Ghosts of the Falls by Sarah Gilman
Determined to prove she's fit for the family business, exorcist Jade Clarence knows the assignment waiting in Maine is her last chance. Born into a family of exorcists, Jade's unorthodox ideas have gotten her into trouble in the past...and cost the life of a client.
After haunting a Maine state park for more than a century, Dutch Hutchinson will do whatever it takes to bring an end to his unfulfilling existence. When an act of arson brings a beautiful exorcist to town, Dutch takes corporeal form in order to spend his last hours in her company.
Jade quickly uncovers Dutch's true identity and finds herself falling for the man behind the spirit. But when Jade's legacy threatens their future, they will have to overcome the greatest of odds—life and death.
About the Author
Sarah Gilman writes paranormal romance. Her fascination with all things winged extends back to childhood, when images of the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis captured her imagination and never let go. She lives in Vermont with her supportive husband and two spoiled cats.
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Ghosts of the Falls
By Sarah Gilman, Marie Loggia-Kee, Gemma Wright Photography
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What an odd place for an exorcism.
Jade Clarence walked along a dirt road through lush, green woods, her legs stiff after the three-hour drive into Maine. During her career, she'd exorcised malicious spirits from unwilling human hosts, houses, schools, cemeteries, even a grocery store, but never from a remote state park.
The trees formed a cathedral ceiling of green overhead, and the wide Quinnetukut River rushed over the rocky riverbed to her left before narrowing and plunging into a gorge. Such a vibrant place, so full of life. It should have been immune to a haunting.
Perhaps the man who had called about the ghost was a smart-ass prankster? He'd sounded sincere, according to her brother Jeremy's notes. Besides, there had been other witnesses to the unusual Hutchinson Park Motel haunting and the fire that followed.
Shattering windows. Levitating furniture. Water turning red. If the description of the haunting turned out to be accurate, a spirit more powerful than any her family had encountered in decades, since her grandfather's time, inhabited the area.
That said a lot about how much her younger brother Jeremy still trusted her, despite all the mistakes she'd made recently. This was her chance to prove herself, to earn her brothers' respect and to convince them not to cast her out of the family business.
Unclenching her fisted hands, she forced herself to relax. She held too much stress in her body these days. Grinding her teeth in her sleep. Tension headaches. Sometimes a muscle ticked next to her eye. After she removed this ghost, she should spend a few extra days here, breathing the air, watching the trees sway in the breeze. Perhaps she could find a nice swimming spot where she could relax in the sun. Then she could go home refreshed, to resume her normal workload.
The road led, supposedly, to the grave of the ghost blamed for the incidents. Nearing the gorge, Jade picked up her pace. The burial site was, in her experience, the best place to start.
Hutchinson's Falls, read a faded, wooden sign mounted on a tree. The roar of the rushing water drowned out the bird songs of the forest. Mist from the falls moistened both her face and her inappropriate-for-hiking-in-the-woods black cotton dress. When she'd first arrived, she hadn't thought she'd have to venture this far. Shivering, she kept walking, alert for any signs of a spirit presence.
"Hello there, ma'am," a male voice called.
Jade's breath caught in her throat and she pivoted. Several yards away, a man lifted his hands and showed her his palms. He appeared about her age — mid-twenties. He wore heavy boots and dark pants. The toasted skin tone of his bare torso and his physical condition suggested he spent all day, each day, laboring in the sun.
"Sorry, I didn't mean to scare you," he said in a warm, pleasant voice. "I live nearby. Not many of the park visitors venture all the way out here, so I thought maybe you'd gotten lost."
She held out her hand as he approached, hoping he turned out as friendly as he sounded. More nervous of a man — and a handsome one at that — on a public trail than of a possible ghost in the area? That was her life, having grown up around spirits but never having much luck socializing with the living. "I'm Jade Clarence. I'm not lost. I was just looking around."
