Being dead isn't as easy as you think.
Tied to the cemetery where her remains came to rest, the ghost of Zoey Harris is stuck. The only bright spot in her miserable afterlife is that every October she gets to visit her daughter. It's typically a quick fly-by to see what costume she's wearing for Halloween, but, this year, the five-year-old can not only sense her mother's essence, she can see her. The adventure begins when Zoey grows more confident in her newfound haunting abilities and decides to sneak a peek and see what her husband has been up to.
Until death do us part was all Caleb promised. To have the specter of his dead wife reappear the moment he found the courage to take off his wedding band is the stuff nightmares are made of. Their daughter loves it when Zoey drops by each fall, but he's tired of the sadness and grief. Caleb needs more...even if it means chaining Zoey to her headstone for all eternity.
Review of Every October
What a fabulous story of letting go when one dies. Only in this story, the one having trouble letting go is Zoey, the mother who had died and left her husband and child. Worse yet, she knows her death and the near death of her daughter were her fault.
Thus, she visits her husband and child on Halloween each year. As her daughter grows into a young girl, she’s able not to just sense her mother, but see her as well. However, her husband is trying to move on, but Zoey was the love of his life, and her yearly arrivals keep him from successfully doing so.
This is a beautifully written story with moments of humor and tears. I think I cried eight times during this story. Some were poignant cries, some sad, and one of joy. Aubree Lane paced this story beautifully, giving the readers moments of humor, compassion, further enlightenment of life after death, and the flexible rules of dying.
Zoey breaks a lot of rules and is about to land in purgartory, but with the help of Pru, Zoey tries harder, only there’s quite a bit of two steps forward and one step back…
It’s a short story, but well worth the read.