Ghosts of Love feels like a look back on Richard’s life, he still mourns his wife and especially misses her presence while planning his daughter’s wedding. I admired how he put his daughter first. He works hard to make her wedding the special day that she’s always dreamed about. He goes wedding dress shopping, shares his opinions on cake and flowers, and most of all does not let her know how hard this all is for him. I think every dad/mom feels like they are losing their daughter when she gets married, they know that life will be different. Richard must come to terms with living alone, knowing his daughter will not be popping home on weekends.
The relationship between Kim and Richard was hard. Richard has not let go of his wife, he still mourns her daily, and Kim is very accepting of this. I felt for Kim. She was living in Richard’s wife shadow and wanted to help Richard move forward. She was willing to give him the time and space he needed. While I hoped that they would work out, I liked that Kim spoke her mind even when she hurt Richard. She did not double back or beg his forgiveness.
Ghosts of Love is a real book, a story of relationships, and complications. A story of a dad’s love, a husband who loves his wife, and a man who wants to move on.
David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.
David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.
David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.
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