Not Quite Gone (A Lowcountry Mystery)

Not Quite Gone (A Lowcountry Mystery)

by Lyla Payne


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Not Quite Gone (A Lowcountry Mystery) by Lyla Payne

Life in Heron Creek is looking up for Graciela Harper, despite the fact that every ghost within a fifty mile radius seems intent on sticking to her like glue - and not the weak Elmer's kind, either. But with a sexy boyfriend, her old friends back in her life, and a great job prospect at one of the oldest plantations in the country it's hard to complain...even if her new boss is said boyfriend's mother.

Things don't stay uncomplicated for long as not one ghost, but two, show up at Drayton Hall. One wants closure, which Gracie thinks she can handle, but the other seems to know more than she should about the centuries old voodoo curse on Gracie's own family.

As she digs deeper into the past of not only the plantation grounds, but Beau's family tree, surprising secrets claw their way to the surface. With Mrs. Drayton breathing down her neck, a shift in her abilities, Amelia's custody case taking a turn for the worse, and the sudden appearance of her decidedly not dead father, Gracie has her hands full.

She might be able to tackle all of those things with the help of a friend or two-some breathing, some not-but there's one crossroads Gracie doesn't see coming. It's the choice between family and romance, and she's not the only one being forced to make it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781512301373
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/14/2015
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 1,252,998
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Lyla Payne has been publishing New Adult romance novels for a little over a year, starting with Broken at Love and continuing with the rest of the Whitman University series. She loves telling stories, discovering the little reasons people fall in love, and uncovering hidden truths in the world around us - past and present. In her spare time she cuddles her two dogs, pretends to enjoy exercising so that she can eat as much Chipotle as she wants, and harbors a deep and abiding hope that Zac Efron likes older women. She loves reading, of course, along with movies, traveling, and Irish whiskey. Lyla's hard at work, ALWAYS, and hopes to bring you more Whitman University antics and at least one more Lowcountry ghost tale before the end of the year.

If you want to know more, please visit her at

If you're a fan of Young Adult fiction-science fiction or otherwise-please check out her work that's published under the name Trisha Leigh.

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Not Quite Gone (A Lowcountry Mystery) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good series
Live_To_Read2 More than 1 year ago
LOVE this series! I've read them ALL within a week... just couldn't put them down!
Born2Read More than 1 year ago
My FAVORITE of the series so far!! I loved how Gracie is learning to accept her ghost seeing ability and wanting to use it to help. She is a strong woman who stands up for what she believes is right and those she loves and that is put to the test in this book. I loved how she handled everything in the end. This book encompases all emotions. There is drama, humor, love and suspense. Lyla is an excellent writer, who draws the reader in and makes you feel what the characters are going through. I want to know are her and Beau going to make it??? I can feel the love they have and I love how supportive Beau is about the whole ghost seeing thing. But there sure seems to be a lot of obstacles between them. I'll be impatiently waiting for the next book to find out. The cliffhanger ending had me gasping. I hope October gets here fast so I can find out what happens next. I highly recommend you read this series, you will not be disappointed.
jamieelizabeth77 More than 1 year ago
One More Reason to Love Lowcountry I can’t get enough Gracie and Lowcountry! The mere mention of an upcoming Lowcountry book has me impatiently anticipating until the day I flip that first page open on my iPad! Not Quite Gone is no exception, and I thoroughly enjoyed every turn of the page and every new chapter! It was so hard to put down, and I found myself thinking about the story even when I had to step away. Lyla has such a fantastic way of continuing this story with new storylines while letting you spend time with old favorites like Henry Woodward! Gracie’s newest ghost is anything but predictable, and the mystery surrounding her death is ANYTHING but predictable. I love the mix of historical details along with fiction that Lowcountry brings. I can’t help but fall in love with the Charleston area simply through the details that come with each book. Gracie’s work with Beau’s mother brings an entirely new set of problems, and Cordelia Drayton is no one to be trifled with. While she’s one of those characters you love to root against, you can’t help but wonder what makes her be so cold and driven. I was excited for the added element of learning more about Gracie’s origins and love watching Gracie grow as she learns to accept her role with the ghosts as part of who she is. Working with Daria is sure to continue expanding her abilities, and I can’t wait to see what trouble they get into together! Lyla’s books are always full of great quotes and phrases that make you stop and say, “HEY! ME TOO!” And Gracie, Beau, Leo, Amelia, Dylan, Henry, Dara … they can all relate to this quote: “People always have secrets, no matter how much they want to believe they don’t …” Gracie’s stories will ALWAYS be a favorite of mine, and I can’t wait to see where Lyla takes us next!
AshleeT More than 1 year ago
This is the 4th book in the series, and picks right up. The story is well written, and while it has many plot lines intersecting, it never becomes confusing or overwhelming. It will have you going through every emotion possible - laughing, crying, worried, angry, even slightly indignant. You will be on the edge of your seat, anxious to turn the next page and see what happens next....and it will leave you wanting more!