Pearls

Pearls

by Bonsue Brandvik

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Overview

Honor Macklin has no idea the Belleview Biltmore Resort is haunted when she decides to stay there while settling her mother's estate in Belleair, Florida. But the Victorian spirits who are invading her dreams to share memories from the life of a young, troubled Victorian woman aren't her only problem. Although he was only supposed to be a vacation fling, she has fallen hard for Josh Lancing, a single dad with a clairvoyant, four-year-old son. Also, her mother's spirit could be haunting the old family home Honor is preparing to put on the market. And now she's learned her conniving ex-husband/business partner is plotting a coup in her absence. She's running out of time. If she doesn't figure out some answers soon, she stands to lose everything from her livelihood to a chance at true love.

The setting for this novel is the famous and currently endangered historic Belleview Biltmore Resort in Belleair, FL. The hotel was built in 1896 by one of Florida's founding fathers, Henry B. Plant. The author is working with preservationists, hoping to find investors willing to save the wonderful, 820,000 sq. ft. hotel from demolition. For additional information, please visit: www.BonSueBrandvik.com and/or www.SaveTheBiltmore.com

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468013832
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Pages: 430
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.96(d)

About the Author

BonSue Brandvik lives with her loving husband near the Belleview Biltmore Resort -- the inspiration and setting for her novels. She's a hopeless romantic and an optimist. She believes we could learn a lot from our elders (even the long-dead ones) if only we would listen. She also believes historic buildings embody irreplaceable echoes of the past. She hopes readers will join the campaign to save this grand hotel from demolition so that one day, the Belleview Biltmore can reopen and, once again, welcome guests from around the world to "step back in time" and experience this phenomenal historic destination resort for themselves. BonSue is busy working on the second installment in the Spirits Of Belleview Biltmore series: "Ripples."

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Pearls 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
GadgetGirl337 More than 1 year ago
“Pearls (Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore)” by BonSue Brandvik This book was passed around the pool last summer; I was reader number four and it didn’t stop with me. I loved the book and the characters – the way the author transports you back and forth in time – the history lesson (some fiction, some non-fiction), the imagery, it was all great and impressive. I had never read a book with quite the same nature or nuance. It impressed me so much I was compelled to get a personally autographed copy of my own. I look forward to the rest of the series. I highly recommend this book and author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Coudn't put it down.  I do not seek out any genre of book.  Pearls intrigued me as the story's setting is the Belleview Biltmore Hotel, a real, historic place near where I live.  The author did an outstanding job of making a connection between the main character and the reader.  I enjoy a book that is hard to put down.  The author's knowledge of the setting, the history, descriptions and characters was compelling.  This is a very entertaining read, a book to share with friends.  Congratulations to BonSue Brandvik for a remarkable first novel.
Stephanie_Grace More than 1 year ago
'Pearls' was a very captivating book. The characters and settings come to life through the descriptive and spirited writing of BonSue Brandvik without an overload of detail to judge the reader's mental image. I enjoyed the pace of the book and how much was happening in the main character's life at one time. While it could easily have turned into a soap opera-esque novel, everything remained believable and well-timed versus predictably timed. Much of the main story was easy to predict, but I was more intrigued by how it would come to light versus being surprised by the outcomes. In a way, I guess it felt like I had a secret with the author and some characters and I was part of their scheme to make the other characters find the answers when the time was right. I found that aspect of the book truly remarkable. The reader/character bond was very well-developed and, obviously, many-layered as the connection with each character was different from the next. There were a few typos in the book, but nothing that really made me pause or scratch my head, so I'd like to include two thumbs up to the editors! I find Mrs. Brandvik's passion for the Belleview Biltmore Resort absolutely inspiring and I admire her love for history. This whole novel felt like she really knew her history and settings down to the most minute details. It truly felt like she'd experienced everything; nothing felt forced. I am generally not a fan of romance, but I accept that it is something I will often encounter when reading historical fiction. This book includes a romantic tone and storyline without it feeling “cheesy” or unbelievable. Another thing that really caught my attention was the transition between settings and storylines. It is nearly seamless, save for one 'visit' with which I grew tired after several pages. It was the one part that seemed to drag on, but I think only because I was so engrossed with one storyline at that point that I wanted to get back to it. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and did not want to put it down. I love books in which past and present collide and it done superbly throughout the book. Even though I do not read much paranormal or romantic novels, I really appreciate both genres as presented in 'Pearls'. Instead of making the whole book unbelievable, they really added to the story and made it complete. BonSue Brandvik is definitely a remarkable writer and I hope to read more from her in future!
lrjohnson13 More than 1 year ago
Paranormal mystery and romance combine to create a spectacular reading experience. The delightful description of the Belleview Biltmore hotel makes it come alive on the page and brings the mystery and intrigue surrounding the hotel to the forefront of the reader’s mind. Brandvik’s portrayal of Honor as a strong, independent, confident woman, adding an unexpected element to the mystery of the ghosts from the past, creating a perfect contrast to the character of Darcy Loughman. While Josh acts as a steady rock for Honor it is really his son that brings the excitement back into the story and helps move the plot along by his witty antics and bewildering exclamations. I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility.