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Posted April 22, 2014
"Oh good heavens!... Today we find our heroes plunging straight down toward disaster at supersonic speed!"
***THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE AUDIBLE VERSION OF A GHOST OF A CHANCE AT LOVE***
Oh Good Heavens!!!!! This romance blends sexy cowboys, time travel, possessing spirits, ghosts, outlaws, embezzlers, and more dastardly villains than I could count into a Holy Smokes!!!!, Did-that-really-happen? adventure!
Lisa Welch is an extraordinary damsel-in-distress who commutes from present day to the old west through-out the tale. The transport through time was not intentional at first. My heart went out to her as I could certainly relate to the confusion and helplessness she felt. As the story progressed, she faced multiple unresolved conflicts in both time periods that seemed to proliferate with a life of their own and each chapter seemed to end in a cliffhanger as Lisa was menaced by assorted totally despicable villains. Each situation seemed certain to result in Lisa's immediate death, imprisonment, kidnapping, mauled by wild animals, and more.
Our hero, Jack Stanton, was a yummy, honest, very kissable cowboy who was also understandably quite bewildered at first by Lisa. I love how he stuck with her just trying to keep her safe through each of their escapades. BUT... every time he left her sleeping in Room 3 while he went to get his horse, I wanted to shake him! I couldn't help but think he personified Dudley Do-Right when he did that!
This story had a legion of utterly surprising twists and turns. I gasped, held my breath, muttered "don't do it" to myself and yelled "no no!" more listening to this book than I can ever remember doing with any another book. I can assure you that there's not one dull moment in these pages! You will be in awe of the author's creative thought process that resulted in this book! All the characters will find their way into your heart... Bill, Frank, Josephine, Esmeralda, Pauline, Billy... I have wondered if naming one of the supporting characters, Pauline, was a discreet reference to the Perils of Pauline serial.
If I had one complaint, albeit very small, about this audible at all, it's that I had trouble a few times telling who was speaking. The narrator's voice was very clear but she didn't differentiate her voice markedly between characters.
If you eagerly anticipated every episode of Perils of Pauline and of the adventures of Dudley-Do-Right as I did, you will be captivated by A Ghost of a Chance in Love. AND, even better news! Have no fear... there's no cliffhanger at the end! WooHoo!
In closing, I cannot resist sharing a few of my favorite lines from Rocky and Bullwinkle's Adventures that would apply to this audible tale too if you change the names!:
Bullwinkle: "Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat."
Bullwinkle: "Oops, wrong hat."
Announcer; "Well, you're just in time for what might be a very unhappy ending."
Mr. Peabody: "I smell foul play, Sherman."
Narrator: "Well today we find our heroes flying along smoothly..."
Rocky: "Flying along smoothly?
Bullwinkle: "You're just looking at the picture sideways!
Rocky: "Actually it's like this!
Narrator: "Oh good heavens!... Today we find our heroes plunging straight down toward disaster at supersonic speed!"
Bullwinke: "That's better."
Posted June 23, 2013
A Ghost of a Chance at Love by Terry Spear
This story will grip you from the beginning. It has it all: ghosts, time travel, murder, outlaws. mystery,
plot twists and a sexy cowboy.
Lisa Welsh: Bank auditor for a married sleazy boss. Recently divorced goes to the Stage Coach Inn & wakes
up in The Shady Villa Inn. A ghost transports her to the 1800 and in the bed of Jack and the adventure begins.
Jack Stanton: a very sexy rancher, who has lost his fiance from cholera. Goes to the Shady Villa Inn to
meet the stagecoach "for a woman to protect" as his housekeeper told him. Instead he winds up in bed with
Lisa. Whom he realizes is a woman needing protecting just not the way he thought.
Jake does not believe Lisa is who she says as she looks like a woman named Josephine.
The kicker? Josephine is supposed to be dead.
Lisa goes back to her time and tell her friend Pauline what happened that weekend.
Pauline suggest she see a spiritualist named Madame Esparazo.
