Ghost Gifts 4/5 ****
Laura Spinella - Murder Mystery/Paranormal Romance
Laura Spinella has four published books including Perfect Timing, Beautiful Disaster, Unstrung and Ghost Gifts (officially due out March 1, 2016). Her work can also be found under the pen name L.J. Wilson in the sensual romance section (not my cup of tea, so you wont find any of those reviews here but you can pop onto her site to read more!)
She grew up in Long Island New York but currently resides outside Boston Massachusetts with her husband, three adult children and 4 fur kids including Auggie an adorable fluff of a dog pictured on her site. She graduated from the University of George and has been chasing her literary dream ever since!
"While Aubrey loved to read, what she wanted to do was write. Not novels or poetry, but real life adventures. Perhaps, she thought, hugging the book, it was the longing to tell a story more incredible than her own."
The book opens when Aubrey is young, traveling through the country with a carnival that happens to be owned by her grandmother. Aubrey is not a traditional carny. Her "trick" has not been manufactured for the purpose of generating profit but rather inherited through blood and family ties. An unsettled childhood, a ruined marriage and physical scars from the spirits of not so kind entities, Aubrey has her hands full. Things get even more cumbersome when bones from a 20 year old murder are discovered in the walls of a home in Surrey, her current home town. Aubrey, despite her objection, is assigned the story along side big shot report Levi St James.
If you've ever heard of or watched Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, than you will be familiar with the premise of this book. Aubrey communicates with the dead. She can sense them, smell them and serves as their key to moving on, they look to her for help...or revenge.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would have given it 5/5 stars but there were grammatical errors galore. I'm not a grammar god by any means but I am also not a published author (yet...hopefully...one day).
Laura Spinella hit the nail on the head when it came to weaving mystery with a little bit of romance and a lot of thrill! It was a bit slow to take off but, man, once it got going the twist and turns, ghostly encounters and sweet romance was enough to keep me reading well into the night. Definitely was disappointing when the last page was turned and the story came to a close; one of those books you were excited to finish but sad to read the last sentence.
Click HERE to purchase Ghost Gifts.
Other Books by Laura Spinella
An avid reader with a thirst for knowledge, and adventure through words printed on paper.
Books Read in 2018
*Beauty & the Beast: Lost in a Book
*The Things You Find in Rockpools
*Every Last Word
* I'm Judging You
* A Wrinkle In Time