Author ~ Jonathan L. Ferrara
Published ~ 12th October 2016
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Young Adult
“Michael, don’t forget our Neverland.”
For nearly a century, the ghost of 17 year-old Rupert Buxton has been trapped in his childhood home. He spends his days reading, roaming, and trying desperately to recall his former life. Hope is restored when a boy his own age moves into the manor—a boy he quickly becomes fascinated by. This peculiar, modern boy is the first person that Rupert has been able to reveal himself to, and just might be the key to help him discover his mysterious past.
The Ghost of Buxton Manor is a young adult, LGBT paranormal fiction centered around historical figures Rupert Buxton and Michael Davies—the inspiration behind the real Peter Pan.
4.5 “Neverland” Stars!
The Ghost of Buxton Manor by Jonathan L. Ferrara is a stand-alone, YA LGBT paranormal. This tale is loosely based around Rupert Buxton and Michael Davies, the historical figures that are the inspiration behind Peter Pan. I didn’t really know what to expect when I ventured into this book. I love paranormal fiction; however, it has been quite some time since I have read young adult. As with any book you pick up, you never know if you are going to go down the road of the abysmally awful. That was definitely not the case here. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading this fascinating story.
Rupert Errol Victor Buxton has been haunting Buxton Manor, his home, for almost a century. He has no memory of his former life and the only reason he knows that he died at the age of seventeen is that his tombstone is on the property. He’s been alone at the manor for the one hundred years and the only ways that Rupert can appease his boredom is by wandering about and reading books. However, things change when a family purchases the mansion and moves in. Rupert is immediately enthralled with one of the family members, a young boy by the name of Aaron who is also seventeen years old. Rupert quickly discovers that Aaron he is able to reveal himself to Aaron and that he may just be the one to help him fill in all the blanks regarding his cryptic past.
I absolutely loved Rupert and Aaron. While the entire book is told from Rupert’s point of view, you do get a sense of who Aaron was. Their tale of love was so innocent and heart-breaking as Rupert begins to piece together his past with Aaron’s assistance. Both Rupert and Aaron were from two very different times and watching them figure each other out was sweet entertainment. I love the world that Mr. Ferrara created and also loved how carefully crafted and alive he made all the characters. The mystery aspect of the overall story arc was very well done and it most certainly kept me reading wanting to ascertain what would happen next.
All in all, The Ghost of Buxton Manor was a wonderful and heart-felt tale of life, death and young love. Let me tell you, this paranormal read had me hooked almost immediately. Highly recommended.