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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Gillian by Linda Andrews

Gillian by Linda Andrews
Publisher: Zumaya Publications
Genre: paranormal, historical, suspense/mystery
Length: Full Length (375 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Lavender

Gillian Grey knows all about men and their desire for money. Aidan Baird is just a rougher version of all her other suitors—a man willing to put up with her dubious ancestry for a share of her money.

Aidan's dream of obtaining a ranch requires a down payment in gold—gold he's willing to earn escorting his boss's daughter around the desert on a “botanical expedition.” But Gilly isn't looking for flowers. She's hot on the trail of Jack the Ripper. As the body count mounts, Aidan may have to sacrifice more than money to keep her safe.

Gillian by Linda Andrews is an adventurous paranormal story that takes place in an exciting era, the Old West. I enjoyed this well-written story.

Miss Gillian "Gilly" Grey is an heiress, but an unusual one. She's full of spunk and goes on a dangerous journey across the dessert to find a killer. The trouble is, she's the kind of woman that the killer goes after.

The hero, Aiden Baird, is a handsome Irish-American who is Gillian¹s guide across the dessert in her search for what he thinks is flowers, not a killer. Aiden takes this job because he has a dream of owning a ranch and needs the money, but he and Gilly become friends, then so much more as their adventure unfolds.

A fascinating character is Gillian's ghostly friend, Grimsee, the soul collector who keeps her informed of deaths that are occurring. This Scotish ghost adds spice to an already suspenseful story.

Good chemistry exists between Gilly and Aiden, and splashes of humor throughout the story made me smile.

Gilly is vulnerable; she feels inferior and was treated like it in the past simply due to her red hair. But she's brave, and this makes her quite likeable. Her unselfish quest also makes her memorable, though her spunk
causes Aiden much anxiety.

Sometimes I got thrown off with point of view changes or scene switches that didn't have breaks or notice, but with a little backtracking, I was able to figure it out.  I enjoyed the novel as a whole, but it was also filled with moments that stood out for me, moments I really liked such as Aiden's reaction when he finally saw Gilly's red hair. The suspense for that was built up well.

These characters are three-dimensional. The themes of prejudice, low self-esteem, courage, and being unconventional were developed over time as the story unrolled. It was psychological and social in feel. As far as the plot is concerned, during the intro, the world setting/era was presented well. The suspense of the story was not gripping but rather steady. The plot was interwoven with Gilly's character delineation, the action showing us who she is.

As far as the style goes, it's obvious this author is experienced, bringing in all the other senses for the reader¹s enjoyment. It was written with some mystique.  The setting is important to the plot. Gilly's quest is strongly affected by the era; she has limitations in reaching her goal due to what was available at that time and being a woman in the 19th century.

Gilly loves Aiden, but she's rich and he's not, so he refuses her, a hard hurdle to overcome. Sometimes it got irritating when she kept thinking he was ashamed of her, but by far, this novel was a great read with an exciting showdown with the killer. I would recommend it.