Recently widowed Sylvie Andrus moves with her young son, Jason, to a small river town, and discovers she must solve a two-century old mystery to rid herself of the ghost who haunts her. Still grieving, she finds the ghost of her husband, Ned, waiting in her new home to seduce her. Jason warns Sylvie the ghost is evil but, swept up by her yearning for her husband and determined to reveal what happened to Clarinda Braxton, a Revolutionary Era painter who disappeared without a trace in 1794, she delays, putting her son’s life in peril.
What an interesting book! I remember reading the synopsis, thinking “let’s give it a go,” as I am pretty finicky about books that have historical fiction in them and paranormal activity in them (I think that is what ghosts are categized as). When I began reading this book, I thought it might be a DNF book for me as I felt the book was SO slow to get started. However, once the story got started, boy did it pack a punch!! And it ended up being a page-turner for me! I really enjoyed hearing not only Clarinda’s story but the story of Sylvie and Jason as well. While this book was set in 2 different time periods, it was easy to follow what was happening in each of them, and both time periods really held my attention. Ginny Fite writes a beautifully sad story about 2 different families both affected by death and the effects the deaths have both in the hear and now and in the afterlife. I ended up really enjoying this book. It was not the story that I expected, and I am pleased to say the story was better than what I was expecting! I hope to read more by Ginny Fite in the future!
About the Author
Ginny Fite, author of Blue Girl on the Night Dream Sea, the thriller No End of Bad, and the dark mystery thrillers Cromwell’s Folly, No Good Deed Left Undone, and Lying, Cheating, and Occasionally Murder is an award-winning writer and journalist.
She’s also been a spokesperson for a governor and for a member of Congress, for colleges and universities, and a robotics R&D company. With degrees from Rutgers University and Johns Hopkins University, she also studied at the School for Women Healers and the Maryland Poetry Therapy Institute.
In addition to her novels, she is the author of I Should Be Dead by Now, a collection of humorous lamentations about aging, three books of poetry– The Last Thousand Years, The Pearl Fisher, and Throwing Caution– and a short story collection, What Goes Around.
She is addicted to Twitter and posts as @Unwrinkledbrain. She resides in Harpers Ferry, WV. Website http://ginnyfite.com/