Dora Hilburn has written a captivating ghost story that will enthrall many age groups from teen to adult. Anna is the main (living) character in this book and her loneliness is something many will identify with. She's just graduated high school, traveled with her father to a new town and is involved in a total old house redo. Eric and his sister are long time locals who are interested in befriending her, but the (ghost) boy she meets in the house gains all of her attention. I enjoyed reading about the relationship Anna builds with the ghost boy, and the history she uncovers about him and his family is fascinating. Turning away from the living seems like a logical twist in the story, but the ending is far from normal.
Anna Riggs, just out of high school, and her archaeologist dad travel to the historic town of Apalachicola, Florida, where Anna has inherited an old Victorian home left to her by her great uncle Archie. But the house needs work. Anna and her dad begin an 8-month-long restoration project—with plans to sell the old house when it’s finished to pay for Anna’s college tuition.
Soon, normally shy Anna makes a few local friends, including handsome Eric Bennett, who plans to study architecture at Florida State University in the fall. He willingly helps with the home’s restoration and helps Anna climb out of her shell.
It doesn’t take long before Wyatt, a ghostly inhabitant of the house, makes himself known to Anna. She is fascinated by him. Will Anna be entranced by the specter and his world, or can she pull out of her feelings long enough to realize her life should be spent among the living?