27 November 2011
Day 3 Joselyn Vaughn's Hauntings of a Heart - The review
Title: Hauntings of the Heart
Author: Joselyn Vaughn
Publisher: Astraea Press
Genre: Mainstream Contemporary Paranormal Romance
Length: Full 210 pages
Review requested, and book provided, by the author.
Review: Hauntings of the Heart is a romance with a difference. Yes, boy meets girl, but then the author fast forwards fifty years…
Ms. Vaughn pitches her readers in to the world of ‘silver-surfers’, committee meetings and fund raisers. And a townful of gossips.
What would you do if you were offered one million dollars for something you loved? When a lawyer, on behalf of her unidentified client offers Minnie Schultz that much money she refused, although in dire financial straits at the time. She’d bought the bed and breakfast property that once belonged to the family of the only man she ever loved and did not intend to let it go to some nameless, faceless client with more money than sense.
Gordon Anderson is on a mission to reclaim his family home before his mother’s health fails completely. The longer the present owner holds out against his offer the more distressed his mother becomes, so he decides to take matters into his own hands and returns to the town his family fled from fifty years ago.
And a lot can happen in that time. Ms. Vaughn fluently weaves in the back story with the present day events. Not only does the author create a charming story peopled with captivating characters, she chucks in enough conflict to have her heroine’s head spinning. The hero, on the other hand, has made his mark in the world, has children and grandchildren. And yet his world feels incomplete until he confronts Minnie at her home, his former home.
As if ghosts from the past are not influential enough in this story, Ms Vaughn adds contemporary ghosts to the mêlée. And of course where you have a current ghost you have ghost hunters.
The Hauntings of the Heart is populated by a vibrant cast of loveable characters, with perhaps one exception, and even then, Ms. Vaughn entices her readers to feel compassion for the woman.
The author’s writing style is both vibrant and fluent, filled with passion and pace, and the result ends in a book you can return to many times when in need of a heart-warming HEA story that will leave readers feeling satisfied and fulfilled.
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1106922258