Friday, May 11, 2018

Echo Moon by Laura Spinella ~ My Thoughts #EchoMoon #NetGalley


Echo Moon

Echo Moon by Laura Spinella
Series: A Ghost Gifts Novel Book 3
Print and e-book, 421 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2018 by Montlake Romance

A past life, a past war, and a past love. Peter St John can’t foresee a future until he confronts his past sins.

When photojournalist Peter St John returns home after a two-year absence, the life he’s been running from catches up. For years his mother’s presence, coupled with Pete’s own psychic gift, has triggered visits to 1917. There, he relives battles of the Great War, captures the heyday of Coney Island on canvas, and falls in love with an enchanting and enigmatic songstress named Esme. Present-day Pete still pines for Esme, and his love endures…but so does his vivid memory of killing her.

When he discovers family heirlooms that serve as proof of his crimes, Pete will have to finally confront his former life. He also meets a young woman—who is more than what she seems—with a curious connection to his family. As century-old secrets unravel, can Pete reconcile a murder from his past before it destroys his future?

My thoughts about Echo Moon ~~

(I love to note the first lines of the books I'm reading. First lines can really grab a reader's attention and I love seeing where the author takes the reader after their first lines.)

First line—"'Silence! The spirit world demands silence!' Oscar Bodette pressed his hand to the air as if placing a finger to the lips of each audience member. They obeyed. 'If the Amazing Miss Moon is to connect with a world beyond this one, she will require your cooperation.'"

OMG! I absolutely love this series! I've read all three of the books in the Ghost Gifts series and I've loved them all. Echo Moon is the perfect ending to this unique, captivating trilogy. This third book deals with Pete, the namesake of his grandfather who, as we learned in the first book, received 'ghost gifts'. Pete's mother Aubrey has a slightly different manifestation of the 'gift' and Pete's 'gift' is different still.

Echo Moon is an exciting and fast-paced story that I quickly devoured. Pete's quest to find out more about the woman he was in love with in 1917 and why he killed her took me on a ride full of twists and turns. Events and ghosts from the past rock Pete's world as the events and people in the present help ground him. 

I totally understand that this is the end of the trilogy, but I'm sad that I have to say goodbye to these wonderful characters and their unusual gifts. I wish them all well and I would really love to visit them again. This is a unique and amazing set of stories and I highly recommend them!

About the author

Laura Spinella

Echo Moon is my eighth published novel. Author? Maybe. In truth, I’m a girl from Long Island who fell in love with the South and ended up calling New England home. Along the way, ideas emerged, leading to the books I've written, and Echo Moon is among my favorites—it is the final novel in the Ghost Gifts series.

When Ghost Gifts was published, I never thought I’d write about ghosts again. One and done, as they say.

To my surprise, the book was the #1 bestseller in Kindle store during most of its debut month, and went on to become a RITA awards finalist, RT Book Reviews finalist, and winner of an Audie, for Best Paranormal Romance. Foretold, book two, was an Amazon Editors' Pick the month it debuted. I remain humbled by reader reaction and the desire to hear more of Aubrey Ellis’s story.

Not all my novels are about ghosts, though I seem to have a good relationship with the ethereal world. Unstrung offered a change of pace for me and readers. The mainstream women’s fiction novel met with solid critical acclaim, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly, as well as being named to PW’s seasonal list of most anticipated and notable titles. I hope readers are as taken with quirky and capricious Olivia Klein as I was; I had the most marvelous time writing about her.

I live not far outside Boston with a husband, three technically grown children, two dogs and two cats. That's Auggie in the photo! Life takes place in a 130-year-old house where I can always be found writing my next novel. As always, I love to hear from readers. Feel free to drop me a line here, and many thanks for reading a Laura Spinella novel! ~ Goodreads

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