Monday, November 10, 2014

Review: "Ruby's Letters" by Maggie van Well

Title: Ruby’s Letters
Author: Maggie van Well
Genre: Contemporary / Paranormal Romance

You never know what you’ll find behind the wall of a closed up fireplace.

Emma Hopkins is a recently divorced chimney sweep trying to make it in a man’s world. When she wins a huge job in Brooklyn Heights , she finds more than she bargains for; a sexy general contractor who makes her blood boil and an evil spirit who wants her dead.

Ryan Atkinson struggles to keep his once-successful general contracting business alive, but horrors in his past have made him a shell of the man he once was. Now he has to face those fears to save Emma from a murderous ghost hell-bent on revenge.

Together, Ryan and Emma become ghost hunting partners, hoping to solve the mystery behind Ruby’s letters. What they uncover is a one-hundred year old murder and a budding love that can’t be denied.

Author Bio
Maggie lives on Long Island with her husband, four insane children (no idea where they get that from) and three entertaining Italian greyhounds; Rosie, Stripe and Santa's Little Helper (yes, that's his real name). She also has two ringed-neck doves, because, ya know, who doesn’t like getting woken up at 2 in the morning by cooing?

She loves the ocean, and feels blessed to be able to go to the beach whenever she wants. She is addicted to café mochas, Godiva chocolate, and hidden object games. Seriously, there’s an intervention in her future.



A love story with bits of the paranormal, mystery, and a touch of historical fiction? Well, why not! Actually, the combination of these elements makes this contemporary love story much more entertaining to read for someone who normally isn't crazy for Contemporary Romance (I live my own contemporary romance daily, I feel that I need something more!)

Finding remains in an old chimney? Check. Working to uncover answers to questions posed by a historical mystery? Check. Ghosts attempting to help and hender the discovery of answers? Check that too. Oh wait, forgot to mention Emma, a rockin' female protagonist who is not only an awesome single mommy but is also a woman making her way in a "man's" profession. Might I mention that I find the job of "Chimney repairperson" to be an extremely creative decision made by Ms. Wells, because, really, how many of us knew that there was a job like that still in existence?

A great plot set up and an entertaining storytelling style. Very cute and funny at times. The mystery/paranormal aspects kept this compelling for me. Emma is an enjoyable and spunky character. Ryan is, of course, gorgeous. I will say that I was much more compelled by the paranormal/mystery aspects of this than I was by the romance between Emma and Ryan, but honestly that made this book more enjoyable for me.

Great for cross-genre readers, or really any lover of romance that has a dash of something more.

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