One simple mistake…
For a girl who is about to lose her family home,
Releases the ghost of a long-dead gangster,
And opens Verity Long’s eyes to a whole new world.
When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.
Ellis Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity to put an end to the disturbances. But soon, Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.
There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?
I’ve had this book sitting on my Kindle for a few years now. The cover caught my attention and I just never wound up getting around to the book.
The story itself has a lot of promise. However, the beginning of the book almost lost me. It started soooo slow. After I finished the book, I went and looked over the reviews and found that many of the lower ones stopped reading about the same place I considered stopping. So I warn you, if you start this book, read at least 5 chapters before you decide to give up or not.
Verity is good ole’ Southern girl who has really been put through the wringer. Her ex-fiance has taken her for all she’s got and more because she refused to marry him after he admitted to cheating and put his hands on her younger sister. Talk about getting a rough deal. As if that isn’t bad enough, he comes from an influential family in the small town of Sugarland, Tennessee and they have made sure that everyone believes that Verity is a good digger.
At the start of this book, Verity has auctioned off everything in her home and is only one day away from selling her family home. Everything looks pretty bleak until Verity accidentally “grounds” the spirit of her ex-fiance’s great uncle who was a gangster in the 1920’s. Frankie, the spirit, isn’t happy with Verity’s actions, but ultimately his presence puts her on the path of saving her house and uncovering a world full of spirits.
Overall I really liked this book. If you read the blurb about the story, it claims to be humorous. Now, I did enjoy the book. But I didn’t find it to be funny. It was close enough to being a cozy mystery, but honestly it’s not quite there. This is only the first book and I think the series offers a lot of time and potential character development and expansion on the quirky little town of Sugarland.
I definitely recommend this book if you are looking for something quirky to read. If you do check it out, please feel free to let me know what you think!