Timeless by Jan Scarbrough

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Timeless by Jan Scarbrough
Publisher: Turquoise Morning Press
Genre: Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical
Length: Full Length (152 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

When Beth Abbott receives a surprise inheritance from her birth mother, she travels to the family’s nineteenth century mansion in Old Louisville, now a bed and breakfast. There she meets the resident ghost, a little girl whose crying not only scares, but also intrigues guests. Beth sets out to discover the identity of the ghost and why she appears happy to Beth, not sad.

Jeff Halstead, a man with several secrets, runs the bed and breakfast. But he’s more than that to Beth, and she feels their connection immediately. A psychic medium who doubts his skills, Jeff slowly uncovers the truth of their past lives. Will he be in time to reveal the identity of Beth’s enemy? Will the love they shared in the past follow them into the future?

Is it ever too late to get a second chance?

There were times while reading her tale that I grew frustrated with certain mannerisms and not terribly constructive ways of thinking that Beth slips into every time there is a crisis, yet the complexity of her personality always pulled me back into discovering what happens to her next. Beth’s flaws make her genuinely feel like a real person. She is by far my favourite character in this book.

I had trouble understanding the growing attraction between Jeff and Beth. He is such a brusque, private person that I wondered what Beth saw in him. This became even more true once he began attempting to exert more control over her life than is appropriate for two people who barely know one another. They share few interests, and their personalities are nearly polar opposites. It would have been helpful had there been a few more scenes highlighting what they do have in common so that I could better understand why Jeff and Beth were initially interested in one another.

The best scenes occur when something paranormal happens. Ms. Scarbrough’s choice to portray them as whimsical and mysterious instead of frightening was a great choice for the overall tone of this piece. Figuring out what might cause a ghost to laugh was what first drew me into this particular story, and I was quite satisfied with how the author slowly provides answers to all of my questions.

At first I was a little surprised by the flashbacks that occur later on the plot, but they quickly became scenes to anticipate. The events that take place decades before any of the characters in this novel were born are just as interesting as what happens to Beth and Jeff. While more than enough details were included to keep this reader engaged in both timelines, I would have enjoyed spending even more time with the people who lived in Beth’s mansion over a century ago.

Timeless is a good choice for anyone who loves ghost stories. I would especially recommend it for people in the mood for paranormal fiction who aren’t interested in anything scary.

Comments

  1. Thank you for the very thoughtful review. I appreciate you taking time to read my book.

  2. You’re very welcome! Thank you so much for stopping by. I love hearing feedback from authors.

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