Celebration House. Annette Drake. Tirgearr Publishing. November 2013. 156 pp., 1469 KB. ASIN No.: B00E9DXK3I.
Carrie Hanson is dying, but you’d never know it as she moves to Lexington, Missouri from Seattle, Washington after having received a heart transplant. The new heart isn’t working so well but she’s determined to stay in Missouri where she is planning to purchase an old 19th Century mansion in desperate need of repairs, in fact it needs to be totally remodeled. When Carrie arrives at Stratton House, not only does she find it in such need of repair that she wonders if she can afford it but she also discovers that it’s haunted. For Carrie has a most unusual skill of being able to see, hear and talk with ghosts. If you’re looking for the usual “ghost scares the dickens out of residents” story, forget it!!! Carrie meets Colonel Stratton who is a curmudgeon owner who thinks he can frighten Carrie out of living at “his” home. No spoilers here!
This is the story of Carrie’s dream come true, despite the fierce disapproval of her sister in Seattle and the initial obstacles of her new home. Add to the characters a sexy guy, Major Stewart, a former Civil War soldier, who falls in love with Carrie but is unable to do anything about it. And we can add to the mix that Carrie will be joined by a friend who will help her in the tough period of this remodeling project, a friend who carries her own stilted love past but who just may meet someone who is everything she ever dreamed of, which is all for the better.
Carrie wants Stratton House to be a place where people can live the best days of their life, whether that be a wedding, birthday party, celebration of a great event, etc. In the process, Carrie meets other ghostly creatures, who learn to love her and she them and they help her to achieve her dream, allowing Stratton House to truly become the historical mansion it was meant to be and teaching its visitors to respect and honor the place they are enjoying for one or a few days. The reader comes to care for all of them and is glad for the encounter!
Carrie was a cardiac nurse before she received her own transplant, so she knows what’s happening. And once again, no, you can’t possibly predict what is going to happen at the end of this lovely novel – ha!
Enjoy every page of this delightful, romantic, poignant, funny and special novel. Annette Drake is a very talented writer who knows how to tell a charming yet intriguing story and compliment of compliments, never overdoes it and so it’s all phenomenally credible! Highly recommended!