Ghosts of Kingston Cottage

Ghosts of Kingston Cottage

by Libby Bishop

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BN ID: 2940152473308
Publisher: Evernight Publishing
Publication date: 11/16/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 344 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Libby Bishop is a romance writer who lives in Vermont. She loves traveling and taking walks, and autumn is her favorite season. She harbors an obsession for Lindt dark chocolate, The Walking Dead, and the SyFy Channel.

She also writes dark fantasy/horror under the name October Weeks.

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Ghosts of Kingston Cottage 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
KYBookmama More than 1 year ago
This was a great short read. Two ghosts who have lost and are miserable without each other. Also miserable is medium, Arabella, whose last boyfriend used her and created distrust in any man. Lucas Brown, handsome and polite, is skeptic who wants to join Arabella and her team on a ghost hunt. The characters were well developed and I could picture it all in my head as the story unfolded, like I was watching a that I enjoyed and loved! *I received an ARC copy from the author in exchange for a review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was a welcome read - it was interestingly written, the story was beautiful and the romance was rather sweet. Arabella is a medium and works for a company who helps people with "ghost problems". she and her team are one of the best - nevertheless they made some negative experiences with skeptics - especially Arabella has some problems after a bad encounter. she is not pleased when her boss decides that she and her team have to take a reporter on their next job. Lucas is a honest reporter who works for a magazine, that is focused on the supernatural world. He had some experiences already with mediums and ghosts and is quite open-minded. the book is written from Arabellas point of view and so we can see all her struggles with the situation and you can really understand her situation and it wonderful to see how she copes with the situation and how the relationship develops ... and through her we also get some insight on Lucas feelings. Nevertheless, I would have loved to see his point of view as well because I think it would have given the story the additional extra. as it was the ending was a bit rushed - for me it would have been perfect if it had been a full length novel so there could be more time to develop all in all, it was a lovely read and even though it was a novella the story and the characters were really good defined. the way it was written never gave the impression that it is just 70 pages long. I recommend this book for everyone who likes a good romance with a paranormal swing to it. Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC from Entangled Publishing, but in no way did this influence my review.
Bookworm_Blurbs More than 1 year ago
When medium Arabella Pierce learns that a skeptical reporter is going to be following her and her colleagues on their latest investigation, she's less than pleased - especially considering her most recent encounters with such non-believers. But when she meets Lucas Brown, he seems different from the others. For starters, unlike the other reporters, he's not out to crucify Arabella and her team: he just wants evidence. Or so he claims. He also happens to make Arabella's heart skip a beat. Will this be enough to convince Arabella to give him a shot?    I actually really enjoyed this book. I especially like Bishop's writing style. Her opening is perfect for the novella style: it gives all the plot information you need in a concise manner that does not feel rushed. The rest of the book follows this pattern. Bishop's writing is straight-forward and to the point, with few embellishments. She sticks to her plot and doesn't complicate it with superfluous details. The book also comes across as well-researched. I am definitely NOT an expert on ghost investigations - while I have participated in one, I make no claims to truly understand how they work or the roles of the different people involved. But from what I understand of things, Bishop seems to accurately portray what an optimal investigation might include. Again, I don't know for a fact that it's accurate, but to an amateur, it comes across as well-researched and knowledgeable, and I admire that.    I loved the back story on Arabella's love love/lack of trust. I thought it was very wise of Bishop to include this and it came as an interesting twist early on in the story. The characters were all pretty likeable, but I do have to admit, they were a bit one-dimensional. I totally understand that it's difficult to truly develop characterization in a novella, but that's my personal favorite part of a story so I do wish that more had been done with that. I felt like Nick was essentially just another body - he didn't really seem to serve any purpose to the story, except to be another member of Arabella and Lena's investigative team, and one that didn't really do much.    This story did have a couple minor details that annoyed me... really just little expressions that the characters used. For starters, Lena, Arabella's best friend, ends practically every sentence with "hon," especially in the beginning. That got old real fast. I also get very annoyed by fantasy/supernatural books in which the characters use expressions like "hells," "gods," etc. I understand that authors are trying to account for non-Christian beliefs, but it just comes across as trite. I actually know a couple of people who identify their beliefs as pagan and I have never once heard them pluralize the word "god" when they're using it as an expression. So yeah, no big deal, but it is one of my pet peeves. Also, insta-love. Not a fan. I'll just leave it at that in order to avoid spoilers.     The last thing that I want to comment on is the fact that the last chapter felt out of place. Believe me, I was waiting for that part for the whole book and I am so glad that it happened, but it just didn't feel right. It came across something that the author really wanted to include but didn't know where she could put it, so she stuck it at the end and called it a day.    Reading through what I've written, I'm realizing that it's probably coming across as a book that I didn't really like. This is so not the case. This was a sweet story. It was a quick read with good romance and it was a really nice distraction from homework, I'm not gonna lie, haha. I will probably be re-reading it and I am definitely going to be keeping an eye out for more work by Libby Bishop. I especially hope that she'll come out with a full-length novel, because, in my opinion, novellas are over way too quickly - I want more! And that right there should tell you that this book is worth reading: 70 pages just was not enough, because I genuinely enjoyed the story and I genuinely like this author. If you need a quick read, this is worth looking into.    Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC from Entangled Publishing, but in no way did this influence my review. 
