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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

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True Love & a Mystery = Awesome!

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

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A castle, a ghost, a romance: wow!

Would you listen to A Savage Ghost again? Why?

I would definitely listen to A Savage Ghost again. The story is compelling and the narrator captures the spirit of the tale.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Which character – as performed by Tiffany Williams – was your favorite?

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!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Great combination of a wonderful story with a magnificent story teller. Bravo to both Weaver and Williams!

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Great ghostly premise and clean romance!

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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].<br/><br/>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).<br/><br/>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.

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another clean, sweet romance

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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.

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Savage ghost

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This book is a very good for everyone. Sweet story of love and friendship. I enjoyed listening to the audio

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Haunted Castle in the Pacific Northwest

Set in northern Washington State, the Savage family recently took over an Irish castle that was moved to the US some years ago. Now Lia Savage has left California to help her family renovate the castle and get it ready for it’s new life as a tourist attraction. However, there is a spirit haunting the premises. Add to that, Lia has set eyes once again on Coop Montgomery, who has grown from the boy she knew to a young man. Romance is in the air.

This story starts off pretty good. The main characters are given some dimension and the setting is interesting. Adding the Irish ghost to the mix adds some mystery since the ghost is hunting for something hidden in the castle.

Lia was my favorite character. She’s very much wants to be a chef and she and her California friend are searching for a place to open their own cafe. However, her family would really like her to stay in Washington. Then we meet Coop and, despite his silly name, he provides yet more reason for her to consider staying in Washington.

The romance was cute and moved along swiftly. I’m not big on romance myself but it worked well for this story. The setting was great. I love the idea of an old Irish castle moved brick by brick over to the states and set down in the Pacific Northwest. Lia and her siblings had fun exploring the castle as well as assisting in fixing it up.

Speaking of Lia’s siblings, they are all twins. I think it was 3 sets of twins, though one of Lia’s sisters had died at some point prior to the beginning of this tale. So I couldn’t help but wonder if Lia’s mother was on some sort of egg enhancing drug therapy. Also we never do learn the particulars of how Lia’s sister dies and that left a little string hanging undone. I really wanted to know and it wouldn’t have been much trouble for the author to give us that.

The story winds up to the big hunt for the lost object the ghost has been longing for. It was fun and exciting though I never felt that Lia, Coop, or the kids were in any real danger. Once the mystery is solved, the story wraps up really quickly and I was left with a few questions about the plot hanging there unanswered. I wanted to know about Lia’s dead sister but I also wanted to know what happened with Lia’s friend in California and how their friendship held up to Lia’s ultimate decision.

I received a free copy of this book with no strings attached.

The Narration: Tiffany Williams was a delight to listen to. She had distinct voices for each character, which was not always an easy feat with the twins in this book. While her Irish accent for the ghost was a little rough, it was still enjoyable.

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A castle, a ghost, a romance: wow

What made the experience of listening to A Savage Ghost the most enjoyable?

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

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lia Savage, she is in the middle of all that is going on

What does Tiffany Williams bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She did an amazing job with everyone

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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Storytelling

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.


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A Savage Ghost

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

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Surprising and Sweet

A Savage Ghost started out as a sweet story of romance and hope, then surprised me with a dash of suspense and a plot twist I didn't see coming. Fun story!