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Spencer's Cove

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Successful mystery author Foster Owen hasn’t finished a manuscript in three years and her writer’s block shows no signs of retreating. When the bills start piling up, an unexpected offer to ghost write a memoir for an heiress on the west coast seems like too good an opportunity to ignore.

Painfully shy Abigail Spencer has just returned from studying abroad. The sprawling e
Paperback, 266 pages
Published February 12th 2019 by Bold Strokes Books (first published February 1st 2019)
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Lex Kent
3.5 Stars. I’m a fan of how Vaun writes so I grabbed this book without even realizing what it was about. I thought it was just a romance book but it is actually a romance with a paranormal twist. I’m not going to go into more details on the twist because I want to keep it a surprise for new readers. I’m a big paranormal fan so I did like the twist. However, I do have to admit this is not one of my favorites by Vaun. It’s a decent read, but I didn’t love it like I was hoping to.

The story is abou
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Okay, I admit it. I loved the cover, saw it was by Misssouri Vaun, didn’t give the blurb much more than a passing glance and decided I’d probably enjoy it well enough, even if it didn’t wow me. What I expected from the story didn’t seem terribly complex. Writer struggling with writer’s block gets offered opportunity to write family history for reclusive heiress. They meet, delve into some family history, fall in love and live happily ever after. Right? Not a sausage!

I loved the surprise of this.
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is just ok, for a somewhat meandering story that has some unfinished threads. And the role of some of the protagonists, let's say almost all, has not been entirely clear to me.

The general plot could be interesting at some level, not very much to me, paranormal or fantasy are not in my favorite genres. But as well as some other books of those genres have hold my interest when I've read them, this one not so much. Some parts are pretty boring and I almost skipped pages to get something m
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Ooook, I liked it. I enjoyed it but not as much when finding out, (what I did not know before,) that this book goes from a cute and interesting romance to some spooky paranormal twists and turns that in some cases, did bring a new level of interest.

The author writes well but in certain sections, I found he'd lost me. It wasn't a biggy but coupled with the way the story shifted, my initial enjoyment and intrigue slightly became eroded and I found myself reading for the sake of finishing the book
After Proxima Five author Missouri Vaun pens down another big production number with Spencer’s Cove. After having done sci-fi we now delve into the world of fantasy and the paranormal. It was entertaining but just like Proxima Five, this too fell a bit short. Missouri Vaun is a very capable writer who is looking to expand her repertoire and that’s a good thing. I just think that these overly ambitious plots don’t really suit her.

As others have pointed out the blurb is downright misleading but I
Les Rêveur
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Well, that was not what I was expecting!

What was the book about?
Abbie Spencer lives a secluded life. She is painfully shy and is in no way happy about the executor of her family's estate employing mystery writer Foster Owen to write their family history. 
Foster needs the money before she loses her house so she agrees to the terms of the contract because writing a family history novel should be easy right? It might even help her writer's block. But it is far from easy, and as the story unfolds th
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Not what I was expecting at all. The only reason I stuck with it was the author and how she told the story with smooth language and vivid scenes. The character description was well written and I wanted to see them succeed. While reading I felt I was in the field with the horses and in the beautiful old house. Not my cuppa tea, but such as it is.

Read provided by Bold Strokes Books, Inc. via NetGalley.
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc

I received an ARC of « Spencer’s Cove » from BSB (Thank you for that !!!) in exchange of an honest review.
So, here it is !!

What I liked a lot or even loved :
° the cover : Ahhhhhhhhh !!! Cool, there’s no character on it … just the Pacific Ocean (I assume …) and a cove => perfect to let my imagination work by itself !!!
° some funny references to comic books
° the humor
° the animals

Here are the few things I want to say about this book. :
=> Supernatural / paranormal themed lesb
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: bsb, mystery
The blurb for Spencer’s Cove does not reflect but only hints at what Foster is in for when she agrees to research and write the family history for the heiress Abigail Owen. I came into this read expecting a simple romance in a beautiful setting and fell into an unexpected battle for power and control.

Missouri Vaun knows how to spin a tale, no question. I wasn’t overly thrilled when the story veered into something I normally avoid reading but she succeeded in pulling me in and keeping me interes
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Combine romance, suspense and paranormal … that is what you will find in this novel. I have read all of Ms. Vaun’s books and I looked forward to reading this one. I was not disappointed!

