by Tricia McGill
The plaintive singing of a ghostly child in the night sets off a chain of events that lead to Laurel learning the dark secrets that dwell in her Great Aunt Maggie’s house in a Melbourne suburb. When Eli comes into Laurel’s life, instead of instantly uncovering the secrets that have been buried in this house for many years, their joint efforts lead them to discover even greater mysteries.
Eli’s past is tied up with the ghost of the child who haunts the house, and there are many hurdles to cross before he discovers just why he also sensed strange vibes in the old house as soon as he entered.
In their search for the answers to an extraordinary mystery they uncover a passionate love affair shared by the people dear to them or those who dwelt in the house at one time of another. Despite their shared psychic abilities can the couple also find such a love?
When she turned back Eli was right behind her. Without a word he took her in his arms and kissed her. Laurel’s knees buckled and she reached for his shoulders. Pushing her back against the wall he pressed his body onto hers. The kiss went on and on, until Laurel lost all train of thought. With the same abruptness as the kiss began, it ended. He stared hard at her, turned and walked out.
Laurel followed him to the front door on shaky legs. He opened it and said over a shoulder, “Call me when you’ve made up your mind.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Award winning author Tricia McGill was born in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer? The local library was a treasure trove and magical world of discovery through her childhood and growing years. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.
Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations, especially elephants and orangutans who seem to be getting the raw end of the deal even in this enlightened age. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?”
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3.5 out of 5 stars
Laurel’s Gift by Tricia McGill is a contemporary paranormal romance that features two unique main characters. Laurel’s move to Australia to work as a fashion editor did not quite prepare her for taking on the responsibilities of her great-aunt’s pets, large rambling house, long-hidden secrets, and resident ghost. Meeting Eli makes her think things might be looking up, since the physician seems to be equally attracted to her, but it may be that he’s going to complicate her life much, much more, despite having more in common with her than she ever dreamed might be possible.
I am fascinated by the idea of psychic phenomena but I was a little nervous about the ghost element in the story and wondered whether to keep reading the story at night when I was alone, lol. Oddly enough, I ended up feeling that there wasn’t quite enough devoted to the ghosts, considering the talents of the hero and heroine. There is a bit of the exotic for me, as the story is set in Australia, and I adored the four-legged supporting characters, but I wasn’t thrilled with the hero’s personality, even though some of the developments did explain what contributed to his character. I like the heroine’s growth, and although I think her affections were engaged a little too quickly, I thought it was great that she was comfortable with who she was. For me, there are an awful lot of coincidental connections, but I did enjoy some of the twists and turns of the story. Those who like a touch of the eerie and enjoy reading about unusual psychic talents should give this story a try.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review