Circumstances transport Jack to Lisa's time at a later instance. Finds out that Lisa was telling the truth
as to who she is and that she is wanted by the police unbeknownst to her. They go back and forth in time.
Terry turned the twist on one story line that took me by surprise. Not how I figured it would play out.
It was great.
The other two plots in the story came to a fantastic conclusions. Not rushed nor shortened.
Terry Spear did a awesome job have 3 different stories plots in one magnificently written book.
I highly recommend this story to everyone.
Posted December 3, 2011
Lisa's life took a major nose dive when at 21 her husband decided he wanted someone younger. She felt she needed to get a away for the weekend, window shopping, she saw a necklace and feel in love with it. But when she woke up the next day, she wasn't were she thought she would be. Traveling back in time because of sinister act, Lisa finds a cowboy that could save her. Trying to convince everyone that she isn't who they think she is, there is kidnapping, murder, and falling in love. Her cowboy does in fact save her, giving her a past and a future.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2011
¿A Ghost of a Chance at Love¿ is actually a little out of my league, because while I love the paranormal/fantasy genre, I am a bit out of my league in Time travel. Not just time travel, but Western as well. Gulp! Bravely, I delved into this book with admittedly a little hesitancy. And I am SOOOOOOO glad I did!!!! As my first real western/time travel novel, I was actually impressed! -Not that I didn't think it wouldn't be impressive, Ms. Spear is a GREAT author after all, I have enjoyed her books before, but I was certainly not expecting this! I LOVED it! As I said, this isn't my usual genre, so I tread a little carefully here, not exactly sure what I should compare it to; As far as romances go, it was beautiful! Masterfully written, concise, and extremely well detailed. It was like I'd gone back in time myself! At times I was frustrated on behalf of the characters, sometimes cheering them on, and even gasping during their peril. I wanted to shout at the book. How could so much happen to one person? Or should I say two, considering, this IS a romance. These characters are clearly made of stronger stuff than I. I would not have lasted a day in their lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 30, 2011
"Who doesn't like a romance story with some suspense and mystery to it. Add in time-travel, cowboys, outlaws, ghosts, some sexy scenes and a Woman who just wants everything to work out already...and you got yourself one heck of a RIDE for a book. "
From the beginning of the book to the end of the book you are thrown into a world of time-travel. At first you really don't understand how the character Lisa got herself in the predicament she's in. One minute she's in her hotel room in present day, just after her divorce was finalized and the next, she's waking up with a strange man in her bed, and her room doesn't look the same.
What would you do if you were Lisa?
Lisa is thrown into a world of chaos when she time-travels back to the past by accident to learn she's a close relative to the ghost who has been haunting Room 3. It's her job though and she doesn't realize it yet, to find out what happened to her relative back then and fix everything. In the meanwhile, Lisa falls for the man who was in the room with her the night she discovered she was no longer in the 21st century.
The only problem is, can she stay alive in the 19th century so she can go back to her home in the 21st century and does she really want to go back to the 21st century. No matter where she's at and what time...someone wants to kill her.
Back to the question...I asked...What would you do if you were Lisa? I would've done the same thing she did in this book. She was a really strong character in this book. Every obstacle she went through, I absolutely adored how she handled it all. I don't think I could keep my composure with everything she had to deal with just to find out the truth. Jack the character she falls in love with is someone who is a complete gentleman. From the minute he meets Lisa, he is enthralled with her and wants to know what is wrong with the woman who is delusional and looks and talks strange in his time. I'm glad Terry Spear had his point of view also in the book. I loved knowing what he was thinking.
I'm not used to reading Western Romance's at all, but when I got the chance to read this thanks to Terry Spear. I couldn't pass it up. Her writing style and the plot of the story is absolutely fantastic. She keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next to the characters. She left you guessing, if Jack and Lisa would ever have a happily ever after, even with the twist at the end of the book. I was definitely loving the twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves reading westerns and romances combined. The suspense and mystery of what happens to both Lisa and Jack, will make you not want to put the book down until you know the ending.
I know that's what I had to do with this book. =)
Posted May 11, 2013
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