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Halloween at the Graff

(Holiday at the Graff #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  420 ratings  ·  87 reviews
Starting over at thirty-two is never fun, especially in a town the size of a postage stamp. Chasing that with having to beg for a job she’s wildly over-qualified for and Walker Wilder’s pride is really burned. But now that she’s the new events director for the historic Montana Graff Hotel, she’s tasked with creating buzz and traditions to fill rooms during the off-season. ...more
Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published September 25th 2017 by Tule Publishing
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Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Walker Wilder has had to start her life over again at the age of thirty two and it hasn't been easy nor has the move to the small town of Marietta, MT. Now however Walker is trying to get settled into her new job as the new events director for the historic Montana Graff Hotel. With Halloween coming up soon Walker was looking for something to tie in the holiday and bring in new guests for the hotel when she decides to hire a ghost hunting TV crew to come do a story on the Graff.

Calum Quest has m
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Sinclair Jayne Fans, Marietta Montana, Romance
3.5 Finding Your One to Trust Stars
* * * 1/2
Marietta Montana has this reputation for intertwined families, long lost relatives and love that hits hard right away. Halloween at the Graff by Sinclair Jayne has all of those conditions plus some Ghostly worldliness, too. With a title like that... how could it not?

Walker Wilder is in recovery and re-invention mode. Never in a million years would she ever believe she would be in this predicament....

Having her "Perfect for Each Other" Fiancé get caught
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Gosh, I hate giving such a low star review but this book was torture to get through! I contemplated many times just giving up on it. There was just too much of being inside both of the main characters head. They would continually think the same things over and over and over again! I seriously read that Calum was wearing all black, leather jacket, jeans and boots about 10 times! I get it! There would be long ongoing paragraphs with Walker repeatedly thinking about everything that went wrong the p ...more
Book Gannet
The opening chapter of this book really intrigued me – a possible haunting at the Graff Hotel in Marietta? Just in time for Halloween? Perfect! I couldn’t wait to get started.

Except instead of a fun romantic ghost-caper, this book spent most of its time wallowing in Walker’s head. My word, woman – Just. Stop. Thinking! Too much thinking. All the thinking, all the time, and never any progress. Conversation between her and Calum was torturous because if we weren’t twisting and turning around insid
I was excited to start this book this month, thought it would be the perfect seasonal Halloween romance read. However after reading 35% I had to give up. I think this book had lots of potential and could have been a really fun read. Ghost hunter, old hotel, romance in the mix. But I couldn't get past the repetitiveness. I lost count of how many times Calum's dark denim jeans, boots and blue eyes were described. Then there was the constant inner turmoil of Walker disliking Calum but being so attr ...more
Deanne Patterson
Starting over career wise at 32 is never easy and it doesn't come as a shock to Walker Wilder that she hates it. As the new events director at historic Montana Graff Hotel, a job she is highly over qualified for it's her job to create a buzz about the place and fill rooms during off peak season. In her mind it's perfect, Halloween time and she decides to hire a spirit hunting tv crew. When just a very handsome spirit hunter shows up she just can't stop thinking about him. Calum Quest hunts thing ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book was free and I’m so glad it was because I can’t imagine paying for it. I almost always enjoy what I read but this book was one of the most frustrating books to get through. The characters’ names were confusing to keep up with. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but names like Walker, Shane, Dylan, and Tucker - I’ve always thought those to be names for guys. But those names are for the women in the story. And what exactly was the story about? There was something about a spooky chair, a girl ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ugh, I don't know why I even finished this book. It was so dumb and characters kept having the same conversation over and over again. And the ghost story part of this book was lame and had no closure.
Oct 14, 2018 added it
Shelves: 1-star
Nothing is happening. Interminable conversations that don’t go anywhere. Far too much thinking, far to much about his clothes or her past. Questions never answered, and always back to the 'thinking' instead of moving the story forward.

I am bored.

Betty Strohecker
This story had so much potential, but never really got there. Two people who are undergoing major changes in their lives find themselves in the small town of Marietta, Montana, just before Halloween. Walker Wilder, having just barely survived a scandal in the Washington political world, accepts a job as events coordinator at the Graff Hotel. Her ten year political career in shambles after being sacrificed for the benefit of the senator she worked for, Walker uses her mother's maiden name, arrivi ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it did not like it
Alright, so this is going to be a really short review, because I just couldn't finish this book. In fact, I didn't finish Chapter 1. The writing was terrible. Tortuously long sentences, with far too many adjectives stuffed in to keep track of. As a general rule, if you regularly have paragraphs that are a single sentence - you need to edit! I was struggling with that when I got to the first description of the hero, including his black beanie. Uhhhh... what now?

