2012-08-15


 Paperback, 293 pages
Expected publication: October 11th 2012 by The Writer's Coffee Shop

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Imagine you're alone in the middle of the night, snuggled on your favorite armchair, sipping a cup of tea. Which would be the ideal book to read? If your answer isa ghost story,ora romance,the perfect choice for you would be Ghostwriter by Lissa Bryan. To tell you about it Camilla and Raum have joined forces.
 
Lissa Bryan's first published novel will take you on a little island where strange things happen and where Sara Howell, the island's newest resident, will unravel secrets that had been hidden for decades.
We'd like to highlight how well Lissa Bryan's has developed her main character. Since the first chapter, the readers get to feel that they know Sara as if she were a friend. We can understand her worries, and we particularly admired the way Sara deals with her problems with great courage and a touch of irony. She hasn't had an easy life, but the difficulties haven't made her bitter or devoid of hope.
However, Sara is almost at the end of her tether: she's broken with her boyfriend and needs to find cheap lodging. An apparently fortuitous meeting with a realtor, a smart woman called Ginny, offers her an unique opportunity, almost too good to be true. Ginny and her brooding cousin Becca will have a role in the story.
The opportunity Sara is offered is to rent the island home of Seth Fortnerher favorite writer, a tragic and fascinating character whose untimely death remains a mystery; she goes to live on that secluded haven to write her own book.
It is a distasteful task, the biography of a politician who has fed her only empty platitudes as reference. But it has to be done: Sara has no money, and the book is her last chance of independence. Therefore, it's understandable that, tormented by continuous headaches, she lets the work she's supposed to be doing lag behind, while the figure of the houses dead owner captures her imagination more and more every day.
Seth's and Sara's paths cross three times: the first one was when a younger Sara fell in love with Fortner's novels; the second one is when Sara discovers Seth's letters that had been hidden in the cottage's attic, and the third one...youll discover it through the book, albeit, since this is a ghost story, you can imagine what happens. How it happens is full of magic and wonder.
But, as the gripping back story of Seth Fortener slowly emerges, we understand that fate has brought Sara where she was meant to be, to fulfill a very unconventional, surprising but deeply satisfying destiny, one where love is capable of performing miracles.
Lissa Bryan has the rare gift to deal with themes such as forgiveness, greed, redemption, and guilt with an elegant, light touch. Mystery, romance, and the characters' views about war, political themes, and family are perfectly balanced. We had the opportunity to admire Lissa Bryan's talent since her previous worksshe wrote some fan fictions that had been highly praised for the way she found new paths for famous characters. With her original fiction, she's showing how her talent is coming to a full bloom.
 
You'll find yourself turning page after page of Ghostwriter and, just like Sara, you'll discover that you don't want to leave the island till the solution of ancient mysteries will be revealed.

Camilla & Raum

19 comments:

  1. Sounds *amazing*!!! I'm going to try to get a copy!! I adore ghost stories!!! :) Thank you!!

    ~Susanne (aka Cassandra)

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    1. Hi Susanne!

      If you like ghost stories, you'll fall in love with Ghostwriter!

      Thanks for your comment,

      - Raum

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  2. Thank you, Suzanne. I hope you enjoy it.

    Raum, I just went back and read that little article I wrote for you, "Everything You Shouldn't Do and Why It Works for Me." I saw the comments in which some of the posters had urged me to seek publication.

    I remember thinking at the time what a kind compliment it was, but that it was highly unlikely to ever happen. For one, I wasn't bold enough to submit manuscripts and face rejection. I never imagined a publisher would approach me, or that seven months later, you would post a delightful review of my first novel.

    Strange how life works out, isn't it?

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    1. Hey Lissa!

      The life has its ways to surprise us, indeed. But you publishing your first novel isn't unexpected because you're so talented that you deserve this and much more! It's a dream coming true for your readers as well!

      - Raum

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  3. Ohmygosh I HAVE to have this book! I wonder what it will take me fr my little corner of the world *down Isle Esme* to get it! Amazon may be? Oh and also The End of All Things too, after all, I am totally in love with Lissa, she's in my Hall of Fame, I've read most of her FFs, IHYD, TSW, WitS, SSiI, TBAofON...and now, by publishing her stories, she's only getting what she deserves, nothing but the best for her! Thank you Raum for bringing this to my attention!
    xoxo

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    1. This is a wonderful book, indeed! And Lissa has a new novel as well, "The End of All Things". Don't miss them!

      - Raum

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    2. Thank you, Muse. My goodness, you're so sweet!

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  4. Love the cover. The book looks like a really good one. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment! This is really a good book! MyReadingLounge is hosting an anniversary celebration for "Ghostwriting" in October. Stay tuned!

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  5. Love this cover!! Happy Birthday!! Thank you!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment! MyReadingLounge is hosting an anniversary celebration for "Ghostwriting" in a couple weeks. Stay tuned!

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  6. I love Ghostwriter. I look forward to reading it again.

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  7. I've read all of your fanfic stories and have quickly become addicted. I recently got a Kindle and have discovered a whole new world. One of the first things I did was search for your published works. I'm looking forward to adding all of them to my collection.

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  8. Hi Alex!

    Thanks for your comment!

    - Raum

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  9. I've read Ghostwriter and it is a great story!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it!

      Thanks for your comment!

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    1. Hey there!

      Thanks for your comment! It is a very good read!

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