Wendy reviews ‘My Past Your Future’ (Deerbourn Inn) by Gabbi Grey. Published by The Wild Rose Press, Inc, February 24, 2020, 109 pages.
Callum MacLaren, a professor from Scotland, visits Willow Springs, Vermont during the Winter Solstice to study and explore the rich history of St. Joseph’s Cemetery. His encounter with a sexy soldier in a tattered Civil War uniform is a captivating puzzle, and the more he learns, the deeper his attraction.
A hundred and fifty years ago, Elijah Freeman was killed during the Second Battle of Fort Wagner and woke up in Willow Springs, the only home he’d known. Alone, he roams the town, unable to leave or interact with a single soul until an intriguing Scot addresses him. Even stranger, the man can see him, hear him, and touch him–a sizzling caress that leaves Elijah aching for more.
But will Elijah return to his ghostly form when the magic of the solstice fades, or is Callum’s love enough to keep him in the land of the living?
*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review
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So, full disclosure… I know the author. I might even be one of their colleagues. Now I want to add “fan” to that list.
As with any paranormal story, we make allowance for the imagination. We expect that certain things will be unbelievable and we hope that we can still somehow cheat our brains into accepting what we’re told. I didn’t find the latter to be the case with this book. While ghosts are by definition figments and ethereal, Elijah’s character was very believable. The story was written in such a way that it all felt very realistic to me. From Callum’s first sighting of Elijah to the developing relationship between the men and how that was able to happen.
Elijah might be over one hundred and fifty years old and confined to a small perimeter of the world but that doesn’t mean he’s not kept up with the times as much as he could. I liked that some things enchanted him and others stunned him and his sensibilities. He, being in a unique situation, was able to have a perspective that most of us wouldn’t even consider.
Callum was just about the most charming character that I’ve read in some time. I’m a HUGE sucker for a Scottish accent and I’m secretly hoping this comes to audio so I can hear that voice for real!
I loved the historical aspect of the story and felt like Gabbi really did her homework.
I will say that I was skeptical of how these two would be able to have a HEA. I mean, ghost and non-ghost type person? Gabbi did a wonderful job of putting all the pieces together though so no worries.
I really am a fan of this book and recommend it highly if you like ghost/paranormal romance.
10/10 Pots of Gold or 100% recommended
Working for the government by day, I spend my nights writing contemporary, gay, sweet, and dark erotic BDSM romances…and while I firmly believe in happy endings, I also believe in making my characters suffer before finding their true love.