Foster Owen is a mystery book author who is having writer’s block. She can’t get a handle on writing a new book while the financial and emotional pressure is mounting. Her agent calls and tells her that she has arranged a writing opportunity. Foster has been contracted to write the memoirs of a wealthy California
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
Mystery writer Foster Owens has writer block so she agrees to write a book about Abigail Spencer’s family so she can at least pay her bills. Sounds good, right. I didn’t know when I started to read this book it would go from being a typical romance to something involving paranormal and fantasy. I was disappointed because I’ve gotten used to depending on Ms Vaun giving me books I really enjoyed. I could only read so much then I would have to take a break, hoping when I came back to read some more ...more
Feb 20, 2019 rated it liked it
So I am a big Missouri Vaun fan so I had no doubts about reading this no matter what it was about. It did, as others have mentioned, catch me off guard. The premise wasnt' new, but did have some interesting and different elements. Once again it was one book of average length that should have and could have easily been, a series. There was a lot to explore and could have been so much more. But instead, it was just average and rushed. It kept me interested til the end. The characters both main and ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-published
I really didn't know what I was getting into when I read this one. The short blurb about the book doesn't really give you all that much information. I likely would have passed up on this one if I knew the subject matter, just because I tend to like light books. With that said, I am glad i read this book.

Foster Owen is hired to write a memoir about Abigail Spencer's family. Foster travels from Atlanta to Spencer's Cove (a few hours from San Francisco) and Abby is not interested in meeting with F
Kitty McIntosh
‘Spencer’s Cove’ is a fantastical tale of witches, good and evil and ultimately love. Foster Owen, a mystery novelist with a serious case of writer’s block, is given a lifeline when a job comes up to ghost write a family memoir for Abigail Spencer. Abby has inherited her family’s mansion on the Pacific Coast and on first meeting she is a shy, frightened rabbit of a woman. When Foster starts looking into the family’s past some very interesting stories emerge and she is intrigued. Just when I thou ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lesfic romance mixed with supernatural theme isn’t really my thing. I wasn’t expecting that this book is one of them. But I continued reading because I like the author since reading Death by Cocktail Straw. I like the fun vibe of her main characters just like the one in this book. The supernatural thingy was bearable in the beginning but when the fight scenes came, it kind of turned of me off. It was kinda cheesy and a bit silly I should say. The romance was nice though. Overall I enjoyed it so ...more
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
ARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

It’s hard to review this, because it’s not at all the book I was expecting to read. The blurb does not mention any kind of paranormal twist, which is the major plot line, and to be honest, I’d never have picked this if I’d known what it was actually about.

Other reviews contain spoilers, so I won’t bother. There’s a lot of story here, and not enough time to tell it, so everything felt like it was in fast-forward, all of the characters
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Missouri Vaun’s latest book, Spencer’s Cove, seemed to begin as a typical romance but then became so much more. There was a blend of mystery-magic which reflected the characters themselves. As the story slowly evolved, so did the characters’ history. But still not fully. The characters maintained a type of mystique about them throughout the story. Even though the main characters were interesting, I found Evan to be more so than Abby and Foster. It was this character that I really wanted to know ...more
Spencer’s Cove by Missouri Vaun is a paranormal romance that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. When I first saw the cover and read the blurb, I thought I was getting a romance that maybe had a haunted house as the setting of the story. Boy was I surprised, in a good way. There is way more paranormal activity in the tale than just a haunted house, but I will let you read and find that out for yourself.
Ms. Vaun has created a world that feels real through her excellent descriptions. She makes you feel
Jan 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 Stars. This book was nothing like what I expected it to be. This book is about Foster Owen, a mystery writer who is having writers block and gets offered to ghost write a memoir about Abigail Spencer and her family. When Abigail's parents die and she inherits an estate, she starts to raise horses. When Foster comes to her estate, she wants her gone at first, even though she is attracted to her. Foster starts to learn more about the Spencer family history and does not want to leave.