"They call me Dutch." He shook her hand, his eyebrows raised. "Clarence. So, you're the exorcist? I wasn't expecting you. No one returned my call."
Ah, so he was the client. Dutch Vernon, according to the file. She swallowed, forced a neutral expression, and hoped he wouldn't take offense at the truth. "I wanted to visit the site firsthand before we spoke. We get many prank calls."
"Oh, I'm sure you do. No worries." Dutch rubbed the back of his neck and glanced toward the falls. "So, can you sense the ghost?"
"I haven't noticed anything yet, but I just got here."
"You will." His eyes, dark brown with flecks of green, shifted back in her direction. Her heart sped up under the force of his intense, honest stare. "I swear."
Let's hope so. She wouldn't mind sticking around to see those eyes again. "Tell you what, Mr. Vernon, I'm staying in the park's campground. Tomorrow I'll have a better idea what I'm dealing with. Would you be willing to give me a tour in the morning? I need to see the burial site you mentioned when you called."
"Of course. The grave is on the other side of the gorge. It's tricky to find but not impossible to reach." He paused, his gaze wandering over her face. "And you can call me Dutch. See you then, Jade."
He walked away along the road, and the corners of Jade's mouth grew heavy. If only there'd been something to talk to him about besides the haunting. When had she last had a conversation with a good-looking man?
She shook her head. Her regular schedule left no time for dating or romance. Though far from either of those, spending the morning with Dutch would be a welcome change of pace.
With a sigh, she returned to her car, checked her scribbled directions, and headed for the campground.
* * *
Dutch's corporeal body dissolved into the breeze like a wisp of fog. All physical sensation faded, leaving him with only his thoughts and his disappointment.
Despite the reputation of the Clarence family he'd gleaned from the computer in the park's office, Jade hadn't picked up on what he was even after looking him in the eye and shaking his hand. Hopefully, his physical body had simply masked him from whatever senses she relied on.
He drifted through the trees, moving like a gust of wind toward the campground on the far side of the ten-thousand-acre park. Beyond the gorge, the river calmed and widened. A cluster of colorful tents lined one side of the rock-strewn bank. He skimmed the ground, passing through the trunks of pine and oak trees. A Labrador sitting in front of a red tent lifted its head and growled.
Rustic cabins sat on a cleared knoll with a view of the river. A black Chevy sedan sat in front of the park office, a Tinker Bell doll hanging from the rearview mirror — Dutch had seen the character many times on the tiny, fascinating computers children carried around these days.
He hovered at the base of a flagpole and waited.
Jade emerged from the office, clutching paperwork, and eased the screen door shut. Her earthy coloring reminded him of the Abenaki Native Americans who owned the land north of the park.
She froze halfway to her car and shivered, despite the sun that lit up her features. She scanned her surroundings, her eyes half-closed as if paying more attention to senses other than sight.
That's more like it. Dutch drifted closer and stopped a foot in front of her.
Her gaze didn't focus on him. She closed her eyes and inhaled a slow, deep breath. "Hello, Spirit."
Dutch stayed silent. By focusing energy behind his thoughts, he could manifest his voice without his physical body, but she would recognize him. They had a date in the morning, and he longed for the opportunity for a normal conversation, absent of the "I'm a ghost and I want to be exorcised" topic.
Seeking company every so often, he would assume his corporeal body and speak with fishermen about trout and the weather, but he hadn't spoken to a woman since his death. None of the female tourists who visited the park over the years had been worth the trouble, and most came with their husbands and children, anyway. In his non-corporeal form, he spent most days hovering among the guests so loneliness didn't drive him out of his incorporeal skull.
A date, even if it wasn't really a date, would be a good note on which to end his dead-end existence.
"Can you hear me?" Jade's voice jerked him from his thoughts.
He lacked hands, but he reached toward her face with the concentrated energy that comprised his self and stroked her cheek.
A shiver shook her body and she stepped back. Her voice firmed, revealing the power of the exorcist that lay just out of sight beneath her sweet face. "Don't touch me."