I don't know about you, but when I
Tanja Glavnik
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
This one left me with so many question marks ...

I get that it was a short story part of this Holiday at the Graff collection, but the holes were so big I could drive Range Rovers through them, sadly.

- The back story was never properly explained - what exactly happened that she was thrown under the bus? Why? What's the deal with the ex?
- The extended family was more than a little rushed, although I do kind of want to read that series specifically now.
- The ghost story. What's with that creepy cha
Review written: October 9, 2017
Star Rating: ★★☆☆
Heat Rating: ☀☀☼☼☼

An Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this book was received free via Netgalley for an honest review.

This was a rather underwhelming addition to the Marietta lexicon. Neither Walker nor Calum really impressed or intrigued me. They lacked depth and the result was that I never really got into the story.

Walker is a new addition to the Wilder family, which seems to be growing, and not through procreation. Her downward trajectory to Mar
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars

The first few pages of Halloween at the Graff intrigued me. Walker was a strong woman whose career imploded and now she was a fish out of water in Montana. And then there were some strange vibes with a chair in the attic, which made me think we might get a real Halloween story here.

Unfortunately not much happened, except for a lot of "telling." Walker and Calum kept having the same conversation. They just kept looking at each other and thinking of how attractive the other was. I foun
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
First off, I’m so sorry for not posting this review immediately. I know it’s already three weeks since Halloween, but as you know, life gets in the way. I had to prioritize and set obligations that are sometimes beyond my control. But I’ve read this book during the first week of November, and luckily now I’ve found time to share my thoughts. So, there.

Now, on to my review: Halloween at the Graff successfully got me chills and thrills as if I am living in this little town of Marietta. Ever since
Oct 09, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebies

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tarting over at thirty-two is never fun, especially in a town the size of a postage stamp. Chasing that with having to beg for a job she’s wildly over-qualified for and Walker Wilder’s pride is really burned. But now that she’s the new events director for the historic Montana Graff Hotel, she’s tasked with creating buzz and traditions to fill rooms during the off-season. Halloween may not scream touristy, but hiring a spirit-hunting TV crew will definitely
Darlene Chisholm
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I really only started to like this book when I got about 60% into it. Up to that point, the author kept repeating the same thing over and over regarding Walker's former life and I just found it annoying. But then the story started to get more interesting and started to focus more on the present with the past finely woven in, instead of repetition. So with the turn around in the story, I started to really enjoy it and embrace all the characters and the town that Walker was finally embracing as so ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a freebie from Amazon.
I was actually going to give this one 3 stars, but it improved after chapter 3. Before that I was going nuts with the internal dialogue! I really hate when someone asks a question & 3 pages later the other person finally answers & by that time you've forgotten what the original question even was.

So, the Graff Hotel may or may not be haunted. I would say yes, but we never do get a definite answer. The chair is creepy. The romance is ok. This is fairly cle
Oct 24, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I've never read this author before, so the title and season was what I was looking for at the time. I wasn't sure of either character at first, both were dealing with their own problems. Calum was in need of some career changes and wasn't exactly likeable at first. Walker was trying too hard to get Calum interested in getting coverage for the Graff, but when you find out more, you understand her need to make her new career a success. The chemistry between the two is slow building, no in
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Almost 5 Stars

Why oh why do wonderful authors let second-rate copyeditors spoil their books? Sinclair Jayne is one of the best writers I have read in a while. Her word usage and turn of phrase show a masterful use of language. Scenes that could have been trite are imaginative instead. A lot of the sex was suggestive rather than explicit, which I much prefer. But oh, the poor punctuation, misused words and some places where words and even lines appear to have been dropped. Please, whoever is resp
Kristy Loftis
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Walker Wilder ran from DC to Marietta Montana after a scandal left all the blame to her. Hoping to just be able to see her cousins that she never got to know. Callus Quest is the star of a cable show Ghost Quests who is ready to move on with his life.
When Callum gets an email from a hotel in Montana wanting to be on the show he decides to swing by and politely decline and continue on to his friends ranch. When Walker and Callum spot one another there is an instant connection. Can Walker lower he
Marsha Spohn
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

