The Ghosts Of Rue Dumaine by Alexandrea Weis
What it's about:
Ready to get her life back on track after ending a painful marriage, Danica Giles returns to the Creole cottage where she grew up in the New Orleans French Quarter. Danica is anxious to rekindle her friendship with a former resident from her old neighborhood, the seductive Gaston Deslonde. But Gaston isn’t exactly a normal guy. The charming man has been dead for over a hundred and fifty years, and the childish crush Danica once had on her ghostly playmate quickly turns into something much deeper. When a handsome new man enters Danica’s life, Gaston vows to do whatever he can to hold on to her. Danica soon discovers that the most forbidden of all desires cannot be satisfied without paying a grave price.
Love can blur the lines between life and death when you are living among the ghosts of Rue Dumaine.
Our 4 Star Review:
As a child Danica grew up in the French Quarter where she had a great friendship with a ghost, Gaston. Now 20 years later after an abusive marriage has finally ended she comes back to her old home to find some the happiness and safety she had there as a child. When Gaston shows himself to her again she realizes she has a wish for more than just a friendship with her ghost. But with their worlds divided all it can ever be is a hope. When her neighbor introduces Danical to her son, Paul, she sees the possibility for something more, but the back of he mind is still on Gaston. When Halloween brings an unexpected surprise it could give her all her dreams, but at what price? And after the night is done she is left with more confusion than ever.
As Paul becomes more and more a fixture in her heart and terrible losses happen, they can either be pulled closer together torn apart forever. Only help from an unexpected source can help sort everything out, but will a melovelent spirit be too strong for Danica to overcome?
We loved the history of New Orleans popping up throughout the story and the lessons that you can learn from the characters, even if you don't believe in ghosts. We enjoyed Gaston's teasing and also how much he grew until he was finally able to find the right path for himself. This is not your typical cheesy romance novel, and while there as romance in it the paranormal aspect made it so much more.
About the Author:
Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Her first novel, To My Senses, introduced readers to the world of Nicci Beauvoir and garnered numerous awards and rave reviews. Her popular second Nicci Beauvoir novel, Recovery, won the Gold Medal for Best Romantic Suspense from the 2011 Readers' Favorite Book Awards, and was named Best Romantic Suspense novel by the Spring 2011 NABE Pinnacle Book Awards. Her fourth novel, Broken Wings, won Best Contemporary Romance at the NABE Pinnacle Book Awards in 2012, and the Silver Medal at the 2012 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards for Contemporary Romance. Diary of a One-Night Stand, was released in August 2012 and was named a Paranormal Romance Guild's Best Reviewed of 2012. Acadian Waltz was a finalist in the 2013 Readers' Favorite Book Awards for Best Contemporary Romance and Best Southern Fiction. A permitted wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.