Dutch retreated skyward, startling a flock of ravens out of the pine trees. After a long moment, Jade got in her car and drove to the cabin at the far end of the knoll. She dragged three large bags from her trunk — did women really need that much luggage? — and went inside.
He hovered above the park as the sun set in a vibrant display of gold. If the exorcism proved successful, he wouldn't be around to see another sunset. Better to embrace oblivion than to spend endless years alone, and what better way to go out than in the hands of a beautiful woman?CHAPTER 2
Waiting for water to boil for tea, Jade called Dutch and told him in which cabin to find her. She hung up, carried a steaming mug of raspberry tea onto the porch, and breathed in the crisp morning air.
She'd gotten her first restful night's sleep since she'd learned of an old woman's death a week ago, a murder committed by a ghost Jade had refused to exorcise. Prior to the murder, the ghost had harmed no one and damaged no property — he wasn't even powerful. He'd haunted a rarely used barn, for goodness' sake. Jade made the decision not to destroy the spirit, despite family policy to deal with all ghosts encountered.
Exorcisms caused so much pain. The horrific screams didn't bother her when they came from dangerous spirits, but in that barn, she'd faced the scared, confused form of a teenager.
Damn it, he'd conned her and managed to command enough power to wield a knife. It wasn't just embarrassing, it was tragic. Tears swelled in Jade's eyes, and her trembling hand made the spoon clatter against the ceramic mug. The elderly property owner's death was her fault. Aaron, her older brother, had wanted to fire her on the spot and still hadn't relented. Jeremy, the youngest but the most natural leader of the three of them, had given her this opportunity to prove she still had the grit and desire to perform a full exorcism. If she failed here, Jeremy would support her removal from the family business; not as a punishment, but out of concern for her happiness.
Thank goodness for the rest. She needed her strength and her wits to take on a spirit. Part of her had wanted to jump right in the previous evening, but one of the first lessons Aaron had taught her was to work during the day when spirits were at their weakest and the living at their strongest.
The breeze shifted and the scent of burnt sugar invaded her lungs. Her skin buzzed as if she'd brushed against an electric fence, and the tiny hairs on her arms stood on end.
Well, at least the ghost wasn't shy.
"Good morning, spirit." She set her tea down on a plastic table, covered in dust and pine needles. "Do you know what I am and why I'm here?"
The presence didn't answer.
"Why did you burn down the motel?"
The scent of burnt sugar strengthened: an emotional reaction. Anger? Regret?
She folded her arms. Even if he regretted his actions, she needed to do her job, not repeat previous mistakes. "If you have something to say, now is the time."
A frigid gale slammed the cabin. The plastic table flipped over, spilling the tea. She jumped back and opened her mouth to speak the words that would force the spirit back, but the presence had vanished on its own, leaving abrupt stillness in its wake.
Holy shit. A spirit who could manipulate the elements like that was a powerful entity, for certain. She had to put her job as priority, even though a strong part of her wanted to spend time with Dutch. This ghost would fight back, hard.
Maybe she could ask Dutch out for coffee after the fact?
Jeremy might be right. Despite her gut-knotting need to prove herself to her brothers, she longed for simpler things. Normal things, such as a gaze from rich brown eyes with green flecks. Warm, confident hands on her skin. A smile pulled at her lips as she straightened the table. Yes, Dutch had the look of a man who knew how to touch a woman.
She went inside for more tea and to finish getting ready. Trekking in the woods called for jeans and a tank top, the light-tan one that made her plain brown eyes look rich and deep, her dark skin darker.
Not that it mattered what she looked like. This was work, not a date. She sighed and braided her mahogany hair.
A knock sounded on the door just as she slipped a band around her braid.
Dutch's voice called, "Jade?"
"You got the right place." She slung the tan canvas bag with her materials over her shoulder and joined him on the porch. Like yesterday, he wore dark brown pants and work boots, but he'd covered his upper body with a brown T-shirt.
