Going the Greatest Distance by Angel Propps

Going the Greatest Distance by Angel Propps
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (42 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Lisa’s workaholic personality and the stress of her job as an editor at a large publishing company drove a wedge between her and her longtime lover and ended their relationship. Just as her lover agrees to sit down and try to work things out Lisa is offered the biggest opportunity of her entire career: the chance to talk to Clair St. Sabre, a bestselling writer who shut herself away on a deserted island with a reputation for being haunted.

Lisa arrives at the island determined to talk to Clair, win her confidence, and bring a new novel back to the city with her, and all in time to make her date. But Clair has her own reasons for inviting someone out to her secluded and eerie haven, including her lover Moira, who died over a hundred years before.

It’s easy to seek out peace and quiet. It’s much more difficult to actually find it.

The romantic subplots were simply lovely. They affected the main plot without ever overshadowing it or drawing the audience’s attention away from what Lisa was trying to accomplish. The storyline came across to me as a fantasy book that had strong romantic themes, so I was glad to see that the fantasy genre was given a little more room to grow. This was a smart way to write it.

Lisa made choices in this tale that I had a hard time understanding. For example, she knowingly picked an expensive, fragile outfit on a day she was travelling to a place that was extremely rustic. I would have really liked to know why she’d do something like this when she knew ahead of time that the terrain wasn’t at all suited for this kind of clothing. She made other, similar decisions that also didn’t make sense for someone who was otherwise so intelligent. I would have preferred to know why she was written this way as these scenes didn’t seem to match what the narrator told me about her earlier.

The supernatural elements were handled nicely. I enjoyed slowly unwinding the legend of what happened on the island where Clair St. Sabre lives. There were just enough tantalizing hints of what was going on in her house to keep my interest levels high even though the narrator took a while to reveal the biggest clues. In the end, I ended up appreciating the leisurely pace. It fit the mysterious atmosphere well.

Going the Greatest Distance is a good choice for anyone who is in the mood for a ghost story.

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