Josephine by Leslie Micone (♦♦♦)

Thirty-five year-old Betty Morrison, a native of New Jersey, lost her father ten years ago. Her mother, still reeling from the loss of her husband, has moved to Florida. Furthermore, her maternal grandmother has moved to New England and lost touch.

One night, Betty roams the streets of her hometown and ends up in Maple Tree Lane, an unknown street where she sees the ruins of a mansion that appear to have a strange effect on her. In her home’s attic, Betty discovers a photograph of her maternal great-grandmother Josephine, about whom she knows nothing. Henceforth, Betty starts digging in her family history--to uncover Josephine’s life story and final resting place--with the help of friends and people who knew her family from way back.

Helped by Limbcruck, a man with supernatural powers, Betty has glimpses of Josephine’s life, both awake and while asleep. Ultimately, Limbcruck recruits Ethan, a smooth talking ghost, to tell Betty the story of Josephine, starting from the time she married Jonathan McCarthy, her first husband, passing through Jonathan’s untimely and well-deserved death, and how she knew true love when she met Ethan Cambridge, an English gent.

I liked this book, but I didn’t finish it all at once; I put it aside before starting part II and picked up and finished it a few days later. This book is part suspense, part love story. It is well written, free-flowing, and engaging particularly in the parts concerning Josephine. However, once the mystery of Josephine’s life and death is solved, the story loses steam. In comparison, Betty’s life is less interesting than her great-grandmother’s. I do like ghost stories, though not the scary ones. Fortunately, the ghosts here are refreshing and likeable.

Recommended for people who like mystery and romance.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of Josephine by Leslie Micone as a member of the Dorrance Publishing Book Review Team. Visit dorrancebookstore.com to learn how you can become a member of the Book Review Team.

Dorrance Publishing

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