Saturday, December 5, 2009

Not a Paranormal Romance

Nothing but Ghosts by Beth Kephart (NY: HarperTeen, 2009)

Thankfully, the main character of this complex novel, Katie, does not fall in love with a ghost. Rather, she deals with more figurative ghosts from the past, including her dead mother and a mysterious neighbor at whose estate Katie has taken a summer gardening job. While her father toils at his work restoring paintings to assuage his grief over his wife's death, Katie thinks that isolating herself from her usual friends and interests will help her come to terms with her loss. Instead she becomes involved in solving a mystery from the past, learning to love in the present, and looking forward to her future in a way she did not think would be possible when she started out. Bonus feature: sexy librarian character.

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