Author: Amy Rae Durreson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal, Mystery/Suspense
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboat volunteer. But Mattie’s great-great-grandfather isn’t the only specter in Rosewick Bay, and as Siôn and Mattie investigate an ill-fated love affair from a bygone era, they begin a romance of their own, one that will hopefully escape the tragedy Mattie’s ancestor suffered.
But the ghosts aren’t the only ones with secrets, and the things Siôn and Mattie are keeping from each other threaten to tear them apart. And all the while, the dead are biding their time, because the curse of Rosewick Bay has never been broken. If the ghosts are seen on the streets, local tradition foretells a man will drown before the summer’s end.
When we first meet Siôn, he is two weeks into his ‘sabbatical’ at the Spindrift Cottage in Rosewick Bay. He is on said ‘sabbatical’ from trying to take his own life by jumping off Battersea Bridge. He spends the days and nights painting and taking pictures as form of therapy. However, that night he meets the ghost of Matthew Jopling.
When he happens to visit the local museum the next day, he runs into Mattie and is immediately taken aback. Whom he is staring at looks like the exact replica of Matthew Jopling, which so happens is Mattie’s great-great granddad. Soon after another ghost comes into the equation by the name of Joshua Hayer.
Siôn tells Mattie about his encounters with each ghost. Soon they are looking into the history of Rosewick Bay to solve the mystery that is Matthew and Joshua. As questions get answered, new ones come to life and lead to the discovery of mysterious drowning’s dating back to 1933. In the end, both characters find their resolve (yes, Mattie has issues as well), solve the mystery and find their HEA.
This story amazed me. What started out a little slow, ended with a bang! There was so much suspense and mystery involved; I was on the edge of my seat. When I thought the story was going in one direction; to find the author leading me in the exact opposite was AWESOME! I absolutely love it when I cannot predict what the author is going to do with their characters. I really don’t want to go into too much detail because I would then be truly ruining it for some, and I am not that person. In addition, the chemistry between Siôn and Mattie is slow, sweet and leaves more to the imagination.
Finally, I have to say that I like how the author stayed with the dialect for Mattie and the rest of the towns people in Rosewick Bay. I am not going to lie, at first it was driving me nuts thinking that there were some serious editorial issues. However, soon I realized that it was on purpose. The author had written it that way to keep with the vernacular in that particular area, which I felt added to the overall feel of the story.