by Adele Griffin and Lisa Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: Feb 1, 2012 (paperback)
Source: sent by publisher
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary from goodreads.com:
A ghost will find his way home. But I am not a ghost.
And this house is not my home.
After losing her parents and her brother, falling in love with Will was Jennie Lovell's last opportunity for happiness. But then she lost him too...
As Jennie tries to mend the pieces of her broken life, she feels an eerie presence from something otherworldly...something that won't let her leave the past behind.
Acclaimed author Adele Griffin and bestselling illustrator Lisa Brown have created a spellbinding mystery where the living cannot always be trusted, and death is not always the end.
This is one of the best books I've read for a long time. It was so refreshing and unexpected, and I was on the edge of my seat up until the last page. I was already a fan of books set during the civil war, and also a fan of ghost stories, so I was pretty sure I would like this book. I wasn't expecting to love it so much though!
Jennie is a great main character, she's smart and strong and I think a lot of readers can relate to her. The other characters in the book are amazing too. Everyone plays their part, from Jennie's horrible Aunt Clara, to her wounded cousin Quinn, and even the mysterious spirit photographer Geist.
I loved the illustrations and how they helped to tell the story. The drawings are essentially pages from Jennie's scrapbook, one of the only things that she feels like really belongs to her. The reader gets to read Jennie's letters as they were written, stained and all. And we get to actually see the photos that the family poses for at Geist's studio along with a lot of other photos that Jennie has collected along the way.
Main Characters: 5/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Bottom Line: This book is really something special and I recommend it to anyone who likes history, romance, and a good ghost story.