10 August 2017

Spirits of the Heart

Women's Fiction

By Claire Gem

Paperback 340 pages
Publisher Erato Publishing (6th Feb 2017)
ISBN-13 978-0997432640

📕My Review

Laura Horton, an addiction counsellor, is returning to her home town to begin a new job. She's arranged to move in to the house her old friend Angie shares with boyfriend Miller Stanford. However, there's a problem; Angie's unexpectedly cleared out and left town. With little alternative, Laura moves in and finds herself alone with a man she doesn't know; a man she's becoming increasingly attracted to. When Laura and Miller begin to experience paranormal activity, they must work together to discover exactly what's happening and why.

Firstly, I have to commend the author on her beautiful writing. The story flowed with incredible ease and I found it immensely enjoyable. The spooky parts weren't at all scary and far from being disappointed, I was totally immersed. At times I thought the pacing was a little slow and an element of repetitiveness crept in but otherwise this was a solid, delightful read worthy of a place on anyone's bookshelf. 

My thanks to author Claire Gem for providing a copy of this book.

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📗The Blurb

Addiction counselor Laura Horton returns from college to move in with an old friend and start her career. But her homecoming is jarring. Her friend moves out, leaving Laura alone with the gorgeous but intimidating ex-boyfriend--in a house that snugs up to an ancient graveyard.

Officer Miller Stanford is a man with a shattered past. His alcoholic dad destroyed their family, a weakness Miller is terrified will consume him too. The last thing he needs is a sexy, blonde addiction counselor watching his every move. When he begins to see specters in the dark, he starts questioning his own stability.

But Laura sees her too--a pathetic child-spirit searching for her father. Then Laura starts digging into old asylum records . . . Can Miller and Laura uncover the secrets of Talcott Hall without jeopardizing their love--and lives--in the process?

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