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Saturday, 18 October 2014

REVIEW, GIVEAWAY & BLOG TOUR - Shattered by TP Hogan

"Here she was, the girl who didn't believe in ghosts, standing in the middle of a set of stone steps waiting at a mirror for a ghost to appear."

Sebastian Ashcombe has been trapped behind the mirrors of Ashcombe Manor almost 150 years. He can view the manor using the mirrors as windows to the solid world but he can’t communicate with anyone and no one can see him.

Until Now.

Mattie Holmes visits Ashcombe Manor in Dunmore England after her mother marries Alex Ashcombe. The last thing she expects is a man in the mirror. Bastian is not a ghost. He didn’t die. He was cursed behind the mirror on his wedding day in 1869. As they start to unravel the mystery they realise they are running out of time. If they don’t break the curse before February 29th Bastian will simply disappear.

Breaking a centuries old curse is hard enough, but Mattie is starting to fall for Bastian. Not only is his very existence in jeopardy but to love a man in the mirror may only lead to a shattered heart.
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**** out of 5 (really liked it)

Mattie arrives in the dark and it's raining. Her mother and new step-father aren't there as they're on holiday but she meets her step-brother for the first time. The house where they live is big, grand and part of the National Trust.  Mattie isn't really into history as that's her mother's forte. Hers is her art but she finds that looking into the history and legends of the house to find out about the man in the mirror draws upon pretty much everything she has in her.

Sebastian has been trapped in the mirror for years, watching the few people who can see him, wither and die. Yet Mattie is different, she has found a way to communicate with him and they both become obsessed with breaking the curse.

This was an enthralling tale, gently told with hints of romance rather than a face full of it. If I had to pick on something I would say that right at the end, during Mattie's creative period, not only did she miss out on information but I also found myself going back over it to see if I had missed something. Two people who had had a very easy relationship up until this point with no signs of commitment, were suddenly engaged to be married. That would be the only point though and that is minor in and of itself. 

Thoroughly enjoyed this tale and can recommend it without reservations!

Meet the Author

G’Day, I’m TP Hogan.
I’m an Aussie born and bred and I’ve lived both in the bush and in a Capital City; with a couple of stops along the way. Right now I live on the coast in Far North Queensland, which is an interesting experience; since swimming in surf, battling jellyfish and removing sand from all sorts of places are not favourite pastimes.
Writing on the other hand, is a favourite pastime. I write down the voices in my head & call them Characters. When they interact I call them Stories. Once published I call them Books.
When not writing, I have a full time day job, a full time husband, practice the violin, make jellies & am an occasional Radio DJ.

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