The plaintive singing of a ghostly child in the night sets off a chain of events that lead to Laurel learning the dark secrets that dwell in her Great Aunt Maggie’s house in a Melbourne suburb. When Eli comes into Laurel’s life, instead of instantly uncovering the secrets that have been buried in this house for many years, their joint efforts lead them to discover even greater mysteries.
Eli’s past is tied up with the ghost of the child who haunts the house, and there are many hurdles to cross before he discovers just why he also sensed strange vibes in the old house as soon as he entered.
In their search for the answers to an extraordinary mystery they uncover a passionate love affair shared by the people dear to them or those who dwelt in the house at one time of another. Despite their shared psychic abilities can the couple also find such a love?
When she turned back Eli was right behind her. Without a word he took her in his arms and kissed her. Laurel’s knees buckled and she reached for his shoulders. Pushing her back against the wall he pressed his body onto hers. The kiss went on and on, until Laurel lost all train of thought. With the same abruptness as the kiss began, it ended. He stared hard at her, turned and walked out.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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This was a different type of story. It promises to be a bit paranormal and a bit contemporary. I can’t disagree with that, however, I do think it is on quite the light side of paranormal. It’s an interesting story full of discovery.
The characters were, well, quite different. The female lead character was outgoing, very friendly, and incredibly loving. She male lead character, well, I still haven’t been quite able to discover him. He is quiet, loving, and very private. Although we learned an incredible amount about his family and the history of his family, I feel like there was an incredible lack of detail about him. His character was very vague and I would there could have been, at the minimum, a bit more detail.
As I mentioned above about the paranormal side of things being light, I think the story needed a bit more interaction and detail on this side of things. Truthfully, it was a letdown with just how little interaction there was. At the end of the story there was a particular scene that I believe needed to have more detail, more story line. It felt as if it were a second thought and a little information was thrown in.
I had really high hopes for this story, the blurb sounded really good. It was a good book, the story line was intriguing, but it didn’t have anything that grabbed your attention, held your attention, or made you want to keep reading. I do think this author has promise for becoming a great author. I think just a little more attention and a little more “oomph” and this author will earn the title of incredible!
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Award winning author Tricia McGill was born in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer? The local library was a treasure trove and magical world of discovery through her childhood and growing years. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.
Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations, especially elephants and orangutans who seem to be getting the raw end of the deal even in this enlightened age. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?”