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Crown Heart Awarded Book! "With ghosts, straight fantasy, and premonitions, readers will find all kinds of things to love." --Julie York, IND'TALE MAGAZINE "Packaged together, they make a lively read and a perfect treat for romance lovers searching for a bite of something sweet this Halloween." --Melissa DeMoux, DESERET NEWS
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Six bestselling authors contribute brand new novellas to ALL HALLOWS' EVE.
This is one of the best anthologies I've read. Every story was a delight. If I had to pick favorites, I'd say the first and last stories. The first, a Regency, was delightful. The last was scary with a twist I didn't see coming. I loved every story. All were fast-paced with complex characters and twists. Well-done!
Of Ghosts and Gardens by Sarah M. Eden According to society, Enid is fast approaching spinsterhood at the ripe old age of nineteen. When a mysterious and handsome stranger, Burke Kennard, arrives at the Pryce house inquiring about their garden ghost, hope begins to bloom that spinsterhood might not be Enid's fate. But will the ghost, instead of bringing them together, prevent them from their happily ever after? I absolutely loved this story! It was funny, heartwarming...just awesome! My favorite of this anthology!
It's You by Annette Lyon Anna and Charlie both see the ghost of Nanny Mae Workman, but no one else does. Setting out to discover why they are the only ones able to, Anna uncovers old family secrets. This story was okay, but I could never quite get into it. I didn't connect with either one of the main characters.
Sophia's Curse by Heather B. Moore A dark curse haunts the Belrose and Rousseau families. Every five years, on All Hallows Eve, someone from one of the families (or connected to them) dies. Can Joan Belrose and Simon Rousseau find a way to break the curse before another life is claimed? This was my second favorite story in this collection. It had a bit of a mystery that I really enjoyed.
The Siren Song by Lisa Mangum On a cruise in the Mediterranean, Oliver goes overboard. He's abducted by a siren and taken to a hidden island where his most cherished memories are stolen from him. Can he let go of his most beloved memory for the chance of freedom? Definitely the most unique story of the bunch, it was very poignant and held my attention throughout.
The Man of Her Dreams by Jordan McCollum Detective Alexandra Steen often has dreams predicting murders, but is always too late to prevent them. Until one day, her dream is different and doesn't end with the victim's death. What does this mean? This story was interesting and had moments of suspense, but wasn't one of my favorites.
The Ghost of Millhouse Mansion by Elana Johnson When Naomi is asked by Colt Jennings to restore an old rocking horse located at his house, the Millhouse Mansion, she jumps at the chance. She's always been fascinated with the old house and has been clamoring to restore the whole place. Rumors of ghost sightings at the property have persisted for years and when Naomi actually sees one, what's she to do? The spookiest of the anthology, it was my favorite among the contemporary offerings.
Like with most novella collections, this was a mixed bag of good and not as good, but it did put me in just the right mood for Halloween!
The wonderful thing about collections is that you get different styles, eras, and entertainment. The unfortunate thing about collections is that you can only give it one rating. Thus, let me say that I LOVED some of these and liked others. The first three novellas are more historical and the second three contemporary.
Sarah Eden's "Of Ghosts and Gardens" - A delightful novella that was silly and fun and complete in story. I loved the setting, the hero and heroine. I loved that all the town people got into the action. Rating: 4.5
Annette Lyon's "It's You" - A ghost of the past comes to right a wrong. It was an interesting premise. It was my least favorite of the historicals. Rating: 3.5
Heather B. Moore's "Sophia's Curse" - This had such fun and unexpected twists. The mystery and curse seemed predictable, but NO. I loved both the heroine and hero. The nuns were a fun addition. Rating: 5
Lisa Mangum's "The Sirens' Song" - I truly couldn't get into this one. For me it was all over the place and rather hard to follow. It was my least favorite of the collection. Rating: 2.5 to 3 - can't decide
Jordan McCollum's "The Man of Her Dreams" - This was my favorite of the contemporary. What a clever plot. I loved the descriptive writing. I felt her angst of wanting to get to the crime scene of her dream before the murder happens. There was enough to this one to be longer and still enjoyable. Rating:5
Elana Johnson's "The Ghost of Millhouse Mansion" - I started this novella thinking I wasn't going to like it (can't say why). This also had some unexpected turns. In the end, (although the end was abrupt) this was very enjoyable. Rating:4.5
Content: Clean, some violence, innuendo (Siren's Song) Source: ebooksforreview