"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
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