Good morning and Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all are having an amazing holiday!
I’d also like to welcome you to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Ghost of Christmas Past by Joy Eileen. I thought it was a cool coincidence that I read this a couple of weeks ago, and thought today would be the perfect time to review it. There, that’s my cheesy (but true) explanation. On to the review! 🙂
About the book: Esmerelda Tussaud was born with the ability to talk to spirits.
Jake Delassixe loved her the moment he saw her sipping chocolate milk through a straw at his grandma’s bar.
Jake didn’t think anything could tear them apart, especially after they endured the cruelty of high school. Esmeralda proved him wrong when she left him, on the night of their graduation after his proposal. With nothing tethering him to New Orleans, Jake moved to New York to revamp an old bar his grandma gifted to him.
Now things are starting to happen in his bar. Things that only Esmeralda can help him with. As Esmeralda helps Jake rid his bar of unwanted specters, she also raises the love that Jake thought was dead.
Can Jake forgive her?
Will she be banished from his heart like the ghosts in his bar?
This book contains humor, paranormal nuisance. romance, humor, and Christmas magic.
My review: This is the author’s first book I’ve read, and I was pleasantly surprised. While I’m not a huge fan of romances, I thought is really cool to see events through Jake’s jilted, yet still caring, perspective. I went through a similar experience (I think we all probably have at some point), and both of those helped to bring the story home for me.
My only complaint, and it really isn’t, is that Esmeralda seemed like a Mary sue type of character. It’s a long explanation, so please bear with me. The way she had a vibe of being sweet and innocent after dumping Jake fits into the category, but there are always two sides to a story, and her reasoning shows that no matter how perfect someone may appear, no one is above doing something smart or dumb based on wrong assumptions. If anything, it made her more normal.
As strange as it sounds, my favorite parts involve the ghost kicking Jake around. I laughed out loud at a couple of the instances, but the part when Jake was trying to sleep on the sofa was the best. It was a great break in the “whoa is me” vibe coming from Jake as well as serving a purpose. What that is I won’t say. Sorry, but no spoilers. 😀
This was an entertaining and quick read, and I’ll have to check out the author’s other works.