In the Spirit of Love

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Sensible Claire Jacobs doesn't believe in spirits, but the handsome resident ghost haunting the manor she is vacationing at, has other plans. More

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Published by Echelon Press LLC
Words: 92,280
Language: English
ISBN: 9781590804322
About Debbie A. McClure

Raised the first of four children in London, Ontario, Canada, I married my high school sweetheart. Two children and eleven years later, we divorced. Working as a medical office administrator, the next ten years as a single parent on one income was definitely a struggle.

Twelve years ago I met my current husband and remarried. Now, five bio/step children and five grandchildren later, we live in the thriving resort village of Grand Bend, Ontario.

When not writing, I love spending time with family and friends, and during the summer months getting away to our trailer, having camp fires, and swimming.

We try to get away to the beaches of S.W. Florida during the colder winter months, but after thirty plus years of Disney World, sharing it with children and grandchildren is also magical.

Although the last ten years was spent in mortgage or real estate sales, three years ago I decided it was time to pursue my dream of writing. It has proven to be every bit as exciting as I’d ever envisioned, with a learning curve the size of a tsunami. At long last, I’m following that dream.

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Review by: Val Pearson on June 23, 2014 :
First let me just say, I don't know how I got my hands on this book. I got no email to say "please review this". There was no email to say "hey, awesome, you won this book!". Nevertheless, I am grateful that this book came to me for whatever reason it did. After reading the blurb, I thought it sounded like an interesting read. When I started to bond with the characters and plot line, which didn't take long at all, it was a WOW moment. I could not put this book down and for so many reasons.

I have English lineage myself and I absolutely love hearing anyone speak in an English accent. In the Spirit of Love was written in such a way that when Richard spoke, I felt as though I was in England visiting the Kent estate myself along with Claire and her friend Holly. The description of the Kent estate was impeccable. It felt like a very welcoming place to be. The contact Claire had with Richard in the beginning was comical and heartwarming at the same time.

In the Sprit of Love is a full bodied novel that held emotional, warm, stressful and humorous moments that helped the story flow seamlessly. It is not very easy to give physical attributes to a ghost such as being able to touch, communicate, etc. but Ms. McClure weaves a magical tale that combines the past and present in such a way that it is one hundred percent believable. I am trying to write in in broad terms as to not give away very many clues because this simply is a story that you must read for yourself. This book was a highly suspenseful read that was well written, highly entertaining and will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Yes, this book does end kind of abruptly but in a cliffhanger type of way. A lot is revealed in the last couple of chapters that let you know there is going to be a sequel. And I'm so looking forward to the sequel. Debbie A. McClure is a new author to me and if her first novel is this good, I can't wait to see her work to come. In the Spirit of Love is a must read!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Alisa Ables on April 15, 2013 :
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I love a good love story! The kind that pull you in to the story so completely that you are able to feel the emotions of the couple. This is that kind of story.
Clair has come a long way from her bad childhood. She is strong and self reliant but not good at relationships. After a horrible breakup her best friend Holly invites her to go to England with her. Claire has always been obsessed with England and jumps at the chance to finally go there. They book a stay at an amazing estate that is supposed to be haunted. Claire soon finds out that the haunting is real and she ends up caught up in a strange relationship with the resident ghost and trying to solve a mystery more than a hundred years old.
I loved the characters in this book. Claire and Richard are so sweet as a couple. The author did a great job with their romance. Trying to make a romance between a woman and a ghost is not simple and to make it work and be believable is an accomplishment. Their relationship changes in ways that are unpredictable and touching. I found myself constantly routing for them to find a way to be truly together.
The other thing that I loved about this book is that there is a huge and unnerving twist near the end of the book that completely took me off guard. I won’t say more than that so I don’t give any spoilers. I absolutely love it when a book can take me by surprise and I can say I was honestly surprised by this one.
As much as I loved this book there were, of course, a couple of things that I did not like. The first one is the sex scenes. I know, I know…sex sells. You can call me old fashioned or a prude, whatever you wish, but it does not change the fact that I hate sex in books. We all know that adults have sex when they are in relationships so why does it have to be spelled out in detail? I just don’t like it. The other thing I did not like about the book is that I felt it ended in a strange place and a bit abruptly. I am not talking about the typical cliff hanger that leaves the story open for a sequel. It felt like the book just ended when the mystery was just starting to be solved.
Regardless of these few things I dislike I am sure that I will be reading the sequel. I really want to know what happens to Claire and Richard and can’t help but root for them to find a way to truly be together.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Bolen on March 24, 2013 :
It's unresolved, but well written. I don't understand the choices the author makes but the emotions are believable.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: LionheART Publishing House on Jan. 07, 2013 :
150 years ago, Lady Olivia Kent and Lord Richard Abbotsford are lovers, but she is betrothed to another, Lord Worthington, who – with an eye on her fortune – will not set her free.

Fast forward to the present and Richard is a ghost haunting the Kent Estate - once Olivia's home, now a hotel. Claire and Holly are visiting England, and are very excited to be staying there. But immediately on their arrival, they join a tour of the old stately home and Claire is terrified by a man's touch and voice – though there is nobody there. We, the reader, know that Richard has recognised her as the reincarnation of Richard's lost love, Olivia Kent, but Claire has no idea.

This is a traditional ghost story with a twist, expertly told. Debbie McClure tells her readers just enough to instill a sense of suspense and the desire to know what happened to Richard and Olivia. Her characters, both past and present, are well-drawn and the build-up to the haunting is plausible and well-paced.

Mysteries soon unfold as it transpires Worthington was murdered after arguing with Richard Abbotsford, who disappeared the same night. Exactly one year later, Olivia also disappeared though took no belongings with her. Richard is blamed for the murder yet cannot remember anything; and if Olivia ran off to join him why is he haunting her old home and why did she leave everything behind?

Abbotsford appears to Claire on her first evening at Kent Estate, and talks to her as Olivia. She is disbelieving, shocked and incredulous. In the morning she believes the encounter a dream, and we feel Abbotsford's frustration as he tries to get through to her.

The interaction between the 150 year old ghost and the modern woman is well done with great attention paid to the differences in language: both UK/US and modern/historical. Debbie McClure also successfully highlights how attitudes and behaviours have changed as the two main characters repeatedly clash as they get to know each other.

This is an intriguing murder-mystery, ghost and love story and a very enjoyable read that was difficult to put down, and I'm looking forward to book two.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: gitte frederiksen on Dec. 16, 2012 :
a must read book:-) best book I read in a long time, It took only 2 days to read "in the spirit of love", because I couldn`t put it down, it has it all, murder, ghost, love, an old english, manor, a good story. . although it is in english it were easy to read for me, who are danish and don`t read english very often.
, it is very well written and I`m looking forward to the next book from Debbie Mcclure,
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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