Romance, Paranormal, Mystery
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Manhattan history teacher Debra Colby decides to spend her summer break as a counselor at a day camp in the small town of Rachael Crossing, Massachusetts. She never heard of Rachael Crossing before, but she knew it was near Salem and not far from where the 17th century witch trials were held.
With all the rentals in Rachael Crossing already filled, Debra resigns herself to renting a broken down old house that has seen better days. To say the house needed fixing up, is an understatement. Debra doesn’t mind getting it repaired, but she’s not thrilled to hear that the house has a reputation for being haunted. She doesn’t believe in that stuff, but she’s bothered that nobody will even enter her house after she makes it presentable.
Her sister begs her to reconsider her summer plans and tries to convince Debra to come home with her. Debra refuses. At thirty-seven years old, she’s intent on getting away and being on her own. When she meets the handsome Ethan Burke, she knows she has made the right choice and her life takes a major turn for the better.
Ethan and Debra’s romance hits a few snags. It doesn’t help that her house continues to scare people away. Unlike everyone else, Debra is not frightened off so easily. Instead, she tries to do some research to learn the truth about the house, but wonders if she would have been better off not knowing.
This is actually one of the author’s older novels, Ghostfire, which was released in 1983. It has been rewritten with the updated version in For Everything A Season. I bet this book will be a huge success.
The beginning of the book alternates chapters between 1692 and 1982, then most of the story is told in 1982. At the end, it skips ahead to the year 2022. Quite often I get confused when books jump between years, but not with this one. It all flowed beautifully and truly enhanced the story. I was actually a bit disappointed there wasn’t more story for 1692. I didn’t realize how interested I was becoming in the witch trials.
This book reminds me very much of the old gothic romances and mysteries I used to love so much. It mixes spooky, mystery and romance to perfection. There is enough to keep readers on the edge of their seats and guessing until the end. Just enough mystery to make you want to read this with the lights turned on. Readers will not want to stop reading until they get to the last page. It makes you think and leaves you craving for more.
This is definitely an author I will keep reading and I will check out her backlist.
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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.