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"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
Posted August 19, 2005

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 19, 2007

SUMMARY

If you look closely enough, you can find love everywhere

A descendant of a courageous band of Ojibwe, Birch Trueblood is now a local shaman doing a booming business with the New Age believers and tourists. With a young daughter to care for, he manages to mask his cynical attitude about life and his so-called art. But everything changes when he's called to work his magic at an historic old house where he meets a woman who's about to make him a believer.

Rochelle LeClair has crossed paths with Birch before-and has no reason to change her opinion that he's a fake and a charlatan. Running Rosewood, a fledgling bed-and-breakfast, Rochelle is forced to come face-to-face with Birch again when her eccentric aunt hires him to communicate with the house's ghostly presences-but it's Birch's own presence that plays havoc with Rochelle's senses. As family rivalries and buried lies are exposed, the spirits of the past will come to light, along with the deepest secrets of Rochelle's heart.

 

A View of the River
by Kathleen Eagle

MIRA Books
September 1, 2005
Available: September 6, 2005
ISBN #0778320987
EAN #9780778320982
400 pages
Paperback
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Night Falls Like Silk
You Never Can Tell
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