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Antique Charming
     

Antique Charming

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by Natalie-Nicole Bates
 
Third-generation funeral director Lizzie Morton is about to have her dream realized. She has purchased the long abandoned Nichols Funeral Home and its upstairs flat, determined to restore the funeral home to its once former glory. But a late night visitor, Adam Nichols, claims the funeral home still belongs to his family. Lizzie scoffs at his odd behavior and

Overview

Third-generation funeral director Lizzie Morton is about to have her dream realized. She has purchased the long abandoned Nichols Funeral Home and its upstairs flat, determined to restore the funeral home to its once former glory. But a late night visitor, Adam Nichols, claims the funeral home still belongs to his family. Lizzie scoffs at his odd behavior and outlandish claims, but when a vintage photograph appears, she soon realizes, to her horror, that Adam Nichols did once own the funeral home—more than one hundred years ago—and now she has allowed this entity to pass into her home.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013428737
Publisher:
Books to Go Now
Publication date:
09/24/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
405 KB

Meet the Author

Natalie-Nicole-Bates may be new to the world of publishing, but she’s always been a fan of books and is an active book reviewer.
In addition to her love of books Natalie also has an uncharacteristic love of hockey which can be attributed to the fact she was born in Russia.
Natalie now resides in the UK with a collection of Victorian and Edwardian era photography- her favorites being the post-mortem photographs.

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Antique Charming 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
This is a short story, really short, 7 pages in all. But each word is packed with intent. I thought it was a paranormal, vampire story at first. Ethereal creature, tall, and dressed in anonymous black… has to be a vampire right? Lizzie is always the assistant because she is a woman, but now she is going to be the boss. She buys a vacant mortuary and plans to restore it with herself as the owner and operator, then Adam shows up. Adam Nichols, as in Nichols Mortuary, the place she bought claiming he is home. She’s too nice to turn him back out into the rain that night, but tomorrow he’s out… or is she? Guess you’ll have to read and find out. Good short story. Would be better as a novel or novelette even, but for a very short story it is well written and has good bones. I give is 4 out of 5 clouds. This product or book may have been distributed for review; this in no way affects my opinions or reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
Exceptional short story. Lizzie Morton buys the long abandoned Nichols Funeral Home, one of her life-long dreams coming true. Then one night, a man named Adam Nichols knocks on her door and claims to be the owner of the funeral home. Lizzie is skeptic at first, but after a little investigating on her own, and discovering an old picture of aforementioned Adam Nichols, she comes to a stunning conclusion… I don’t write a lot of short story reviews. That’s mostly because I don’t tend to read short stories, and if I read them, I don’t normally end up reviewing them. Generally, my reviews tend to be long, but since this is a short story, it will probably be a lot shorter. Let me start by saying that I enjoyed this story. For a short story specifically, the characters are strong and developed, three-dimensional, with an impressive array of emotions and feelings. Although the story is pretty simple, it did manage to grab me and it pulled me in from start to finish. I very much enjoyed Lizzie’s interactions with Adam, and her own little investigation in to what was going on. I’ve seen a lot of people rage about the length of this book – it is a short story, so if it’s only about 7 pages long, that doesn’t surprise me or annoy me at all. It is what the author meant it to be. Do I see potential in this story to be something more? Yes, of course. But the author meant it to be a short story, not a novel, and not even a novella, so I’m going to review it for what it is and now complain about what it isn’t. I love short stories that spread out several clues but let the reader come to their own conclusion. Antique Charming does that very well. It lays down the foundations but leaves the conclusion in the middle. I thoroughly enjoyed that, and I wouldn’t mind reading more short stories by Natalie-Nicole Bates. She definitely knows how to write a short story that grabs your attention from the first page and doesn’t let you go. If you want an introduction to the author’s writing, this is it. A must-read both for paranormal romance fans and short story fans.
Gethsemane More than 1 year ago
Lizzie Morton has just bought the Nichols Funeral Home. The house is everything she¿s ever dreamed of. She plans to restore it to its former glory, intent on showing her family that she can truly make it on her own. When a visitor shows up on her doorstep one night, Lizzie wonders if he¿s made a mistake. Yet she can¿t deny that the man seems so familiar even though she¿s never met him till now. Taken aback by the fact that the man reveals his name to be that of Adam Nichols, Lizzie briefly wonders if she¿s lost her mind. There¿s no way that he could be the same person who once owned the funeral parlor. At least, that¿s what she keeps telling herself. Her suspicion builds when Adam claims that she¿s to be his assistant and that he also intends to restore the funeral home with her help. Lizzie balks and tells him repeatedly that he¿s mistaken as she¿s not his assistant. She bought the house fair and square and she intends to keep it. A phone call to the realtor reveals that the person she negotiated with in order to buy the house has never worked there. Even more surprising is the fact that the house was never up for sale. As Lizzie struggles to understand what is going on, she refuses to give up what is now hers. Even if that means that she must surrender herself to the entity that now lives within her home. While this story was quite short, it was still a great read. I felt that it was an introduction, of sorts, for a novel. It definitely has potential, that¿s for sure. A truly delightful read!
Jenny Kreierhoff More than 1 year ago
This was a great short story. A little romance, a little paranormal activity. What more could a girl want? The author did a great job with descriptions, and the characters were well thought out for a short. I highly recommend.