Release Date: April 14, 2020
If Tipsy Collins learned one thing from her divorce, it's that everyone in Charleston is a little crazy--even if they're already dead.
Tipsy, a gifted artist, cannot ignore her nutty friends or her vindictive ex-husband, but as a lifelong reluctant clairvoyant, she's always avoided dead people. When Tipsy and her three children move into the house on Bennett Street, she realizes some ghosts won't be ignored.
Till death do us part didn't pan out for Jane and Henry Mott, who've haunted the house for nearly a century. Tipsy's marriage was downright felicitous when compared to Jane and Henry's ill-fated union. Jane believes Henry killed her and then himself, and Henry vehemently denies both accusations. Unfortunately, neither phantom remembers that afternoon in 1923. Tipsy doesn't know whether to side with Jane, who seems to be hiding something under her southern belle charm, or Henry, a mercurial creative genius. Jane and Henry draw Tipsy into their conundrum, and she uncovers secrets long concealed under layers of good manners, broken promises and soupy Lowcountry air. Living with ghosts, however, takes a toll on her health, and possibly even her sanity. As she struggles to forge a new path for herself and her children, Tipsy has a chance to set Jane and Henry free, and release the ghosts of her own past.
Tipsy Collins, a recently divorced, ghost whisperer, mother of three, and ex-wife of Ayers one nasty character has moved into her Brother In-Laws house. Now the house is beautiful and a place to get her back on her feet but for one teeny tiny problem, it is inhabited by two married ghosts Jane and Henry Mott who have haunted the house for almost a century and did I mention that they hate each other? Yes, that’s the case because Jane is convinced that Henry killed her.
This book hit all of my marks, set in Charleston, a mystery involved and full of charming characters that I loved. Tipsy can see ghosts and seeks out some of them to solve the mystery of how Jane and Henry died. Tipsy becomes completely immersed in Jane and Henry’s lives while they were alive and begins having visions of certain scenes in their lives when Jane and Henry were still alive. I loved the 1920’s references and the small-town feel of this book. There are a few subplots involving Tipsy’s friends and sister in law which I thought worked nicely in this book and the sub-characters are a story unto themselves. Tipsy’s ex Ayers is one character that I absolutely hated, he did everything he could to make Tipsy’s life a misery including threatening to take her three children away from her. Through all of this Tipsy will persevere.
This book is going on my list of favorite books read in 2020. I love Stephanie Alexander’s writing style and her ability to weave a very good story that kept me thoroughly immersed in this book.
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