By: Kathryn Knight
Narrated by: Kristin James
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
Release date: 04-23-18
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Four years ago, Emily Shea and Staff Sergeant Brett Leeds agreed to part with no strings attached. Sparks flew during their brief affair, but fate intervened, sending Brett overseas. When an unexpected pregnancy derailed Emily's own plans, her attempts to locate Brett were soon overwhelmed by the challenges of single motherhood. Now, Brett has returned home, and Emily is forced to share her secret.
Despite feeling betrayed, Brett is determined to forge a relationship with their son, Tyler. As the former lovers battle both their inner demons and their mutual desire, another presence enters their lives - Tyler's imaginary friend. Soon, however, the chilling evidence points to a different conclusion: A ghost has formed a dangerous connection with their son.
Emily's attempts to help both a lost soul and a friend in need spiral toward a deadly confrontation, and Brett must race to save Emily before he loses her again forever.
Audiobook Review…Kristin James is a new to me narrator who I will now look for more from. She took a story I was familiar with, since I had read the book first, and brought it to life. The characters emotions were real, the happenings in the book seemed to be real, and the story was real. Kristin’s voice was easy to listen to and she has a real talent in changing her tone to match what the story was needing. Kathryn Knight wrote an amazing book and Kristin did an amazing job narrating the book.
eBook Review…I am a fan of Kathryn Knight’s other books. Each one I have read, devoured, and loved. Haunted Souls is the same way. I received the book, started it, and could not put it down. I felt like there was a bonus story in this book. The story of Tyler and his ghost friend, Josiah, was the main story with the bonus of Emily and Brett’s love story.
The ghost story gave me goose bumps so many times. I could not imagine being in Emily’s shoes watching her 4 year old son interact with a person only he could see. Yet, Emily never doubted Josiah’s existence. Josiah did not directly interact with Emily but he did let her know he was there, many times. With each of these times I reacted in fear for Tyler and awe of how calm Emily managed to stay. I believe I would have acted more like Brett. The disbelief of what his son was saying and being unsure how to react. I am thankful that Tyler had his mom to protect him, believe him, and help him get Josiah back to his mother.
Emily and Brett’s story was not unique in that a soldier comes home on break. Girl gets pregnant and soldier goes back to war. The difference is how Emily handled it. Instead of freaking out, she did what she had to do to keep her baby safe. The choices she made were not easy. I admired how she became a single mom, struggling, yet never giving up. I also admired how she handled Brett’s coming home and finding out about Tyler. She didn’t place blame, in fact she shouldered more blame that she should have. She trusted that Brett would be able to step into their life and put Tyler’s happiness first. Brett did not disappoint either. He became the man that both Emily and Tyler needed. Kathryn Knight wrote their love story in very real terms. It was not instant fall back into a relationship. There were trust issues to deal with, histories to come to terms with, and a friendship to reestablish. The attraction was still there, but both knew they needed more to become a family.
I certainly recommend checking out Haunted Souls.