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Paranormal RomanceA ghost story is just a story-until it happens to you.While on vacation in England with her best friend, Claire Jacobs' life is changed forever. From the beginning, Kent Estate evokes a sense of coming home. When she takes a guided tour of the reputedly haunted manor, it reveals a story of love and murder that resonates deep within her heart. Of course, sParanormal RomanceA ghost story is just a story-until it happens to you.While on vacation in England with her best friend, Claire Jacobs' life is changed forever. From the beginning, Kent Estate evokes a sense of coming home. When she takes a guided tour of the reputedly haunted manor, it reveals a story of love and murder that resonates deep within her heart. Of course, sensible Claire doesn't believe in spirits, but the all too handsome resident ghost has other plans. Despite her better judgment, Claire finds herself deeply attracted to the spectre, but there can be no future in loving a ghost–can there?Things are not always what they appear to be.Wrongly accused of a murder he didn't commit, Lord Richard Abbotsford is bound to Kent Estate. It's been a long one hundred and fifty years. Then he sees her. His beloved Lady Olivia Kent has returned to him. Having become increasingly disillusioned and bitter, the return of Olivia gives him new hope for release from his eternal prison. But Olivia is different; she doesn't recognize him at all. He knows she has returned to Kent Estate for a reason, and he is determined to remind her of their shared past. To do so, he must first change her mind about ghosts–and himself....

Title : In the Spirit of Love
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ISBN : 9781590804
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Number of Pages : 503 Pages
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In the Spirit of Love Reviews

  • Karen Syed
    2019-06-12 11:41

    *Disclaimer: I am the publisher of this book, but in my opinion that more than qualifies me to share my review of the book.With a clever cast of characters, this book is a smashing read. With a ton of romance, a dash of mystery, and some good solid writing, I would recommend this book to anyone.For a debut book, I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Never a dull moment and a pleasure to read.

  • Gitte Frederiksen
    2019-06-14 12:37

    best book I`ve read in a long time,I read it in 2 days, because it were exciting, a good love story, it had a murder mystery and a handsome ghost, the only problem with the book, is that it were to short, I wanted to continue reading, I waining impatiently for the next one.

  • Karen Perkins
    2019-05-23 14:54

    150 years ago, Lady Olivia Kent and Lord Richard Abbotsford are lovers, but she is betrothed to another, Lord Worthington, who – with an eye on her fortune – will not set her free. Fast forward to the present and Richard is a ghost haunting the Kent Estate - once Olivia's home, now a hotel. Claire and Holly are visiting England, and are very excited to be staying there. But immediately on their arrival, they join a tour of the old stately home and Claire is terrified by a man's touch and voice – though there is nobody there. We, the reader, know that Richard has recognised her as the reincarnation of Richard's lost love, Olivia Kent, but Claire has no idea. This is a traditional ghost story with a twist, expertly told. Debbie McClure tells her readers just enough to instill a sense of suspense and the desire to know what happened to Richard and Olivia. Her characters, both past and present, are well-drawn and the build-up to the haunting is plausible and well-paced. Mysteries soon unfold as it transpires Worthington was murdered after arguing with Richard Abbotsford, who disappeared the same night. Exactly one year later, Olivia also disappeared though took no belongings with her. Richard is blamed for the murder yet cannot remember anything; and if Olivia ran off to join him why is he haunting her old home and why did she leave everything behind? Abbotsford appears to Claire on her first evening at Kent Estate, and talks to her as Olivia. She is disbelieving, shocked and incredulous. In the morning she believes the encounter a dream, and we feel Abbotsford's frustration as he tries to get through to her. The interaction between the 150 year old ghost and the modern woman is well done with great attention paid to the differences in language: both UK/US and modern/historical. Debbie McClure also successfully highlights how attitudes and behaviours have changed as the two main characters repeatedly clash as they get to know each other.This is an intriguing murder-mystery, ghost and love story and a very enjoyable read that was difficult to put down, and I'm looking forward to book two.

