In the Books featuring Ghost of Christmas Past (The Red Door Holiday Book 2) by Joy Eileen

Good morning and Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all are having an amazing holiday!

Joy

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.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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