ShellsBellsMH More than 1 year ago
Charming Ghost Tale... *ARC provided by Entangled Publishing for an honest review* In Ghosts of Kingston Cottage by Libby Bishop, Arabella Pierce, a medium and one of the lead investigators with Revenant Investigations of Maine, has had some horrible experiences with supposed journalists who claim to be searching for the truth in the paranormal world. More often than not, they were not fact finding, but maliciously writing stories discrediting Arabella's Gift with no proof behind their words. "You're saying he may not be an arrogant jackass out to ruin our reputation?" Then she meets Lucas Brown, reporter for Debunker Media. He joins them in their investigation of Kingston Cottage on a private island in Maine. Arabella is attracted to Lucas but knows from past experience it will be better to keep him at arms length and let him prove whether he is trustworthy or not. As they all get swept away into the investigation, the weather deteriorates, the spirits won't cooperate and Arabella's feelings for Lucas continue to grow. Time starts to run out, not only to help free the spirits in the cottage, but also for Arabella to decide if what she feels for Lucas is worth pursuing. Lucas put a hand to her face, his touch warm. "I wasn't expecting someone like you." What better setting for a ghost story than a rustic, beautiful island off the coast of Maine? Ghosts of Kingston Cottage is an intriguing novella with surprisingly well developed characters and a solid plotline. I find short stories and novellas can be tricky to lose myself in sometimes because it feels stilted. There's usually not enough substance to it. But not so with Libby Bishop's writing. There was a nice flow to the scenes and even the dialogue felt natural. I loved that this wasn't just about ghosts, but also about connecting emotionally and romantically. If you're a fan of paranormal stories and have a couple of hours to spare, I definitely recommend checking out Ghosts of Kingston Cottage. I think you'll enjoy it. 'Sometimes, the dead could teach a thing or two to the living.'
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
If you’re a fan of ghost hunting, you will really enjoy this story. Although it is a short story, the characters have a great connection, and the story line keeps you reading to find out what will happen next. I’m looking forward to reading more stories by Ms. Bishop. Arabella Pierce is a medium and paranormal investigator who has had her share of criticism for what she does. When she finds out that her boss has agreed to let a reporter join her and her crew on their next investigation at Kingston Cottage she is not very happy. The cottage is on an isolated island and reported to have more than one ghost, and if the reporter is as skeptical as the rest of them are, he could create a lot of problems for their investigation. Lucas Brown only reports the truth about ghost hunters to his readers, so he will get every bit of proof he needs on this investigation. He’s not as skeptical as Arabella thinks. But he will not lie for them either, no matter how hot he thinks Arabella is.  When the ghosts makes their appearance Arabella and Lucas must work together to find what has been keeping the ghosts here and help them move on before a storm leaves the entire crew stranded on the island. As they learn things about one another Arabella starts to think that she may be able to trust Lucas. Will she let go of the past hurt enough to see what can happen with Lucas, or continue to protect her heart? I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
Arabella and her crew are one of the best paranormal investigator teams there is. It is a dream come true when they are sent to Kingston Cottage to investigate the ghost of the island. She has always wanted to go there. The one big problem with the trip is Lucas. Lucas is the reason the get to go but he is a skeptic and a reporter. She has had her share of people trying to discredit her work that even if he is good looking she doesn't want a part of him. Lucas doesn't believe in paranormal things but he does believe in evidence. With a storm coming Lucas and Arabella have to work together to help the ghost on the island move on. They begin to fall for each other but Arabella has to learn that Lucas isn't like others. Arabella has a gift that she uses for the good to help investigate ghost. She is smart, sexy and hates for people to judge her gift or her team. She doesn't give up easily. Lucas is a non believer but he is the type of person who doesn't make fun of people who do. He is the type that has to try stuff for his self to see if it's real or not. I liked all of the characters in this book. This is a great short story. The team has to help the ghost of the island move on and the reason she won't move on is a good one. She has her reasons for wanting to stay and the group has to try and convince her why she should go be with her family that has already gone. I like the chemistry between Arabella and Lucas. You can see both want each other but Arabella is fighting it. She has to learn to trust Lucas as she does the rest of her team. This is a short story but doesn't leave anything out. You get to see what is going on and what happens you aren't left with wondering anything. You may be wanting more like I did but that's just because it is so good. If your looking for a story of love, adventure and ghost try this one.
