Author ~ Amy Rae Durreson
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 12 August 2016
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance
When lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboat volunteer. But Mattie’s great-great-grandfather isn’t the only specter in Rosewick Bay, and as Siôn and Mattie investigate an ill-fated love affair from a bygone era, they begin a romance of their own, one that will hopefully escape the tragedy Mattie’s ancestor suffered.
But the ghosts aren’t the only ones with secrets, and the things Siôn and Mattie are keeping from each other threaten to tear them apart. And all the while, the dead are biding their time, because the curse of Rosewick Bay has never been broken. If the ghosts are seen on the streets, local tradition foretells a man will drown before the summer’s end.
Sally’s Book Brief
I don’t know about you but when I read a blurb there are certain words that pop out at me as though they have a light behind them. For some people it might be ‘menage’ or ‘heart-wrenching’ or ‘romantic’ but for me it’s any reference to the Bronze Age, farming or, in this case, ‘museums’. I love books about museums, and especially small volunteer run ones like the one in Spindrift, documenting the history of Rosewick Bay.
Now, I’ll be honest, I’m going to have trouble finding anything negative to say because this is one of the few books I’ve read that made me smile all the way through. Even though the beginning was sad – and the author achieved a description of the distancing effects of clinical depression that really hit home to me – I knew that it would pass and poor Siôn’s loneliness would be eased. His bafflement at Mattie’s carefree way, and why the happy young man would want to be bothered with such an uptight stick in the mud, was less an impediment than a promise of future happiness.
That said, there was a very tense atmosphere of peril from the moment the first spectre appeared and there were aspects of the plot that made my imagination kick into over drive. Turning the lights off at night was hard!
In addition to the ghost plot and the romance plot was a well drawn small seaside town where behind the busy and demanding influx of tourists, a whole other world of locals with families and kids, who worried about mortgages, juggled several jobs and tried to make ends meet, while being prepared to turn out to man the lifeboat at a moment’s notice.
Mattie, Siôn’s love interest, is a delightful young man, carefree and flirty but with well hidden griefs, and has a wonderful family. Claire in particular, a teenager with bags of attitude and a very kind heart, was a joy to read.
So really, for me, this book had it all – plot pace and tension and characters with whom I was overjoyed to spend my time.
Meet Amy Rae Durreson
Amy has a terrible weakness for sarcastic dragons, shy boys with sweet smiles, and good pots of tea. She is yet to write a shy, tea-loving dragon, but she's determined to get there one day (so far, all of her dragons are arrogant gits who prefer red wine). Amy is a quiet Brit with a degree in early English literature, which she blames for her somewhat medieval approach to spelling, and at various times has been fluent in Latin, Old English, Ancient Greek, and Old Icelandic, though these days she mostly uses this knowledge to bore her students. Amy started her first novel twenty-one years ago and has been scribbling away ever since. Despite these long years of experience, she has yet to master the arcane art of the semicolon.