Tuesday, September 27, 2016

ARC Review: Frost of Cares by Amy Rae Durreson

A Frost of Cares
From the blurb:

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.

Heather's rating:

I was hesitant to read this book because I heard from a few people that it was spooky, and me and scary thing do. not. mix. I can't stomach anything more intense than Harry Potter, and even that pushed me to my limits, TBH. But I was TOTALLY fine reading this book, and I think all of my fellow wimps will be fine with it too.

This book is told in an interesting format, sort of like a diary entry. I liked that because all of the events in the story happened in the past, so I KNEW that everything was going to be okay with the paranormal elements. If I know the MCs survive, I can stomach a few spooky details.

Where this book really shines is in the romance. I often have issues with novellas because it isn't usually enough time to build intimacy between characters. That wasn't an issue here. The romance between Luke and Jay felt very organic, and I loved the little private snippets of conversation between the two of them told in the diary format. It made me feel like I was peeking in on their relationship, which helped me feel emotion in a novella-length story.

The plot was interesting but not the highlight for me. Still, I enjoyed reading about the journey to discover what happened to the ghost, even if it pushed me out of my comfort zone. Overall, this was an excellent read and another standout from this author.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*


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