Set in #SouthAfrica #Romance with a #paranormal element Where The River Bends by @elsawinckler

Where the River BendsWhere the River Bends by Elsa Winckler

4 stars

Where The River Bends is a romance with a paranormal element. The book is mainly set in South Africa.

Kalinda works for the Anglo Boer War Foundation; she is a native of South Africa who currently lives in Canada. She has returned to Africa to make sure that Canadian soldiers’ stories from the Boer War and their graves are acknowledged for their descendants.

On her route from the airport, Kalinda meets a mysterious woman who asks to be taken to Paardeberg, the farm where Kalinda has booked to stay. But the women suddenly vanishes leaving only a lace handkerchief.

When Kalinda retells the mystery incident to the farm owners, they believe she’s seen the ghost of a Boer War nurse. During her stay the ghost appears several more times and it seems there is a link between Kalinda’s work and the ghost’s story.

The ghost is not the only one to have an interest in Kalinda. Zach Carter is an extreme sports enthusiast. Where women are concerned he lives by his three-dates-only rule, but there’s something about Kalinda that threatens to break that rule.

I don’t know much about the Boer War, so those elements of the book were very interesting. The ghostly events were well written too and, for me, they both made this romance more memorable in a very saturated genre.

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Book description

Kalinda Evans works for the Anglo-Boer war foundation in Canada. She’s sent to South Africa to make sure everyone who lost their lives in the war will be remembered. On her drive to the guest farm in Kimberley, South Africa, Kalinda picks up a female hitchhiker and is startled when just moments later, the woman vanishes. Kalinda would be convinced she was dreaming…except there’s still a white lace handkerchief on the passenger seat.

Extreme sports enthusiast and computer game designer Zack Carter is always after the next big challenge. He’s far too busy for romance and adheres to a three-date rule, until he meets his parents’ latest guest. When she relays the story of her mysterious experience, Zack’s family shares the local ghost story. Kalinda and Zack work together to solve the puzzle of the ghost and how it all ties in with the war and the work Kalinda is doing.

As their attraction grows, Zack realizes he no longer feels the need to prove anything to himself. He only needs to prove to Kalinda that he’s more than a good time.

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