  • The Book Tart
    2019-06-05 13:02

    I love paranormal romance. The synopsis for Debbie McClure's In The Spirit Of Love got my attention. Claire is an American on holiday in England. She and a friend are staying at a historic manor that is reportedly haunted by Lord Richard. Ok. right there I'm hooked. Yep. I'm that easy. Put a girl into a old house with a British ghost, add in mysterious disappearances and the heroine's feelings of deja vu and sense of coming home and I have to know what happened.This is a debut novel for Debbie. I liked many things about this story. I loved Lord Richard! His feelings of despair and boredom at being trapped in the estate for 150 years are relatable. His sense of arrogance and assurance that Claire is his lost love Olivia returned and his flirtatiousness with her are very attractive. I also really liked how he said sweetheart and love. *swoon* I was imagining his accent.I liked Claire's reaction to seeing the ghost of Richard the first time and as she adjusted I got a kick out of her interaction with him and their banter. "Get your mind out of the gutter, Richard, and back onto the road," Claire admonished. Their romance has sweet and sexy moments that I enjoyed.The mystery regarding Richard's death and Olivia's disappearance over a century before was interesting. I liked that Claire and Richard worked together to investigate the past and try to figure out what had happened.Here are a few of my fav lines...♦ Eternity as a ghost was hell, but eternity as a ghost in an abandoned house would be unbearable.♦ "As you ladies can attest, no reasonable woman would ever leave behind her personal items, including favourite shoes, money, or jewels, no matter how much in love she might be."♦ "Fine. Go downstairs and be disgustingly bright and cheerful down there-away from me thank you," Holly grumbled.♦ He'd know life held many surprises, but never expected death to as well.Personal Cons:Too much head talk style conversation.. When a character over talks/explains it pulls me out of the story.Didn't connect with or understand who Claire was as a person as much as I like to with a heroine.The friend's behavior seemed out of character and perhaps unnecessary.Pros:LOVE Richard! Lord Richard was sexy and snarky and fun. I loved his sense of humor and his protectiveness. I enjoyed most of his dialogue and his very British tone. I admired his patience in dealing with over a century of ghostliness.I really liked the creative solution from his being a ghost to being able to interact physically with Claire.I am intrigued by Claire and Richard and would read a sequel. The end of In The Spirit of Love doesn't finish their adventure and I want to know what happens next and how they handle the challenges of being in a human/ghost relationship! If you are in the mood for a paranormal romance with a ghost hero and a mystery, then give In The Spirit Of Love a try. I'd love to chat about it with ya'll.((hugs))) KatThe Queen of Tarts♦ ebook provided for review for my honest opinion.

  • Alisa
    2019-06-10 11:43

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I love a good love story! The kind that pull you in to the story so completely that you are able to feel the emotions of the couple. This is that kind of story.Clair has come a long way from her bad childhood. She is strong and self reliant but not good at relationships. After a horrible breakup her best friend Holly invites her to go to England with her. Claire has always been obsessed with England and jumps at the chance to finally go there. They book a stay at an amazing estate that is supposed to be haunted. Claire soon finds out that the haunting is real and she ends up caught up in a strange relationship with the resident ghost and trying to solve a mystery more than a hundred years old. I loved the characters in this book. Claire and Richard are so sweet as a couple. The author did a great job with their romance. Trying to make a romance between a woman and a ghost is not simple and to make it work and be believable is an accomplishment. Their relationship changes in ways that are unpredictable and touching. I found myself constantly routing for them to find a way to be truly together.The other thing that I loved about this book is that there is a huge and unnerving twist near the end of the book that completely took me off guard. I won’t say more than that so I don’t give any spoilers. I absolutely love it when a book can take me by surprise and I can say I was honestly surprised by this one.As much as I loved this book there were, of course, a couple of things that I did not like. The first one is the sex scenes. I know, I know…sex sells. You can call me old fashioned or a prude, whatever you wish, but it does not change the fact that I hate sex in books. We all know that adults have sex when they are in relationships so why does it have to be spelled out in detail? I just don’t like it. The other thing I did not like about the book is that I felt it ended in a strange place and a bit abruptly. I am not talking about the typical cliff hanger that leaves the story open for a sequel. It felt like the book just ended when the mystery was just starting to be solved.Regardless of these few things I dislike I am sure that I will be reading the sequel. I really want to know what happens to Claire and Richard and can’t help but root for them to find a way to truly be together.

