Resurrecting Harry

Resurrecting Harry

by Constance Phillips

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Resurrecting Harry by Constance Phillips

He was the greatest escape artist ever known, but can Harry Houdini escape the grim reaper's hold to save the only woman he's ever loved?

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In order to save the only woman he's ever loved from self-destruction, Harry puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory's keeper, Jaden. He gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch.

If he wants to keep his new life, he must convince Bess to give up the promise she made to Harry on his death bed and call off the séance she's scheduled on the anniversary of his death.

Will Erich be able to help Bess over her loss and will any good come from resurrecting Harry?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781939173133
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids where she writes contemporary romance novels and paranormal romance novels. When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future...if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.

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Resurrecting Harry 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
I really liked the history side of the story it is really a very spiritual read that pulls you in taking you away between fantasy and reality giving you a well balance emotional read. We all say I will love you even after death but for some of us time heals and we move on finding new love, never really forgetting our old one just not holding on to it so much. This isn’t the case for Harry and Bess. This is a love that goes through time building stronger that not even death cannot take it away. You can tell the author put a lot of thought and time into this giving us a delightful romance that will live in our mind through time making us believe more than we could ever hope that our love will stand the test of time only to bring it right back to us when we least expect it. This is a story based on what if, what if Henry was able to make the greatest escape that he could even escape….. death. Jaden offers Henry a chance of a lifetime he can return to his life with the women he loves. All he has to do is become someone else and never tell anyone who he really is. Now he must face things he never thought he would ever have to one being Bess and making her fall in love with him again as a new man. The only kicker is Bess is very much in love with Henry and has no plans on giving that love up. Henry sure has his hands full. Can he spin his magic again and make Bess fall for him all over again but as someone new? As the story builds there will be more than one obstacle in Henry’s way he must stop the séance or all bets are off. Time is short with lots to accomplice and time is running out. I really loved this plot it is so meaningful, so heartbreaking at times and so much joy and love it just touches you. I really liked the characters and how the story builds around them. It was a wonderful heartwarming story that truly touched my heart. I just loved it and it will be a book I will read again and again.
Npaules More than 1 year ago
I'm a Harry Houdini fan like I'm a fan of Dr. Gregory House (TV show staring Hugh Laurie as Dr. House) You almost love to hate him for his heady, know-it-all arrogance, while feeling sorry for him and wishing you were him at the same time. This is why I picked up Constance Phillips' Resurrecting Harry. Harry has spent nearly a year in Purgatory when he's given the chance to make things right and sent back in a new body with a new mission. Fail and... well you know what happens. Succeed and he gets that much-craved-for second chance. What follows is a masterful blending of love, hate, change, and mystery. Whether you're a Houdini fan or not, this book is worth the read. Bravo Ms Phillips!
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
For whatever reason (I can't explain it) I have never been a Harry Houdini fan. I don't know why I really have any opinion of him... I mean, the man was alive from 1874-1926... I shouldn't even have any feelings since he was dead almost 50 years before I was born. But... movies, videos, stories about him... I'm not a fan. Resurrecting Harry didn't improve my feelings about Harry Houdini. At least... not the old Harry Houdini. The book, in fact, pointed out so many reasons that validated why I never really liked him. The story absolutely made me a fan of Erich Welch... the new, or resurrected Harry. And, it DID make me fall in love with Harry's wife Bess. The memories Bess had of the good times and love she and Harry had made me appreciate their relationship. I think what I most enjoyed about this book though, was following along with Erich as he came to realize that what he focused on as Harry, what he felt he was doing to support Bess and create a happy life, wasn't for the best. Realizing that his time and efforts could have been better spent creating a simple life with Bess, and giving her a family, could have created so much more happiness than the fame and fortune. While my favorite part of the story was definitely following the relationship progression with Harry/Erich and Bess... I also enjoyed the mystery and thrill of figuring out what Bess' "friends" Martin and Gail, and Joseph were all up to. And I loved every time Jaden entered the story. I can completely visualize the surprise of him showing up each and every time. So... while I'll probably never be a Harry Houdini fan... I'm definitely a fan of Constance Phillips' take on his story.
