Spirit of the Revolution by Debbie Peterson
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Only divine intervention could have guided Jolena Leigh Michaelsson to the doorstep of a ramshackle manor in Pennsylvania, bringing her face-to-face with the man she has waited her whole life to find. There is just one problem. Mathias McGregor died two centuries ago…
Mathias, Revolutionary War ranger and spy, battles his conscience and his heart when he finds himself falling for the beautiful violinist invading his home. Jolena is mortal and deserves far more than what he as a spirit can offer her.
When Jolena’s family motto leads them to unearth a valuable coded message—the very message Mathias died trying to deliver to General Washington—Jolena vows to unravel the mystery surrounding the cryptic document. But someone else wants the message, and he’ll stop at nothing to get it, not even murder.
Divine intervention brought them together—will it also allow them to find forever?
Spirit of the Revolution is one of the sweetest romances I have read. It is a paranormal romance combining history, mystery and suspense all wrapped up into one great read!
Readers are first introduced to Mathias McGregor and his fellow troop of soldiers known as the Rangers. They performed dangerous, covert missions against the British during the Revolutionary War. Their last mission required them to deliver a cryptic message to General George Washington. However, before they could reach Washington, the British ambushed them. Rather than surrender, they put up a valiant fight to the death. Instead of moving on, though, they chose to remain on earth, living at Mathias’ homestead.
The story then jumps to the present, where musician Jolena “Jo” Michaelson has bought the McGregor homestead and refurbished it to honor and reflect the 1700s time period. She has no idea her house is haunted, in spite of warnings by neighbors. Unlike with previous owners, Mathias and the boys are pleased with Jo’s renovations and have remained quiet rather than try to scare her away with their outrageous haunting.
When Mathias and the other boys finally reveal themselves to Jo, she takes their presence in stride and becomes very close to them. They quickly form their own unique type of family, supporting and helping each other when needed. I found myself chuckling throughout the story when the ghosts taunted the neighbors with their over-the-top antics and their endeavors to learn to use modern day technology.
There are two main conflicts that kept my interest. First was the mystery behind the failed mission of Matthias and the Rangers. What was the meaning of the message that should have been delivered to Washington? If they had succeeded, how would the outcome have affected history? After conducting research on ghosts, Jo realizes that Matthias and his troop may have remained earthbound because they have unfinished business: their incomplete mission. Jo is determined to help these ghosts find the answers they seek so they can finally have peace. Their search takes them on a hunt for historical artifacts containing clues leading them to solve the mystery. Unfortunately, Jo and the ghost gang are forced to speed up the search when they learn there is another historian hot on their trail who will stop at nothing to steal their clues and solve the mystery for his own fame and financial gain. Peterson does a great job including tidbits from history as she builds suspense in the race to solve the mystery.
The second conflict involved the blossoming romance between Matthias and Jo. At first both do their best to deny the attraction because each seeks happiness for the other. Matthias knows he can never be a husband to Jo and build a family with her. He doesn’t want his presence to deny her that opportunity. Similarly, Jo doesn’t want Matthias to remain on earth after the mystery is solved just to be close to her. It is only through Jo’s dreams that they can actually really touch and express their true feelings for each other. However, thinking that one day they must let each other go is almost more than each can bear. I found myself getting teary eyed, at times, thinking of such a beautiful love that can never be.
I knew this was an everlasting love after learning of the sacrifices each was willing to make to remain together. Mathias and Jo have a love that transcends the boundaries of time, and Peterson’s surprising resolution left me saying, “Oh!” and “Wow!”
I received a copy of this book from the author via Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review.
EXCERPTS (Your exclusive excerpt):
It’s about time you woke up, sleepyhead. How are you feeling?”
“Like I’m slipping away,” she replied. “To…somewhere…else.” The words tumbled out in response to his question, but she didn’t know exactly what she meant when she said them.
“No,” Mathias said as he cuddled her even closer to his body. “I need you to stay here, with me. You promised. I’m supposed to watch you get old and crotchety remember? You can’t go back on that promise. I won’t let you.”
“You…could just…come away with me…we could go off together…and stay together…forever…just like my parents,” she whispered. “You don’t have…to stay here. I think maybe, it’s…not so bad on the other side.”
“I know. We’ve had this discussion before and when the time is right, we’ll walk through the light together, hand in hand, I promise. But not right now, Jolena,” Mathias said as he shifted her body more toward him so he could look into her eyes. “Not now. You need to finish what you’ve begun. We need to take Matthew and Joshua out of here, remember? You don’t want them forgotten. What about all of the places we want to see and all of the things we want to do together. Please, Jolena—”
About the Author
Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down.
Her journey to published author could fill quite a few pages, but in June of 2010, she submitted her debut novel, “Spirit of the Rebellion” to her wonderful, patient, editor at The Wild Rose Press. A few short months after Rebellion’s release, her second novel, “Shadow of the Witte Wieven” was published through InkSpell Publishing. Her third novel, “Spirit of the Revolution” will be released May 31, 2013, through The Wild Rose Press.
When she’s not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family. She also pursues her interests in family history, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.
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