Comes A Specter is light historical western romance with a paranormal theme. It is set in 1881, in Montana. Widow Anya has been left to run her ranch after her husband was driven to suicide by a malevolent ghost. When the ghost turns his attentions to her ten year old son, she seeks the help of childhood friend and shaman, Sutter Sky.
At just 87 pages, this was a quick read. But, written in the third person, I found it distanced me from the characters. The storyline moves swiftly; I could quite happily have enjoyed a slower pace where time was spent layering both the characters and the story to build in a little more tension and atmosphere. I was very interested in the Native American elements; Sutter’s traditional and shaman background left me wanting to know more.
Overall, a pleasant way to spend a few hours reading time, but it left me feeling rather flat; I felt it needed more than the 87 pages in order to make it memorable, with more detail and depth.
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Six months ago, Anya Fleming’s ten- year-old son, Willie-boy, found his father hanging in the barn. Traumatized over his father’s suicide, the boy hasn’t spoken a word since. Now, Willie-boy has come down with a grave, unknown illness and there’s only one man who can save him, Sutter Sky, a learned Blackfoot shaman known as Yellow Smoke—a shaman who was once deeply in love with Anya.
But Fate had other plans for Anya and Sutter—she was forced to marry Lewis Fleming, a cruel man who berated her night and day, and brokenhearted Sutter immersed himself in the mystical customs and beliefs of his People and became a shaman
As if Anya didn’t have enough to deal with after her husband’s death and son’s illness, an evil, sinister ghost is terrorizing their ranch. Anya is convinced the spirit is Lewis, who apparently isn’t done making her life miserable.
When she turns to Yellow Smoke for help, will he put side his bitterness and save Willie-boy? And can the renowned shaman dispel the powerful ghost from their lives and send him back to Hades?