Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Book Review: The Winter Spirit by Indra Vaughn


Blurb:
Nathaniel O’Donnelly likes his life quiet, his guests happy, and his ghosts well-behaved.

Although a boyfriend wouldn’t go amiss. Someone to share his beautiful B&B with, even if it is in the middle of nowhere and he’s long past the wrong side of thirty. Problem is, Nathaniel’s living with a ghost who thinks he’s cupid, and whose arrows fly a little too straight.

Gabriel Wickfield had the unfortunate luck of dying before his time, and now he’s stuck trying to make romance happen to earn his right to move along. Not that he’s bored in the meantime—Nathaniel is just too easy to tease. And also a little bit scrumptious…

With the curse reaching its expiration date, Gabriel needs to make a final match this Christmas. Without it, nothing but darkness awaits.

Love can conquer all, but can it beat death?


Dani's rating:




Heartwarming and SWEET, The Winter Spirit is as much about forgiveness as it is about love: forgiving others, yes, but most of all, forgiving yourself.

Nathaniel's B & B is haunted, but he's quite fond of Gabriel, the friendly ghost in the prim suit. Sometimes Nate doesn't see Gabriel for weeks or months, but even with the tricks Gabe plays, Nate looks forward to seeing him in reflective surfaces, teasing him, and being teased back.

When Nathaniel's first crush seeks him out, it's a dream come true ... or is it?

I loved Nate's voice (we get his first-person POV), and I appreciated that he wasn't a perfect MC.

Nate has a bit of a belly, of which he's quite self-conscious; he's quick to judge, but also quick to apologize. He's a fair employer and a good friend. He's a hard worker and an amazing cook. He's just this real guy, and he deserves to be happy.




This is such an engaging story with a perfect HEA (my heart couldn't have handled anything less than the fantasy for Nathaniel and his True Love), but it's not all lightness and joy.

This story has an edge of nostalgia and speaks of loneliness; it's bittersweet and, ultimately, redemptive.

The steam level was disappointingly low, and some of the details were fuzzy, but this is a lovely holiday read nonetheless!



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