Lending: Enabled
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Michaela Dunn has come to New Brunswick from Toronto to give her aunt and uncle a break by managing their wilderness bed & breakfast lodge while the older couple gets away for a holiday. But it's not all altruism on Michaela's part. She's had a fundamental disagreement with her father, a main partner in one of Canada's top criminal defence law firms, and Michaela has some things to sort out. What better place to do it than in than in the wilds of northern New Brunswick? And we're talking true wilderness here, with snowmobiles being the mode of transport for citizens and RCMP alike during the winter months. Travis MacDonald has chosen a nearby cabin to rusticate hermit-style, complete with a pack of sled dogs and a murky, mysterious past. The two get off to a rocky start, but the attraction sparks early. What I really loved was that it wasn't insta-love/lust, but rather something that grew organically. Gail MacMillan gives us a murder mystery to solve - one which puts Michaela and Travis by turns under the microscope. Their budding romance that will have to be as tough as the harsh environment in which they live if it's going to survive.
Michaela was a fantastic character. She is a woman that can go from country girl to city girl and be competent in both, but at the same time, is the epitome of the old saying "you can take the girl from the country, but you can't take the country from the girl". Even though she has moved to the city and worked to become the person that her parents want her to be, her heart is still back at Promise Lodge in the wilderness of New Brunswick. After taking over the running of the lodge for a few weeks, she realizes that she still belongs there and not in the city.
And then there is the tall, dark and mysterious Travis MacDonald. He is a (recently) local resident of the area and has developed a reputation as a hermit. Thrown together by circumstance, Michaela suddenly has the opportunity to get to know him. Sparks fly, much to chagrin of both of them, which makes for some great sexual tension.
Ralph Frame is perfect as the villain that you love to hate, along with his buddy, Andy. Andy had some mildly redeeming qualities, but as much as I wanted to feel sorry for him, I just never quite got there. Michaela's best friend, Karen, is an interesting character, as a female Ranger. I would have liked to see more of her. In fact, her character had enough potential that she could probably carry her own story quite well. And the mystery keeps you guessing. I'm usually pretty good at guessing "whodunit" in books or movies, but this one surprised me.
While the parts with the ghost add a bit more mysticism to the story, it seems really unnecessary. Those parts could be completely taken out of the story and it wouldn't change the plot at all. I wish there would have been a little bit more to that aspect of the story or that it had been left out entirely.
I loved that there was a sled dog team. I've owned and raised Siberian Huskies my entire life (the original sled dog) and have owned a couple of Malamutes along the way, so it was a lot of fun for me to read about the dogs. I was a little concerned that she showed a dog eating chocolate in the book and portrayed it as a treat, because chocolate can kill dogs. I wouldn't want any new dog owners to get ideas dangerous to their pets but portraying the dog as a kleptomaniac was funny.
Entertaining and well written, this book kept me equally trying to figure the mystery out, loving the tension between Michaela and Travis, and laughing at the antics of the dogs, with a very satisfying ending. Ghost of Winters Past is definitely worth checking out if you are in the mood for a suspenseful read with some romance along the way.
Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews.