Grave Refrain: A Love/Ghost Story
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Andrew Hayes, a brilliant but troubled guitarist in an up-and-coming band, has been haunted since childhood by the presence of his muse. One night during a performance in San Francisco he spots her--but she vanishes before he can catch her. Desperate to find her, he accepts a curious offer to stay in the city, moving into a dilapidated Victorian undergoing renovations that...more
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Published February 14th 2012 by Omnific Publishing (first published February 10th 2012)
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Sylvain Reynard
“Clarence nodded. ‘Our ghosts are partial to Tolkien.’

“Oh, that’s nothing. Ours are totally into Dashiell Hammett,’ Zoey replied.”

-“Grave Refrain,” p. 353.

4.5 stars

This novel was an entertaining read. It’s a ghost story and a love story, but there are elements of mystery and suspense. The characters are eccentric, which I liked, and despite the sinister nature of some (but not all) of the spectres, there is quite a bit of comic relief.

A three-piece rock band from England travels across the pond...more
Holly
Andrew and his friends, Simon and Christian, a trio that make up a band called The Lost Boys. One night a legendary music producer, Neil St. John, offers them the chance to go state side (the boys have been playing pubs in London) to San Fran and live in an old Victorian house he is renovating. The boys could use a break so they agree.

Did I mention the house is haunted? Oh, yeah, it is. By these two, Nicholas and Noreen Chamberlain, inspired by Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man; a fictitious dete...more
Gabriella *is awesome*
GRAVE REFRAIN by sarah.m.glover is an excellent read that will keep you completely enthralled from the beginning to the end,body and soul.

between the love story backing our leads, Andrew and Emily and the ghost story spun between nick and nora,our unrequited spirts in love,i found it extremely difficult to decide who pulled off at being more epic, once i learnt that all four seemed to be entwined by fate, one bought together by a series of supernatural events or something we call , coincidence....more
Shell
Apr 16, 2012 Shell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers or romance, suspense, mystery, ghost stories, adult romance.
Shelves: nook, favorites
This book owned me heart and soul from the first page. It's an epic love story that follows the intensely passionate, almost manic, romance of tortured British rock god, Andrew Hayes, and his muse, the lovely Emily Thomas. But that's only just skimming the iceberg. The ghostly tale spun by the gloriously talented, Sarah Glover, left me with goosebumps and looking over my shoulder. There are both malevolent and benevolent spirits haunting this story and these young lovers' lives. Against all odds...more
Wendy
“It’s always about a girl, isn’t it?” pg.47

Well no Andrew Hayes…as a matter of fact it isn’t! This story is about a girl, a boy, their quirky crazy friends and an entourage of characters…some alive and some not.
Grave Refrain transported me to San Francisco, wearing a flowing bohemian skirt and vintage cardigan, traipsing the city as well as the coastal country side with my British musician man chasing history and ghosts and battling a curse. Did I mention the British musician hottie by my side?...more
Amanda
I highly recommend this. Ms. Glover’s clever mix of humor, mystery, and love have created a story that you won’t be able to put down. The novel pulsates with a sense of urgency. If you are able to do so, Ms. Glover’s knack for providing vivid descriptions will easily put you back sync with everything from the emotions of the characters, the look of the city, and down to the smell of the room that they are in.

Grave Refrain is a story which questions how far you’d go for love and how long will th...more
Bookish Temptations
Paranormal...Romance...Rock 'n Roll...Poetry...Mystery/Suspense...All of these elements combine in Grave Refrain by Sarah M. Glover to give you a story worth reading and loving.

This book was on my radar for quite a while before I read it, and if it's been on yours as well?!? Don't wait any longer...make it your next book.
Read the rest of my review here: http://bookishtemptations.com/2012/06...
Natty Dreadful
Sarah's new novel proves once again what a truly gifted writer and storyteller she is..."Grave Refrain" defies expectations -- a fantastic read!!!
Romancing the Book
Reviewed By~Robin
Review Copy Provided By~ARC by Publisher

Ms. Glover’s debut novel is simply riveting. I had my heartstrings pulled and I tended to not want to let go as it spun its magical web around me. I have always wanted an old run down Victorian house, complete with its resident ghosts to renovate. I found the perfect house in this story if only I could find it in real life. Nick and Nora the resident ghosts are just as compelling as the rest of the cast. I wanted to reach out and help them...more
Literati_Lit
The Review: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
I highly recommend this. Ms. Glover’s clever mix of humor, mystery, and love have created a story that you won’t be able to put down. The novel pulsates with a sense of urgency. If you are able to do so, Ms. Glover’s knack for providing vivid descriptions will easily put you back sync with everything from the emotions of the characters, the look of the city, and down to the smell of the room that they are in.

