The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai

The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai

by Jerome Peterson
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The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai by Jerome Peterson

All Andrew Sharpai wanted in life was to find true love. Wandering around the Western United States, he searches for that missing love only to find rejection and haunting memories. Along his journey, he meets LaRae DuFont, a famous show dancer, who tells him a story in which Mary Magdalene thought Jesus was a gardener, teaching Andrew that not everything is as it seems. This lesson will change his life forever.

An uncontrollable twist of fate separates the two lovers and leads Andrew to wander again. He finally settles in a small town in eastern Idaho where he encounters the notorious enchantress, Iris Winkle. However, her ex-husband has placed a fiendish curse on Iris and Andrew soon finds himself trapped within the enchantment. Remembering the lesson LaRae taught him may be his only salvation, but will it be enough to save him from the perilous spell?

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BN ID: 2940158261985
Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 310
File size: 529 KB

About the Author

Jerome Peterson grew up in Rockford, Illinois. He now lives in Sonora, California with his wife, Carolyn, and their dog, Hazel.

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The Haunting Of Andrew Sharpai 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MickiP More than 1 year ago
The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai By Jerome Peterson Eloquent Books 2010 300 pages Andrew Sharpai spends his life looking for a deep meaningful love. He finds it at a Las Vegas bar. LaRae DuFont is a famous dancer and showgirl, beautiful beyond words with a persona as becoming as her body. Yet something about Andrew, a kitchen cook in dirty whites, draws her to him almost like a Cinderella story in reverse. She tells him of the biblical story about Mary Magdalene mistaking Jesus for a gardener. Andrew finds no meaning in this story, but one day he will. Love sprouts between them like a crocus in spring. They plan a wedding, but a fatal car crash takes LaRae’s life and sends Andrew drowning in whiskey and sorrow; taking to rambling again, ending up in Pocatello, Idaho. He is oddly led to Harry's Nursery and soon finds that true to Harry's word, working with the soil and plants is a spiritual vocation. It soothes his broken soul until the lonely months of winter churl it up again. Spring returns and Andrew goes back to Harry, who insists that he meet one of his gardeners — a lovely wind-tossed blonde with navy blue eyes, scars on her face, and a pentagram around her neck — an impossibly enchanting witch. As Andrew comes to know Iris Winkle as a true witch, and her lovely, euphoric child Lily, he feels capable of accepting her as a good witch — a Wiccan. Of course being interrogated by a huge black raven named Elisha Corbeau, and a female cat named Philip, not to mention the clay statue of an Indian made in China, but is Iris’s familiar; Andrew takes a deep breath and thinks he can handle this wacky, often comical situation in his life. That is until he meets Devon, Iris’s ex-husband, a powerful Satanist who gives Andrew a severe case of Montezuma's Revenge (diarrhea) upon their first meeting. Yet Andrew is drawn to both Iris and the precocious Lily. They help fill the hole in his heart where LaRae once resided; and ease the haunting of his lost love. Reading this novel by Peterson is experiencing literature at its best; well-constructed, with a vibrancy that takes the reader totally into his world — always a remarkable and wonderful trip. Andrew, Iris and Lily with the help of the raven, Elisha, fight off the Satanic evil spells of Devon, and in a totally unforeseen ending, Andrew remembers and understands LaRae’s story of "Jesus, the gardener". As always, Jerome Peterson weaves an enchanting novel, leaving his readers with a comfortable feeling upon reading his always surprising ending. Micki Peluso: writer, journalist, and author of . . . And the Whippoorwill Sang
midnightfaerie More than 1 year ago
The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai by Jerome Peterson was not at all what I was expecting. I think I thought that the haunting was really more figurative than anything. I enjoyed this book, but it had a totally different feel then the other Peterson's I've read. The story is about a man named Andrew whose fiance dies and he's left to wander and drink, wondering what the point of everything is. Then he meets Iris, the witch, who touches his heart. Unfortunately, like most of us, the witch comes with baggage. Hers in the form of a satanic ex-husband who won't leave her alone. The scars on Iris's face are a constant reminder of the horrors her ex put her through, but Lily, her eight year old daughter, is a ray of sunshine and my favorite character in the book, besides Elijah, a protective raven with a personality of his own and an uncanny way of communicating with the humans. The characters were likable, and the creepy storyline followed along quickly, but I'm still not sure how I feel about the spiritual aspect of this book. Obviously this was a big part of the haunting and how they had to deal with it, but I'm not sure what the author was trying to convey spiritually, if anything. There was a review I read of this book that said something akin to the reviewer believing that the author was conveying that being a witch was wrong. I disagree. I felt as if it wasn't Christianity that was the right choice, it was only the choice needed to win because they were battling Satan. To me, it seems obvious that if you're battling a demon from the dark side, that you need tools from the same religion to fight it. A spell to harness energy from a bush just isn't going to do it. (Unless it's a burning bush - kidding!) In any case, I don't mean to portray that this book was preachy about religion, it wasn't about that at all. It was more about spirituality. But really, to me, it wasn't even about that. It was more of a suspenseful story about a haunting that used different forms of spirituality to battle it.