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this romantic ghost story. It was perfect for October. When Arabella Pierce is forced to go on a paranormal investigation with a reporter for Debunker Media, she is not happy. She and her team have been maligned by skeptics before. Lucas Brown may be the exception to the rule. He tells her that he will report the truth, but the pain these doubters have caused makes her afraid to trust. Can the ghostly apparitions of Seamus Tierney and his wife, Katie, change her mind and heart? They have been searching for each other for a very long time. Will Arabella and her team bring them together for eternity? Can the ghosts teach Arabella that forever love exists and not to be afraid to take a chance? This story may be short but Libby Bishop captures the essence of true love and the pain of doubt. The characters are so touching that they draw you into their story. I loved the writing style. What a gift to be able to make you love her characters with such a few words. I enjoy exploring the ghostly world. This book hit the spot.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
A sweet, haunting romance novella, Ghosts of Kingston Cottage was a lovely read. I really enjoyed reading this book. It had sweet romance, lost spirits, and a wonderful story. Both of the lead characters were great. Arabella was likable and strong. She doesn't hide what she is, but is wary of people who seek to discredit her ability for their own gain. I thought she was great. Lucas was also wonderful. He was really sweet. He was honestly just looking for the truth and didn't rule anything out of the realm of possibility. I really liked him as well. The romance was very sweet. Arabella and Lucas were adorable together. I thought they were a lovely couple. I really liked the story of the two ghosts haunting the area, Seamus and Katie. How Katie felt terrible for losing the ring Seamus worked so hard to buy for her and didn't want to return to him without it, while Seamus just wanted to be with his wife in the afterlife. Both had waited so long to be together again, so it was so sweet when they finally got their own version of happily ever after. The story was good. The plot was steadily paced and I really enjoyed the story. I thought the ending was perfect. The only reason I knocked off a point was the I wasn't completely drawn into the story, even though I did enjoy it. I just didn't get completely hooked. But, I still really liked the story and the novella as a whole. Ghosts of Kingston Cottage was a lovely paranormal romance novella. It was sweet, haunting, and romantic. I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, if you want a great, quick read, then you should check this book out. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
Just in time for Halloween, a romantic ghost story by Libby Bishop Ghosts, romance, a setting on an island off the coast of Maine - how could I resist reading this novella-length book, Ghosts of Kingston Cottage, by Libby Bishop. I couldn't. It's a perfect pre-Halloween read, but to be frank, although spooky, the romance between the ghosts and the paranormal investigator (medium) and skeptical reporter really is the focus of this story. I can only commend Bishop as this story is engrossing. From the paranormal investigation agency that we want to hear more about, to the three friends who grew up in the small Maine coastal town, to the possible romance, if Arabella can learn to trust again. Wow, all this accomplished in under 100 pages. That to me is a very talented author and definitely worth a read. The details are fun - ghost hunters are always fascinating aren't they? And if you turn down the lights, put on a little spooky music, and read this by candlelight and the light of your e-reader - you have the perfect Halloween haunt. I received an eARC from the publisher through NetGalley for use in this review.
MTSmith More than 1 year ago
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review*** (This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.) Katie is lost between our world and the next, unable to go on because of her obsession with looking for her lost wedding band. Seamus has already gone into the next world and anxiously awaits his bride, but she can neither see nor hear him. The sea separated them in life. Her single-minded obsession separates them in death. It will take a team of paranormal investigators and one tag-along reporter to bring them together and give them the happy ending they've waited so long for. Arabella sees dead people. Lucas is a skeptical reporter. Burned by skeptics before, Arabella is less than enthusiastic when Lucas tags along with her team to Kingston Cottage, Seamus and Katie's home from long ago, to investigate a potential ghost sighting. It is at Kingston Cottage when Arabella's prejudices against skeptics begins to slip away as she watches Lucas experience her world as he aides her team in their investigation, and it is at the cottage that she realizes her chance at a love like Seamus and Katie's is within reach if she can just let go the past and take a chance. There are two incredibly different but equally heartwarming love stories in this book. I enjoyed watching Arabella and Lucas' relationship form as much as I enjoyed reading about Seamus and Katie's love, loss, heartache, and hope. It was intriguing to see what Arabella would do in light of Lucas' kiss and admission about his interest in the paranormal world, and what Katie would do when confronted with the knowledge that Seamus had been waiting for her all this time. Ms. Bishop's attention to detail is incredible. Everything unseen is "seen" through the use of her words. I felt like it I was there in those moments of Katie's emotional upheaval, like I could feel Seamus and Katie's presence, like I was there watching the storm happen because the wording was done so well. A well-written and well-liked (by me at least) ghostly tale that I hope is only the beginning of many more terrific stories by this author.
