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A Selection of Early Reviews of “A Passionate Spirit”

“5 stars – The story was compelling with fascinating twists and turns and excellent characters whose  … surprising relationships never failed to amaze and hold one’s interest. A really great setting too for the whole tableau of events. Very well done.”  (John D, Kindle reviewer)

“4 stars – paranormal-spiritual patchwork… Ghostly encounters, spiritual healing, mental health, life in show business and sinister cults all play a part in this unusual tale…
… as the action and pace pick up at the end, the emotional stakes are also raised and the characters become far more multi-dimensional and empathetic. The end of the novel is gripping and will leave you guessing and startled by many of the revelations. It wouldn’t be a surprise if it prompted hours of additional research into topics you weren’t aware of. This is definitely a book to read if you like unconventional stories of the paranormal merging with issues that are disturbingly close to reality”. (Goodreads reviewer)

“5 stars – This book was amazing…. it kept me up all night and ruined my beauty sleep, I just couldn’t put it down. It was an emotional roller coaster of a read. Well done for writing such an amazing story. You’re definitely worth 5 stars.” (Net Galley Reviewer)

“4 stars – I did like the main character a lot and was compelled to keep reading because I felt much empathy for her. Readers who enjoy paranormal literature will love this well-written book.” (Net Galley Reviewer)

“5 stars – I’ve been away on holiday for a week and I took ‘A Passionate Spirit’ with me. I loved it, I was hooked from the very beginning, the characters got inside my head, and I couldn’t put the book down. I was really very surprised at how spooked I felt considering I was on a sunny beach in Tenerife very far removed from the Cotswolds. Thank you for a great read.” (Janice C, review sent to the author via Facebook)

“5 stars – I have to say the book has drawn me in and I have spent many hours reading. A page-turner, which I guess, for me not being a huge fiction reader, means it must be good! I finished one chapter just before going to bed and I really felt very spooked and spent a lot of time considering the implications of people who mesmerise people and simply brainwash them with their bizarre ideologies.” (J. Gardner, review sent to the author)

“4 stars – I enjoyed this book. The scenario at first seems familiar but as unexplained events stack up an insidious menace develops. There are some attractive and some very unattractive characters who interact in a combination of naive and increasingly sinister ways and are well drawn out by events. The last sections are very fast-paced, almost breathless with some nicely-worked twists. One to read with the lights on and door bolted in a cosy Cotswolds cottage!”  (David Smith, Amazon reviewer)


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