"Morning." They spoke in unison, and a flush crept up Jade's cheeks.
"Did you sense the ghost last night?" He leaned against the lacquered logs of the cabin's exterior.
"Yes. This morning, too. I've never encountered a spirit this strong, and he's definitely hostile. He could hurt a lot of people."
"There's a big fair this weekend, and hundreds are expected to visit the park. Best if he's dealt with before then." He straightened, shifting his weight from one foot to the other. "I'm glad you came. So, you want to see the grave?"
His forehead creased. "Why?"
"Access to a subject's grave is a boon during an exorcism. I won't need the spirit's presence to bind him." She led him off the porch, the creaky boards of the cabin giving way to packed dirt and pine needles that imbued their scent into the air. "You seem nervous."
He scratched behind his ear with a sheepish expression. "Graves are creepy. Especially haunted ones."
She laughed. "Well, if it's any consolation, spirits tend to avoid their own graves. They find it disconcerting."
The corner of his mouth twitched. "I don't blame them. The grave is up by the falls, on the opposite side of where we met yesterday. I meant to pick you up, but I should apologize. My car wouldn't start this morning."
His gaze drifted down and to the left as he spoke. Jade paused, recognizing the telltale sign of lying. Why lie about something like that? Maybe it was simple embarrassment? Hard to say.
"I'll drive us." She jingled her keys. "How did you get here?"
He shrugged one shoulder and met her gaze — the latter motion a sign of telling the truth. "I walked. No big deal. I walk every day, anyway."
Maybe he didn't own a car and refused to admit it. Keeping her curiosity to herself, she unlocked the doors and they got in her car.
"Seatbelt," she said when Dutch didn't buckle immediately.
"There'll be a hike to the gravesite," Dutch said, fidgeting with the seatbelt for a moment as if he'd forgotten how it worked.
Was he that nervous? Jade could hardly imagine that she'd cause any guy to have the jitters. Must be he really disliked the idea of visiting a grave.
"There's no road on the other side of the river. We'll have to park at the bridge and walk from there."
"No problem. It's worth it." Jade pulled out of the campground and made a sharp right onto the dirt road that traversed the sprawling park.
"Why Tinker Bell?" Dutch poked at the doll swinging from her rearview mirror.
"Because Tink is a feisty girl who puts up with a bunch of boys, like me. At least, I like to think of myself as feisty." She made what she hoped was a mischievous smile, not a silly face. "My mother left when I was young, and I grew up with my father and two brothers. My three cousins Ryan, James, and Richard hang around quite a bit, too. And Uncle Frank."
"Aha." He pursed his lips in exaggerated consideration. "Yes, I can picture you as feisty as Tink. It suits you well."
"Thank you." Her smile widened, an unstoppable force pulling the corners of her mouth up, even though she tried to keep her happiness at his comment contained. "So, Dutch, how did you come to be the one to call in an exorcist?"
He rolled down the window and stuck his arm out. "Unlike the owners of the motel, I believe in spirits, and we've had a well-known ghost in the area for a long time. The people who were in the motel when the fire started say they saw furniture levitate and windows shatter, so I couldn't believe the report that the fire was electrical in origin."
She nodded. "It's fortunate for the motel guests that the spirit decided to go for theatrics."
"Judging from the article I read, they fled because of the haunting, which likely saved their lives from the fire that consumed the motel moments later." She ground her teeth. "A few weeks ago, I would have asked myself if the spirit did that on purpose and I would have bet he didn't want to hurt anyone."
A minute of silence passed, and he tilted his head. "What happened a few weeks ago?"
"Well ..." This was not a conversation to have with a stranger, especially a client.
"Sorry. You don't have to answer that."
She cleared her throat and steered around a series of potholes and a suicidal chipmunk. "Tell me about the ghost. Why is someone buried out here in the first place?"
