All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the stor...more
My Kindle First Selection for January.
For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I read until my "on-its-last-legs" Kindle's battery died, and I was forced to stop. But there were a couple of things that kept it from earning a full four stars. I will get to them in just a bit. But first, the things I did like:
The mystery: I felt it was really well done, and I changed my mind as to who I thought the actual killer was throughout, and I'm usually pretty ...more
Aubrey has been able to speak with the dead since she was a child. She works for a local newspaper where her "gift" aids her when she is assigned to report the story of Missy, a girl who disappeared 20 years ago and whose remains have been found in the basement of an old lady and her middle- ...more
Laura Spinella’s Ghost Gifts is one of those surpsring discovery that checked all the right boxes for me.
* Ghosts ✅
* Romance ✅
* Mystery ✅
* Cold case ✅
Sell me a book with a ghost, I will happily gobble it up within a day unconcerned about all the works that is waiting for me... Ghost Gifts has a lovely protagonist who has made peace with her extraordinary gift of being able to communicate with the dead, and found a job that serves her purpose. Aubrey Ellis does not to c ...more
She’d given up on calling it prayer years ago. Prayers were meant to be answered. So far, Missy’s had not been.
In five years he’d exhibited all the spontaneity of a wet match.
He’d watched his mother paint her whole face, kind of like a human paint-by-numbers. She could even do it with a cigarette in her hand, though she repeatedly insisted it was her last one.
He wore metal through so many pieces of flesh that Levi imagined unhooking them would cause the punk rocker to fall apart. ...more
Laura Spinella automatically become a favorite author of mine ever since I read Ruby Ink under her other name, L.J. Wilson, last year. The sequel to Ruby Ink, The Mission, only made me fall in love with her writing even more and the same thing happened this time around.
I was super excited when I found out that this was a paranormal romance. I absolutely love it when an author has series that are completely different genres from each other ...more
Melancholy despite the romance. The central mystery of the murdered girl was just painfully tragic. Trigger warning for child sex abuse. . The murdered girl was portrayed believably, given her history, and it made me cry in that "damn, life can be horribly cruel and hopeless" sort of way.
The feeling that there is no way to "fix things" was a theme throughout. The heroine, Aubrey, has suffered a lot due to her ability to see ghosts. Rarely she is able to provide perfect clo ...more
Aubrey gets involved in reporting recent developments of a decades-old murder. And she’s rightly concerned that her gifts will get out of control working on a story like this. Plus, she’ ...more
I liked this one. I was in the mood for "I see dead people" and this book delivered. Aubrey, and some in her family, have this "gift". Her father had been troubled and disturbed by it. When her parents died, Aubrey lived with her grandmother, Charley, who owned a traveling carnival. Charley has been supportive of Aubrey and tried to help her learn/grow/deal with her gift.
Aubrey marries but hides her talent from her husband, Owen. They settle in a small town. Aubrey's husband tra ...more
I don't read a lot of paranormal books, but for some reason, this one got my attention right away. Like so many others, I was memorized by Sixth Sense, and this story has that same feel, but with a fresh approach. Aubrey Ellis has a special gift, or curse, depending on how you look at it. She has the ability to interact with specters, or souls of the ...more
I loved Aubrey's ghost visits. Each ghost has a different personality and agen ...more
OMG! KUDOS to author Laura Spinella "Ghosts Gifts" for her breathtaking, awe-inspiring descriptive novel. I loved everything about this book! The genres of this story are Para-normal, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense, and Fiction. I could easily see this story adapted as a screenplay for a movie or TV series. There are twists and turns, suspense, some chilling moments where the hairs on my neck were standing up. How would you feel if you had the ab ...more
This book is labeled as romantic suspense. That is absolutely NOT true. Levi (Hate that name), the hero, and Aubrey, the heroine, have been together since almost the beginning of the book and there is absolutely no chemistry whatsoever, no thoughts or feeling, no nothing. Hell, they didn’t even kiss until 75% and there still weren’t any feelings involved. So, here we have another author whose publisher tells her “sex sells” so she drops a sex scene in here and there and calls it roma ...more
Aubrey works for a small newspaper writing a realty column. She also has a gift of talking to the dead. When this mystery she's now working on with reporter Levis St. John, I expected there to be some communication between Missy and Aubrey, but there wasn't, at least not in the way I expected.
I love ...more
It just feels flat, and I feel like I'm missing something. It started out well enough that I wanted to read it ...more
The summary of this book sounded interesting, I read thirty percent before I skimmed to the end. The first chapter was good, a thirteen year old dealing with communicating with the dead. Then we have an adult Aubrey still talking to the dead while trying to hide her ability from everyone else. My problem with the book is the main character. I didn't like or dislike her, she just seemed rather bland. I also thought the book was a little too wordy.
I realize I am at odds with all of the ...more
What a story! This author is so wonderful! She sucks you into the story and won’t let go till the end!
Very interesting topic of communicating with the dead. Aubrey’s resiliency to take hold of her gift instead of it taking hold of her, paints her as such a powerful woman. She faces head on and goes the distance.
The murder case keeps you guessing and for once I didn’t put it together until Aubrey figured it out. Levi was a wonderful foil to Aubrey as a character.
I star ...more
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When Ghost Gifts was published, I never thought I’d write about ghosts again. One and d ...more