Book Review – For Love of a Ghost by Jackie North


Love Across Time #6
Publisher: Blue Rain Press
Pages: 294
Characters: Finn/Artie
POV: 3rd
Genre: Time Travel, Series.

Blurb:
Soulmates across time. A love that conquers even time itself.

In present day, all Finn wants is to leave behind the family farm and become a ghost hunter.

In 1912, Artie works hard to save enough money to escape the rumors about the kind of man he is, a man who loves other men. He has vowed never to open his heart to another.

Finn has taken up residence in a haunted hotel. There, he’s set up his equipment to track down evidence of the hotel’s three resident ghosts.

When Finn is thrust back into the year 1912, his only thought is to get home. The problem is, he’s fallen for Artie who, in the future, is one of the hotel’s ghosts.

Will Finn get back home? Or will his feelings for Artie cause him to stay in the past, leaving his future behind him?

A male/male time travel romance complete with the scent of lavender, shared beds, daring rescues, found families, root beer floats, and true love across time.

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Review

One of the things I love about reading series is when characters from other books make an appearance. The cameo in this book was wonderfully done, as it’s something only readers of this series would pick up on. Loved it! I’m kind of hoping they’ll meet up again one day.

I’m already a huge fan of this series. The author had me at time travel. I love how with story the reason behind the time travel is different, and the way back to the past or present is unique to that story too.

Finn and Artie’s story is very sweet, as Finn’s interest in ghosts soon gets overtaken by his falling for Artie, and wanting to save him. I liked how time had other ideas, and although he was able to help others, it fought him when it came to saving Artie. I loved the two together, and how their friendship and attraction grew to much more. I suspect that’s what time was waiting for too, as I doubt Finn could have done what he did until they’d reach that point. I thought the ending was very satisfying, and that Artie’s struggle to adapt to what happened realistic. Their first time together, and Finn wanting to give Artie something real, was beautifully written, and very bittersweet.

I also enjoyed the subplots within the story, especially Daisy’s, and how Ruby’s story ended up becoming part of how things were meant to be. Nicely done and very timey wimey.

I love the descriptions in the story, and almost lyrical prose in some of them. It feels very obvious that the author has researched the historical part of the setting, which adds a degree of realism.

The supporting cast also feel very real, and I especially liked Finn’s family and the support and love they clearly have for each other. Most of the author’s other time travellers don’t have the worry of leaving family behind, and I really loved Finn’s struggle with knowing he might not see them again. The two bullies were horrible, and I hope Horace’s actions, in particular, catch up with him one day.

I’d love to catch up with Finn and Artie in another story, and see how they are doing in their new life together. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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