Lia Savage reluctantly puts her dream of opening a dessert boutique on hold to help her dad remodel a castle he's inherited in Washington State. Soon, a specter targets her younger sister.
Lia enlists the help of strapping Coop Montgomery, the head gardener and her former crush. As they search together for a way to rid the castle of its ghost, the romance she used to dream about with Coop kindles. But Lia's gentle giant means to stay in Washington while she's determined to return to California. She must find the courage to face both the ghost and her future.
With Coop. Or without him.
©2016 Donna K. Weaver (P)2016 Donna K. Weaver
I loved this novella!
At first I wasn't sure because I didn't love the narrator's Irish accent, but she only uses it for the ghost's chapters which aren't often. Her Irish is okay, just not awesome.
In the second chapter, when the narrator spoke in her natural voice. I totally relaxed. She's an amazing narrator! I'll definitely watch for more of her work.
Okay, about the story ...
So, so we'll done. Everything from the characters to the love story to the mystery was timed just right. Beautifully written and crafted - it was just a joy to listen to.
I loved that while I felt the romance as true, it was also innocent and sweet. You don't see that too often these days. <3
I would definitely listen to A Savage Ghost again. The story is compelling and the narrator captures the spirit of the tale.
I loved the suspense as I waited for Coop and Lia's future to unfold and the ghost's past to finally be at peace. I also loved the underlying sense of family--Lia's family was prominent in driving the story, and the ghost was driven by his love for his daughter.
She did an amazing job with everyone--she had different age levels and both genders to deal with, as well as an Irish ghost! She got the temperament down for each of the characters and her pace was in sync with the plot line. That made for attentive listening. I loved the ghost the best!
Great combination of a wonderful story with a magnificent story teller. Bravo to both Weaver and Williams!
I just finished listening to Savage Ghost by Donna K. Weaver and really enjoyed parts of it. I love old fashioned ghost stories and clean romance and Savage Ghost has both. This short story centers around native Californian Lia Savage who is helping her parents remodel a haunted castle in Washington State that was recently inherited by her father. Almost immediately after they arrive, Lia observes a ghost that has targeted her younger sister. The rest of the story is figuring out who is the ghost and why is he still attached to the castle. [The ghost in the story is a sad, lonely, and misunderstood soul, much like the ghost was in Oscar Wilde's The Canterville Ghost].
I really loved the premise and plot, but there is not much substance or "meat" to this story. Which begs the question, why is this book listed as a contemporary romance? Without much of a backstory, the target audience might be better aimed at Young Adult. In other words, it feels a bit "light" for a contemporary romance. It's obvious Lia and Coop are both attracted to each other and have great chemistry, but a better and more mature story would have developed both characters more. By way of example, Lia gets assistance solving the ghost "problem" from Coop, a former crush of hers whom she met last summer in California, but it turns out Coop is a long-time resident of the castle along with his parents. How did Coop and his parents come to live at the castle and how did he come to work for Lia's father last summer? I also don't see how an intern for her father's company would have very many dealings or run-ins with the boss's children. In addition how did Lia become so impassioned in baking to the point of wanting nothing more in life than to open her own bakery, which is a huge leap for someone who is still technically a teenager (but at least out of high school). There is also the side issue of a deceased little sister -- we have no idea what happened to her, how long ago she died, and how it affected the family dynamic (That having been said, I really appreciated how this little sister made an appearance at the end of the story).
I listed to the Audible version of the story narrated by Tiffany Williams, who did an excellent job. She provided differing voices for each character, has a smooth voice, and is easy to listen to. I especially enjoyed her Irish accent for the ghost. I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
This book featured an awesome setting, a mysterious ghost, and a sweet romance. I absolutely loved the castle and festivities surrounding it, and as a twin mom, all the sets of twins was one of my favorite parts of this book. I also loved the baking aspects of the story! Another fun, clean read by Weaver.
I loved this story and couldn't wait to listen to this audio book. I am so grateful that Donna K. Weaver is a author I can trust. Her clean intriguing stories always pull me in and I feel personally invested in the characters wellfair.
The performance was enjoyable and I loved how the narrator changed her accent for the ghost.
Bonus was extra scenes from Coops perspective. This is a story I will listen to again.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
This was a good story.Dad inherits a castle that was moved to California from Ireland and it came with a ghost.Lia,who wants to open a dessert store,goes along and finds her former crush is the groundskeeper.The ghost absconds with Lias little sister and the mystery begins.Why did he d it?Will they get her back?
Tiffany Williams does a nice job narrating.
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review
This was an enjoyable audiobook. At first I was a little distracted by the narrators different voices, but I quickly accustomed to it. The story was good, though a little underdeveloped. I would've loved a little more detail through the middle of the story. In addition to the expected plot turns, there were some fun twists in this hunting little tale.
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