📚A Ghost Story Set In The Lake District. Rosie’s #Bookreview Of Kindred Spirits by Eva Barker @bookmousetweets #GhostStory #Paranormal

Kindred Spirits: a ghost storyKindred Spirits: a ghost story by Eva Barker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kindred Spirits is a contemporary ghost story set in the Lake District.

Grace has left her long-term boyfriend after confirming her suspicions that he was being unfaithful. Taking advice from a friend she rents a cottage for the summer, hoping to spend time sorting out her feelings and her future.

Living in the cottage next to Grace is widower Danny. Throw into the mix the fact that Grace can communicate with ghosts, and a complicated story unravels.

I liked the ghostly element of this story and there were some great secondary characters. The story bounced back and forth between Grace, before and after her move, and Danny’s point of view.

At first I thought that this would be a simple story with Grace helping Danny come to terms with his loss, but the story headed into a complex twist involving friends and relationships. There were plenty of surprises to keep the story interesting and by the end I was particularly invested in the outcome.

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Grace Tapp can see ghosts. (Although she doesn’t particularly want to talk about it.)

When her relationship ends on the worst possible terms, Grace flees her boyfriend and arrives in the Lake District determined to have an uneventful summer. Her new home is calm and picturesque, just what she wanted, but looks can be deceiving…

Next door, single parent Danny is reeling from his beloved wife’s death, struggling to come to terms with the secrets she took to the grave. He knows something truly awful must have happened if she felt she couldn’t confide in him – but he can’t imagine what on earth it could be.

As Grace gets to know Danny, it becomes clear there are dark secrets hidden in this seemingly idyllic village. And, whether she likes it or not, her talent for communicating with the dead puts her in a unique position to uncover the truth.

Grace becomes obsessed with piecing together what really happened – and she must work quickly, because when her past threatens to catch up with her, she’ll need to know whom among her new friends she can trust, and whom she most certainly can’t.

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Felicity At The Cross Hotel by @HelenaFairfax Contemporary #Romance #WeekendBlogShare

Felicity at the Cross HotelFelicity at the Cross Hotel by Helena Fairfax
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Felicity At The Cross Hotel is a contemporary romance set in the English Lake District. Fliss Everdene is taking time away from her job to help her mother’s friend. Jilly Cross has recently lost her husband and the family hotel is rundown; it has serious debts, few customers and unhappy staff. Jilly’s son Patrick has returned from the Caribbean, but doesn’t want to take on the business; this is breaking his mother’s heart.

The effervescent Fliss brings happiness and a new lease of life to Jilly’s world. Used to being Operations Manager for her father’s chain of hotels, she’s wary when asked to run the bar. However, she quickly settles in and has plenty of suggestions about how they can turn the ailing business around. But at the back of everyone’s mind hovers the question: is she working undercover with a plan for The Cross to be the next acquisition for the Everdene chain?

I enjoyed reading about the setting for this book, The Lake District is a place on my bucket list of travels. This book also reminded me of The Hotel Inspector, a TV reality show which I enjoy watching, so two big thumbs up from me. The author writes with a smooth, engaging style which is very comparable to other popular authors in the genre. The romance is predictable, but what readers want from this type of escapism read. What matters is the details of the story arc and how the characters interact to get to the conclusion. I must also mention some well-written secondary characters; I particularly liked Johnny.

I can recommend this book to those who have a softness to see a hotel transformed from rags to riches with the promise of romance, all in a delightful English setting.

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Book Description

A quaint hotel in a romantic location. The Lake District is the perfect getaway. Or is it?
Felicity Everdene needs a break from the family business. Driving through the Lake District to the Cross Hotel, past the shining lake and the mountains, everything seems perfect. But Felicity soon discovers all is not well at the Cross Hotel …
Patrick Cross left the village of Emmside years ago never intending to return, but his father has left him the family’s hotel in his will, and now he’s forced to come back. With a missing barmaid, a grumpy chef, and the hotel losing money, the arrival of Felicity Everdene from the notorious Everdene family only adds to Patrick’s troubles.
With so much to overcome, can Felicity and Patrick bring happiness to the Cross Hotel … and find happiness for themselves?

About the author

Helena Fairfax

Helena Fairfax writes engaging contemporary romances with sympathetic heroines and heroes she’s secretly in love with. Her novels have been shortlisted for several awards, including the Exeter Novel Prize, the Global eBook Awards, and the I Heart Indie Awards. Her first novel was a contender for the UK’s Romantic Novelists’ Association New Writers’ Scheme Award.
Helena is a British author who was born in Uganda and came to England as a child. She’s grown used to the cold now, and these days she lives in an old Victorian mill town in the north of England, right next door to the windswept Yorkshire moors. She walks this romantic landscape every day with her rescue dog, finding it the perfect place to dream up her heroes and her happy endings.

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