Saturday, March 30, 2013

{Review} Somewhere the Bells Ring by Beth Trissel

ASIN #: B006530S2Q
File Size: 223 KB
Page Count: 78
Copyright: November 8, 2011
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press; Faery Rose Edition

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative's ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn't so bad.

To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope - until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.

As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe - in Bailey and the ghost - before the Christmas bells ring?

Mandy's Review:

I realize that during the Vietnam War, genteel society was a little more uptight than we are today, but I feel that Bailey's parents were a little extreme with her over the pot. She only smoked it one time and woke up with a guy in her room that she only knew the first name of. The insinuations make Bailey sound like she had sex with this boy, but later in the story it's brought out that she didn't. After this one-time experiment, Bailey's parents banish her to Maple Hill. Could they really not handle her on their own?

While Bailey's at Maple Hill, Eric comes home from the war a wounded soldier. When he finds out about Bailey smoking pot, he automatically thinks the worst of her ... which annoyed me to no end. Bailey tried to tell Eric about Edward, the ghost, and all Eric could say was that maybe the one time she smoked pot is causing her to hallucinate. Unless the marijuana was laced with LSD, I don't see how it could make her hallucinate months later. I think Eric was basically an arse and didn't care for him at all.

Despite their differences Bailey and Eric fall in love ... or was it Edward and Claire reincarnated?

Somewhere the Bells Ring is a short story that is an enjoyable read for those who like ghost stories with a slight twist.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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