Another addition to the popular Timeless Romance Anthology series. ALL HALLOWS’ EVE is not to be missed. Romance, thrills & chills. Need we say more? (This post contains affiliate links for our readers’ convenience.)
Bubby: In Sarah M. Eden’s mysterious novella Of Ghosts and Gardens, we have a fabulous romance – and a ghost. Turns out that having a family ghost who lives in the garden can be better than you’d think. Poor Enid is a loveless spinster (at the ripe old age of 19!) and is sure that life is going to just pass her by, similar to how Sissy felt when she was also unmarried at 19 (20, 21, 22, 23…) but there is a handsome stranger right around the corner. Between meeting said stranger (Burke Kennard) and trying to solve the mystery of the garden ghost’s untimely death, Enid’s boring existence is about to get very exciting! I want to say so much more about this story but I can’t. Spoilers, you know. Just read it!
Sissy: Unlike some people who get married when they still need a binky, I had important things to do in my early 20’s like college, world travel, espionage, etc. Bubby was more like the heroine in It’s You by Annette Lyon who in her last centuries setting felt like an old maid at a young age. Anna does find love with the help of a well-meaning ghost who is set on righting the wrongs of the past. Anna manages the ghostly apparitions quite well, I think. Bubby, on the other hand, upon encountering the paranormal in a dark building would cry, pee her pants and pass out.
Bubby: Thank you for that vote of confidence, Sissy. I have no intentions of “encountering the paranormal” any time soon so I guess we’ll never know! In our next story, Sophia’s Curse by Heather B. Moore, we meet poor orphan Joan who has lived under the care of the nuns at the local abbey since birth. The abbey borders on the estate of strange and reclusive shut-in on one side and the dashingly handsome (and single!) Simon Rousseau on the other. There’s a family curse, mysterious deaths and surprises galore. Don’t worry – it all turns out quite nicely.
Sissy: Speaking of turning out nicely, don’t look for any of that in Lisa Mangum’s haunting story The Siren’s Song. For me it was the most creepy of all the stories in the collection with its memory sucking sirens. You know how you see a really beautiful person sometimes and then they open their mouth and speak and they’re not so beautiful anymore? Well, times that by a gruesome factor of ten and that’s what the sirens are like. And the ending is bittersweet. Whether it’s chocolate or story endings, I don’t like bittersweet. I’m a full sugar kind of gal.
Bubby: Well, Jordan McCollum’s thrilling novella The Man of Her Dreams starts out as bitter as unsweetened chocolate but ends up like a salted caramel milk chocolate truffle. We have Alexandra Steen, a homicide detective who dreams about murders as they happen and is only ever able to get there after the dreadful deed has been done – can you imagine how destructive that would be to your soul? She has also closed herself off from love after her last relationship. But when she begins to dream about a murder that hasn’t happened yet, and runs into Mr. The One Who Got Away (aka Nick), everything begins to change. Her hardened heart begins to melt just like that truffle would in my mouth. I need to go to the chocolate shoppe!
Sissy: Stop talking about truffles unless you have one to give to me! We have rules here. By the way, Bubster, that was a beautiful synopsis you gave of that last story. Someone ought to pay you for that. Elana Johnson’s chilling story The Ghost of Millhouse Mansion was actually one of my very favorites in the All Hallows’ Eve Collection. The ghosts are historically interesting and not too scary, the love interest Colt Jennings seemed like a hunk of burning love, and there is a great twist that leads you towards the wonderful ending. My kind of story.
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