Betrayal…Murder…Romance. Mix those three elements with magic and ghosts and you have the perfect setting further mystified by the infamous and picturesque Mackinac Island. Ms. Griffith weaves an excellent tale of her heroine, Charlotte Graham. Her journey to the island is caught up in the midst of a melancholy past overshadowed by the recent devastation of a broken relationship. Thus enters Lieutenant “Mac” Berman who offers way too many complications to Charlotte’s already battered emotions. With fabulous secondary characters, Charlotte’s lovely Aunt Bess and beloved Hannah provide the much needed support to help strengthen Charlotte and start anew.
I loved how Charlotte battled against feelings for Mac and the threat he posed to usurp the repairs she’d accomplished in reclaiming peace and healing.
Then more excitement is thrust into the story when murder and mayhem erupt and when someone near and dear to both Charlotte and Mac end up missing, foul-play is a strong speculation with many questions but little answers. Help comes in the way of a surprising form as the reality of ghostly incidences help solve the mystery of the evil surrounding them. Can Mac save Charlotte from the obvious threats to her life? Maybe, but what about the threats to Charlotte’s heart?
Survival comes in many forms and pursuing love again is a deadly risk in itself. But what if her procrastination jeopardized any future with Mac? Would she live to regret it?
What a delightful story with such charm and atmosphere. Readers will not only fall in love with Charlotte and Mac, their story will linger far beyond the captivating absorption of the final page.
Charlotte returns to her Aunt Bess and Mackinac Island, a quaint retreat that welcomes summer tourists and allows no cars (just horses and bicycles) to renew herself and write about the island’s ghosts. She’s come to help Bess with her heartache, an ended love with Shaun, and to renew a friendship with neighbor Hannah.
In winter Mackinac closes down and everyone looks forward to the ice bridge that freezes across the Straits of Mackinac. Until Hannah disappears into the icy waters crossing it. Everyone says it’s an accident. But Charlotte and her admirer cop friend, Mac, don’t think so. Something isn’t right. Hannah was too smart to go off the safe path.
So it’s murder…but why…how…by whom?
In the end, it’s Mac – and perhaps Hannah’s ghost?– that saves Charlotte and Bess’s lives when the killer decides they’re too close tothe truth and tries to kill them, too.