Friday, April 2, 2021

Guest book review - Ghosts of Love by David Burnett

Richard McNeil has loved three women in his life. 

He feels abandoned by all three. 

His wife passed away in childbirth, leaving him alone, a single father with an infant daughter. His daughter, Emily, now twenty years old, is leaving, marrying and moving away. Two months ago, Kim, his almost-fiancé, the only woman he has dated in over twenty years, left as they broke off their relationship. 

On the weekend of Emily’s wedding, he is haunted by his memories. The day his wife passed away plays in his mind like a video. Stories of Emily’s childhood leave him both smiling and wanting to cry. And worst of all, his recollections of meeting, dating, and falling in love with Kim almost seem real, as if he can stretch out his hand and touch her. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot understand what went wrong between the two of them, and, although he yearns for a reconciliation, he cannot dismiss the cruel things she said to him. 

His memories haunt him like ghosts, and he knows he will not be happy until they leave him be. He wants his future to be like his past, and he suspects, that it is he who holds on to his memories, not they to him. How can Richard release them? Perhaps, he finally can lay his wife to rest. Surely, he can mumble the words to give Emily away. But releasing Kim might mean giving up all hope of ever being together. How can he do that? 

If you enjoy heartwarming stories with true-to-life behaviors, complicated relationships, and a less-than-certain outcome, then you will love Ghosts of Love. One Click this book today!

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Guest book review by Carly Louise Wilson
Ghosts of Love is a beautifully compelling romance story by David Burnett. It is a story about love in all forms, and it was a book which completely crept into my heart.

The story is about Richard, a widow who is about to embark upon the journey of doing one of the hardest things of his life; give his only daughter away on her wedding day. With the joyous occasion, it has Richard taking a trip down Memory Lane, contemplating his past, present and future and how the three women he loves more than anything in the world have been incorporated in each.

Lisa is the woman of his past, the one he holds onto tightly and has had the most impact upon his heart. She was his first love, and a love he has allowed to consumer his every thought and moment for decades.

There’s Emily, his beautiful daughter and the product of a love that has been binding. She is about to commit to her own happily ever after, and she has been Richards world in its entirety. He is anxious at her flying the nest, but knows in his heart he wants her to be happy and experience a love like he had.

Then there’s Kim, the woman who has managed to creep into Richards mind without effort. She is the woman he allowed to walk away and the woman he is trying hard to forget. She is everything he shouldn’t be attracted to, but she could also have been exactly what he’d needed.

This story was beautiful and showed the different levels and layers of love. I was utterly captivated by Richards story, and transfixed to each and every love story woven into this book.

The book is a series of flashbacks and each part made up a very important piece of the overall picture, and it was cleverly written, and definitely gave me a lot to ponder. The book has a very poetic element to it, and it made for a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining read.

This is an ideal read for those who love deep rooted romance and books which are true to life. It is about love overcoming loss, and how it comes in so many shapes and forms, but overall is beautiful and eternal in its entirety.


About the author
David Burnett lives in Columbia South Carolina, with his wife and their blue-eyed cat, Bonnie. The Reunion, his first novel, is set in nearby Charleston.

David enjoys traveling, photography, baking bread, and the Carolina beaches. He has photographed subjects as varied as prehistoric ruins on the islands of Scotland, star trails, sea gulls, a Native American powwow, and his grandson, Jack. David and his wife have traveled widely in the United States and the United Kingdom. During one trip to Scotland, they visited Crathes Castle, the ancestral home of the Burnett family near Aberdeen. In The Reunion, Michael's journey through England and Scotland allows him to sketch many places they have visited.

David has graduate degrees in psychology and education and previously was Director of Research for the South Carolina Department of Education. He and his wife have two daughters.

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