3 out of 4 stars
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After inheriting her great-grandfather's charming century home, Sophie Granger has become accustomed to the crazy antics of what can only be described as a ghost. It is not uncommon for doorknobs to turn on their own or pillows to be thrown in the air. Sophie believes her visitor is the spirit of a distant relative, and she finds comfort in its presence. Unfortunately, living with a ghost does nothing to improve her nonexistent love life.
When Mack Tanner becomes Sophie's neighbor, they share a mutual attraction. Sophie is smitten, and Mack's interest is piqued. When he overhears her shouting nonsensically at something that isn't there, he is stunned. Sure she is cute, but there is no way Mack can get involved with someone delusional.
Is Sophie destined to be haunted and alone forever?
Ghost of a Chance by Cynthia Lacey isn't a cookie-cutter love story; it's about as eccentric as its quirky main character. Infused with dark humor and ghostly revelations, I couldn't help but get pulled into this unconventional story. The book is written in the third person and alternates between Sophie and Mack. Despite the ominous-sounding premise, the reading experience was as scary as watching an episode of Casper the Friendly Ghost or Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
I instantly connected to Sophie's character. While she believed that Mack was out of her league, she never felt the pressure to change. She was unequivocally herself. I loved how Mack's presence easily embarrassed her, but she remained forthcoming with her feelings. The author created a likable protagonist with relatable quirks.
The book also had supporting characters worth mentioning. Sophie's co-worker, Dotty, had a penchant for giving Sophie unsolicited advice regarding dating. She was an effervescent older lady that made me picture a feisty grandma, and her meddling in Sophie's affairs was coming from a good place. Another character that I got a kick out of was the ghost that Sophie called Evelyn. Evelyn liked to make her presence known by communicating in a variety of ways. Sometimes it was a cool breeze, and other times it was communicating by making words appear on a steamy mirror.
The only thing that I disliked about the book was the number of grammatical errors; the biggest offender was the lack of hyphens in words that needed to be hyphenated. With that being said, I deducted one star and chose to give the book a rating of 3 out of 4 stars.
I would not recommend Ghost of a Chance to readers who dislike stories about paranormal activity. I didn't find it scary, but it could be a trigger for younger readers. The book has some sexual content that would not be suitable for the audiences mentioned above.
I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy romantic stories with a twist. This book will make you laugh, but it will also have you pondering the existence of ghosts. To add to the ambiance, I would recommend reading this book, like I did, curled up in a warm blanket on a stormy night!
Ghost of a Chance
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