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Tuesday, April 8

Review: Penmort Castle by Kristen Ashely

Title: Penmort Castle
By: Kristen Ashley
Series: Ghosts and Reincarnation #1
My Copy: Amazon.com
Book Whisperer's Review: 

Cash Fraser is planning revenge and to get it he needs the perfect woman. So he hires her. Abigail Butler has lost nearly everything in her life and she’s about to lose the home she loves.

Cash meets Abby, who is posing as a paid escort, and the minute he does he knows he’s willing to pay for more than Abby being his pretend girlfriend. A lot more. Abby needs the money or the last thing that links her to her dead family and husband will be gone. The deal is struck but both Cash and Abby get more than they bargained for.

Cash realises very quickly that Abby isn’t what she seems and while he changes strategies, Abby discovers that Cash’s legacy, Penmort Castle, is like all the tales say – very, very haunted. Making matters worse, the ghost in residence wants her dead.

Abby’s found herself in the battle of her life so she enlists Mrs. Truman, her nosy neighbour; Jenny, her no-nonsense friend; Cassandra McNabb, white witch and clairvoyant with a penchant for wearing scarves (and lots of them); and Angus McPherson, dyed-in-the-wool Scot (which means he hunts ghosts in a kilt) to fight the vicious ghost who has vowed that she will rest at nothing to kill the true, abiding love of the master of Penmort.


KA is one of my favorite writers…of all time.  She is right up there with John Steinbeck and Harper Lee (although I am not comparing any of these authors to each other.)  I love her; I truly do…well, I love her books.  I don’t really know KA.  However, it was really hard for me to get into Penmort Castle.  For some reason, I just wasn’t feeling it.  I did like Cash and Abby together.  I felt like Cash was a really good character to pull Abby out of her shell and make her start experiencing life again.  But something about this ghost theme book didn’t make me zip through the pages like normal.

I think if the plot line just covered Cash paying Abby to be his fake girlfriend and realizing that there was so much more to her than what he planned to find out, I would have loved it a little bit more. 


I do think that after reading this book, the ghost was a necessary addition to the plot line.  How else would Abby be able to meet Cash’s family and grow so close to them if they weren’t trying to figure out how to get rid of the supernatural being? Still, something was just off about it.  I liked it, but I didn’t love it.

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