I was provided with an advance reader copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Any and all opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. I received no financial incentives to review this book.
Published by Escape Publishing on September 1, 2014
Genres: Magic Realism Romance
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Mixing romance, humour and a sparkle of magic, Juliet Madison is back with a new full-length novel about a bride-to-be, a mystery and the stripper next door.
When bride-to-be Sally Marsh attends a weekend away with her bridesmaids, the last thing she expects is an uninvited guest: the ghost of her fiancé's ex-girlfriend.
Red is quirky, loud and distracting, and Sally is soon desperate to find the reason behind her presence, so she can rid herself of her embarrassing shadow before the wedding day. Unfortunately, the ghost is reluctant to share the reason for her existence, but very enthusiastic about Ty, the surprise hen’s night stripper who keeps showing up at awkward moments.
Time is running out for Sally, but it’s also running out for Red. By the time all is revealed, Sally will be tested to the limits, and go above and beyond everything she’s ever believed in order to ensure not only her own happy-ever-after – but Red’s as well.
Juliet Madison has given me some incredibly enjoyable reading experiences over the last year, and with this, her sixth release with Escape Publishing, a delightful, amusing and emotional tale.
There is something to be said about a book that has you howling with laughter, and then can bring tears to your eyes. Haunted Ever After did that for me – we’ll get to how later.
Here are my thoughts on Haunted Ever After:
Hens parties – they certainly do throw up some interesting experiences. Sally sure wasn’t expecting a ghost to haunt her every move during hers, and especially not one like Red. I love how the relationship develops between these two – from shock and hostility, to begrudging respect, to a deeper friendship where each helped the other.
Sally has her future planned out and her life with fiance Greg is just about to begin. But things don’t really turn out the way she is expecting them to – how this is the case, I won’t tell you (because I want you all to read it!). I love how Sally handles what comes her way – it can’t be easy when the crazy Red causes havoc in her world. She blossoms as a person, and it was great to see this happen.
I really loved the strong and real friendships Juliet has written into Haunted Ever After – between Sally and her girlfriends, between Sally and Red, and then with Ty, the stripper who reveals more than just his skin throughout the course of the story.
I won’t give too much away about Red and her back story, but I will say this: while the endings were very different, her experience was very much like my own. I found myself leaking water from the eyes, when I learned her story. She was such a wonderfully vibrant, hilarious character, who may no longer exist in this world – but definitely doesn’t go down without a fight.
Despite the fact that I got a bit weepy, Haunted Ever After is a delightful, fun, sweet and thoroughly enjoyable book, and probably my favourite one from Juliet so far. Keep doing whatever it is you are doing, Juliet, because it is totally working for me!