"Interesting contemporary romance"
Schoolteacher Rochelle LeClair returns to her home in
Little Falls, Minnesota to insure her once wealthy
philanthropist Aunt Meg has a roof over her head. The
family fortune earned by great-grandfather Martin Bruner
back in 1911 also devastated the homes of a small but
courageous band of Ojibwe Indians.
Ojibwe shaman Birch Trueblood is doing quite well with
providing Native American rituals to believers and tourists
though he himself is a cynic. He raises his preadolescent
daughter Robin by himself ever since his wife, a soldier,
died on active duty overseas.
Birch is hired to help the spirits that reside at Meg's
home which was converted to a bed and breakfast move on to
the next level. Everyone who attends his performance
including Robin thinks he is the real deal except himself
and Rochelle. Their ancestors crossed back in 1911 and they
have known each other on and off for years; she believes he
is fraud, something he would agree with. However, this time
encouraged by her aunt, his daughter, and several spirits
they fall in love but she refuses to believe him when he
insists he has seen ghosts that no one else sees.
This is an interesting contemporary romance with a
paranormal spin and a delightful final reverse twist that
will surprise readers. The cast makes for a pleasant read
as the past haunts the present in more ways than just the
ugly "eminent domain' 1911 incident that link the lead
duet. Though Robin is too precocious, fans will enjoy this
fine tale with ghostly intervention.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted September 21, 2005