It’s a pleasure to share my review for The Wrong Ghost, with the other bloggers wrapping up the blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources
It’s almost a year since Beatrice (Bea) Beaumont lost her beloved husband, George, in a tragic accident in the lead up to Christmas, so it stands to reason she’s not looking forward to the festive season this year. She’d give anything to go back and stop him from venturing out that day. Being the sole custodian of Ketton Hall, her husband’s ancestral home, and a single mother, Bea felt quite overwhelmed sometimes. Thankfully she had a successful online business and her daughter, both of which help to keep her focused in the present, though how she’s going to manage the upkeep of the Hall she has no idea.
One day, feeling particularly bereft, Bea called out George’s name and begged him to come back. She had the shock of her life when someone did appear, but unfortunately it wasn’t her George, although he did have the same name.
‘I miss you so much,’ she whispered into the room. ‘George. Can you hear me?’ She took a deep breath. ‘I wish you’d come back. I wish you’d come back.’ She closed her eyes for a moment. Then she stood up, feeling a little dizzy. Cold too. Yes, it suddenly felt very cold, as if the winter weather had crept into the house and taken up residence.
And that’s when she saw him.
Bea’s unintentional summoning of ancestor George helped her in many ways she hadn’t expected, and after the initial shock had worn off on both sides they grew to like each other immensely. Their relationship as they got to know each other balanced out the darkness of Bea’s grief, which was portrayed very realistically. The story is well thought through with interesting historical anecdotes and a mystery to solve. Being such an old property, Ketton Hall had secret nooks and crannies Bea was quite unaware of. George, on the other hand, knew more…but not everything.
Bea is a very sympathetic character, easy to like, and George is lovely. The same can’t be said for the relative who is fairly obnoxious and out to cause upset. The Wrong Ghost is a delightful read, perfect for this time of the year.
When Beatrice Beaumont loses her husband, George, she finds herself raising their young daughter alone in the ancestral home, Ketton Hall, deep in the Suffolk countryside.
With Christmas approaching and marking the first anniversary of George’s death, there’s nothing Bea wants more than to have him back again.
One night, she makes a wish for him to return and gets the shock of her life when a ghost appears. But it isn’t her George…
The Wrong Ghost is a delightful Christmas tale, full of warmth and charm, perfect for a dark winter’s night in a cosy, candle-lit room.
Victoria Connelly lives in a 500-year old thatched cottage in rural Suffolk with her artist husband, a springer spaniel and a flock of ex-battery hens. She is the million-selling author of two bestselling series, The Austen Addicts and The Book Lovers, as well as many other novels and novellas. Her first published novel, Flights of Angels, was made into a film in Germany. Victoria loves books, films, walking, historic buildings and animals. If she isn’t at her keyboard writing, she can usually be found in her garden either with a trowel in her hand or a hen on her lap.