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Ghost exorcism, no pea soup involved 4.5 *Book source ~ Many thanks to Entangled for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Jade Clarence is an exorcist, but she doesn’t like the way the family business handles exorcisms. Her great-grandfather started the business after his wife was killed by a spirit and his incantations destroy the soul of the spirit causing extreme pain to the ghost. Jade feels that she can find an incantation to send a spirit on without destroying the soul or causing pain. She also feels that a good spirit should have the right to stay if it wants. However, after allowing the spirit of a teen hoodwink her into believing he is benign, he kills the property owner where he is hanging out. A tragedy that falls on Jade’s shoulders since she refused to perform the exorcism. Her older brother is giving her a chance to redeem herself with an exorcism at Hutchinson’s Falls. If she can’t do her job he’ll have no choice but to kick her out of the business. But Jade finds out that Dutch is no ordinary ghost, so she doesn’t do the job. When her brother comes to do what she can’t, Jade is forced to resort to extreme measures to make her point. This is a great short story with interesting aspects of exorcism and great characters. It could use a bit more character development because I couldn’t get a really good feel for Jade or Dutch, but for a short it is pretty good. I’m a little fuzzy about what Jade did there at the end and how that’s going to work for the long term, but I’ll suspend belief and just go with it. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story involving exorcists, so that aspect of the story was fascinating to me. I look forward to reading more stories by Sarah Gilman.
Quick, fun read. A sexy ghost and an exorcist with a soft streak make an interesting and entertaining match. I wanted to know a little more about Dutch's background, have a few more details on his death and how, exactly, their plans for the future could really work, but overall this was a great story that I really enjoyed. It's my second book by Sarah Gilman in the last two days and I'm enjoying her writing. Can't wait to read more!
Jade Clarence's family has been in the business of exorcism for generations. When Jade royally screws up on the job, her brothers decide to give her one more chance to prove that she can handle such a strenuous career, or they'll oust her from the business for her own good. Her last chance is to perform an exorcism at a Maine state park. There, she meets Dutch Hutchinson, and finds that the job won't be as simple as she'd anticipated. Another enjoyable novella from Entangled Publishing! I was a bit concerned at first, after reading Ghosts of Kingston Cottage, because there appeared to be a lot of similarities at first: it's a ghost professional performing her services in Maine, as is the case of GoKC. Even the titles are similar. But the similarities ended there. In this case, Jade falls in love with the very ghost she's been sent to exorcise. This novella did a good job of telling a story that I enjoyed and wrapping it up to the point where I was okay with finishing it in less than 60 pages. The story was told to my satisfaction, but there's still room for the potential development of a series, which is an optimal situation for an author to achieve. Although Jade and Dutch did hook up pretty fast, I didn't feel like the progression of their relationship quite qualified as instalove since, thankfully, they avoided using the words "I love you." Things did progress quickly and they proclaimed their intentions to stay together for the longterm after a very short amount of time, but in this case, I was able to suspend my disbelief. It also helped that neither seemed to have significant trust issues that would have kept them from jumping in as fast as they did. And, just in case you were wondering, the romance is great. Overall, this was a quick read that hooked my attention early on and told a sweet romance story. If you're into supernatural romance and you don't have time to read a full length novel, I would definitely recommend this book to you. Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC from Entangled Publishing, but in no way did this influence my review.
