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The ghost haunting Wisteria Gardens Antiques appears to be a charming and loving mother who can't stand the thought of being separated from her son. But appearances can be deceiving. The Ghosties are moved by her expression of devotion, until they discover the truth. Her attachment to the real world has nothing to do with love. As the teen ghost hunters struggle with the case, Althea's determination to stay threatens their very lives. Will Pekin, Scout, and Amber convince the ghost to move on before it's too late?

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After her husband is killed by a drunk driver, Kelly Harris and her son TJ move to Ohio to a sprawling Victorian House left to her husband by his grandmother.  

 

Dealing with her overwhelming grief is a struggle for Kelly as she adjusts to life in her new town. Within a short time, howeverlife takes an unexpected turn when the Alexa unit in her sons bedroom starts to cry, and a little girls voice comes out aking for help. At firstKelly is freaked out and grabs her son and dashes from her house in the middle of the nightspending the night at the nearest motel. But Kelly isnt willing to be chased from her home by a ghost, so decides to find out what the ghost wants.

Mixed into this drama is a detective Kelly meets and becomes drawn to. Rob Porter is investigating the disappearance of a child named Marilee and is taken aback when Kellys ghost mentions Marilees name. In fact, the ghost says "Marilees with me." Whether that means the child is a ghost as well is a question Rob and Kelly hope to answer.

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Under the Willows by Pamela McCord

★★★★★ / BY  MORGAN JUSTICE / APRIL 10, 2021

A surprisingly sweet and spooky story.

Raising a family in a tiny home in New York has its challenges. An inheritance gives Kelly and Tom a chance to begin a new life with their son TJ in a small midwestern town. Unfortunately, a drunk driver cruelly rips Tom from Kelly and TJ, leaving the widowed mom to put down roots in a new place without her husband. Small town life is an adjustment, but TJ makes a few friends right away and even Kelly begins to see a way out from under her unbearable grief. Things for Kelly and TJ are slowly looking up, until the tiny virtual personal assistant, Alexa, starts talking to TJ in the middle of the night. Only the voice, the tears and the pleading are not the Alexa everybody has come to depend on. The frightened voice is that of a small girl, and Kelly might be the only person that can help.

Under the Willows is an innocent and tender ghost story about a woman reeling from the loss of her husband. Although there is a healthy dose of creepy, the overall arc of the story is one that will leave your heart feeling full. Kelly is a loving mom doing the best she can in a circumstance she never imagined. Add a haunted house to the mix, and you’ll find yourself really rooting for this newly single mom. The small town cast and setting add a familiar feel, right down to the knick-knack shop and the cherry pie at the local diner. With a plot that is more predictable than not, Pamela McCord writes with a casual, comfortable voice, making for a story that feels completely unique and entirely craveable. Largely benign and definitely a blast, Under the Willows is a surprisingly sweet and spooky story that pairs mystery and light romance to make a lovely supernatural book, perfect for an eerie late night read!

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Pekin Dewlap hasn’t seen a ghost since she was twelve. But she’d do anything to get them back. Starting a ghostbusting business with her two best friends, Amber and Scout, seems like the perfect way to accomplish her goal. Of course, playing with ghosts isn’t high on their wish list, so Pekin has to do some arm-twisting to get them on board.

 

Once committed, Pekin and her friends find themselves in deep, trying to solve the disappearance of fourteen-year-old Miranda Talbert. Miranda went missing in 1918 and her spirit has wandered the halls of Elmwood Manor for the last hundred years.

 

In the midst of finding Miranda, discovering her budding feelings for Scout, and consoling a terrified Amber, Pekin is met by an angry ghost set on thwarting her plans. Will the Ghosties be able to help Miranda, or will Pekins business die before she solves the mystery?

A heartbroken ghost searches in vain for her baby. Pekin Dewlap and her best friends Scout and Amber are hired to help her spirit go into the light by the kindhearted homeowners who have grown fond of the crying ghost. The teens move into the house while their clients are on a cruise, and their first order of business is to find out the ghost's identity.

Now armed with the ghost's namealong with those of her husband and baby daughterit's time to set the ghost free. Howeverit isn't as easy as the kids expect 

First,  Lily the ghost doesn't seem to be aware of their presence, and when she finally "sees" themshe becomes angry and destructive.

The Ghosties track down Lily's husband and daughter to for their help, but much to their surprisetheir invitation is met with hostility. The father has secrets of his own that he must protect. If Pekin and her friends can't convince the father to help them, they may never be able to set Lily free, and send her into light.