This book
Carolyn McBride
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this book, which is to say more than 10 pages. But all of a sudden, it was as if Missouri Vaun set the hook and there was no way I could NOT read the book! I am not exaggerating when I tell you that I read 90% of this book in one night. I just had to see what was going to happen!
This was a perfect book to read at night. Curious, well paced with interesting characters, and enough mystery to keep you turning pages.
It was a wonderfully fun romp that I thoroughly
Colleen Corgel
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, arc, lgbt, romance
Whelp, I certainly wasn't expecting the awesome shift from a typical contemporary romance to a pretty decent paranormal fantasy. Foster is a writer stuck on a massive writer's block, so when her agent offers her a job as a ghost writer for the reclusive Abigail Spencer, she reluctantly accepts. When she arrives to Spencer's Cove, she's intrigued by the town and by the shy heiress. Soon, however, she's pulled into a world she never knew existed and into a relationship she wasn't looking for.

We g
isa Simonet
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is interesting, but not one of the best in Missouri Vaun.
I'not a fan of fantasy and paranormal, so it took me a bit to get into the book.
But once past the first pages, I was attracted by this book.
The connivance between the two protagonists is remarkable.
When I read the blurb, I did not expect this type of book.
Although this is not what Ms Vaun usually does, it's a book that goes beyond my expectations.
The cover is remarkable, and makes you want to read it.
This book is therefore to rea
Jan 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gay-and-lesbian
This is really a 2.5 star book. I did not quite understand what I was going to be reading from the description. The description seemed interesting, I was wondering how they would make the story of a writing moving to work on a memoir interesting. I find a lot of it to be really crazy paranormal nonsense, I thought the overall story was really hard to follow and it ended very quickly.

Background the story is about Foster who moves to Spencer's Cove to write a memoir about the reclusive and shy Ab
Aleana Harris
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I ARC received via NetGalley and in exchange for an honest review.

Ok this took me by surprise because the blurb explain but really doesn't.

Foster Owen is a successful mystery writer who suffering writer block. Abigail Spencer was studying abroad and now has inherited a rundown mansion.

You think that where the story ends they meet instant love and even though it was what happen it was much more then that it has a supernatural element in the story that I love .

There were some history events that
May 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wvdeli
Pretty fun paranormal romance novel. I was totally hooked.
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, 2019, did-not-finish

This was very far from the book I expected it to be, when I requested it.
To be honest, I didn't like that it contained a paranormal twist, and I wouldn't have picked it if I had known it before hand.

☛ I requested an advanced copy of this title from NetGalley, and I'm voluntarily making this review.
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Foster has had writers block for three years and it shows no sign of stopping. Her publishers sends her to the west coast to ghost write a memoir for an heiress. She imagines someone older, with a handful of cats, but who she meets is the painfully shy and beautiful Abigail Spencer. Abigail Spencer has only recently returned home after many years away, she's cautious around people and prefers to spend her time with her rescued horses or reading. Foster's arrival changes everything and the two wo ...more
Sameena Jehanzeb
Feb 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbt, fantasy, romance
Ok, this book was not bad but also not what I expected. The synopsis is totally misleading, promising a ghost story in a haunted house when it is something totally different. Also it wasn’t easy for me to connect with the characters. They had a lot of potential but relationships were developing too fast (within two days from not knowing each other at all to full blown „I love you“ mode in some cases - not at all convincing). Mostly I enjoyed Foster being a writer of mystery novels while groundke ...more
I received an advanced reading copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I somehow missed the memo that this is a paranormal romance O.O I was certainly surprised when that thing happened.

I find it hard to write a review for this book.
I have little bad things to say about it. The setting of the small coastal town in the middle of nowhere was beautiful and atmospheric, the initial mystery of Abby's heritage was intriguing and enjoyed uncovering it more and more. Abby, in general, was a
I was in for the sapphic romance and stayed for basically all the rest. Unravelling an old family mystery? Check. Witches? Check. Soul bonds? CHECK.

I got attached to all the characters so fast, especially Abby, it's like I've known her all my life, and I felt so her so much? How she was so shy and afraid of being close to people but she became more confident about herself throughout the story, thank you Missouri Vaun for making me care that much about a character.

The romance was incredibly sweet
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Missouri Vaun is a two-time Golden Crown Literary Society award-winning lesbian romance writer published by Bold Strokes Books. THE MANDOLIN LUNCH is Vaun's latest novel. Can a cavalier art teacher and a meticulous music teacher find love?

Vaun spent a large part of her childhood in southern Mississippi, before attending high school in North Carolina and college in Tennessee. Strong connections to

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