Halloween at The Graff begins the Holiday at The Graff series written by various authors. I enjoyed Walker and Calum’s story, I do need to say that at times I was torn about Walker. Life changing events have happened to her in the last year. Her reputation and political career in tatters, tossed under the bus as a sacrificial lamb, her discovery of what a cheating jerk her was going to be groom truly was, and the decision to move far from DC to the wilds of Montana…
Charity Bradford
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Where to start? This had so much potential but the story got lost in the words. It's like the author didn't trust me to get what Walker or Calum were thinking/feeling so she told me every other page. Instead of the story moving along, we kept rehashing Walker's past, how hot Calum looked in all black, and how gorgeous Walker was and that's why Calum kept putting off telling her he was done with the show.

There really isn't any ghost story either. Just kissing, running away, kissing, "oh he's hot!
Kerry Croucier
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A small town, an historic hotel, and a ghost...what more can you ask for at Halloween? Walker Wilder's entire life has taken a dramatic turn in the past year. Her only chance to start over is a job in PR at the Graff Hotel in Marietta, thanks to an intern from her past life. Determined to make things work without her past interfering, she adopts her mother's last name and tries to figure out a way to up the hotel's bookings. A visit to the attic for Halloween decorations leaves her with an uneas ...more
Matilda Dix
Nov 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Walker Wilder found herself in the small town of Marietta, Montana, trying to move forward after her previous life imploded, leaving her at the point of starting over. We get the impression at the start of the book that she is done with men. Her energy is focused on bring guests to the Graff hotel and making them a destination. She wants to start by working on a family friendly Halloween event. Walker needed some publicity for the hotel, so she invited Calum Quest and his Ghost Quest to see if t ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Walker Wilder, 32, had been a successful chief of staff for a prominent Washington Senator. Some sort of scandal happened (the author is never clear on exactly what it was) and the Senator used Walker as a scapegoat. As a result, Walker was hauled before a Congressional hearing and, while not found guilty, nevertheless lost her job and her reputation. On top of that, she caught her fiance cheating with her intern in her office.

In an attempt to start over and reclaim her life, Walker moves to Mar
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous beginning to Montana Born’s new Holiday At The Graff series! Halloween at the Graff is Sinclair Jayne’s latest novel and it’s a ripper! This is one author who seems to improve her craft with every story she writes, and this one shows every sign that she really enjoyed the story she was creating.
I loved the small town setting in rural Montana. Marietta is a town I have grown to love over the past four years and the Graff Hotel, where much of the story takes place, is one of those
Sandi Ramirez
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Halloween in Marietta, Montana what could be better? Oh I know Halloween time at the Graff Hotel which is in Marietta. Oh now that would be complete!!
Oh yes this town is in my blood and part of my spirit too. Guess that is a good thing as we are going ghost hunting in this book. Oh yes we are.

Attendance at the hotel is down so they hired a new gal to help bring in folks to the hotel and she happens to be new blood to the town. Well Walker Wilder errrr Kent as she is now known by is the brand spa
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Halloween at the Graff by Sinclair Jayne, book one in the Holiday at the Graff series, is an interesting story. Walker Wilder’s life has imploded, making her feel lost and with no idea how she is going to turn her life around. When one of her former interns offers her a life-line with a job she is way over-qualified for and in Marietta, Montana, she jumps for it. Walker is now the new events director for the Graff Hotel, where she is trying to create a fresh buzz and new traditions to fill rooms ...more
Paula Pugh
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The thing I loved about Halloween at the Graff is that it is told mainly from the thoughts of the main characters, Calum and Walker, rather than from dialog and third person voice. This concept of writing made the story so interesting as you are clued in on both character's emotions, feelings and thoughts at that moment and following.

Walker is desperately trying to hide from the fiasco she fled in Washington, DC, where she was a high powered political assistant. No one but her former assistant k
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Sinclair has loved reading romance novels since she discovered Barbara Cartland historical romances when she was in sixth grade. By seventh grade, she was haunting the library shelves looking to fall in love over and over again with the heroes born from the imaginations of her favorite authors. After teaching writing classes and workshops to adults and teens for many years in Seattle and Portland, ...more

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