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My Past, Your Future (Deerbourne Inn)

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Callum MacLaren, a professor from Scotland, visits Willow Springs, Vermont during the Winter Solstice to study and explore the rich history of St. Joseph's Cemetery. His encounter with a sexy soldier in a tattered Civil War uniform is a captivating puzzle, and the more he learns, the deeper his attraction.

A hundred and fifty years ago, Elijah Freeman was killed during the
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Kindle Edition, 109 pages
Published February 24th 2020 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc.
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Sandra
This was an interesting book. I don't read a lot of ghost stories - I don't usually seek them out, and I can probably count the ones I have read on one hand.

I also had some questions that remained unanswered, such as why is Elijah stuck to the town where he used to live, instead of the battle field where he died, and how is he able to go to some places nearby but not all, and why is Callum the first to ever be able to see and speak to him, because that's just a little too convenient for my likin
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Wendy
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As with any paranormal story, we make allowance for the imagination. We expect that certain things will be unbelievable and we hope that we can still somehow cheat our brains into accepting what we're told. I didn't find the latter to be the case with this book. While ghosts are by definition figments and ethereal, Elijah's character was very believable. The story was written in such a way that it all felt very realistic to me. From Callum's first sighting of Elijah to the developing relationshi ...more
Audrey Pott
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought this storyline was uniquely interesting I don’t believe I’ve ever read a story where the ghost comes alive. I enjoyed Gabbi’s descriptive writing, the civil war and the shocked surprise when Elijah realised Callum could see him, I felt like I was there with them. Loveable characters made this story, some slight angst and loved how Callum and Elijah came together, their chemistry sizzled.

I voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book for my honest opinions of which I’m under no obligation t
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Anabela.M.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Why does Elijah's ghost haunt the grounds of Willow Spring instead of the place he actually died at and his body is buried? How come he had access to some places, not all? Why, in all his years as a ghost, Callum is the first and only person to ever see him?

These are some of the questions me and the characters ask during this book. Many go unanswered and at some point I actually stopped wondering, because... ghost story! You know what I mean, lol? It's supposed to transcend logic or religion, f
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Amanda
3.5 stars!

This book was very different and I appreciated that. It’s technically a paranormal, but didn’t have a paranormal feel to it and was firmly grounded in the contemporary present. I liked the history, it was very well done, and Grey can definitely write. I do wish there was some explanation for Elijah, but even without it the story was very good.
Lisa Klein
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an amazing book that I couldn't put down. I've never read romances involving ghosts or anything paranormal before, so I hesitated when offered an ARC. I'm glad I tried it. Gabbi Grey had an amazing way of bringing both MCs to life and making sure the reader understood all of their emotions. The way she writes with explicit detail makes it so easy to picture everything in your mind. I'm definitely interested in reading more books by her!

I recieved an advanced copy and voluntarily gave my
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Sometimes a story doesn’t have to make perfect sense and answer all the questions for it to be enjoyable. That’s how this book is.

There are two very different main characters – one is alive, one is dead, for starters! Elijah is a ghost whilst Callum is very much alive. These two get together although neither of them was expecting it – surprise! But then Elijah opens his mouth and inserts foot.

This is a fast-paced short novel that gives you enough story to keep your interest and turning the pages
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Jean Grant
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ms. Grey lured me in with her polished voice and vivid storytelling as a Civil War ghost and modern day history professor fall in love. In this m/m romance, Scottish Callum is visiting Willow Springs and sees the ghost, a former slave/Civil War soldier named Elijah inhabiting (haunting?) the town cemetery—Callum is the first person ever to see Elijah since his death. They spend a snow storm and hot night together. Is Elijah reappearing in his human form? Find out. HIGHLIGHTS: history, vivid writ ...more
Aerielle Bondi
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I admit I was skeptical about this book. However I’m will to give any romance with ghosts a try. I’m so glad I did!!! Callum catches sight of a ragged looking man while exploring an old cemetery. One second the man is there then the next he is gone. Elijah has been stuck in what he calls purgatory for 150 years, when suddenly a man calls out to him. The rest of the story is their journey towards a HEA. I very much enjoyed this book. I wish the ending was a little longer, mainly because I didn’t ...more
Sara Sigler
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Callum was history professor at Edinburgh but was teaching at the community college in Montpelier, Vermont but he loved history of the past. So he would go to the cemeteries and read gravestones and wonder about the person that had been buried there. When he was at the cemetery in Willow Springs, Vermont he saw Elijah a ghost from the civil war and talked to him, he became human again. Callum and him stayed together and they loved each other and went back to Scotland. Loved this book!
Katherine Horvath
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Past, Your Future: Amazing story and writing. I liked the whole story and the route it took. The characters were wonderful. It had a lot of emotions throughout the story. Elijah was a caring ghost that still cared for his past love but found an attraction to a human that he didn't have before. It was told so well that I could put it down. The title fit the story perfectly. Great title! ...more
Jennifer Reilley
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I couldn’t wait to read this book based on the blurb. Unfortunately it did not live up to what I was hoping for from it

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I hated it by any means, I just wanted more from the story. I liked the characters but I didn’t feel connected to them. I just wished there was more to the guys and the story.

It was low angst story of the guys finding love
Edga
Feb 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I like paranormal fiction; and this was a nice gentle read. I have never read this author before, and I thought she did a pretty good job of the whole time displacement trope. The book was quite well written, the characters were very likeable and the story pleasing.

