"A great ghost story set in a quaint little American town."
Erica's life is turned upside down in the matter of one
night and the following morning. Her husband of six years,
Grant, told her on Thursday evening that he did not love
her any longer and left. The next morning, she stepped into
work to find that she and several others were being let go
after eight years, due to financial reasons. A week later,
she buys a bus ticket to a random location because she
feels the need to get away and rediscover herself.
Her trip is not uneventful. After the bus broke down, Erica
rented a car and started driving. She was drawn to a quaint
little town, Spirit Lake, and the Spirit Lake Inn. Erica
decided to stay there for a while because it was such a
nice place. Soon, Erica finds herself haunted by a female
ghost and knows that she has to figure out what the ghost
is trying to tell her. Grant is trying to chase her down to
get the divorce papers signed, but she wants nothing to do
with him just yet. Erica also meets Joe and feels drawn to
him in a way that she has never felt, but when she learns
his secret, she isn't certain that she can forgive him and
Ms. Guy penned an in-depth and intriguing romantic
suspense, with just a few hints that Erica's story and
history in Spirit Lake is not finished being told. Erica is
a nice, intelligent lady who thought that she had her life
all figured out, until everything was turned upside down.
Her soon to be ex-husband, Grant, seems to be a real jerk.
Joe, a man that she meets in Spirit Lake, is a good guy
with a bit of a secret. Overall, all the characters were
good, although it seemed that the secondary characters were
just about as well-developed as the main characters. That
being said, Spirit Lake and the Spirit Lake Inn was
described in such detail, I felt that I could have been
standing right there in the town. The plot was interesting
and kept me hooked from the first page to the last. It
seems that maybe it could have been drawn out a bit more,
giving just a little more detail, but it was still a great
story. I enjoyed reading Spirit Lake, it was very
good and I am still hooked on the story so much that I look
forward to reading the sequel to this book.
Reviewed by Melissa Conatser
Posted May 16, 2009
Nestled near the base of Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest is the small town of Spirit Lake. Rich in folklore, it has become a tourist attraction due to its quaint atmosphere and unique antique shops. When Erica Parkhurst flees New York City in the wake of a marital split and accidentally discovers the little hamlet she is intrigued by the ghost stories surrounding the local inn and the mist-shrouded lake nearby. Then one night she encounters a mysterious man on the dock but before she can find out his name he disappears into the fog. Did she imagine him? During a trip into town the next day she see's the man again and follows him into a dead end alley, where he vanishes once more!
Hot on the trail of his soon-to-be ex wife, Grant Parkhurst shows up unexpectedly at the inn but Erica flees out the back door into the surrounding woods to avoid a confrontation. Lost and frightened, she is met by a rescuer of the canine variety who leads her to a secluded cabin where she finally meets her elusive stranger, Joe Lakota, and his trusty wolf/dog, Mingo.
Soon Erica finds herself involved in a murder case when a skeleton washes up at the edge of the lake and Joe becomes the prime suspect. Can she risk falling in love with a man who may be a murderer? And what other secrets are hidden beneath the glassy surface of Spirit Lake?
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Romance, Ghostly encounters
NoteThis book was previously published with eXtasy Books, but has been reedited and adapted to suit Devine Destinies guidelines.