planning a career in law, Claire Linden now works as a medium
instead. Tasked with evicting an angry ghost from the house
it's been haunting, she finds herself taking up temporary
residence in Gull Harbor. Her job becomes even more difficult
when she discovers her college boyfriend, Max Baron - the
same person who encouraged her to give up law for her paranormal
work - also lives there, and dreads seeing her as much as
she dreads seeing him. The reason for all this discomfort
between them was that after graduation, Max suddenly vanished
from her life with no explanation, just a brief written apology.
So while delving into the gruesome circumstances that left
an unsettled spirit trapped between two worlds, Claire must
also figure out whether or not to resist her newly revived
attraction toward Max. For his part, Max also has some trepidation
about getting involved with his former lover. The problem
that caused the breakup still exists, but he must reveal the
secret surrounding his departure in order to re-establish
In Gull Harbor, the author skillfully weaves the
ghost story and romance from separate strands that eventually
become entangled. Tension builds as Claire gets closer to
learning two painful truths: about the ghost and about Max.
There's a perfect blending of clues, hints, and foreshadowing
to keep readers informed, but the story never veers into the
obvious or predictable.
Extra details help flesh out the characters: We learn what
Claire likes to eat for breakfast; we know Max's favorite
hobby; we cringe at a drug dealer's bad habits; and we experience
the ghost's sense of humor. Pace, plot, story, dialogue, and
characters combine into a thrilling and thoroughly entertaining
page-turner that should delight paranormal romance readers.
Reviewer Leslie C. Halpern
is the author of Passionate About Their Work: 151
Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity, Rub,
Scrub, Clean the Tub: Funny Children's Poems About Self-Image,
and Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes: Funny Children's
Poems About Table Manners.