"All you have to do is believe..."
Raquel has her hands full, her grandmother thinks she's
Anastasia Romanov, her sister is a neurotic mess, and her
life is at a standstill because of her weight. If that
didn't make her insane, a ghost begins to sabotage her
attempts to get the surgery she needs to lose the weight.
The ghost of Abel Rollins, that only her grandmother can
Abel Rollins is dead, he resides in Raquel's house and
wants Raquel to see herself as he does, as a beautiful,
desired, wonderful woman. He's at his best when he's at her
side. Though he can't appear to her for long, he cherishes
the time he can spend with her. He fears for her safety
with such an invasive surgery as the one she planned.
Leigh Barbour has created such a delightful cast of
memorable characters that I truly hadn't wanted the story
to end. Raquel displayed all the emotions and fears that
any woman has ever had when struggling with how to handle
their weight. The growth in her character with Abel's help
was a true treat to experience.
Abel represents all that is good in men, and then he
disappears, who could ask for more than that? He's good and
strong, and still ornery enough to make him totally
appealing. He doesn't always make the best decisions, but
when it counts he's a rock. I wanted my very own ghost
after reading about Abel.
Raquel's Abel is a delightful tale of overcoming
obstacles and finding out that you have to love yourself
before you can allow someone else to love you. Ms. Barbour
has created an escape from the norm and given paranormal
romance lovers everywhere a wonderful perspective into the
lives of her characters. This read is a fantastic way to
spend the afternoon.
Reviewed by Kristy Bock
Posted October 15, 2009