”Zoe Hoffman is as gentle and romantic as they come, and when she meets the startlingly handsome Alex Nolan, all her instincts tell her to run… Alex Nolan is as bitter and cynical as they come, battling his demons with the help of a whiskey bottle, until he is visited by a mysterious ghost. Has Alex finally crossed the threshold to insanity?
The Ghost doesn’t know who he is, or why he is stuck in the Nolan’s Victorian house. All he knows is that he loved a girl once. And Alex and Zoe hold the key to unlocking the mystery that keeps him trapped there.”
This is the third book in the Friday Harbour series and in my opinion much better than the previous one, Rainshadow Road. I was a bit confused at first because this book starts before either of the other two, and for a minute I thought I was reading it out of order. In reality the novels run in parallel with each other to some extent. Things that were mentioned and not followed up from the previous book make perfect sense here, when written from Alex’s point of view.
All the characters in this book are superbly written, not just the two protagonists. It is so easy when Ms Kleypas is writing, to forget it is just a fantasy world. The characters leap off the page and I am always emotionally invested in them. The Ghost (as he is known for most of the book) is a fantastic character and the banter between him and Alex was excellent, I was rooting for him and his happy ending as much as I was for Alex’s.
Ms Kleypas comes up with some truly romantic passages – my favourite few words here have to be “I will love you. No force of heaven or hell could stop me, and damn anyone who tries. I will love you forever.” The circumstances in which this was being said made it even more special.
There were some very bitter-sweet moments and towards the end I was sobbing – never fear, I had tears, I had smiles but ultimately was left with the absolute sense of satisfaction that comes from Ms Kleypas’ writing and am glad I persevered with this series after the disappointment of the previous book.