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Restless Spirits

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Nominated for Colorado Romance Writers’ 2015 Award of Excellence

Marilee Harper is desperate to find another job after she accidentally set fire to the home of the richest woman in town. Converting an old hospital into a bed and breakfast seems like a golden opportunity. But faucets and lights turn themselves off and on, and old baseballs fly without help. Stressed and agg
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published June 18th 2014 by SoulMate Publishing
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Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Marilee just made a mistake that is likely to have her losing her job. With this looming over her head and chauffeuring her mother around she doesn’t realize she is going to a possible job interview until she is there and makes a horrible impression. Lucky for her both her prospective and good-looking employer makes an equally bad impression which ends with one of them running the other over with a car. In spite of this hiccup Marilee comes to run a Bed and Breakfast for John Smith. As she helps ...more
InD'tale Magazine
“Restless Spirits” has a varied cast of characters, some better drawn than others, and most are likeable.

Read full review in the 2014 November issue of InD’tale Magazine.
Suzy Gonzolas
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Things are not aways what they seem

Skunks ghosts and treasure these are the things that keep verity and her ghost friend in business. Can this latest job help or hinder her?
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's Next?

I really enjoyed this book! Not only because it moved right along, but the writing was exceptional. The characters came to life more than most books that I've read and the twists kept me entranced. The best part was that it was a stand alone book!
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Slow start but interesting story.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
The mother from hell makes for a cringe worthy read.
Aug 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This book took much longer than it should have for me to read. I kept dozing off, or I would hear social media or my email calling me and felt compelled to answer. In other words, this book didn’t grab me. I did find the characters to be interesting which is what kept me plodding along.

Marilee first appeared to be a scatter brained bitch that couldn’t seem to do anything right, well, according to her mother. Actually sounded a lot like my mother and me. That was kind of scary. But, with some po
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

*I’d like to thank the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

When the author approached me with a request to review this book, I thought it sounded fun. Having read the previous book in the series about a year ago, I was glad to hear that this tale could stand on it’s own. The synopsis promised ghosts, fairies, and an interesting romance. I’m happy to say that I got most of this, along with some pretty funny parts.

The main character of this
Evie Woolmore
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an impartial review. I give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

Marilee Harper, jobless and locked in a complex relationship with her mother, is introduced to the somewhat mysterious and disconcertingly attractive John Smith, who is renovating an old hospital into a new bed and breakfast. Their unease around each other seems to infuse the atmosphere, which is increasingly unsettled by strange goings on, but Marilee and her mother move in and set about helpin
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Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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I admit I am not the biggest fan of ghost stories, but every once in a while one comes my way that catches my attention, and this book did. While I did enjoy the ghost aspects of this book, I have to say the thing that stuck with me most after reading the book was the relationships between people.

So the book opens with Marilee having burnt down the house of a client and in need of a new job. Especially since she ne
Ruth B
Feb 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fantasy, fairies, 2015
After having a small role in Feeling Lucky, Marilee is now the main character of another sweet romance that involves a magical kingdom. This time the fantasy is less present and the romance is better.

Marilee is still ashamed for setting on fire Megan's house. Afraid of losing her job she accepts her mother invitation for a job interview. Move forward a little and she ends up helping John Smith to open a bed and breakfast. The old house used to be a hospital and people believe is haunted.

The dyn
Rosie Amber
Oct 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Restless Spirits is a mix of contemporary family drama and fantasy. The book opens with Marliee Harper just about to lose her job after she burnt down her client's house, a powerful opening scenario. We learn that Marliee is feisty and caring, she's putting all her money into paying medical bills for her Mum.

Her relationship with her Mother is fun and the constant bickering between them works well. Mary Harper is one step ahead of Marliee and organises a job interview for her. John Smith is sett
Paranormal Books R Us
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Even though it was a little slow to start this turned into a fun story about the main character Marilee overcoming the troubles in her life that are bringing her down.
She is definitely a flawed character with a snippy attitude and I found myself more than once wanting to give her a good smack upside the back of her head. But with a very pushy meddling mother that was extremely sick, mounting bills, possibly losing her job, no love life in sight, oh and accidently burning down her best friends ho
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
What does a girl that is desperate for a new job and to get out of her ghetto style apartment do? Commit to moving into a sprawling turn of the century home that is in the midst of renovation, take her mother with and agree to help turn it into a thriving bed and breakfast. Of course the dreaming professor as a boss certainly motivated her.

Marilee is a girl with too much weight on her shoulders, and the move to the woods and her new life seemed just the remedy for it. Of course running over her
Sep 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Restless Spirits had me cracking up at the start. Marilee is in the car with her mom and their conversation is SOO my mom and I. Mom doing what mom’s do and saying that you have “that tone” when there isn’t one. The rest of the book follows along with this mother and daughter relationship.