New Twist on a Paranormal Romance... *ARC provided by Entangled Publishing for an honest review* 4 out of 5 stars In Ghosts of the Falls by Sarah Gilman, Jade Clarence is one of a long line of exorcists in her family. Still reeling from a recent mistake that cost someone their life, she must do a stellar job dealing with her latest case or risk being fired. She wishes to continue with the family business, but needs to find a way to do so and not harm non-malevolent spirits. "No one in my family has encountered a spirit like you in my lifetime." When Jade meets Dutch Hutchinson, she's instantly drawn to him like no other man before. Finding out his true identity only makes the situation more difficult. She must then decide between performing the exorcism as planned, or coming up with a solution to keep them together somehow. "I promised you many more nights, and I make good on my promises." Dutch has spent over a century in the same Maine woods near the site of his death. His plan devised to force Jade to perform an exorcism backfires when he becomes entranced with the beautiful woman. After being lonely for so many decades, it feels wonderful to talk and connect with someone who understands his situation. Dutch is torn between freeing himself to move on spiritually or staying on earth to have more time with Jade. 'A date, even if it wasn't really a date, would be a good note on which to end his dead-end existence.' Ghosts of the Falls is a quick, but very moving novella. The premise behind the story is very interesting and made me almost a bit sad to think about a spirit unable to move on for a century, and how lonely Dutch must have felt. To finally find someone he could communicate with must have been a huge blessing. I loved how Jade was looking for a better way to perform exorcisms so they weren't so harmful to non-malevolent spirits, showing compassion in her character. It was a good match of course for Dutch's situation. The idea of a human falling for a corporeal spirit may make some people a little squeamish, but this was done in such a manner that it felt natural to the storyline. I really enjoyed Ghosts of the Falls and think it's certainly worth a read. Especially if you like a new twist on paranormal romance.
booksbysteph says "Informative and Entertaining" Dutch called Jade to come to a state park in Maine to exorcise a ghost. "Over a hundred years ago, a logger got knocked into the river by a falling tree and fell into the gorge." Jade asked Dutch to take her to the burial site so she can bind the ghost to his grave and he will not be powerful enough to fit back. On their hike through the forest to the site, Dutch asks a lot of questions about exorcising a ghost. Jade explains "[i]t takes a significant event or events to bind a spirit to earth" that would explain his continued presence. Dutch tells her tales of ghost sightings so real that they could touch and talk to the ghost. "Spirits powerful enough to assume corporeal form are the rarest kind. There have only been a couple observed by exorcists in recorded history." Dutch really likes Jade, but when she asks him out to dinner, he turns her down. Deflated, Jade starts an incantation and watches Dutch disappear before her eyes. Putting together pieces of the puzzle, Jade realizes that Dutch is the ghost. But what she does not understand is why he would call for his own exorcism. I GIVE THIS BOOK: 5 Stars Short and sweet. Informative but not distracting. I found this novella to be quite wonderful. My first story about a ghost who can be seen, touched and talked to as if it were alive. The author provided so much information that did not distract you from the story. Having Dutch ask the questions allowed the reader to learn about the process of an exorcism and ghost related facts that actually draws the reader into the story further. And you learn so much about the two characters in a short hike that even though it seems like an impossible situation that they are in, you are rooting for them. You will get lost in the knowledge this story tells, the love this story creates, and the hope this story rests upon. Wonderful way to pass an hour by reading this story. Until next time, live life one page at a time!
