Thursday, April 8, 2021

Review of Ghosts of Love with a Giveaway


Richard McNeil has loved three women in his life. 

He feels abandoned by all three. 

His wife passed away in childbirth, leaving him alone, a single father with an infant daughter. His daughter, Emily, now twenty years old, is leaving, marrying and moving away. Two months ago, Kim, his almost-fiancé, the only woman he has dated in over twenty years, left as they broke off their relationship. 

On the weekend of Emily’s wedding, he is haunted by his memories. The day his wife passed away plays in his mind like a video. Stories of Emily’s childhood leave him both smiling and wanting to cry. And worst of all, his recollections of meeting, dating, and falling in love with Kim almost seem real, as if he can stretch out his hand and touch her. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot understand what went wrong between the two of them, and, although he yearns for a reconciliation, he cannot dismiss the cruel things she said to him. 

His memories haunt him like ghosts, and he knows he will not be happy until they leave him be. He wants his future to be like his past, and he suspects, that it is he who holds on to his memories, not they to him. How can Richard release them? Perhaps, he finally can lay his wife to rest. Surely, he can mumble the words to give Emily away. But releasing Kim might mean giving up all hope of ever being together. How can he do that? 

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My Thoughts... A man loses his wife leaving him a single dad of a baby, his baby then grows up and is getting married, and he meets a woman who he may love but their relationship ends.   Richard feels like everyone he has cared about has left him.  

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.   

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About the author
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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1 comment:

  1. I haven't read any of his books before but I plan to now.