Tales from a Haunted Life

I found myself being instantly drawn into the stories that Joe Barnett was telling of his past and present. He had to deal with a lot of heartache along the way, but I loved that he never gave up no matter how dismal the road he traveled on seemed at the time. I also enjoyed reading the stories about the ghosts he dealt with while working at the school as a custodian. It seemed like Joe had a lot of hidden strength that at times he was even unaware he possessed, but he stuck things out as best he could because of his love for his two sons. Although I thought this would be more of a paranormal story of Joe possibly being haunted by ghosts, though there was a paranormal element involved, it really was more heavily based on the ghosts Joe was dealing with from his troubled past. I loved the fact that his sister, Jane, helped him write his story for all us readers to enjoy. I highly recommend it and I’m glad I was able to read it.

Joe Barnett tells his tale of how he grew up in a troubled household where his mother was an alcoholic and life just wasn’t that easy for him and his family. If that wasn’t enough for him to handle, as he got older he married his wife and had to deal with the same alcoholic addiction with her as well. But deep down, Joe persevered and never gave up because he knew he had to raise his two wonderful sons. He loved his boys and no matter what he had to do to make ends meet, he was going to do it. How is Joe doing now with his two sons? What has he learned while traveling along the long and lonely path of his life?

Book Blurb for MR. JOE

Do you believe in ghosts? Joseph Barnett didn't until he became a school custodian in a midlife career change. Joe had no idea that his first assignment, working nights in a school, he'd be forced to confront his darkest fears. "Ghosts are part of my story," says Joe. "I believe in them; I have no choice. After you've seen one ghost, you can go back and rationalize it. But after you've looked a couple in the eye like I have, you believe. Otherwise, you doubt yourself. I've done that, too and wondered if I was losing my mind but I know what I saw and heard. Here s something else I know: there are many ways to be haunted, and not all of my ghosts were dead. That s the other part of my story. It took almost becoming a ghost myself for me to see my life differently. I believe in ghosts, and I believe in myself. But back when this all started, I was just a guy trying to make a living."

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2013 5.00