- Series: The Southern Ghosts Series
- Paperback: 430 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 18, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1502401967
- ISBN-13: 978-1502401960
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,570,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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No Grits No Glory: Southern Ghosts Series, Book One (The Southern Ghosts Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – September 18, 2014
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About the Author
Amazon bestselling author Elaine Calloway writes tales of the living, the dead, and the eerie in-between. Her books are typically described as paranormal, ghost stories, and urban fantasy. Originally from New Orleans, she grew up with a love of Gothic steeples, cemeteries, and all things paranormal. She now resides in the Southeastern USA and believes more than ever in Southern Ghosts. She is currently writing 2 series: The Elemental Clan Series and the Southern Ghosts Series. For more information and to connect with Elaine online, visit www.elainecalloway.com.
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Who wouldn’t like to have even a few more minutes with those we love who have passed on before us? Brianna has the gift to help the dearly departed cross over, but isn’t thrilled with her gift. When she moves to Savannah and meets the handsome Steven, and his dead family, that’s what she knows she has to do. Her own older brother was killed when she was 10 and she would give the world to see and talk to him just one more time.
Will she get the chance? Will she be able to help Steven make amends with his family? Who will get in the way to stop them and what will happen? Those are the questions you will find the answers to and many more.
One of the best ghost books I’ve read. I can’t wait for the next one.
Specifically, we hear the voice of some of Savannah Georgia's dead as they interact with Brianna McNeil, a recent Boston transplant. She has come down South to start work in a funeral home, and more to the point, !live in the area where her also-deceased brother had last lived.
Brianna at first wishes only to continue giving respect to those she makes up in the funeral home, but she quickly realizes that she still has the ability to hear ghost voices, an admission that had previously landed her in a psych ward. She discovers that her current residence, rented to her by an extremely corrupt landlord, is haunted by the prior tenants, family of the man with whom she soon falls in love. She and this man, Steven, along with various other partners, then work together to take down this landlord so that the family can re-earn its peace.
i definitely enjoyed this read. As always with Calloway, the descriptions of surroundings, including restaurants, homes, other outdoor scenery and the like are so vivid that one feels transported there. also the characters, and particularly the Southern ones, make many comparisons and contrasts between this storied region and the North, where Brianna is from. As the title suggests, Virginia, Steven's mother, has a particular penchant for displaying her talents preparing that finest of Southern foodso: grits.
This book is ultimately about not only coming to terms with who you are, but also finding someone else who can accept you in all of your quirkiness. This is a theme that I, as a person with a disability, can relate to very well. I appreciate that Calloway demonstrates that sometimes this process may be messy for both partners. I look forward to the next in this series.
Genre: Paranormal romance
Brianna moved to Savannah from Boston to get away from her past, in which she'd been committed at one time because she could communicate with the dead. She chose Savannah because her late brother Declan had loved the city.
Brianna works as a cosmetologist in a funeral home, as she had done at her family's funeral parlor. She loves her job and sees it as honoring the dead. She's lives in an old Victorian house in a rent-to-own agreement in one of the older districts, within walking distance of her work. One day Steven Grayson, the son of the late former owners shows up. He didn't know that his parents and sister had died in a house fire. They are attracted to one another, but it's complicated by her crooked landlord, the secret she's keeping about her ability to see and talk to the dead, and the fact that his family is haunting the house.
Brianna's brother's ghost is present, but not allowed to communicate with her in any way. There are other local ghosts, besides Steven's family, including some who are allowed to pass messages from Declan to Brianna.
This is a well written tale with excellent grammar and usage, though there were some dropped words. There were also some word choices that were just wrong in context. It dragged a bit in the middle, but not so badly that I put it down. It picked up toward the end with some dangerous action.
If you like lite paranormal romance, this book is for you. In fact, the series is for you.
The main character, Brianna, drew me in with her lack of confidence about life in general, her desire to reconnect with her dead brother in his favorite city of Savannah, and with her hope to establish a normal life despite the fact that she is able to see and talk to ghosts. Brianna has a heart as big as the south where she has moved to. She works at a funeral home doing cosmetology on the deceased, she works hard to make them look nice and to reveal their personality. Her heart is in her unusual profession.
She quickly discovers a family of ghosts is living in her home. The three of them are grieving lost opportuniities to make amends with their estranged son, Steven. He returns to Savannah to find his family not knowing they died in a fire. He meets Brianna when he goes to his previous home and discovers her living there.
Every good novel requires an antagonist to hate. This one has a self-absorbed jackass in the form of a community leader.
Humor comes in the form of a feisty dog. The southern ghost family, especially the mother, who is continually referring to Brianna as a damn yankee who can't even cook grits. Romance comes in the form of Brianna and Steven learning more about each other, ghosts, and the former murders commited by the antagonist.
This is the first book I have read by this author. I'm sure I'll be reading more. Many more.
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