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- File size : 4639 KB
- ASIN : B014V6EXAQ
- Print length : 124 pages
- Publication date : September 11, 2015
- Language: : English
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,062 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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On the other hand, the characters don't feel realistic in their emotional depth at all and the summary leaves me puzzled.
Ex: Emma is heartbroken so she can understand the ghosts trauma but falls for literally the first guy she sees, first meeting, the day after she's moved. She's questioning her sexuality but in a casual way, as if it is a mostly passing thought. I honestly didn't care which Emma ended up with because it didn't really matter to the character.
Puzzling summary: Guy next door had not revealed darkness to Emma. It's in his head. He mentally calls a flirting married woman a slut and then a few chapters later admitted to taking advantage of Emma in a drunk emotional state. Out loud his darkness is arguing with Annabelle, who frankly deserves it, and then getting wealthy and not telling Emma. In the spoken story, Emma cannot know that crap, she enjoyed their night, and he said sorry after wards. So...
Good enough to finish, but not to read the next.
Siren Spirit caught me in its spell and I found myself up past my bedtime to finish it. Not a long read. Wonderful writing style. The author is very good at stimulating the reader's senses, including smell, which many authors overlook. Short, but quite satisfying. I think I will read it again. I really enjoyed it.
Then – in 1874 - Joe lived with his family there, carrying out his trade. His daughter has little interest in getting married, despite his ministrations, as she has her heart set on only one person. Dad is a widower and is actively seeking another wife for himself let alone for his daughter.
Now – 2015 - Emma lives in the same house, and is taking a break from life and from her collapsed marriage. Her emotions are shattered and she finds herself open and accessible to the ghost that resides in her new home. This is a ghost that needs to find peace. Emma is a woman on a mission to help the ghost find her final resting place. She is ably aided by her neighbor, handsome Lewis, who also has a personal backstory.
The writing is fairly simple and flows quite well. There is a real restlessness as the story scampers from one part to the next. It feels like it would be aimed at the YA audience, but there is probably a little too much lesbian/straight sex to really be aimed at that market?
Novellas can work really well, as a short, sharp piece of prose. This book feels more like an outline synopsis, awaiting some more fleshing out.
Now jump to 2015. Recently divorced Emma McVeigh has just moved into the old forge house. While she is setting up, she finds a pretty vial of Lily of the Valley perfume – that smells fresh. A short time later, she finds an antique gold ring in the back yard. She cleans it up and puts it on the windowsill in her bedroom; the next morning it is on the hall table by the bottle of perfume.
Emma senses a presence in the house. Locals tell her the house is haunted, but Emma feels no threat in her new home. After an evening out with her new neighbor Lewis, tired from unpacking and slightly drunk, Emma has a sense – a dream, perhaps – of being made love to by a woman. She is surprised to realize that she had the most intense and wonderful orgasm in her life.
Siren Spirit continues with Emma and Lewis trying first to identify the ghost then trying to bring her peace, with the help of Emma’s spiritualist friend.
This is the author’s first novella. It is interesting light reading. The characters – including Grace (the ghost) are likeable and believable under the premise of the story.
Grace is living with her father. Ever since her mother died he is barely able to look at her since she is the spitting image of her. In the 18th century it is expected of a woman to find a husband and start a family, but for Grace this is not an option. She is in love with her best friend Suzanne. They both know that their love will always have to be hidden from the world. When the love of her life chooses another path Grace makes a heartbreaking decision.
Emma was married and thought she would live the happily ever after. When her marriage falls apart she moves to a small village to find herself again. It turns out her new house isn't as empty as Emma thought it would be. Together with her handsome neighbor Lewis she is trying to put the
Liz Hurst has done a wonderful job putting two eras together in one story. I loved to find out more about Grace and liked that her story was alternated with Emma's who's researching her. Even though the stories are separate ones in the beginning they come together so naturally.
Siren Spirit was very exciting. You have everything you could possibly ask for in a book, a ghost haunting a house, a gorgeous neighbor, a search for the truth combined with something that feels like a treasure hunt and last but not least love. I read this story in one sitting and I can't wait until it's summer, so I can start reading the follow-up to Siren Spirit. I'd love to read more about Emma and Lewis and about their next quest.
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I felt I was happy to be carried along by a cleverly structured plot which opens with tragic events in 1874 and then - with a house move for Emma, a reluctant divorcee, her comforting cat, Lily, and little or no furniture, to a village where she hoped to heal her heartbreak. Emma is ripe for attracting a kindred soul.
The juxtaposition of the two time periods, allows the story to develop on two distinct levels.
We come across plausible characters, gentle romance, psychic interludes, intriguing clues and even erotic encounters, all the hallmarks of a good read.
I look forward to reading her next book.
Liz Hurst has a way with words
If I had one criticism it's that there was definitely enough plot for this to have been a full length novel rather than a novella. But if you like your books well written, surprising and fast paced then this book is highly recommended.
The ending sounds as though there could be a series of these books coming, featuring the same main character. I will certainly look out for more from this author.