- Series: A Haunted Voices Novel
- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Erato Publishing (February 6, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997432640
- ISBN-13: 978-0997432640
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,735,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mysterious Book Report No. 342
by John Dwaine McKenna and June Lynn McKenna
As the by-line shows, this will be a different—and special—MBR. It’s not within our usual purview of crime and punishment, or murder and mayhem, nor even an exploration of the dark side of human nature. Instead, it’s a goose-pimple inducing paranormal ghost and romance story which takes place at an addiction treatment center in Middletown, New York. It’s a place that was once an institution for the criminally insane. And because it’s for all of the ladies in the audience who aren’t hard-boiled crime enthusiasts, June Lynn McKenna has gallantly offered a woman’s perspective . . . so-you-know-who doesn’t screw-it-up.
Spirits of the Heart, (Erato Publishing, PB, $13.95, 312 pages, ISBN 978-0-9974326-4-0) by Frances Brown writing as Claire Gem, is part of her ongoing Haunted Voices series, and is, in our opinion, the best one so far. It begins when Laura Horton returns from grad school in North Carolina to Middletown, New York; the place where she was born and raised. Laura’s got a new degree, a new job as an addiction counselor, and not a dollar to her name. She does have a plan though, to move into a spare room at her high school friend Angie’s house, where she lives with her boyfriend, Miller Stanford. Then, after Laura gets a paycheck or two, she’ll find her own apartment and move out. But . . . as every writer of fiction knows . . . the easiest way to make God laugh, is to make plans. When Laura rolls into town flat broke, her car coasting on fumes, expecting a warm reunion with her gal-pal, she’s met at the door by a grumpy, half naked and towel wrapped hunk of manhood. Angie, Miller tells Laura, has moved out, and relocated to Tampa, Florida. Laura is devastated, out of options and stuck in a “puke green, two-story house” that sits right beside the cemetery of the old insane asylum, with a man who doesn’t want her there. Miller and Laura come to an agreement of sorts, she can stay . . . but . . . it’s his house, his rules. Laura tries her best to comply, but their relationship gets more and more strained, as strange, weird and unexplainable events start to happen on a regular basis. Then, Miller see the ghost of a little girl and thinks he’s losing it. But Laura sees her too, in this vivid, suspenseful and romance-filled novel from the award-winning pen of one of the hottest romance and supernatural fiction writers in the country. Claire Gem’s Spirits of the Heart will keep you glued to each and every page, until your glasses get too steamed to read!
Laura is an addiction counselor who is returning to her hometown. Miller is a security officer who works the state grounds of the abandoned mental hospital. Laura thinks she's moving in with her old friend Angie and her boyfriend, but when she shows up at her new home she gets he surprise of a lifetime. A very sexy (and newly single) Miller. Angie had apparently run off and now Laura is stuck living with his large, sort of surly man who may or may not drink too much. At first they're sort of a mess together, who wouldn't be thrown into that sort of situation. But Laura quickly learns that the things Angie told her about Miller aren't exactly true. There is so much more to Miller than meets the eye.
Miller is doing everything he can to keep himself together. He works constantly, supports his mother who gambles too much and sister who suffered a tragic car accident at the hands of his alcoholic father and is now stuck in a nursing home. Miller naturally blames himself and his demons run deep. But wow, I couldn't help but fall for him. He's so alpha and strong and just... sexy, but also sweet and vulnerable in the most perfect of ways. Their chemistry is simply off the charts and I found myself turning pages just to see what would happen between this smoldering couple.
As if all of this wouldn't make for an incredible story alone, both Miller and Laura (separately and together) see specters of light. What are they? Are they real? Are they figments of their overactive imaginations? And what about Greta, the mysterious, consistently dressed the same and often crying, little girl? She's lost, always in search of her father. Is she real? Can they help her find what she's looking for without it costing them their lives, their jobs and their love?
God, I have so much more to write about that but can't without giving away spoilers, which I don't do. It's simply a must read book. Hands. Down.
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