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Echo Moon

(Ghost Gifts #3)

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A past life, a past war, and a past love. Peter St John can’t foresee a future until he confronts his past sins.

When photojournalist Peter St John returns home after a two-year absence, the life he’s been running from catches up. For years his mother’s presence, coupled with Pete’s own psychic gift, has triggered visits to 1917. There, he relives battles of the Great War,
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Kindle Edition, 421 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Montlake Romance
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Laura Spinella
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This is it! The last "chapter" in the Ghost Gifts series! It's been quite a ride, much of it unexpected. I'd like to share with readers ECHO MOON's backstory. I very much wanted to do something different with this book, but at the same time I knew readers would be looking for Aubrey Ellis, our powerhouse heroine with an incredible psychic gift.

That said, times do change and I felt strongly that another character needed to carry the GHOST GIFTS torch to the finish line. Enter Pete St John. If yo
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DJ Sakata
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Favorite Quotes:

He longed for Esme the way you might want air in a sealed tomb.

I just saved you from a gang of boys with ideas that’d make nuns faint!

Listen to me when I tell you it won’t stop, Pete. The dead haven’t anything better to do.

His eyes were set so close Esmerelda thought he could be his own one-eyed act.

Caroline thinks she meditates. Translation, three hours of binge watching Dexter.


My Review:

All three books in this series have been astoundingly well-crafted, ingeniously plotted, cle
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Kerry
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enthralling and imaginative, where the past intertwines with the present, Spinella masterfully delivers in the third and final installment of her GHOST GIFT trilogy. ECHO MOON is filled with suspense, mystery, and romance, and kept me turning the pages and on my toes until the very end, an ending I didn’t see coming. I love unexpected twists! Fans, new and old, as ECHO MOON can easily stand on its own, will devour Peter St. John’s story. I sure did.
Caz
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, aar, mystery-thriller, pnr
I've given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars.

The first two books in Laura Spinella’s  Ghost Gifts  trilogy of paranormal mysteries introduces readers to Aubrey Ellis, a woman who has been able to communicate with the dead since she was a child.  These novels centre around Aubrey and her husband, a hard-nosed investigative reporter, but in Echo Moon, the final book in the set, the focus shifts to Aubrey and Levi’s son, Pete, a talented photojournalist who spends his life reporting from some o
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Barbara White
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've been a Laura Spinella fan since her debut, BEAUTIFUL DISASTER, and she's one of those writers who just gets better and better. A powerful love story in its own right, ECHO MOON offers a stunning and deeply satisfying conclusion to the Ghost Gifts trilogy. Every thread in the series effortlessly weaves together; every question you didn’t realize needed asking, is answered. As Pete St John, now an acclaimed war photojournalist, runs from both his lives—in 1917 and the present—Laura Spinella, ...more
Debbie Herbert
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Echo Moon is an intriguing tale of a young man, Pete, haunted by the ghost of a past lover, Esme. Spinella weaves the story seamlessly between past and present and includes characters from the first two books in the series. The descriptions of life in New York City in the WWI era are richly detailed and ring authentic. Throughout the book, I was kept guessing if Pete’s past life memories of killing Esme were true, and if so, if he could ever resolve the emotional pain resulting from that act of ...more
Camille Williamson
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A fabulous story that cleverly entwines the past with the present to captivate the reader. The third in the series this one being the final chapter follows Peter St John’s life in a race to understand his gift, help those from the past and move on to his future. Absolutely loved this book it is the suspenseful and a superb read.
Susan Peterson
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just finished this riveting, fascinating, heart-tugging, heart-pounding book. My emotions and thoughts are swirling...I want to weep and smile at the same time. Echo Moon is the perfect blend of past and present, spirits and humans, suspense, mystery, and romance, woven together in this spellbinding book. I read every chapter with anticipation and trepidation...I never knew, never came close to suspecting, what was going to happen next. I was so emotionally invested in this story and its incre ...more
Camille Maio
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magical-realism
Laura Spinella has written a spell-binding tale of mystery, mysticism, and the ache of the human heart. I was immediately drawn into the world of Pete and Esme as he is haunted by a single memory that has ruled his life - a terrible act he committed a hundred years ago. Spinella weaves a compelling tale that takes the reader back and forth in time as Pete discovers the truth about who he is, what he's done, and how he can rebuild the life he lives today. A winner that is sure to be a hit among r ...more
Linda Zagon
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Review of “Echo Moon” by Laura Spinella

