ROMANCE

The Christmas Spirit

Rosewind: Vesuvian. Nov. 2020. 260p. ISBN 9781645480419. pap. $14.95. gothic/paranormal ROMANCE
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In this supernatural romance from paranormal author Weis (Sisters of the Moon), accountant Courtney Winston bails on spending yet another Christmas at home with her family to hole up in a remote Tennessee cabin to write. Her agent has asked for major revisions to her latest novel, but Courtney is quickly distracted by Peter, who owns the property where Courtney is staying and who warns her that she may not be safe alone in the woods. Courtney begins to feel a menacing presence in the cabin, despite frequent visits from a large black cat, a meddlesome cook named Mrs. Finn, and Peter, who suddenly seems old-fashioned and surly. Peter’s story of his lost love touches Courtney as she comes to terms with her own broken heart and seeming inability to love. The longer she stays, the more she realizes there is something not right about the visitors who seem to appear and reappear at her door.
VERDICT Ghostly occurrences and ancient folklore make this feel like a modern, romantic twist on A Christmas Carol, which will appeal to paranormal fans.

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