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Mary Corbett's calm, orderly existence is shattered the moment she sets foot on an old, run-down Louisiana plantation. Even though she's never been there before, she recalls details about the house that only someone who actually lived in it would know. If that weren't bad enough, she finds that her attraction to the other curator, Jack Windom, hasn't lessened since they last worked together. In fact, as they spend time together on the estate, she realizes she's falling in love with him. Unfortunately for her, he's already spoken for.
When she and Jack attend a Blue Moon Voodoo ceremony, she has a "clear-sighted vision" about the former owners, both of whom mysteriously disappeared over a hundred years ago. Even though she's never been "psychic", she continues to "see" bits and pieces of their lives. Shortly thereafter, the ghostly apparition of the former mistress, Magdalene Laroussard, appears to her and begs for help. When Magdalene continues to ask for help, Mary realizes what she has tried all along to deny -- that she is somehow tied to this house and to Jack. She makes up her mind to not only buy the run-down plantation and turn it into a bed and breakfast, but to
also solve the mystery of what happened to Jean-Pierre and Magdalene Laroussard. Her determination to find the key to their disappearance is fraught with danger. When she learns that members of a local Voodoo cult have vowed to protect her from harm, she can't help but wonder who's going to protect her from them.
Mac leaned back and folded his arms across his chest. A half-smoked cigar dangled
from his lips and dropped ashes onto his white shirt. He looked down, brushed them
off, then tucked his hand back under his arm. "Let me get this straight. You want a
month's leave of absence so you can go back to that plantation in Louisiana and
find out what happened to a ghost?"
Exciting Romantic Suspense Story
The luck of the assignment draw pleases Mary Corbett as she chooses a sealed envelope containing an inventory job in her hometown of Boston. In turn this allows her to spend time with her sister during the holidays. However, when co-worker Tony Parker asks her to switch with him, the kind team player agrees especially since Tony has covered her in the past. Mary travels to the old Martine Louisiana plantation about a hundred miles north of Baton Rouge. There she meets her co-curator Jack Windom, a person she once wanted to share a bed with but he rejected her overtures since he was engaged at the time. To Mary's chagrin, she remains attracted to the married Jack. Worse yet for Mary is the visions and nightmares that she begins to see of the previous owners, Jean-Pierre and Magdalene Larrusard, dead for well over a century. Haunted by them, Mary tries to
help find peace for Magdalene and herself.
BLUE MOON is a fabulous contemporary gothic-like ghost story filled with action and growing suspense that hooks the audience into a one sitting read. Mary is a compassionate individual that makes her the prefect foil for the star-crossed lovers who disturb her every breath. Jack is a hero in every sense of the word. The lead duo makes a great couple even though the resolution of his marriage is too simple. The secondary cast adds depth ranging from voodoo to assignment swapping, which in turn provides additional insight into Jack, Mary, and the two ghosts. When it comes to leading suspense tales C.D. Ledbetter is one of the better writers on the market today.
Excellent Suspense Story
Mary Corbett expects little more than escaping the cold, snowy Boston winter for a few days when she's assigned to appraise the contents of an old plantation house in Louisiana. Her first impression reawakens her desire to someday run a Bed and Breakfast Inn, but as she approaches the house, she finds herself looking for rose bushes she expects in a garden she's never seen before and hand-carved shutters no longer on the windows. Next, she's surprised to discover that Jack Windom, with whom she had a somewhat embarrassing encounter five years earlier, is the other curator appraising the estate. Despite his warning to expect an unusual welcome from the three elderly servants remaining in the house, Mary is taken aback when Sadie points a gnarled finger at her and declares that the spirits foretold her arrival. Learning that the locals consider Sadie a Voodoo Priestess, Mary declines the old woman's half-invitation-half-demand that she attend the Blue Moon ceremony the next night. When Jack talks her into it as a lark, Mary experiences a vision in the flames that sets her on a journey into the past so frightening and compelling she cannot abandon it. Nightmares and the recurring appearance of a ghost-like figure pleading for her help lead Mary's path across Jack's once again and eventually back to the plantation.
Mary's search for answers about the lives and disappearance of two former owners of the plantation escalates into a dangerous conflict with some very real enemies. Ledbetter weaves an intriguing and exciting tale of past lives and old souls that leaves the reader eager for more.
Author of If I Should Die, By Reason of and The Killing Game
Outstanding Suspense Story
The beautiful and emotional curator, Mary Corbett, reluctantly agrees to assess the aging Louisiana plantation as a favor to one of her colleagues. The moment she discovers that the handsome but married, Jack Windom, will be her partner for the unwanted assignment, her heart skips a beat... of course, it had to be the man who she had been attracted to and rejected by 5 years ago!
During their appraisal of the property, their mutual affections blossom and Mary learns that a Blue Moon will appear that night aimed at bringing lost souls back together. Mary and Jack are urged to attend the Blue Moon voodoo ceremony given by the elderly housekeeper, Sadie, who happens to be a voodoo high-priestess. Upon Jack's return to aid his dying wife, Mary travels back to Boston to try to pick up where she left off. She quickly discovers that it will not be easy when she is plagued with nightmares about the deaths of the former owners of the plantation. Mary convinces her wealthy Aunt Elizavon to buy the plantation to renovate
and transform into a bed and breakfast so that Mary can search the place for clues to the mystery. Little did she expect the intruders, surprises, and dangers that befall her during those weeks in the plantation -- never mind the fact that Jack decides to bring his wife to visit...
Carla Ledbetter's expert descriptions of the run-down plantation paint a vivid picture to accompany the fast-moving plot. Her characters are well-developed, believable, and exude vulnerability. Each has their own weaknesses and I love how she lets the reader inside their minds to see what is motivating their actions from the determined Mary standing up to her cold-hearted aunt, Elizavon, to the manipulations of the vivaciously evil, Nicole Martine. Blue Moon is a riveting suspense and romance story which dares you to keep reading regardless of the late hour. You become attached to the characters and my only regret is that it leaves you wanting more! Now forever a Ledbetter fan, I am eagerly awaiting the sequel!
Review by Eva Almeida : eBooks N' Bytes Reviews
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