Happy Medium

Berkley. Apr. 2024. 416p. ISBN 9780593547816. pap. $18. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Gretchen Acorn is a fake spirit medium. When she’s asked to conduct an exorcism on a struggling goat farm so it can be sold, she decides the high pay and vacation in the country are worth pulling off a new con. But when she arrives at Gilded Creek Goat Farm, owner Charlie Waybill calls her a fraud (and more). For once, Gretchen isn’t lying. Everett Waybill, who’s been haunting the farm since 1924, is right by her side with alarming news: there’s a curse on Gilded Creek that will kill Charlie if he leaves. Charlie doesn’t believe the warning, but he gives Gretchen a month to convince him. As the days go by, Gretchen finds herself falling for Charlie. She’s determined to find a way to save his life and dreams, even if doing so destroys her. This slightly supernatural romance is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, with well-developed, realistic characters.
VERDICT Adler’s (Mrs. Nash’s Ashes) unique plot and excellent writing will draw readers in and keep them up late into the night. Highly recommended for all collections.
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