Haunted house. Haunted heart. When Sara O’Neill goes on the run, she believes the tiny New Zealand town of Kowhiowhio is just the sanctuary she needs. Her family’s old colonial house needs repair, but it’s safe from the abusive husband she left behind. However, a hostile local holds a grudge and a dangerous presence haunting her new home threatens Sara’s chance at peace. How can she create a new life while dealing with ghosts from the old? For local electrician, Nate Adams, parenting his young daughter alone has not been easy – particularly in a town where he is still seen as an outsider. When he meets his new neighbour, he sees a chance at a new start for them both. Even with his help, can the house – or Sara’s heart – be repaired? Someone doesn’t want an O’Neill in Kowhiowhio. Sara’s return is awakening secrets hidden for generations. Why has the house never had electricity? What was the fate of Sara’s ancestors? Can she discover the ghost’s story before it’s too late? The truth will set…something…free.
Fabulous book. Not only is it well written and thoroughly deserving of the hard-to-get Awesome Indies Seal of Excellence (which was why I bought it) but also, I personally love it. As a Kiwi, I find the mix of celtic lore and Maori law particularly intriguing. It makes for a unique story that is essentially a quality paranormal romance that, thankfully, avoids the over-used vampire and werewolf characters.
The author skilfully reveals the true story bit by bit, keeping one reading, then builds the pace and suspense to a riveting conclusion with a satisfying ending. Well done.