Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter

Please Release Me by Rhoda Baxter
Publisher: Choc Lit Limited
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (315 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?
Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.
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That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …

On the way to their honeymoon Sally and Peter argue and are involved in an accident. Peter recovers but Sally remains in a coma. A year later Peter is visiting the still comatose Sally in the hospice when he meets Grace who gets him involved in fundraising for the hospice. They feel an instant attraction to each other but both are aware of the unconscious woman who remains between them. A massive storm releases Sally’s spirit from her body, but only Grace can see her. Despite the conflict in Grace’s mind, the two become friends and the living becomes the go between for spirit and her husband.

The idea behind this story is unique. A ghost story without a true ghost. At times it becomes slightly light-hearted, although not especially funny. The inner workings of the minds of Peter, Sally and Grace show the anguish, jealousy, anger and restraint with remarkable clarity. Peter wants to become closer to Grace, but reminds himself he is married, even if his wife might never recover. Grace feels guilt at the possibility of becoming the “other woman”. Sally… well, the woman/spirit is unique. Determined not to lose her husband she puts all obstacles in the way.

The story has just the right amount of conflict, love and remorse and these all come together to make a wonderful read. A bit slow to start, but I am so glad I persevered as the tale opened like a flower’s petals revealing a richness of characters and plot which are seldom found in a contemporary romance.


  1. Thank you for the lovely review. You totally made my week!

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