by Linda Fallon

April 2003
ISBN: 0-8217-7432-8
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Paranormal expert Lucien Thorpe is a peculiar sort of man who has left his fiancťe Eve standing at the altar for a second time.

As Eve is about to tell her family and friends the wedding is off, a young boy rushes in clutching a note for Eve which says ďI didnít forgetĒ - a phrase written over and over again and each time in a different hand. None of them belonging to Lucien.

Eve is overcome with a fear that something has happened to her beloved Lucien. Eve, the Plummerville Ghost Society, and some of Lucienís friends race toward the haunted and abandoned hotel that Lucien was studying for paranormal activity. When they arrive they are unprepared for what they find, an evil spirit that lives within the very walls on the hotel has taken possession of Lucien.

Shades of Winter took me by surprise. I donít usually read historicals but I enjoyed this one very much. I found myself laughing out loud and sitting on the edge of my seat at the mere mention of a ghost or any other paranormal mischief. The characters were wonderfully well-written. Eve and Lucien had a great love and devotion for one another which the reader can see through the exchanges that they share - for example in one of my favorite lines in the book:

Eve: Did I kill him?

Hugh: No

Eve: Do you think he forgive me for hitting him with a candlestick holder?

Even though Lucien was possessed, Eve was still concerned for him and I thought that was very touching. The secondary characters are wonderful as well; the members of the Plummerville Ghost Society and Lucienís friends were delightful and made a wonderful addition to the story. The only thing I disliked about the book was that it ended much too quickly for me. Ms. Fallon wrote a great novel and itís perfect for snuggling up with and reading on a rainy night.

Reviewed in April 2003 by Ronica.

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