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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    "Illuminating Book"

    I liked this book very much. It showed a medium/ghost whisperer named Anza, who takes her responsibilities seriously as far as helping the ghosts with a task so they can cross over into the white light, as well as what you would tell a client and where to stop.there are boundaries you do not cross. John Grady's (a butler) story is sweet and heartfelt. It extends outside the boundaries of his loss and includes the people still living who loved him so dearly.and finally let him know. The ending to his story was emotionally felt by me. Not much makes me cry.this did. It's about love that spanned time and people not forgotten. The 12th century monks are a hoot and a half. The elder (abbot) is a sexist, very hairy bearish man (comparable to a leprechaun?) and the younger monk is but a teenager. Their story centers on the Book of Kildare, an illuminated manuscript and one that is/was very real and very beautiful. Love Anza's description of the two saying "they were seven or eight centuries past their use-by date". It's also about family.Anza's little imp of a son named Henry, her extended family, the people she helped, both living and dead, and their histories. All nicely woven into lovely stories with thoughtful backgrounds and knowledge that only a true "Ghost Whisperer" would know. I never heard (or saw) the word Athenaeum before until I read this book. Lo and behold, I was sitting in a doctor's office reading The Book Of Illumination and glanced up to see the building across the street. It was an old one - the administrative part of the doctor's office. It was inscribed at the top "Athenaeum, Built 1850". Now how odd is that? I love this piece that Anza thought: "I pray to God that when my time came, the white light would lead me to the people I loved and lead the people who loved me, to me." Mary Ann & Maureen did a fine job of bringing fiction (or is it?) and truth together to give us some rather charming stories, not scary at all.quite "illuminating".

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  • Posted October 1, 2009

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    A Wonderful Surprise from the "Ghost Whisperer"

    The Book of Illumination - A Novel from the Ghost Files
    By - Mary Anne Winkowski
    And
    Maureen Foley




    As it says on the back of the cover "the criminal underworld collides with the spiritual otherworld" describes this book perfectly! And for once what you read on the back cover and the blurbs is exactly what you get. Anza O'Malley is a ghost whisperer and can help those who need to go over to the "other side". Her friends all believe in what she can do and so she is called to help out when ghosts take a liking to making life miserable for
    Sylvia Cremaldi who is working on re-binding this important document. But soon this Illumination gets stolen and things take a turn for the worse.


    This was a surprisingly enjoyable read for me. I wasn't sure about reading yet another novel about ghosts and the people that talk to them, but this book wasn't just another paranormal read for me. This book was many things; it was a mystery book, a wonderful story about friendship and family and a knowledgeable glimpse into the inner workings of rare book acquisitions and to those that maintain the books.

    The story and characters are wonderfully written and came alive for me. I actually wished that I had family and friends like the ones here! The mystery had enough red herrings that it made it difficult to figure out who really stole the manuscript and the writing made me think that perhaps I should rethink the existence of ghosts living among us.

    A very fine start to what looks to be a new series. I can't wait for another.

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