Chrissys_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I was able to review Mr. Peterson's first novel Thumb Flagging. Thumb Flagging was a wonderful adventure book so when I was contacted to review his second book I was glad to read it. The Haunting Of Andrew Sharpai is the authors second novel. I have to admit that I thought the second book would of been an adventure book like the first one. I would call it an adventure, paranormal, and Paranormal romance novel. Some authors just stick to one theme and continue all their novels with it. I am glad that Mr. Peterson has not. This was well written and kept my attention all the way tell the end. The character descriptions made it possible for the reader to get to know each individual. I am very impressed with this author and I can't wait to see what other books he will write.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting, yes, December 15, 2010 By bookmama - See all my reviews This review is from: The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai (Paperback) Wow. You've got to read this book. The characters bring you in and won't let go. If you're easily spooked, don't read the last half at night! Finally, a book written from a male's perspective that women can enjoy, too. Great book, highly recommended.
TheIntrovertedReader More than 1 year ago
Do you ever read a book and think, "This is trying to tell me something, but I'm either not in a place to learn it now, or it's something I've already learned and moved past?" That's me with this book. I really liked Peterson's first book, Thumb Flagging, and liked what he had to say about learning from everyone you meet. Unfortunately, I don't feel like I learned anything from Andrew Sharpai. It could be the subject matter. Mention anything even slightly demonic and you have given me a big-time case of the heebie-jeebies. There wasn't enough going on to even give me nightmares, but I was a little worried when I realized where this was going. It is fairly tame stuff--the point isn't to scare the reader, I did get that much--but I didn't have any way of knowing that as I read. I did like the three main characters. Poor Andrew just wants someone to love and he keeps getting hurt. He's such a good guy though. Iris has lived a hard life, but she's learned from her mistakes and is now trying to move on and do the best she can. Little Lily stole the show. She's so funny and wise beyond her years, but she's so desperately trying to look out for her mom and try to hold her little world together. Oh, and I have to mention Elijah Corbeau. Best name ever for a raven, and what a raven he is. He might have been my favorite character, strange as that sounds. His larger-than-life personality jumps off the page whenever he enters a scene. My inner editor is making me mention that this could have used one more good edit. There were quite a few typos. I think this could speak volumes to the right reader at the right time (perhaps someone who is more of a spiritual seeker than I am?). I was really just left with some good characters and a feeling that I missed something.
WRPotter More than 1 year ago
The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai by Jerome Peterson is a wonderfully weird tale of self discovery, love, and survival. Witches and Wicca, spells and spirits, and an extraordinary mystical Raven are all there for the taking in this compelling paranormal thriller. After another failed romance, Andrew Sharpai has found a new home in Las Vegas and work as a cook in a high-end casino, where he meets a beautiful dancer named LaRae DuFont. The biggest show dancer in Vegas, LaRae introduces Andrew to the world of A-list celebrities, parties, and a fast-lane lifestyle in the media spotlight. The opposites fall in love and LaRae tells Andrew the story of how Mary Magdalene mistook Jesus for a gardener. Despite Andrew's atheist ideal, he takes to the lesson that not everything is how it seems. As they plan their wedding, tragedy separates the pair, forcing Andrew into his gin; and he soon drifts from Vegas to Pocatello, Idaho. His money gone, he takes a low-paying cook job and meets Iris Finkle, who is rumored to be a satanic witch. Andrew is more intrigued by her bold personality when she makes no effort to hide horrible facial scars. Iris is at first skeptical of Andrew's intentions, but despite her aloofness the two become close. It isn't long before the rumor of witchcraft is proved true when on an early date Andrew meets Iris' ex-husband, Devon. Despite the strangeness of her lifestyle and religion, Andrew learns to love again-his flowers: Iris and her eight-year-old daughter, Lily. Soon the four are living as an unlikely family unit along with a cat and a scene stealing raven, Elijah Corbeau. Devon returns and wastes no time in making his intentions known-he wants Lily. Iris refuses and Devon castes a frightening powerful spell on the new family. Not even Elijah can protect them from horrible nightmares and the evil presence of the curse. Iris tries every trick she knows to counter Devon while Andrew contemplates a return to his old ways of running from it all. Jerome Peterson has crafted an extremely entertaining novel. The characters are well developed, especially the hero/drifter Andrew, and the strong, mysterious yet vulnerable Iris. The quirky and intelligent Lily adds a humorous touch without the precociousness so often seen in young fictitious characters. The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai cast a spell on me-I couldn't stop reading until I knew how it turned out. Suspense, a fast pace, plot twists, romance, wacky animals, and family bonds make this one of the best books I've read in 2010. If you enjoy a great paranormal thriller, The Haunting of Andrew Sharpai is a must read! Highly recommended by William Potter for Reader's Choice Book Reviews Jerome Peterson grew up in Rockford, Illinois. He now lives in Sonora, California, with his wife, Carolyn, and their dog, Hazel. Peterson is working on his next novel.