Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Heidelberg Ghost by Nickie Cochran

Title: The Heidelberg Ghost
Author: Nickie Cochran
Series: Do You Spook German? #1
Published:  September 9th 2012 by Nickie Cochran
Page Count: 234
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

After being accused of stealing the princess’ heirloom ring and jewelry box, Volker finds himself cursed by a witch and trapped on the castle grounds for over 400 years with no glimmer of hope for his miserable ghostly condition to improve. When he realizes that the pox-covered, yet beautiful, peasant woman standing in the courtyard can see him, he knows that she’s the one that can set him free. The only trouble is that he’s falling head over heels in love with the one that he can never be with.

Determined to start over after a disappointing long-term relationship, Andrea Morgan decides to sell all of her belongings in Atlanta and hop on a plane home to Germany. Life is good, until the fateful night of the annual Halloween ball at the Heidelberg castle, when out of nowhere, a muck-covered ring lands next to her foot in the courtyard. Attached to this antique ring appears to be a very handsome ghost. Good thing that she isn’t looking for love any time soon, because how ridiculous would it be of her to fall in love with a spirit?

If you enjoy light paranormal romances by authors like Lynn Kurland and Cindy Miles, you will definitely love The Heidelberg Ghost with its charming characters.

My Review:

This novel did get off to a bit of a slow start, but by about a quarter of the way through I was hooked. It also had such a fantastically happy ending that I couldn’t help but smile. It was a genuinely fun story that I definitely enjoyed.

The author has a very approachable writing style. It added to the fact that this was a very cute novel. It was also a very consistent and fluently written novel. The descriptions and narrative matched each other. I appreciate the consistency as it adds to the upbeat aspects of the novel. I enjoyed how the mystery was worked into the novel, without interrupting the flow of this novel. And this novel did have a definite flow and progression from beginning to end. The mystery also worked in tandem with the romantic aspects of the novel, neither overpowering the other.

The characters themselves were quite well developed and absolutely adorable. I enjoyed the fact that each character was an individuals and each had real life issues that they were dealing with. The friendship and camaraderie between the characters was also very natural and apparent. I must say that I would have liked a bit more family history about some of the characters. It would have helped to round out the story a bit more since family connections were talked of so much throughout.

This novel is so different from anything that I’ve ever read and I thoroughly appreciate that fact. It was such a warm, fuzzy, fun type of story and I was thoroughly immersed in it by the ending. I definitely wanted to keep reading after the last page.

Buy your copy of this novel online here today!

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