Growing up, there was a lot of things I didn't know or understand about my parents. I knew that one was a staunch Republican while the other was a Democrat. I knew they had to have had sex at least five times--hence my sisters and me. But I didn't know about their dating story or what they liked most about each other. My mom has been gone for over fifteen years and there's so much I would like to know....
At least one thing I do know is that my parents are both from the same time period. The heroine in MS Kaye's latest series, can't even say that.... Here... see for yourself.
The man wore black pants and vest, polished shoes, and a white shirt. His hair looked slick and perfectly combed to one side. He looked exactly like she would imagine Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice.
“Hendrick,” Archer said, obviously surprised to see him.
She glanced at Archer and then stared at the man.
“I’ve heard that name before,” she said.
He paused. His blue eyes seemed sad and yet resolved, like a widower withstanding rain at his wife’s funeral, standing at the grave, saying a proper goodbye.
“I know you’ve heard it,” he said. “Your mother told you.”
“How do you know my mother?” she asked. “Who are you?”
“You know who I am.”
She turned to Archer as if asking for help. She had to stop herself from reaching out a hand to him, a hand he couldn’t take.
Archer’s voice was gentle. “He’s a very good friend of mine. He asked me to watch over you when you ran away from the hospital. But he never told me why.”
“I don’t understand,” she whispered.
“I know,” Archer said. “You’re getting hit with a lot all at once.”
“He’s a ghost.”
“But the style of his clothes, his hair—he must have passed a long time ago.”
“He’s one of the older ghosts I’ve met. I think he died around 1890.” He glanced at Hendrick.
She could barely get the words out, like pulling briar out of her own throat. “Then how can he be my father?”
Can you imagine how family reunions will go for her??
Ilona discovers what it means to have a mother who is a modern woman and a father who is a 19th-century gentleman ghost.
After being hit by a car and taken to the hospital, Ilona starts to realize she’s different from other people, and that her mother has hidden the truth from her. She sneaks out of the hospital in order to discover the truth.
A mysterious boy named Archer guides her through Brooklyn and introduces her to Hendrick, the man who claims to be her father—though he died in 1890.
Ilona must discover not only what she must do to rid the city of Soll, a sadistic and powerful spirit, but also what it means to be half ghost. She proves what her mother told her—love is stronger than death.
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