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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Night Journey by Goldie Browning

Night Journey by Goldie Browning
Publisher: Storyteller Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical, Paranormal
Length: Full length (367 pages)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

Zan and Emma’s romantic weekend at a haunted hotel—which includes a wedding and a ghost tour—goes horribly wrong when a bizarre accident leaves Emma in a coma. Following a near-death experience, her soul is catapulted backward in time to 1938. While on her journey into the past, she meets Ivy and Harry—a Depression Era Romeo and Juliet—who will someday become Zan’s grandparents. Night Journey is an eerie tale of ghosts who weave in and out of life, past and present, from fact to fiction.

Ghosts and time travel, the living and the dead, passion and love, this book has them all. Emma and her husband Zan go to a historical hotel for the occasion of Zan’s brother’s marriage.

The hotel in not a normal hotel. It’s filled with ghosts and an exciting past. Emma and Zan meet some of these ghosts in the present. Their family and friends are an interesting group and play important roles in the story. A psychic among them gives Emma a bit of a creepy reading.

Then something weird happens. Due to a terrible headache, Emma goes back to their room, alone, and an evil presence lures her behind a wall. There, Emma has a bad accident. One of the hotel’s locals, a ghost, alerts Zan, leading to yet another exciting scene. Zan and his friends race to help Emma.

She actually crosses over, and the reader gets a look at “the other side.” This book has plenty of interesting insights into the paranormal.

There’s a story within a story here. The tale in the middle, the one set in the nineteen thirties, is both romantic and tragic. This internal plot mixes effortlessly with the story that sandwiches it. When Emma passes over, she finds herself in the past, the thirties. Now she has a chance to set things right where they had a traumatic end once. But can she? She arrives back in time in the body of a cancer-ridden woman, very weak and sick. The suspense is great. The characters, past and present are well drawn and likeable. The evil ones can make a person cringe.

While Emma is in a coma in the present, there’s another race against the clock for her husband. A corrupt hospital manager wants to harvest her heart. Zan must fight a losing battle. The reader will truly feel his pain and desperation.

Night Journey is a unique story that blends its elements perfectly. The paranormal, the romance, the suspense, the characters, and the history make this a book worth reading.