Betty Bolté, historical and paranormal romance author, writes stories featuring strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men, with a touch of paranormal. Other works include Hometown Heroines: True Stories of Bravery, Daring, and Adventure, the first edition of which won Honorable Mention in the 2003 Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards and 2000 Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Get to know her at www.bettybolte.com.
Tracesby Betty Bolté
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Love is never lost … it haunts the heart. Architect Meredith Reed is determined to bury her grief by demolishing her family’s ancestral home. But her conniving sister, a hunky lawyer, and a spectral lady all have other ideas. Will she be able to carry out her plan before they have the time to teach her the lessons of family and love she so desperately needs? Betty Bolté presents Traces, Book 1 of her new paranormal romance series, Ghosts of Roseville.
Meredith Reed, a forty-year-old architect turned demolition expert, desperately searches for the means to bury her grief. When she inherits her family’s historic plantation home in Tennessee, she decides to start anew by razing the antebellum house and replacing it with a memorial garden. A plan met with outrage from her family and her grandmother's estate lawyer.
James Maximillian “Max” Chandler needs two things to complete his life plan: become a senior partner and find his soul mate. He's been promised a promotion once his proposed legislation to protect all of the county’s historic properties is approved. The wife part he finds more challenging, having never met the right woman in all of his forty-six years. If only the talented and attractive Meredith weren’t so aloof toward him and didn’t want to destroy the very property he’s grown to cherish.
Meanwhile, Meredith's estranged sister moves in and refuses to leave. The memories of their childhood spent there causes turmoil between them. And while Meredith struggles to reconcile her past and her future, she learns a lesson from the spectral Lady in Blue that may save both her family and the family home from destruction.
Content Notes: Sweet, Contemporary, Paranormal, Ghosts, Spirits, Hauntings, Suspense
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Traces is a beautifully written romance that weaves the paranormal into a small town setting. Meredith comes back to her ancestral home with one goal in mind, to rip down the elegant plantation house in the same way her child and husband were ripped apart from her life in a horrific accident. Time spent in the house with her estranged sister, the caretakers who will soon lose their jobs, and a ghost with a secret, alter Meredith’s perspective and her heart. Max, an estate attorney with an admiration of historic buildings, helps Meredith realize that it’s possible to love again. Betty Bolte writes stories with luscious details and a wonderful range of emotions. Her language is lyrical and her ability to make a reader fall into her carefully woven world is a gift. Enjoy this book. I did.