Grave Refrain is a story which questions how far you’d go...more
Carisa
This was one of those unusual reading experiences I have now and then. Main and secondary characters are in their early 20s (not my preferred characters age), it’s about ghosts (not my preferred paranormal), it has too many subplots, uneven story flow, sometimes too much pondering by the heroine. But I loved the story, and the intense hero, and the original plot, and something else about the whole thing that I can’t quite explain. It will probably be a reread in the future, so it goes to my favo...more
Pam Godwin
Few things irk me more than a romance cock-blocked by the would-be lovers’ uncommunicative ignorance. Too often, I’m screaming, “Stop with the inward monologues and talk to each other already!”

None of that here. What a fresh breath of sultry air. These lovers are thwarted by on-the-road band life, ghouls, ancient curses, and murderous professors. Backed by a love of many lifetimes, they work together, wearing their hearts on their sleeves, to fight the odds. I wanted nothing more to see the two...more
Andrea
Amazing! I enjoyed this story so so much. I will never forget Andrew and Emily. I strong and FOREVER love. I didn't want it to end. I hope Sarah M. Glover writes more! She is able to tie you to these characters like I've never felt before. I want to see more of Nick and Nora... what a love story! It would also be great see Zoey and Christian's and Margot and Simon's journey, through there eyes. God, I love them all! Thank you Sarah M. Glover so much for writing. Please keep it up you are great a...more
Jo
This is one of my top five most favorite books! I really wish everyone would take a chance on this book. It's the whole package: love, action, thrills, poetry, music, genius, ghosts, hilarious characters you'll love and so much more! It was so good I didn't want it to end (and mind you, this is the first time I've ever said those words). I wish she'd make a sequel! This story...this was a real love story. Gave me goosebumps.
Christi Snow
My full review will be up Saturday, but I was so impressed with this book. Just incredibly good reading!

My Review:
Warning: this is a LONG book, but it is worth every single moment spent reading it. I loved this book.


Andrew is part of a three-part rock band from England. One night a huge rock manager (Neil...although he is retired) drops in on their gig and offers them a place to stay in San Francisco. Taking him up on the offer in the hopes it will lead them to a break, the three members of The...more
Sara R.
Grave Refrain by Sarah M. Glover is a beautiful love/ghost story filled with romance, laughter, suspense and a little music thrown in for good measure. Beautiful and enticing tale of characters. I really enjoyed this book as it took me to the wonderful city of San Francisco where ghosts and mysterious discoveries can lurk all around you. Historic homes and long drives await you in this story. Andrew and Emily the two main characters have a history--- together and apart and what brought them toge...more
Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
Meh.

I read a lot, so I very much wonder about the five star reviews of this book. Are they forced from a desperate publisher? I don't know.
All the five stars actually made me look back at the book and skim it, asking myself what I hated about this book. I really didn't like any of it. The ghost that were supposed to be scary, were not. The characters were lackluster. It was just super cliche and poorly executed.

What I do know is that this is not a good book.

There were some good elements, but it...more
Sara
Get out the martini glasses and the cocktail shaker; noir has never been more intoxicating. Sarah Glover’s kinetic prose leaps from the page and carries you along; transporting the reader through the passionate twists of Andrew and Emily’s very current, gritty, San Francisco club-scene love story, and the sentimental, noir, speak-easy, turns of Nick and Nora’s ghost story. This is a great read, with memorable characters that, in Nora’s words, “Take no prisoners.”
Warning: if you need your beauty...more
Killian McRae
There's an elegant beauty to the way Glover crafts her characters, giving each an inherent sense of self and creating in the couples we see through this book with a divinely crafted ability to compliment each other. The setting echoes the story line: an intersection of the past with the present, an examination of how a love can be epic while being down to earth and beyond the grave. I sipped this story like a bold brew of coffee with just the right amount of sugar and cream: it awakened me, comf...more
Traci
Holy goodness I loved this book! I have a weakness for 1930's screwball comedies, so the inclusion of Nick and Nora Charles (ish)...well, I swoon. And speaking of swooning, I mean, I don't care how much of a "modern woman" you are, every girl in some way wants to be the hot musician's muse.