  • Val Pearson
    2019-06-05 08:44

    First let me just say, I don't know how I got my hands on this book. I got no email to say "please review this". There was no email to say "hey, awesome, you won this book!". Nevertheless, I am grateful that this book came to me for whatever reason it did. After reading the blurb, I thought it sounded like an interesting read. When I started to bond with the characters and plot line, which didn't take long at all, it was a WOW moment. I could not put this book down and for so many reasons. I have English lineage myself and I absolutely love hearing anyone speak in an English accent. In the Spirit of Love was written in such a way that when Richard spoke, I felt as though I was in England visiting the Kent estate myself along with Claire and her friend Holly. The description of the Kent estate was impeccable. It felt like a very welcoming place to be. The contact Claire had with Richard in the beginning was comical and heartwarming at the same time. In the Sprit of Love is a full bodied novel that held emotional, warm, stressful and humorous moments that helped the story flow seamlessly. It is not very easy to give physical attributes to a ghost such as being able to touch, communicate, etc. but Ms. McClure weaves a magical tale that combines the past and present in such a way that it is one hundred percent believable. I am trying to write in in broad terms as to not give away very many clues because this simply is a story that you must read for yourself. This book was a highly suspenseful read that was well written, highly entertaining and will keep you on the edge of your seat.Yes, this book does end kind of abruptly but in a cliffhanger type of way. A lot is revealed in the last couple of chapters that let you know there is going to be a sequel. And I'm so looking forward to the sequel. Debbie A. McClure is a new author to me and if her first novel is this good, I can't wait to see her work to come. In the Spirit of Love is a must read!

  • Lisa Redfern
    2019-05-30 15:43

    I loved this story! Since it is impossible to put this book down once you start, it’s a fast read. Its central theme is a sensuous romantic relationship with a seemingly impossible scenario. McClure makes the impossible possible in a delightful and creative way. In the Spirit of Love has all the pieces to make an interesting puzzle - reincarnated lovers, a ghost who eats and can…uh…you know, a boyfriend who you can make disappear at will, a murder mystery with a mentally unstable villain and a hidden treasure. The main characters are endearing - they make you feel quite welcome as you walk along with them in their shoes. McClure has a great sense of pacing and her humor shines through the pages.It was a ‘no brainer’ to download McClure’s sequel, In the Spirit of Forgiveness, immediately upon finishing.

  • Hayley Linfield
    2019-05-25 11:56

    I read In the Spirit of Love in about two days. It captivated my attention and had me turning pages til late at night. (At one point my husband came in and said, "I hope you tell that author how much you're enjoying that book.") I should say that this is the first paranormal romance I've ever read and really, I'm unlikely to read many more of that genre. I understand the whole suspension of disbelief idea, but I find it all a bit too fantastical. But I was able to brush all those thoughts and feelings aside because I was so drawn in to the story, so kudos to Ms. McClure. :)

  • Dawn Warnock-thompson
    2019-05-30 12:43

    My friends Mom wrote this book and reccomended I read it after she found out I loved reading :-).The story was an easy read and very well written. I had no idea what to expect when I started the story and thoroughly enjoyed it :-).I found the ending was left unsettled but I've heard there will be a sequel and the last paragraph leaves it open for a sequel as well. Great job Debbie A. McClure!!!!I look forward to seeing more of your writing style!

  • Mark
    2019-05-22 12:02

    I was given In the Spirit of Love by the author in exchange for an honest review. This book is absolutely amazing and I'm glad I had the chance to read it, looking forward to more from Debbie A. McClure. Five stars.

  • Stephanie Bolen
    2019-06-18 12:52

    It was well written and believeable, but unresolved.