Book_Bug_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This book a pretty awesome. I learned more about the real Harry Houdini in the first chapter than I ever knew. I enjoyed that this author took the time to research Harry and took real facts about him and put her own spin on things. The type of things we would never know, not having been in the mans life. It gives a really cool spin on reality. I really enjoyed the mix of truth and story that this author created. The whole thing is extremely clever! Harry died and spent 11 months in purgatory, when he is sent back in a new body. He becomes Erich Welsh, his mission is to stop his beloved wife Bess from the seance she is planning on the anniversary of his death. If he stops her he gets to live the rest of his new life with her, if he fails, he spends the rest of eternity in a dark void. This is a moving story about love, life, death, grief, second chances and savign the one you love. It will touch your heart without you realizing it. This story will stay with you long after it ends. This is my first historical fiction novel, and I loved it. It was masterfully done and I'm glad to have read it. This is definitely a must read!
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joakess More than 1 year ago
Awesome & inspiring! I was immediately drawn into the story and the history. Resurrecting Harry is a wonderful tale of how love endures and conquers everything, even death. It is beautifully written and told through both Harry’s and Bess’s points of view. The transformation of Harry’s feeling and attitudes throughout the novel are believable and moving. The interactions between the other characters in Resurrecting Harry are well developed, interesting, and kept me turning pages as fast as I could. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I thoroughly enjoyed the interplay between the characters and the suspenseful ending. I was touched by the writing and felt the author captured the lengths to which men will go to honor, protect, and love the women in their lives. Resurrecting Harry is absolutely fantastic and I highly recommend it. After Harry passes away, he leaves behind the love of his life — Bess. Resurrecting Harry is a story about what could have happened to Bess if Harry had been able to make the greatest escape of all — escaping death. The story begins when an awe-inspiring and supernatural spirit named Jaden, offers Harry a chance to return to life and his beloved Bess. However, there is a catch, Harry must assume a different body and not tell anyone who he really is, especially his wife. His new persona is the young and handsome Erich Welch. Erich/Harry now has only one month to convince Bess not to contact Harry via a séance on the one year anniversary of his death. If she cancels, Harry will be granted a second chance to live the rest of his life with his true love. Unfortunately Bess is being heavily influenced by her friends; friends that Harry does not trust.
theeternalscribe More than 1 year ago
This story was a breath of fresh air, a refreshing twist on a well known tale.  The book started out drawing the reader in.   The otherworldly scenes with Jaden were really cool.  I liked how the world just sort of shifted without warning.  The author really made the most of the limitless creative space available. Though I probably shouldn't have, I liked Jaden too.  There was just something about his devil may care attitude and allusiveness that intrigued me and made me smile.   And I couldn't help but be drawn into Harry (or should I say Erich) and Bess's ups and downs.  To me, this story is an ultimate example of star-crossed lovers.  Harry loves her and, to a certain extent, she feels the pull as well but won't admit it to him or even herself.  The reader is pulled through highs where he does good and she lets him into her life just a little, and lows where she shuts down and shuts him out, breaking his heart. I spent most of the book, equally hoping that she would see him for who he truly is, but at the same time, I think what I was really hoping for was that she would see him as her true soul mate, which, as Harry or Erich, he most certainly would always be. Great story, new idea.  All in all.  Worth a read.
trindiebooks More than 1 year ago
Resurrecting Harry is a fascinating story that explores “what if” Harry Houdini had a second chance to come back after his death to save the woman he loves. Houdini is a master escape artist, so what if he escaped even death? He makes a deal with a celestial being to do just that. Constance Phillips takes us back in time to the Houdini’s world and shows us life from Houdini’s wife’s side and how she grieves since his death. I absolutely loved this book and it’s not something I’d typically read. I loved getting inside both the Houdini’s heads and hearts and learning about their life and times. The premise is unique and clever and turns the Houdini’s relationship and expectations on their ears. A touching tale that delves into love, responsibility, loyalty, death and grief. I’m going to have to read more on Houdini now. Such a fascinating character!