I finished this book on the train from NYC, and I emailed the author, saying "I AM NOT CRYING I HAVE SOMETHING IN MY EYE!" Ahem. Yes.
Tommy
I thought it would take me a long time to read Grave Refrain but to my surprise it sucked me in and I became a speed reader! Living in San Francisco made me appreciate the story even more- Give me ghosts, humor, romance all together and I am a happy person. Sarah Glover, I am a big fan and thank you for your gift of writing!
Kathryn
A Muse, soul mates, ghosts, and stoner psychics make this a great read! You'll go through a whole range of emotions from angst to laughter and in the end you'll end up sighing knowing that you didn't really want this to end. Ms. Glover has a wonderful debut novel!
Tiffany
I have never read a book like this before!! It scared me, made me laugh and made my heart skip a beat when this couple talked about the love they had for one another! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!
Jenlinmin
Loved the passion! Loved the wit! It's a story unlike any other I've ever read. I had a blast on every step of the journey with Emily and Andrew!
Laura
Oh my goodness did this story enthrall me! Glover grabbed me from the start and didn't let me go. She wove her beautiful enticing tale of characters who struggle with their personal demons and work very hard to do what is right all the while trying to come to grasp with the insane level of attraction beholden upon them.

I love Glover's writing style! I literally wanted to crawl into this story. She had my heart pounding from the many passionate scenes of Andrew's musical performances and his dev...more
Sheri
Jul 20, 2012 Sheri rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of romance with brooding rock stars who also enjoy a light mystery
Recommended to Sheri by: Enn Bocci
I dove into this book thinking I wouldn't like it & would stop reading if it became too scary. I'll admit it, I'm a big baby. I don't like scary stories (or scary movies) & if it included ghosts, then, wouldn’t it be scary? But a few people on FB assured me it really wasn't scary & was an incredible read. So I read, & I wasn’t disappointed (or scared). This book consumed me for days with its hauntingly exquisite tale. It contained just the right amount of angst, mystery & sus...more
Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
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Kelster
I read Grave Refrain: A Love/Ghost Story as part of a buddy read. And I am glad that it was part of a buddy read because it made me push myself past a less than stellar beginning.

Once I was into the book there were several amazing things that I loved. I loved Andrew because he was a true tortured, passionate, possessive H. I loved his obsession/madness with the h and I loved every aspect of him and his music and his band. I loved that the band was right on the cusp of stardom and how that affect...more
Ash Mitchell
Sarah Glover treats us with a perfect mix of romance, mystery and paranormal, with vibrant characters that develop in front of your eyes and enough poetry, suspense and magic to keep you reading into the night.

“The Lost Boys”, a pub band needing some fresh air abandons London and move to San Francisco. Struggling to find their own place in life, they move to a decaying Victorian house under renovations and hit the local scene.

Andrew, the tortured sexy guitarist who has been haunted by his muse...more
Jennifer
I loved this book. I give it 4.5 Flowers for my review.

Sarah M. Glover put all the qualities I think a great book has into this one.

It was funny, without being comic, the phrase "Big Doobie" (its actually a van) is going to make me grin every time I think about it for a long while to come!! It was suspenseful with spine tingling quotes like "he swore he heard something coming from the floor above. It sent ice water through his veins and stood the hairs on his neck on end. With a shudder, he pla...more
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A writer and recovering CPA, I live in San Francisco in an old house with a brood of people -- some taller, some shorter, all of whom I adore. As a child I often hid under the blankets with a dog-earred copy The Norton Anthology of English Literature, obsessing over the men in the sepia squares.

I've written for magazine and radio---even penned a few musical comedies and forced fine actors to make...more
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