Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Jessamine by Shani Struthers
Reviewed by Storm
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“The dead of night, Jess, I wish they’d leave me alone.”

Jessamin Wade’s husband is dead – a death she feels wholly responsible for. As a way of coping with her grief, she keeps him ‘alive’ in her imagination – talking to him everyday, laughing with him, remembering the good times they had together. She thinks she will ‘hear’ him better if she goes somewhere quieter, away from the hustle and bustle of her hometown, Brighton. Her destination is Glenelk in the Highlands of Scotland, a region her grandfather hailed from and the subject of a much-loved painting from her childhood.

Arriving in the village late at night, it is a bleak and forbidding place. However, the house she is renting – Skye Croft – is warm and welcoming. Quickly she meets the locals. Her landlord, Fionnlagh Maccaillin, is an ex-army man with obvious and not so obvious injuries. Maggie, who runs the village shop, is also an enigma, startling her with her strange ‘insights’. But it is Stan she instantly connects with. Maccaillin’s grandfather and a frail, old man, he is grief-stricken from the recent loss of his beloved Beth.

All four are caught in the past. All four are unable to let go. Their lives entwining in mysterious ways, can they help each other to move on or will they always belong to the ghosts that haunt them?

From the author of the bestselling The Haunting of Highdown Hall.
This was the kind of story that you just couldn't put down once you started it. I thought it was truly a sad and yet beautiful love story. There isn't a ton of paranormal type activity in this book but there is just enough to call it paranormal romance. Jessamin is a thirty something widowed woman who blames herself for the death of her husband. She is so grief stricken that she decides to pack everything up and just get away from it all. She settles in a small Scottish town where she meets a lot of interesting people along the way and learns to live life again. I really enjoyed this book. It hits on so many different emotions and I literally couldn't put it down until it was finished. I would recommend this book to those paranormal romance lovers that want more of a love story and less of the rip your clothes off type of story.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, Storm, I loved this story too - cane straight from the heart! Thanks so much for reviewing.


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