My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Laurel Berman has been travelling whilst asleep, helping poor souls pass over as they die. She’s been helped by a wise boy called Ryan who she meets in a place called Paradise Fields.
Laurel reads her Tarot cards which help her in life. Her mother reads Tea leaves and Laurel and her sister have always believed they are part Romany. They live in Westport, Washington and had their house burnt down as part of a hate campaign against Romany people. She meets Nate Haywood a cop, asking for her help to begin a re-housing support group for victims of the fire. He suspects Vince Vale of the arson attacks, but he has no proof.
When her sister Ann is raped one night, Laurel uses her powers to stop the attacker murdering her sister. She knows who this man is, but who will believe her when she cannot prove she was at the scene? Nate believes her and they find a Romany connection.
The spirits help Laurel fulfil her previously agreed destiny. She finds a lost child who will bring families together and melt hearts while business partner Sibyl cooks up a great money-raising event. Habitat for Humanity reels Vince Vale closer, but he has his own secrets which place Laurel in grave danger in Paradise fields.
I thought this was a great read, it mixed mystery with spiritualism and romance in a way which really worked.
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The Romany people are much on reality TV these days. They do live different lives – not bad, just different. I remember when I lived in Czechoslovakia how they were disparaged. A great idea to work this culture into a book!
Cynthia Harrison writes so well and always from the heart. I really love her new paranormal gypsy series 🙂
I shall be reviewing her second book in the series next week.