I was enchanted and captivated by “Echo Moon” by Laura Spinella. Laura Spinella writes an amazing, intense, intriguing, unique and spellbinding story. This is the Finale in the Ghost-Gifts Series, and yet it can be read as a stand-alone. I suggest that you read the other two books to enjoy and appreciate the character history before you read “Echo Moon” The Genres for this book are Fiction, Para-Normal, Mystery and Suspense, Romance, with an essence of H
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Karin Gillespie
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't wait to read the third installment of the Ghost Gift trilogy ,and Spinella has saved the best for last. I dare anyone to read the first chapter and not be completely hooked. Esme Moon is one of the most memorable characters I've encountered in a long while and the author brings her story to life with painstaking historical detail.
The novel alternates from present day to 1917, a year when darkness enters the life of singer Esme Moon. The violence visited upon her reverberates 100 years
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Lesley Kay
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
Having loved the first two books in this series, I was so excited to get an ARC of Echo Moon! Foretolds ending left me so shocked and anxious to hear the rest of Pete’s story. I was not disappointed. I loved this conclusion, it was beautifully written and brought everything full circle. Thanks Laura for the opportunity to be one of the first to read this beautiful book!
Carolyn
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spinella-laura
This series was such a delightful surprise for me to discover. I thoroughly enjoyed each book. They were all well written, with great character development and intriguing mysteries. This last book wrapped everything up beautifully. So happy to see Pete finally resolve a lifetime of torment. I will miss Aubrey and Levi.
Marlene
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Echo Moon is a haunting story about the way that the past can quite literally haunt the present. Or at least Peter St. John’s present. And fair warning, I’m going to use the word “haunting” a lot in this review, because it’s the only one that really fits.

Pete has a gift, or a curse depending on one’s perspective, of being able to speak to the dead. He receives messages, and his receipt is beyond his control. As this story opens, Pete himself is running out
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Vivian Payton
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Echo Moon is the third installment to Laura Spinella’s Ghost Gifts trilogy. Ghost Gifts and Foretold should be read before reading Echo Moon. If you love psychic phenomenon and the paranormal, then this historical fiction novel, which also includes murder, mystery, family relationships, war and romance, is for you. I have always found psychic mediumship fascinating, and Spinella delivers a fantastic story from the first book to the last. In Echo Moon, Spinella masterfully takes you on Peter St J ...more
Carol Boyer
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My wish for a sequel to the amazing Ghost Gifts and Foretold is fulfilled with this hauntingly breathtaking love story of Peter St John, who is pulled once again into his past and his dreams of Esme, wanting desperately to know the connections of spirits and what they mean for his future. Pete realizes that his mother Aubrey holds powerful ghost gifts that force her make a decision that affects both of them deeply and he is torn with this knowing and the mystery of his own ghost gifts. Pete's ho ...more
Susan (The Book Bag)
OMG! I absolutely love this series! I've read all three of the books in the Ghost Gifts series and I've loved them all. Echo Moon is the perfect ending to this unique, captivating trilogy. This third book deals with Pete, the namesake of his grandfather who, as we learned in the first book, received 'ghost gifts'. Pete's mother Aubrey has a slightly different manifestation of the 'gift' and Pete's 'gift' is different still.

Echo Moon is an exciting and fast-paced story that I quickly devoured. Pe
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Carla Suto
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
ECHO MOON is the third and final book of Laura Spinella’s Ghost Gifts Trilogy. Having read the first two books, GHOST GIFTS and FORETOLD, I could not wait to read ECHO MOON and it is undoubtedly the best of them all. ECHO MOON tells an intriguing story filled with romance, mystery and suspense. I could not turn the pages fast enough to reach the dramatic and unexpected conclusion. The characters are so expertly portrayed that I feel like I know them personally. Peter St. John and Esme’s story, w ...more
Lynn
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED THIS BOOK!

Oh, it was so good that I could have read it faster, but did not want it to end. This is the third in the Ghost Gifts trilogy and it does NOT disappoint! The past and present are neatly intertwined while throwing in twists, turns and history! This book can be read alone, but I recommending reading them all!

While past characters from Ghost Gifts and Foretold are present, the main story is about Peter St. John's constant struggle with his present and reliving the past in his drea
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Elizabeth Meyette
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Peter St. John is a tortured soul. Unable to escape violent memories of a past life, he shuts himself away from those who love him, instead pursuing a death-wish life. One person he can’t escape is the love of his life, Esme. Unfortunately, she lived in his past life one hundred years earlier, and his memory of what he did to her haunts him as much as she does.

