Sunday, July 31, 2016

ARC Review: A Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson

Military historian Luke Alcott leaps at the chance to live in the seventeenth-century country mansion of Eelmoor Hall, home of the Royal Military School of Medicine, after being offered a job cataloging the school’s archives. Luke believes he chose the perfect place to start a new life and put his broken past behind him. But soon after settling into the old house, he hears strange noises—like footsteps—and he begins to suffer from terrible nightmares.

The only person Luke can turn to for help is the taciturn caretaker, Jay, a veteran of the Afghanistan war who carries an old battle wound. Together they try to understand Eelmoor Hall’s history and decipher what could be causing the haunting. As the weather grows colder and snow dusts the countryside, a child goes missing. Luke needs to deal with his own demons and learn to trust in love again if he hopes to face down the angry spirit and find the missing girl.

Dani's rating:

This story starts later. The end is the beginning, and the beginning is this:

Luke doesn’t believe in ghosts. But when one lonely Christmas he finally accepts that his boyfriend Danny is never coming home, he leaves London for Eelmoor Hall where he meets the Mistletoe Bride, a girl who hid so well, no one ever found her.

But that’s not the most important part. The most important part is Jay.

As Luke tells us, This isn’t a ghost story. This is a love story.

Both men have lost so much: a partner, a limb, their sense of self. Some things we lose forever, and some return to us.

Luke is looking for closure so he can stop waiting for Danny, who was gone long before he left Luke at a hospital ten years prior and never returned.

And Jay, all frowns and hard edges, is looking for someone he can trust, someone who will stay. He doesn't know it, but Jay is looking for Luke.

We know how this story ends: with a happily ever after.

But if you know only the end, you’ll miss the frantic, lingering kisses; you’ll miss the fireworks and cheese on toast, and two little girls caught in a dangerous game of hide-and-go-seek; you’ll miss an old coal chute and a woman’s sigh.

A Frost of Cares is chilling and provocative—the best kind of gothic mystery, and an even better romance. Brilliantly written, sexy, and just a little bit creepy, this book grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. 

This is a story of how Luke and Jay fell in love. It’s a story about loss and fear, but mostly it's a story about healing and letting go. This is a story of ghosts outside and within. It’s every love story we tell ourselves.

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A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. 
~Samuel Johnson

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