Monday, November 4, 2013

Review: Celebration House by Annette Drake

Romance, Paranormal


Tirgearr Publishing

Release Date:
July 2013

Cardiac nurse Carrie Hansen learns what her heart patients go through when she becomes one herself. As she slowly recovers from a heart transplant, she discovers she has a new talent. She can see and talk to dead people. She only wishes she could talk to her deceased grandmother and father, but it doesn’t happen.

Unfortunately, her new heart starts to fail and her health deteriorates. Feeling smothered by an overprotective mother and sister, she decides to leave the busy city of Seattle and go to the quieter town of Lexington, Missouri. She decides to purchase an abandoned 19th century mansion and have it restored. Her plans include turning it into a celebration house where weddings and parties could be held.

The only problem is the original 19th century occupants are still there, including an overbearing colonel, who scares away visitors, and a handsome major that Carrie finds herself attracted to. However, a relationship with a ghost doesn’t have much of a future.

The project takes more energy than Carrie can spare, but she’s determined to see it to the end.

This story reminds me of the old movie “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir”. It has all the ingredients for a beautiful romance with a few mystical elements tossed in. The ghostly characters felt as real as the human ones. I absolutely adored Carrie. She is realistic, strong and I could feel the anguish and pain she was experiencing. Even the secondary storyline had my full attention.

This is a sweet, well-written paranormal romance. Annette Drake’s writing draws you right into the book. I couldn’t even see my Kindle beyond my tears by the time the story ended. It was sad, but powerful and beautiful at the same time. I will definitely be reading more books by this author. Bravo!

For reading challenge:
2013 Where Are You Reading? (Missouri)

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. Terrific review, Yvonne. I'm glad you enjoyed this book. It does sound like it would be a touching tale.

  2. Wow, this sounds like fantastic paranormal romance!

  3. Yvonne, thank you for such kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed Carrie's story. Looking at your website makes me wish I'd included a cat in the storyline. Perhaps in the next installment, Return to Celebration House.
    Best wishes,
    Annette Drake


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