3.5 stars Ghosts of the Falls was a cute ghost story. The story line was very interesting, but I wish it was longer because I felt like everything happened too quickly in order to make it this short. If you’re looking for a quick romance that includes ghosts, you won’t be disappointed. Jade Clarence needs to prove that she is able to handle her job as an exorcist in the family business. There are rules that the family follows when exorcising a ghost, but there are some of those rules that she does not care to use at all. She trusted a ghost once, and it cost the life of the woman who had hired her. Knowing that the job that’s waiting is her last chance to prove to her brothers that she really can do her job has her hoping it will be easy. Dutch Hutchinson has been haunting the state park for over a century, but he’s tired of wandering and wants to be able to finally rest in peace. When Jade shows up at the park to do the exorcism, Dutch decides to take on his human form to spend the end of his existence with her. As Jade spends time with Dutch she finds out who he really is, and they realize that they are falling in love with one another. But time is running out for Dutch. Her brothers want her to finish the job she was sent to do, and when they realize she may need help they show up to take over. Can she find a way to keep Dutch in her world, or will her chance at happiness be destroyed? I received an e-ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Jade Clarence messed up a job she had as a family exorcist. It is her families business and now she is out to prove she can do it right. Sent to Maine to get rid of a ghost who has been haunting a state park she is surprised at what she finds. Dutch Hutchinson died more than a century ago and is tired of being here. He wants to move on so he does a few things to get an exorcist called. When Jade shows up he takes a form to talk to her. Now he doesn't want to leave her. As they fall in love Jade's family arrives to threaten Dutch's stay. They have to fight if they want to be together. Jade has a really soft heart and it has caused her trouble before. She wants to help everyone whether they are living or not. She is a smart talented woman who is afraid to let her family down but will fight for what she wants. Dutch has nothing to stick around for and wants to just be gone. A life of loneliness has left him ready to give up. He had a bad past with his death that he needs to let go of. I really liked both these characters. They help each other and will do anything to be together. This is a short story but you get the full impact. The plot is a good one you don't see a lot of. An excorcist and a ghost falling for each once I read the blurb I knew I had to read the book. There is action as they have to try to save Dutch and see if they can be together. There is love as they begin to fall for each other and help each other overcome their past. They really talk to each other and work together. If you are looking for a good story that is a joy to read pick this one up and find out what happens when a ghost an exorcist fall in love.
I loved Ghosts Of The Falls. It is a wonderful paranormal story with a surprising twist. Jade Clarence is an exorcist, but a deadly tragedy in her last case has her doubting her instincts. She needs to succeed this time. Upon her arrival at Hutchinson State Park, she meets her client, Dutch Vernon. He wants the exorcism. What he doesn't tell her is that he is the ghost. He was killed in a logging accident when he was 24, but now after more than 100 years he is lonely. Dutch is a very strong spirit who can assume a human form. Jade and Dutch are drawn together and he tells her the truth. She wants to help him but will they be able to stay together? Sarah Gilman has taken a unique approach that brings you a touching, sensual romance as well as a great ghost story. I love Jade. She's a feisty 'Tinker Bell' who will fight to keep her love. Dutch is a very powerful ghost who makes you empathize with his pain and loneliness. Together they make a wonderful couple. A perfect story for a chilly, autumn day or anytime you want a great story..
A ghost story from Entangled Publishing in time for Halloween Just in time for Halloween, here's a story of another ghost (Dutch Hutchinson) who is looking to leave this plane to the hereafter. In order to do so, he has to convince beautiful exorcist Jade (exorcism is her family business and calling) to help him pass on. As you'd guess, sparks fly when they meet and it's an interesting, albeit very short read (under 60 pages). I have to say I really wanted to like Ghosts of the Falls by Sarah Gilman a lot more than I did, but frankly the story didn't hold my interest. But if you like ghost stories and romances give it a try. Perhaps read it out loud at your Halloween party. I received an eARC from the publisher for use in this review.
Haunting and romantic, Ghosts of the Falls was a lovely read. This novella drew me in and I enjoyed every bit of it. Jade is a exorcist, but it seems she might not have it in her to be so ruthless. She believes that the spirits should be given a chance to prove themselves good or bad, but her family doesn't agree. She's supposed to prove her ability as a exorcist in a new assignment. Only to find that the spirit is kind and only wants to be free. I liked both main characters. Jade was a strong heroine through her kindness. She was likable and willing to do anything for what she believes in. Dutch was so sweet. He wanted to move on to the next life, until he finally found something in this life that he wanted to hold on to. I really liked both characters. The romance was super sweet. Jade and Dutch were absolutely perfect together. As to the spicy part of their relationship, I would call it more sensuous than hot, which I thought worked well with their relationship. I thought they were lovely together. The plot was fast paced. I was hooked the entire way through. I really enjoyed the story and I thought they ending was very appropriate for the story. Ghosts of the Falls was a lovely paranormal romance. I really enjoyed reading it. Lovers of romance, if you want a great, quick read, then you should definitely check this book out. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Jade is sent to a state park to remove a ghost from the park. She needs to do this to show her brothers that she can do this and keep standing within the family business. The problem is in her heart she thinks what she is doing is cruel. Then she meets Dutch. She is interested in him and doesn't think he is like any man she has met before. And he isn't. Dutch has called Jades family to end his miserable lonely existence. Then he meets Jade and realizes that he doesn't want to leave her. Jade defies her brothers and does everything she can to keep Dutch by her side.
