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Friday, February 5, 2010

The Haunting of Maggie Grey by Lynn Crain

The Haunting of Maggie Grey Tarot: Five Cups by Lynn Crain
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (80 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Maggie Grey had wanted to be a doctor all her life. She achieved her dream along with her husband, Justin. Together they planned to build a clinic on his ancestral home on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. But women doctors in the year 1882 didn't have many options and even fewer if they were widowed like she had been recently. Arriving in England to visit Elizabeth Blackwell, founder of the London Medical School for Woman, she is discouraged to find that the only real health care on the remote Isle of Skye will be herself, a few aging doctors as well as veterinary doctors.

But she must build a clinic there to escape her memories and fulfill her late husband's dream. Maggie goes by train and boat to the rather bleak Isle of Skye. The island is almost as barren as she feels and she isn't sure if she can even fit in. Add the fact that her dead husband is haunting her with the request for her to fall in love again and she knows she's losing her mind.

But the people of Skye need her…and she is determined not to let them down...but they are slow to accept a widowed woman doctor. Now if she were married again…that would be a different matter…and her dead husband, Justin, knows just the right man for the job, Conall MacGryman, his childhood friend and cousin, a veterinary for the island. Now all Justin has to do is to convince Maggie to give the man a chance so she can fall in love again…for both their sakes.
Maggie Grey always wanted to be a doctor. She and her husband, Justin have plans to move to his ancestral home the Isle of Skye (Scotland) to run a clinic together. However, when the story begins, Maggie is a new widow. Feeling she must abandon her plans, she's guided by Justin's ghost to travel to Scotland. There she meets his cousin, Conall MacGryman who will win her heart.

With skillful writing, the author created main characters who were likable and whom I became invested in. Even the secondary characters were well drawn and enjoyable especially the ghost. Each character added to the story and every one of them was important. The plot was interesting and believable and I wish it had been longer. As I said, my only complaint, I wanted to read more. This would have been a great full length novel with more subplots, more time spent with the characters etc.

This is a wonderful short read. Crain does a first rate job of describing the smells and sounds of the era, the smell of burning coal from the train etc. I felt with each description that I was there in that time period experiencing it for myself. She does an equally good job of portraying life on a small remote island, circa 1830s. I'd definitely recommend this one.

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