Laurel's Gift

Rated 4.50/5 based on 4 reviews
The plaintive singing of a ghostly child in the night sets off a chain of events that lead to Laurel learning the dark secrets that dwell in her Great Aunt Maggie’s house in a Melbourne suburb. When Eli comes into Laurel’s life, instead of instantly uncovering the secrets that have been buried in this house for many years, their joint efforts lead them to discover even greater mysteries. More

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About Tricia McGill

Award winning author Tricia McGill was born in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer? The local library was a treasure trove and magical world of discovery through her childhood and growing years. Tricia is a dreamer who still dreams every night; snippets from those dreams have translated into ideas for her books.
Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart. Tricia loves reading and writing historicals and her other great passion, time-travels.

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Review by: Tricia McGill on Feb. 25, 2018 :
Reviewed by Teresa Noel.
I chose this book because I am a avid reader of paranormal. I love books about ghosts. When I saw this book had the spirit of a little girl I jumped at the chance to read it. I was a little disappointed that the book did not center a little more on the ghost aspect it was still a very good read. The book mostly centers on Laurel and Eli's budding romance, I still set up late turning pages. This is a rather short book. I was able to read it in one sitting. The book takes place in a suburb of Melbourne Australia. The stars of the book are Laurel and Eli along with 2 cats and Charlie the dog.
Laurel is staying at her Great Aunt Maggie's place to take care of her pets after Maggie is put into a nursing home due to a nasty fall. On Valentine's day a bouquet of roses are delivered to the house for Maggie and Laurel decides to find out who sent them so she can let them know about Maggie's fall. This is where things get interesting.
Eli is the nephew of David. David is love of Maggie's life, even though they never got to really be together. David passed away several years ago, but before his death asked him to carry on with sending roses to Maggie every year on Valentine's day.
Eli and Laurel meet face to face and sparks immediately fly. They have a lot in common. Seeing spirits is the big one. Laurel has been sensing the spirit of a little girl since she first arrived at Maggie's house. She has heard the little girl singing and has also been led to a few clues in the mystery of the little girl. Eli also senses something there. Laurel and Eli try to unravel the mystery of the little girl.
Along the way a few new mysteries come up and the 2 find them smack dab in the middle. Maggie passes away and they find her journal. Eli's father passes away as well a whole bunch of mysteries arise. Together Laurel and Eli try to work out all they clues they are running across and the deep dark secrets the passing of his father and her Aunt open up.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)

Review by: Tricia McGill on Feb. 01, 2018 :
Reviewed by Jennifer Macaire
In this paranormal romance, the story was interesting because both characters have psychic gifts. Often, in these stories, it's just the woman or the man. But this book was different. It was two love stories in one, and Tricia McGill does a wonderful job tying them together. Lauren and Eli are a fascinating couple. Laurel is outgoing, and Eli is secretive. The mystery is secondary to the love story, but for me, this wasn't a problem. What I liked were the characters and their love story. It starts off with Laurel staying in her Great Aunt Maggy's house, after Maggy hurts herself in a fall and has to go to a nursing home. In Maggy's home, Laurel hears a little girl singing, and knows she's a ghost. Then roses arrive for her Aunt Maggy, and Laurel meets Eli. It's a captivating story, and I highly recommend it!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Tricia McGill on Jan. 20, 2018 :
Reviewed by Amy at archaeolibrarianologist.
“This was a different type of story. It promises to be a bit paranormal and a bit contemporary. I can’t disagree with that, however, I do think it is on quite the light side of paranormal. It’s an interesting story full of discovery.

The characters were, well, quite different. The female lead character was outgoing, very friendly, and incredibly loving. The male lead character, well, I still haven’t been quite able to discover him. He is quiet, loving, and very private.

It was a good book, the story line was intriguing… I do think this author has promise for becoming a great author. I think just a little more attention and a little more “oomph” and this author will earn the title of incredible!”
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)

Review by: Tricia McGill on Oct. 20, 2017 :
By Minnie:
“An unusual paranormal with enough romance to satisfy me. The ghost haunting the house was believable, and an extra bonus was knowing the area the story is set in.”
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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