Ms. Spinella juxtaposes elements in Echo Moon to create a dazzling effect of unbalance: the grit and gore of war against the garish pleas
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Shari Armon
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The whole trilogy was great and Echo Moon was an incredible end to the series. I felt like I knew the characters and I didn't want to let them go. I thought I had everything figured out but I was so wrong! Twists and turns until the end. Laura Spinella is an amazing author. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it! Keep writing Laura!
Betty
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! Everything I’ve come to expect from Laura Spinella! Love, romance, history ! A wonderful conclusion to the trilogy!
Pam
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read! I can hardly believe how expertly Laura has woven all 3 books of this trilogy together. Complex and thrilling! I would recommend to all my friends. Echo Moon is mystery, love, suspense, time travel- genius!
Christine Moore
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an amazing ending to the Ghost Gifts series. Echo Moon is the story of Pete St. John now in the present and his past life from 1917 that haunts him. Pete knows in 1917 that he loved Esme and he also knows he killed her. At its heart, Echo Moon is an amazing love story. I loved the characters of this series Aubrey, Levi, Pete, and Esme. They are so very real and you feel everything they feel. I cried many times as I read this book as parts are truly heartbreaking. The story keeps yo ...more
Bobbie
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-reads
What an unusual story, but I really enjoyed it. Peter St. John is something like a ghost whisperer, but what happens when the past collides with the present. One of my favorite parts is when a young man writes, "My dear Esme, If Paris is France, You are my World." This quote is essential to the theme of the story, and what a beautiful phrase. It is a love story, but it's more than that. It's also a mystery and a murder. I want to read more by this author Spinella. Check it out for an intriguing ...more
Karina
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Echo Moon is the third and final book of Laura Spinella’s Ghost Gifts Trilogy. I enjoyed the first 2 books “Ghost Gifts” and “Foretold” but this is the best one yet. It has the past and present entwined. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages quicker than I wanted. Foretold left me hanging but Echo Moon put the puzzle together. The conclusion is something I would have never guessed. This book can be read as a standalone but I think you would enjoy it so much more if you read the other 2 ...more
The Lit Bitch
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book appealed to me for a couple of reasons, but one in particular stood out above all the other general ‘pick me’ signs that I saw in the pitch. The thing that caught my eye was the twist between historical fiction and magical realism/paranormal.

This book is set during the Great War (hello my favorite era) but yet has paranormal characters and the combo between the two interested me.

They sound like two very conflicting different genres and the first thing that I thought was ‘this could go
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Amy
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This was an interesting way to conclude this trilogy, as the author brought home the story of Aubrey, Levi, and Pete through the tying together of their inherited gifts of speaking to the dead in order to understand the living. The reader greets this family again 15 years or so after the close of the last story, bringing us to Pete as a war photojournalist and his parents desperate to help him with the soul of Finn, a man who haunts him from his own war, the Great War. I liked the backstory of F ...more
Cari
Echo Moon is the third (and final) book in the Ghost Gifts series and much to my surprise, it was my absolute favorite out of the three books. While Ghost Gifts and Foretold centered around psychic medium Aubrey Ellis and different murder mysteries she helped solve with the use of her gift, Echo Moon fast-forwards about fifteen to twenty years and centers around her son Peter instead.

Peter St. John is really not a character that I like very much... from the angsty, dramatic boy I first met in F
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Tinamarie
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't even know where to begin to review this book! It is very rare that I give out 5 stars however Echo Moon had it all -Romance, Paranormal, History, Action, Mystery! I won Echo Moon through a Facebook giveaway and normally it isn't the type of book I would've chosen for myself, especially with the combination of romance and paranormal, however I was more than pleasantly surprised! Laura Spinella did a wonderful job with her characters from the ornery, frustrated Peter to the energetic, char ...more
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Echo Moon is my eighth published novel. Author? Maybe. In truth, I’m a girl from Long Island who fell in love with the South and ended up calling New England home. Along the way, ideas emerged, leading to the books I've written, and Echo Moon is among my favorites—it is the final novel in the Ghost Gifts series.

When Ghost Gifts was published, I never thought I’d write about ghosts again. One and d
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Other books in the series

Ghost Gifts (3 books)
  • Ghost Gifts (Ghost Gifts #1)
  • Foretold (Ghost Gifts, #2)