Great Caesar’s Ghost by Cindi Myers
Publisher: Aspen Mountain Press
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (271 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 books
Reviewed by Poinsettia
A traveling showman meets a woman who isn't about to lose her heart to a rambler.
A traveling showman like Caesar Hawkins isn't about to let his own death come between him and his son Jed's happiness. Unfortunately, the famous cure-all elixer he left behind can't ease the incurable malady of the young man's lonely heart. Jed needs something more potent than tonic. Something a little sweeter...
Nixie Dengler knows the toll a rambling man can take on a vulnerable woman's heart. So what does she see in another rambler like Jed? Actually, it's what she doesn't see that's drawing them together. Can a matchmaking spirit unite two earthly souls in love?
Caesar Hawkins just can’t accept the fact that he’s dead.
Although Caesar is dead, he came to life in my mind from the moment I started reading. Ms. Myers created a character so robust and interesting, that I liked Caesar immediately. He also had a great sense of humor. I smiled every time Caesar referred to his death as merely a “condition.” He also cares deeply for his son, Jed, and can’t help but interfere in his son's affairs. As much as I liked Caesar, he wasn’t without his flaws. While he means well, some of his meddling does more harm than good. Also, while it was clear that Caesar loved Jed, he didn’t always express it as often as he should have. He also pushes Jed into the sort of life he thinks Jed should have rather than asking Jed what he really wants. As with all flaws, these made Caesar a very real and rounded character.
Jed was an easy character to like as well. He was the typical good son trying to find his own way in the world. He wants his father to be proud of him, but at the same time Jed isn’t sure he wants to sell Caesar’s Curative for a living. Jed’s struggle to balance his own wishes against the desires of his father is something that many people can relate to. I enjoyed watching Jed gradually make his own path in the world.
Nixie was the perfect heroine for Jed. She has a bit of a fiery spirit and is fiercely loyal to those she cares about. She and Jed had excellent chemistry from the moment they met. However, Nixie isn’t ready to lose her heart. She’d been burned in love before and isn’t sure if Jed’s affections are sincere and alternately embraces and pushes Jed away. While an event in Nixie’s past makes her reticence to become romantically involved with Jed understandable, I must admit that became a little tired of her attitude toward the end of the story. Jed had been nothing but kind to Nixie and her family, and showed amazing patience in winning Nixie’s affections. He gave her space when she asked for it and was there when she needed him. Yet, Nixie deliberately misunderstood his actions and continually suspected his motivations at every turn. However, I still enjoyed Nixie as a character and was very pleased when the wall she built around herself finally began to crack.
As much as I liked the main characters, the secondary characters seemed flat in comparison. Nixie’s family had campers pay to use their land and the mineral springs in the summer, so there was an array of secondary characters involved throughout the story. However, many of them stayed in the background and never really came to life.
Also, I found the plot of the story to be predictable. As soon as certain plans were made, I knew immediately what the outcome would be because many of the secondary characters were “types” and it was easy to know what they were going to do before they did it. Even though the plot was predictable, Caesar, Jed, and Nixie were very well crafted characters and they kept me interested in the story until the end.
I must also mention one of my favorite scenes in the book. Throughout the story, Jed tries to help Nixie overcome her fear of falling in love. However, Jed is not without his own fears. He is terrified of the water. Nixie is an excellent swimmer. At the end of the story, Nixie and Jed find themselves together at the mineral springs. I won’t spill the details of their meeting, but the moment Ms. Myers creates between Jed and Nixie is quite touching.
Great Caesar’s Ghost is an enjoyable read. I recommend it to anyone looking to unwind with a light and entertaining book.