Laura Whitcomb will enchant you with her beautiful prose and imaginative spirit realms. Her paranormal romances are refreshingly compelling. If you are thinking of reading (or writing) a ghost love story, these books are worth checking out.
A Certain Slant of Light
"In the class of the high school English teacher she has been haunting, Helen feels them: For the first time in 130 years, human eyes are looking at her. They belong to a boy, a boy who has not seemed remarkable until now. And Helen--terrified, but intrigued--is drawn to him. The fact that he is in a body and she is not presents this unlikely couple with their first challenge. But as the lovers struggle to find a way to be together, they begin to discover the secrets of their former lives and of the young people they come to possess."
When I mention this book to people they usually say, "Nice title." It comes from a poem of the same title by Emily Dickinson, which you can read here. This was the first book I read from Laura Whitcomb, and it sucked me in. I really loved her evocative prose, especially when she is describing the experiences Helen goes through as a ghost. The spirit world feels very real, and the romance is beautifully star-crossed. The characters go through so much! It was one of those books that I could not put down. Don't you love it when that happens?
"Calder, like every Fetch, had only one name, but he had two ages: his Earth Years numbered nineteen and his Death Years numbered three hundred and thirty. Though it was no excuse for what he would do, for a Fetch, Calder was young. The Order of the Fetch, on the other hand, was old--it began when the ruins of the first garden could still be found hiding in the desert beside a river, a blanket of green having grown over her like a shroud, and, in this moist cave that was once Eden, at the heart of her darkness, the Tree of Knowledge bowed to the earth."
Calder (love the name!) is a Fetch aka Death Escort whose role is to guide spirits to the afterlife. He has a key to doors that lead him to the souls of people that are are dying. He believes he has found an apprentice in a young woman and must give her the key that opens the death doors. In his quest he takes over the body of a recently deceased man, Rasputin. The story takes place during the Russian Revolution and is part historical fiction, part fantasy, part love story. Although it can be slow in parts, I enjoyed the love story, and of course the spirit realm that Laura creates is amazing.
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