Elijah and Callum are lovely together, and the author has given us a gentle love story, which has a satisfying ending. If you want a low angst, paranormal tale, this is for you.

Justine Smith
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! What a fascinating love story from not only across time but from death itself. Elijah was killed during the Civil War and has been stuck in Willow Springs. He tends to hang around the cemetery, where his head stone is, and a near by cabin. Callum, a Scottish history professor in American teaching at a local college, happened to walking around the cemetery looking at graves when he spots Elijah. A first for both of them, Elijah hasn't been seen by anyone and Callum h ...more
Ida Umphers
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you like ghostly romances and history, you will love this book. The two main characters are wonderful and their attraction is totally believable. There are no efforts at detailed explanations of why Callum can see and interact with Elijah nor why Elijah suddenly gets to live again but that didn't bother me. I just enjoyed as the two men learned about each other's current life and past. We get amazing and heartbreaking Civil War stories from Elijah and Callum gets to introduce him to the moder ...more
Stephanie W
Sep 11, 2020 rated it liked it
When Callum decided to visit Willow Springs,VT during Winter Solstice, he received a lot more than he bargained for. A Civil War soldier definitely wasn't on his list.

Elijah is a soldier who dies in war more than 100 years ago. His spirit continues to roam the area now known as Willow Springs. No one could see or him him until Callum came along.

Now that Callum can see and interact with Elijah, things change for them both. What will happen when or if Elijah can no longer be with Callum? How will
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Debbie Benson
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. I loved the unique plot of this book. Elijah was a black civil war soldier and was killed. He spent a hundred and fifty years around the Willow Springs graveyard as a ghost. Elijah believed he was in purgatory. When Callum comes to Willow Springs, Elijah is able to communicate with him. On Winter Solstice, Elijah is given a second chance at life. Callum and Elijah make it work and are happy together. I like h ...more
Juniper Greer-Ashe
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ghost romances are endlessly intriguing and, I suspect, really hard to write. This book does an excellent job of creating a story that’s fantastical but somehow also feels grounded in history, in which a romance develops incredibly quickly and after an excruciatingly long wait, which somehow makes it just in time. Callum and Elijah are perfect together, despite their very very different backgrounds. Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving
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Coline Peterson
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A different twist on a wonderful well written ghostly love story. I see a man in the moonlight sitting on a gravestone, in the middle of the winter, in a graveyard that I have come to explore, but was he wearing a confederate soilders uniform, goodness that can be right, I must be tired. But I wasn't Elijah was a soldier, died in battle and now he's stuck in limbo, however I can see him, touch him, get to know him, and begin to love him but will he stay with me now that he's human again or becom ...more
LJ Henley
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Although I found it a little hard to believe that a ghost could come to life, Gabbi Grey made it so. Callum and Elijah are a sweet couple. I won't go into how she did it, but it seems so believable. A Civil War soldier and a professor from today, meet in a graveyard. The winter solstice is happening and so do miracles. This is a HEA book and worth the read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
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Shannon Tolen
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have never read a story like this and now I need more like this in my life!!! The characters, storyline and even the setting are well-written yet unique. Elijah and Callum are completely lovable characters that you can’t help but root for them to find their HEA. While there is a little bit of heat, it’s not the primary aspect of the story which is nice! This was my initial foray into the works of this author, but I look forward to reading more of her work.
Patricia Nelson
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fantastic, sweet, charming, delightful, poignant, engaging, beautiful, amazing, grab-you-by-the-feels, lovely, wonderful, and totally awesome story. Callum and Elijah were were drawn together by the power of love so strong it defied even death itself. I would recommend getting this marvelous gem immediately.
Kashonna Shaw
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found this an enjoyable book. It showed a different way for an author to approach the ghost angel. I thought the characters were really well thought out and worked will together. I really liked that it was set in an area of the US that doesn't get showcased a lot in writing. I would recommend this book if you enjoy ghosts and happily ever afters. ...more
Belinda Zamora
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great novella.
Callum and Elijah were such sweet characters.
I love a good ghost romance and this one certainly ticked all the boxes.
It was short, but the story felt completed.
I really enjoyed the epilogue, getting to see Elijah experience the changes in modern living.
I only wish it had been longer, I wanted to spend more time getting to know these characters.
A.L. Williams
Mar 13, 2020 rated it did not like it
I had to DNF this book. It was well written and the authors voice was good. My problem was the disconnect with the black MCs culture and experience. As a black man I...its hard ro explain. I just didnt connect with him. It read very clearly as someone who does not have intimate dealings with African Americans. Also there was too much sex and not enough story.
Julie Bedwell
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is so sweet and hot at the same time. I liked that Elijah is a ghost and there's a little magic, but the love they find is so much bigger. It's definitely a feel good, lighthearted read. I loved it! ...more
Barbara
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Part of the Deerbourne Inn series a beautiful M/M story that held my interest throughout. This is a new Author to me. I enjoyed reading Callum MacLaren and Elijah Freeman's story. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. ...more
Teresa Carnegie
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderfully told story about an unexpected love across time, sex, age, and race. The love between Callum and Elijah was sweet. The two of them should never have had a chance but Gabbi weaved us a lovely story proving there really is someone for everyone.
Lillian Francis
Interesting premise that doesn't quite deliver.
Way too many sex scenes for the length of story.
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Malia Winger
rated it really liked it
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