A totally different ghost story....a ghost who isn't exactly dead and a caring lady who wants to help him despite her brothers plans for him. This has a new twist on the usual ghost story and the two main characters are so likable that you want them to have a happy ending. Good story, thoroughly enjoyed it.
A very short novella. Interesting but too short. The reader barely has time to meet the characters that they are already attracted to each other and their secrets are revealed. Worse, there was barely time to enjoy the start of the romance that already it is threatened ... The fact that the story is so short has not allow me to appreciate the true value of a plot that deserved to be thorough and detailed. So I liked the story, but I was not be touched or moved by the characters or emotions because everything goes too fast. Lucie newbooksonmyselves.blogspot.fr
Ghosts of the Falls by Sarah Gilman Jade Clarence is an exorcist. Dutch Vernon called to have the ghost exorcized. Jade feels guilty if exercising an innocent ghost because it causes them extreme pain. But this ghost is powerful and can take corporal form. Does that make it dangerous? This short 60 page novella is a slightly different twist on ghosts and exorcism and it's mixed with a sweet love story. I enjoyed this short read for its hope and resolution. Very nice. I received an early copy from the publisher.
Every once in a while you get the pleasure of reading a book that not only is not what you had expected but it also leaves you wanting more and more and more. This is one of those books. Jade is a female exorcist in an all-male family of them who sets out to prove she can still do her job. Dutch is a ghost who has been in our world for what he perceives to be too long and is ready to be exorcized so he calls in Jade and her family. Little does Jade know going in to this case what is awaiting her and man is it explosive! This is a definite must read ¿
Jade Clarence was born into a family of exorcists who believe the only good lingering spirit is a destroyed lingering spirit. Bucking family tradition, Jade believes that some spirits are not inherently evil and is trying to discover a way to help the spirit move on rather than painfully destroy the lost souls. Dutch Hutchinson has been trapped on the mortal plain since his tragic death over a hundred years ago. Tired of his lonely existence he uses his energy to contact the Clarence family to perform an exorcism, leaving out some very important details. Meeting Jade may just give Dutch a chance to hang around. I'm going to lay some honesty on you right now. I agreed to review several book in order to receive the newest release of another author. Smack me hard and call me stupid. This little short story stole the show big time. Sarah Gilman just blew me away in less than a hundred pages. I fell right into Dutch's predicament and was emotionally invested by the end of the first chapter. I flew through this story in record time and reread it the next day just to make sure it was as good as I had originally thought. It absolutely was. The characters were extremely engaging and well developed. The story was fraught with deep emotion, light humor and enough spice to keep it on the hot scale. There is of course a quasi-villain in the mix and a dilemma to overcome. Think all this couldn't possibly be covered in seventy pages? Give it a read and find out.
This book is short but great story. Jade is following in her family foot steps and does exorcisms. She is having a hard time with an innocent woman dying because a ghost tricked her in believing it was innocent and was anything but. She been trying to find a way to exorcise ghost without being painful. Dutch is a ghost died many years ago and wants an exorcism, so he can move on. He calls and Jade comes to see the place. Jade sees this handsome man and wonders about asking him to dinner but she doesn't know he is really a ghost that can look real and move things. Dutch thinks if he's going to go at least it's by a beautiful woman. They have dinner and talk about things. Jade can't do the exorcism for Dutch because he is innocent. She tells her brother that and he doesn't approve. He comes out to do the exorcism and Jade stops him by bounding herself to Dutch. So if they do the exorcism it would kill her too.