Restless Spirits by Kathy Bryson

Posted November 12, 2014 by Kate in Just Okay, Review / 0 Comments

Restless Spirits by Kathy BrysonRestless Spirits by Kathy Bryson
Format: eBook
Source: Author
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, Humorous
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Marilee Harper is desperate to find another job after she accidentally set fire to the home of the richest woman in town. Converting an old hospital into a bed and breakfast seems like a golden opportunity. But faucets and lights turn themselves off and on, and old baseballs fly without help. Stressed and aggravated, Marilee wants nothing more than to redeem herself, even if it means hands off her sympathetic boss!

John Smith has every confidence in the bossy, strong woman he hired to launch his bed & breakfast. She handled difficult customers at the bank and now she’s handling electricity and plumbing and whatever unseen force keeps throwing baseballs. Who can blame him if he starts to admire the woman in more than strictly professional terms? But when the angry, treacherous King of the Fairies shows up, can Marilee become his champion?

I admit I am not the biggest fan of ghost stories, but every once in a while one comes my way that catches my attention, and this book did. While I did enjoy the ghost aspects of this book, I have to say the thing that stuck with me most after reading the book was the relationships between people.

So the book opens with Marilee having burnt down the house of a client and in need of a new job. Especially since she needs the money in order to take care of her mom. This is how she ends up with her new gig of converting an old hospital into a bed and breakfast, only the old hospital has a bit of interesting issue, it’s got some ghosts within its walls.

Marilee and her mom move into the new bed and breakfast while the work gets done. I have to say one of my favorite parts of this book was the relationship dynamic between Marilee and her mother, it was just so easily relatable. Plus on top of that there are some really funny moments between the two of them. I really liked watching/reading them along the way.

After about halfway through the book, things kind of change a bit. And suddenly there is a whole new world and things in it for the characters and for you as the reader to explore. There are Fey (fairies) in this book, which is totally not something I was expected. I mean I was sold on this book because of the ghostly element to it, so I was surprised to find Fey within, but I have to say I have always been a fan of books with Fey, so this was an interesting twist I enjoyed.

There were a lot of charming elements to this book. I liked the small town, quirky feel it had. I also really liked the secondary characters within the book. They really livened up the book. The reason why I went with a 3.5 star rating is because the beginning of the book was a bit too slow for me. I wish the first half of the book had the same pacing that it did in the last half, but other than that it was an enjoyable read. If you like quirky fantasy stories with ghosts, then I think you might want to consider this book.

About Kathy Bryson

Kathy Bryson knew she wanted to be a writer when she finished reading through her school and local children’s libraries. She spent 20 years honing her writing skills on marketing brochures, websites, and several unfinished manuscripts before going into teaching and finishing a book with all the stuff she enjoys most – from coffee to love to Shakespeare! Kathy lives in Florida where she caters to the whims of two spoiled cats and wonders what possessed her to put in 75 feet of flower beds.

Her first book, Feeling Lucky, won the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award for Best First Book.

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