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“Southern Spirits” by Angie Fox

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GoodReads Synopsis

When out of work graphic designer Verity Long accidentally traps a ghost on her property, she’s saddled with more than a supernatural sidekick—she gains the ability see spirits. It leads to an offer she can’t refuse from the town’s bad boy, the brother of her ex and the last man she should ever partner with.

Ellis Wydell is in possession of a stunning historic property haunted by some of Sugarland Tennessee’s finest former citizens. Only some of them are growing restless—and destructive. He hires Verity put an end to the disturbances. But soon Verity learns there’s more to the mysterious estate than floating specters, secret passageways, and hidden rooms.

There’s a modern day mystery afoot, one that hinges on a decades-old murder. Verity isn’t above questioning the living, or the dead. But can she discover the truth before the killer finds her?

Good Stuff

Verity was engaged to Beau Wydell and he was not a good guy. He had lots of affairs and he also misbehaved with Verity’s sister. When Verity told him that she wasn’t going to marry him, he threatened her saying that she has to marry him or he will destroy her sister’s life. Verity wasn’t going to risk her sister’s life, so she never mentioned her name in any of this and she did not marry Beau. So Beau’s mother sued her.

To pay back all of their money, Verity had to sell everything including her grandmother’s house. On her last day in that house, she and her friend noticed an old vase. It was hideous so they made fun of it. After Verity’s friend left, she thought about cleaning that vase. She dumped all of the dirt inside that vase onto her rose bushes, except that wasn’t dirt. Those were ashes of a Wydell ancestor.

The ghost “Frankie” got trapped in that house so he asked Verity to set him free. When she said that she couldn’t and that she is selling the house, he said that she can’t leave the house and leave him trapped there. So he told her about how a man hid his treasure in an old house which is haunted and that’s how their adventure started.

When Ellis Wydell (Beau’s brother) found out that Verity could she and talk to ghosts, he gave her a job to get rid of a ghost at his property and promised her that if she gets the job done, he will pay her the money she needs to save her grandmother’s house. So she agreed and took the job and then began her worst nightmare.

I really liked the writing style of the Author but I didn’t connect with the characters very much. It was like reading a bedtime story to a child. It was fun and a light read but not very thrilling. In fact, the only reason i’m giving this book 3 hearts is because of the ending. I did not expect “that person” to be the killer. It was shocking.

Bad Stuff

As I said, I did not connect with the characters which was so sad. Feeling what the characters are feeling is what makes a book alive.

I know it’s Fantasy but I think fantasies should be written in a way which is believable. I don’t think if you drop someone’s ashes in your rose bushes and that ghost will be all cool and will help you find a treasure so that you can save your house and unbound him from that property. How in the hell are you supposed to separate ashes from soil?

And one more thing that felt non believable was that every ghost was cool with Verity and she could easily talk to ghosts and solve their problems. They also became friends with her.

Overall Impression

Umm.. well if you just wanna go on a little ghost adventure then this is the book for you. Overall it’s a one time read. Usually I feel sad after finishing a book because I won’t be living in that world or reading about those characters anymore but I had no such feeling about this book. I wasn’t dying to read the second installment in the series.

Sadly, I won’t be continuing this series.


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