"Fantastic Ghost Story!"
Finally looking forward to a few days off from her dead-
end job, Laura Flannery is home. At the mailbox retrieving
her mail, she's accosted by her nosy neighbor, Mrs.
Waterby. Somehow or other, Laura knows Mrs. Waterby is
going to ask her to help take care of her cats while Laura
is on vacation. Having no intentions of spending her few
days off in this manner, Laura blurts out she's actually
leaving to go somewhere. When Mrs. Waterby wants details,
Laura notices a postcard advising of an opening of a new
bed and breakfast in New Orleans and this is the place
Laura gives as her destination. Even though the older woman
is clearly annoyed by this information, she grudgingly
accepts Laura's decision and goes back to her own home.
When Laura starts going through the mail, she notices an
odd smell—something musty, of old earth. Finally finding
the culprit, the postcard from Greenwood Manor in New
Orleans, Laura throws it in the trash. Going about her
normal routine, the postcard just keeps turning up every
time Laura turns around. Finally giving in to the
inevitable, Laura calls and gets herself a reservation for
two days at Greenwood Manor.
When the cab finally arrives at her destination, the driver
keeps asking her if this is where she wants to be dropped
off. Laura is having a hard time trying to figure out why.
What Laura sees is a beautiful mansion, wonderfully
restored. As she walks around, things start looking
familiar to her and Laura can't figure out why. The more
time she spends in the mansion, the more she feels as if
this place is somewhere she has lived. Finally, Laura
notices the housekeeper's feet don't touch the ground when
she walks. Laura also sees a ghost appear, a handsome man
with auburn hair. Laura knows this man, she was married to
Why was Laura brought to this place? Why does she feel so
familiar in Greenwood Manor? Why is this ghost here and how
does she know him?
GREENWOOD MANOR is a haunting story of love. Shannon Leigh,
as always, does a marvelous job of bringing her characters
to life. As we learn more about Greenwood Manor, right
along with Laura, we are brought into the mystery of why
she is here and what happened to her and her family in the
past. We become caught up in the very real emotions between
the ghost and Laura as she begins to remember her previous
life. The paranormal aspects of this story are incredibly
realistic and force us to wonder if it could really happen.
This is beautifully written story of love lasting through
the ages and I highly recommend it!
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted November 17, 2006
Laura Flannery needs a vacation from her boring life and a break from nosy neighbors. So when a postcard arrives in the mail announcing the grand opening of a bed and breakfast in New Orleans, she decides to give it a try. Deposited on the doorstep of what appears to be a beautifully restored mansion, Laura finds it odd the cab driver is so eager to drive away; and that's just the beginning. From a butler who seems to avoid any physical contact what so ever, to a housekeeper who floats rather than walks, Laura can't help but start questioning her sanity. Then, when a man she's never seen before appears before her and claims he's her dead husband, she has to decide if it's time to head for the hills or stay and discover what secret past she has with Greenwood Manor and it's handsome, albeit deceased, owner.