Mennina1 More than 1 year ago
Arabella is a Medium and paranormal investigator who is assigned to go with her crew to Kingston Cottage to research a ghost before the owner puts the cottage on the market. Along for the ride is a report Lucas. Arabella has been burned several times by reporters who bash her saying she is a fake. From the very beginning there is chemistry between her and Lucas. She fights the feelings as her last boyfriend burned her. They get trapped in a squall and in the middle of the storm are trying to help a ghost find her wedding ring. This is a great book with past secrets that need uncovering. The author does a great job with the chemistry between Lucas and Arabella.
cattouch More than 1 year ago
A different kind of ghost story. We have a medium who's been betrayed by past lovers and a maybe skeptic reporter who seems too good to be true. This is a sweet story about two ghost trying to re connect and a lady who wants to trust in love again. Believe able, entertaining and a satisfying ending.
Sami_Creech More than 1 year ago
The story sets out with Arabella’s boss informing her that there will be a reporter for a debunking paper accompanying her and her team on this next job. Arabella has not only been burned in the romance department but in the professional one as well so she is none to happy about this development. In comes Lucas who has an instant attraction to Arabella and sets out from the beginning to break down her walls. The setting for the job is the infamous Kingston Cottage everyone has heard about it but none have been allowed to venture onto the property. Once the team arrives things get interesting. In the end this is really a story about true love transcending everything and past true love helping guide others to theirs. It’s a great read I enjoyed it very much.
ReadingOverTV More than 1 year ago
Ghosts of Kingston Cottage by Libby Bishop Arabella Pierce is a medium that can talk to ghosts. Lucas Brown is a serious reporter out to debunk the charlatan cheaters in the world. Arabella wants to trust Lucas but she has been burned in the past by a so-called reporter. They travel to Kingston Cottage to find proof of any ghosts that may exist on the island. When the storms brews and the ghosts come out, Arabella and Lucas find themselves draw to each other. This short 85 page novella was charming once you believe in ghosts. They search out the ghosts while searching their own reactions to each other. An easy lunch read. I received a copy of this book from the publisher.
Sebella More than 1 year ago
 Arabella Pierce has a very unique and sometimes troublesome talent. She can sense and at times interact with the dead. After being burned by skeptic reporters,  she is more than a little hostile when she is told to work with another of the same ilk.  Lucas Brown understands how the Revenant team might not be on board with his presence for the next hunt, but he has an obligation to present the facts to his readers. He will come in with an open mind and no preconceived notions. He will  however be watching very closely for any tricks or deceptive practices. Arabella will just have to deal with it. I was kind of like Lucas when starting this book. I went in with an open mind, but on alert for anything that was going to set off my "pfffft" radar. It never sent out a loud alarm, in fact the story read very smoothly, My only complaint is that Lucas' POV was never presented. I know it would have been a tight fit since Ghost of Kingston Cottage is under a hundred pages, but still, I like to have the male's perspective. The actual writing was spot on, building anticipation of will they or won't they. To me however, the actual star of the story was the plight of Seamus and Katie, the lingering spirits of two tragically deceased souls. Their story squeezed my heart and made my eyes a bit misty. Their love was eternal, but neither could move on until they connected on the mortal realm. Simply heartbreaking. Lucas and Arabella's story was more of a side note for me, it added an extra spice and gave a feeling of being more connected to the real world. Their relationship progressed at a rapid rate, kind of a love at first sight occurrence. I am a believer of this phenomenon, so I totally bought in to this plot  line. Everything considered, I recommend this book. It will more than fill the bill for those looking for a compelling but short love story with a strong paranormal thread.
mysticrosetiger More than 1 year ago
This book is short but great story. Arabella is a medium and a paranormal investigator. Her boss has a job for her and her team to investigate "Kingston Cottage", but there is a reporter going with him. Arabella is pissed because of the past being skeptics. The arrive at the boat and are waiting for the reporter. Lucas arrives and Arabella can't believe how good looking he is. Arabella is trying to give Lucas the benefit of doubt and trusting him. Arabella feels a ghost presence and tells Lucas to grab the thermal reader. She goes to the dock and talks to Seamus the man who died many many years ago and wants help getting his wife Katie to cross over with him but she won't until she finds the ring, she lost before her death. They try and help Katie to find the ring but having no luck. They try to convince her the ring doesn't matter. If she would call for Seamus, she can still have the love of her life into her after life. Katie finally caves in and calls for him and it truly the most happiest and loving reunion you ever seen. Arabella wants that kind of love and she thinks it's with Lucas.