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Monday, April 26, 2010

Kissing The Stone by Cia Leah

Kissing The Stone by Cia Leah
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational, Paranormal
Length: Short (26 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Review by: Orchid

While visiting her parents' grave site, Cara Lyle hears a man's voice calling for her to wait when she passes Alan Langly's headstone. Fear courses through her because she is the only person in the graveyard. Later that night, she finds herself caught in a dream where she is swept through the night to stand before his headstone. He urges her to kiss the stone, and out of terror, Cara kisses it. She awakens in her bedroom to find a handsome man standing there claiming to be Alan Langly.

An unusual story of life after death, or did the death actually happen?

Cara visits her parents' grave but as she leaves she is startled to hear a voice asking her to wait. She looks around but there is no one in sight. As soon as she starts to move the voice speaks again. Convinced she is alone, Cara inspects the gravestone where the voice seems to be coming from. The name and date are Alan Langly, 1900 to 1930. When the voice speaks a third time with desperation, anger and pleading, Cara runs for her car. Afterward, strange dreams of Alan Langly haunt her sleep and Cara must decide whether to obey the voice in her dreams, or ignore the request and get on with her life.

Kissing The Stone is an unusual story. Although it is short, the story is complete and catches the attention right from the first word. Grief mixed with the paranormal adds a thrill which makes the story even more alluring.

Cara must decide if she’s ready to escape the grief and loneliness she has felt since her parents' death, or open her arms and her mind to a new future. You can certainly relate to the fear of the unknown, and the courage it takes to move beyond the past.

This story is an excellent read, especially when you need something to fill in the odd hour. I was fascinated by the plot, and think you will be as well. It provides the shiver of the paranormal, with a hint of humor and the promise of romance. An all around excellent read.