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Friday, November 25, 2016

Book Review: The Haunting of Hotel LaBelle by Sharon Buchbinder

The Haunting of Hotel LaBelle 
by Sharon Buchbinder
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
November 16, 2016
Print ISBN 978-1-5092-1153-1
Digital ISBN 978-1-5092-1154-8
Number of pages: 198
Word Count: 48,000
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
The past meets the present when a curse turn-of-the-century man meets a feisty modern day woman.

When hotel inspector, Tallulah Thompson, is called in along with her pug, Franny, to investigate renovation delays, she meets an extremely annoyed and dapper turn-of-the-century innkeeper. The only problem is he’s in limbo, neither dead nor alive, and Tallulah and the pug are the first to see him in a hundred years.

Cursed by a medicine woman, “Love ‘em and Leave ‘em Lucius” Stewart is stuck between worlds until he finds his true love and gives her his heart. When he first sees Tallulah, he doesn’t know what he’s feeling. Yet, her stunning beauty, and feisty attitude pull him in.

With the fate of Hotel LaBelle on the line, Tallulah with the help of a powerful medicine woman turns Lucius back into a flesh and blood man. She and Lucius team up to save the hotel, but Tallulah can't help but wonder if he will ever let go of his past love and learn to love again.

Tallulah Thompson is a hotel consultant with a sixth sense. Called to Hotel LaBelle in Billings Montana by its fledgling proprietor, Tallulah and her pug companion set out to discover why the historic hotel is an ever-expanding money pit. Tallulah soon finds the Hotel LaBelle is supernaturally inhabited by its original owner, Lucius Stewart, who disappeared from the hotel in 1905. As Tallulah attempts to assist both owners, past and present, she finds herself romantically drawn to Lucius, a presence only she can see…and feel.

This book is a quaint little tale with a lot of heart. Tallulah and Lucius’ love story is charming and romantic. The author’s diligent research into Native American customs and lore comes across beautifully throughout story. I liked how Lucius’ life, and demise, was interwoven with the indigenous people of area. I recommend this book to anyone who likes their paranormal romance on the sweet, slightly chaste side. The humour and dialogue was a little corny and Tallulah a little too prim for my taste. I just can’t relate to someone who wears flannel nightgowns and shawls. Her attire catches Lucius’ lustful eye, but he’s like, 150. Because I prefer my books with a little more grit and grind, I didn’t wholly connect with the characters and their story.

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Bianca Greenwood

A book flew at his head—and sailed through him, bouncing off the wall and landing on the floor.

Mouth agape, the woman stared from him to the book and back to him again. “You’re a ghost.”

“Not exactly. Shall we start over?” He leaned against the wall and folded his arms across his chest. “After a hundred years of being invisible to everyone except you, I’d like to know who you are and what you’re doing here.”

“Of course. Why not? Could today get any weirder?” She sank into the desk chair, shook her head, and sighed. “My name is Tallulah Thompson. I’m a hotel inspector, hired by the current owner as a consultant to find out why the renovations are delayed and what he needs to do to fix it. He’s teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.”

“What tribe are you?”

She jerked her head up and those doggone lapis lazuli eyes of hers sparked as if she’d strike him with lightning and kill him with one look. “No one asks that. It’s not politically correct.”

“Well, I guess you haven’t been talking to the right people. And I don’t know what you mean by that last part. I’ve never been involved in politics.”

“Nowadays, it’s considered rude to ask about another person’s national origins.” She threw her hands up. “Why am I giving a ghost an etiquette lesson? What am I thinking?”

About the Author:
Sharon Buchbinder has been writing fiction since middle school and has the rejection slips to prove it. An RN, she provided health care delivery, became a researcher, association executive, and obtained a PhD in Public Health. When not teaching or writing, she can be found fishing, walking her dogs, or breaking bread and laughing with family and friends in Baltimore, MD and Punta Gorda, FL.

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