Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter
by Kathleen Valentine (Goodreads Author)
Novelette (20k words) Psychological horror / suspense / ghost story – When Layla's professor husband has an opportunity to spend the winter at an old motel in a seaside amusement park resort, she reluctantly agrees to run the pub attached to it while he works on his book. The arcades, food stands, souvenir shops and tattoo parlors are boarded over for the winter but the bu...more
(first published October 8th 2011)
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Well I was not sure exactly what to expect from Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter and so I was surprised by how quickly you become involved in the characters in the story. You pretty much knew a couple of things as the story moved along but the proper amount of misdirection and intrigue has you guessing wrong at the end :) It was a enjoyable way to spend a day reading this novella and although I would have preferred a bit more detailed ending I know this is the way a lot of authors do endings (no...more
This novella is what I'd call a ghost story romance. Layla moves into the rather desolate Halcyon Beach for the winter, tending a pub during the off-season so that her husband can work on his first novel. We soon see that Layla (at least) finds her relationship with Joel incongruous based on their rather different backgrounds. Joel is a literature professor used to academic circles, whereas Layla is an under-educated barmaid unaccustomed to academia and its trappings.
I initially received the imp...more
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Oct 17, 2011 Gina rated it 4 of 5 stars
This is the first of Kathleen Valentine that I have read and what a great read! The book was given to me by the author to read and review and even though it is very short I enjoyed it. It immediately reminded me of The Shining but with a twist. I would love to see it fleshed out into a full novel and hear more about Layla's character and the backstory of Muriel, Fitz, Herc, and the Geezers. I always love a book set in New England. Not many books are set in Ohio, which is where I currently live,...more
Jan 25, 2012 Lyn M (readinghearts) rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: old fashioned mystery readers
Recommended to Lyn M (readinghearts) by: Sisterhood of the Traveling Book
Kathleen Valentine is fast becoming one of my favorite new authors. Although I have yet to read one of her full length novels, this is the third short story of hers that I have read. Although all three of the stories were very different, they were all compelling, rich stories with wonderful characters and story lines. In Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter, Valentine wraps her mystery in the fog and gray weather of a tourist beach town in the off season. The setting is perfect for this eerie story...more
This novelette was a quick read about a women stuck in a run down beach town during the winter so her husband could write his novel. The character development was quite strong and I found even in such a short piece that I walked away with strong sense of Layla. I found the story line interesting and I quite enjoyed this short read.
This book is classic Kathleen Valentine writing to me. High quality writing with excellent story lines. This is another short story/novelette of hers, which packs a punch. I didn't quite get the "emotional attachment" that I have had with some of her short story characters, but still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Another good entry by Kathleen Valentine. Shorter than I expected because I've had it for awhile and it was in my fiction folder and not my shorts folder - more of a novellete. Ms Valentine does know how to create memorable characters. For some reason her stories linger in my mind and I find myself thinking about them again and again.
Jan 01, 2012 Ginger rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Ghost Story Lovers
This book (albeit short, but not a short story per se)was actually oretty good. I could almost relate to the "beach town in winter". The ending was certainly not what I expected! I would've loved for this book to have been longer & a little more in depth with characters. Still an enjoyable read!
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Kathleen Valentine is the author of the coming-of-age novel, "The Old Mermaid's Tale," and two novels of romantic suspense, "Depraved Heart" and "Each Angel Burns." She has also written several novelettes of psychological horror including the best sellers "The Crazy Old Lady in the Attic" and "Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter." Her latest work is a novel in stories, "The Whiskey Bottle in the Wall...moreMore about Kathleen Valentine...