Marilee gets a new job managing a bed and breakfast that has yet to open while it is being converted from an old hospital. Marilee’s mom comes along for the ride and continues to help out with the inn and the
Breanna Eichhorn
4.5 stars
Marilee is on a job hunt since she accidentally set her best friends house on fire. Marilee left work early because she thought that her mother had a doctors appointment, when she finds out that it's because of an interview that her mother set up for her. She wasn't very happy about it. John owns the house that he is going to turn into a Bed and Breakfast, he wants Marilee to run it.
Marilee is a smoker, she used to work at the bank. She is very stressed out about learning a new job. He
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Marilee Harper is having a tough time. She accidentally set fire to her friend Megan's home, her mother had been ill, and she is fairly certain she is getting canned from her banking job. Things look up when she is offered a job managing a new bed and breakfast. John Smith, the bed and breakfast's owner isn't too hard on the eyes either. Things aren't what they seem at her new place of employment, it seems to be filled with several uninvited guest.

Marilee is a strong woman with a strong temper.
Nov 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, so I did understand Restless Spirits just a tiny bit better after reading Feeling Lucky. That being said you can read them out of order and have things make sense, it just makes better sense when you read it in order.

I definitely could find more of myself in the two main characters of Marilee and John. Mostly because they're both clumsy or accident prone which can lead to some funny incidents-incidents that if you're like me c
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

Marilee Harper has lead an interesting life. After setting fire to her best friend's house, Marilee keeps waiting to be fired from her bank job. One evening, Marilee finds herself at a job interview set up by her mother... An interview she was neither expecting nor prepared for, and she ends up hitting her prospective boss with her car after arguing with her mother. Marilee ends up getting the job, which puts her in charge of overseeing the rennovations of an old santiarium into a bed and breakf
Theresa Needham fehse
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Free book for honest review.

Marilee really needs to find a job after she accidentally sets a friends house on fire. She knows that because of her friends status in the community she is going to be fired from the Bank she works at. She gets a job running a Bed & Breakfast, the place is in disrepair she will also be getting it ready. The house is a turn of the century and has ghost/spirits. Marilee & mother move into the house as they work on getting it turned into a
Carol Ann
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Restless Spirits by Kathy Bryson is the story of Marilee Harper, a strong, independent, verbal woman who handles difficult people and situations on an everyday basis easily, if not graciously. But, seriously, how much can one woman take? Job problems, arson charges looming, sick mom, overbearing mom (same mom), overdue bills, etc., I would be a little short-tempered, too. The solution? Run a haunted bed and breakfast! Loved this mother-daughter relationship. Throw some Shakespeare and leprechaun ...more
Italo Italophiles
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Yes, I am a friend of the author... There are lots of friend-reviews these days, but that doesn't mean a book isn't a fun, original read. Kathy's book is just that: fun, original, romantic, funny, fantasy-filled, and all set in a small town. There are one or two racy scenes but nothing pornographic. This is a relax and laugh book to read, about an awkward woman finding her place in the world, with a little help from the otherworld.
Well...I didn't really like the book I'm sorry. It's just that all the paranormal drama was bunched up at the end and it felt really rushed and unrealistic. The first 3/4 of the story is basically Marilee and her story blah blah blah. Just at the last few chapters did the actual fairy/ghost/whatever drama begin and it's just eh. Her mom seemed way too chill and insignificant towards the end when I expected her to be really worried and dramatic.
P.S. Winn
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Merilee Harper has a new job that her mom arranged for, she is going to be running a bed and breakfast. Merrilee is also surprised mom is coming along. Glad for the job, Merillee meets John Smith, the owner and also finds some mysterious things going on. Does the new job and the bed and breakfast come with ghosts? Grab this suspense filled read and find out.
Marbea Logan
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story wasn't exactly what I expected, but it's not necessarily a bad story either. I thought I'd be reading about a haunted house mystery, but got a fairytale extravaganza! It seems the spirits were secondary characters to the otherworldly characters of the story. Then I got to be a lil excited about Marilee's and John's budding and strange relationship.
Nov 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Not what i expected

I was expecting a paranormal thing and there was some of that but it was very slow paced. Then all credibility flew out the window when ferries and leprochans showed up.....
Sheran Oberholzer
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Restless spirits by kathy bryson

This is a really cute story with ordinary people and those who turn out to be not so ordinary. There's a bit of the paranormal and a little magic thrown in. I really enjoyed reading it.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 Stars

This story was very flat. Almost a monotone. It took a long time to get anywhere then solved those problems in a couple of pages. The whole premise is good but could have used more excitement.
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Kept me interested from the beginning. I couldn't wait to see what the characters would be up to next. And it was so easy to visualize the setting and and individual personalities.
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: enchanting
This was one of the funniest paranormal I have ever read. It was fun from the beginning to end the characters were delightful and the storyline was fun. I would love to live in this house.
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Kathy Bryson is the award-winning author of tongue-in-cheek fantasy that ranges from leprechauns who play the stock market to zombies who hang out with and harangue med students. She’d like to say she’s climbed tall mountains, rappelled off cliffs, and saved small children, but actually she tends to curl up and read, is a life-long advocate of Ben & Jerry’s, and caters to 2 spoiled cats. She works ...more

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