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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lacey’s Ghost by Blaise Kilgallen



Lacey’s Ghost by Blaise Kilgallen
Publisher: Awe-Struck Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short (67 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Lacey Bright, recently widowed and living beneath the charity of her sister-in-law, leaves London with her son and her housekeeper. She leases Cliff Cottage overlooking the English Channel, hoping to make a livelihood there with her landscape paintings.

Captain Maximilian Stern, a grouchy ghost, haunts his former home, chasing off renters until Lacey arrives. They strike up a deal which will allow her to continue living there, but though a loving bond forms between Lacey and Max, can there ever be a future between a living woman and a ghost?

Blaise Kilgallen has taken a long time-line and successfully crammed it into sixty-seven pages of story. Few full length novels cope well with the passage of more than two decades, but in Lacey’s Ghost, despite a couple of rather jerky transitions, the reader happily goes where the author leads.

Although he hardly figures in the story, it is Paul Bright, Lacey’s son, who opens and ‘almost’ closes the story. Recently widowed Lacey Bright is in no mood to bow to society’s restrictions or her sister-in-law’s expectations. She is a Lady who knows her own mind and intends to make her dreams happen.

Max Stern, one-time-owner of the cottage leased by Lacey is in no mood to put up with unwanted intruders to his home. The fact that he died two decades ago, doesn’t deter his intentions of regaining sole control of the property.

Put two determined characters together, stir the details and watch them dance around each other. Ms. Kilgallen skilfully weaves conflict charm, emotion and visual impact into this short story. Every character has an integral part to play in the evolution of the two main characters.

If I have one complaint it is that ‘the bargains’ Max agrees to are never revealed.

In Lacey, Blaise Kilgallen creates a heroine with set ideas about what she wants and contrasts them with a softness and generosity that carries her readers with her. A good read.

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