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All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the stor All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.Rocked by the discovery of a young woman’s skeletal remains, the New England town of Surrey wants answers. Hard-nosed investigative reporter Levi St John is determined to get them. Aubrey has no choice but to get involved, even at the terrifying risk of stirring spirits connected to a dead woman’s demise and piquing her new reporting partner’s suspicions.As Aubrey and Levi delve further into the mystery, secrets are revealed and passion ignites. It seems that Aubrey’s ghost gifts are poised to deliver everything but a normal life.


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All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the stor All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.Rocked by the discovery of a young woman’s skeletal remains, the New England town of Surrey wants answers. Hard-nosed investigative reporter Levi St John is determined to get them. Aubrey has no choice but to get involved, even at the terrifying risk of stirring spirits connected to a dead woman’s demise and piquing her new reporting partner’s suspicions.As Aubrey and Levi delve further into the mystery, secrets are revealed and passion ignites. It seems that Aubrey’s ghost gifts are poised to deliver everything but a normal life.

30 review for Ghost Gifts

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    3.5 stars rounded up to 4 on audio. I learned that this audiobook has been nominated for an Audie award, and I understand why because the narrator is talented. I enjoyed the paranormal aspects, and the storyline overall was a good one; however, something was missing for me that kept it from 4 or 5 stars. Part of me thinks it could have been because it was an audiobook, and my attention was lost at times, even though the narration was great. My plan is to read, rather than listen to, my next Laur 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 on audio. I learned that this audiobook has been nominated for an Audie award, and I understand why because the narrator is talented. I enjoyed the paranormal aspects, and the storyline overall was a good one; however, something was missing for me that kept it from 4 or 5 stars. Part of me thinks it could have been because it was an audiobook, and my attention was lost at times, even though the narration was great. My plan is to read, rather than listen to, my next Laura Spinella book because I want to experience her writing that way.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars My Kindle First Selection for January. For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I read until my "on-its-last-legs" Kindle's battery died, and I was forced to stop. But there were a couple of things that kept it from earning a full four stars. I will get to them in just a bit. But first, the things I did like: The mystery: I felt it was really well done, and I changed my mind as to who I thought the actual killer was throughout, and I'm usually pretty Actual rating: 3.5 stars My Kindle First Selection for January. For the most part, I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I read until my "on-its-last-legs" Kindle's battery died, and I was forced to stop. But there were a couple of things that kept it from earning a full four stars. I will get to them in just a bit. But first, the things I did like: The mystery: I felt it was really well done, and I changed my mind as to who I thought the actual killer was throughout, and I'm usually pretty good at figuring out who the guilty party is. The pacing: Just the right amount of brisk and slow, and at the appropriate times. The flashbacks: Whether it was from the point of view of our main characters, Aubrey and Levi, or our murder victim, Missy, I found the flashbacks really added to the story, and the characterization, and in the case of Missy, showed that perception isn't always the same as reality. Aubrey and Levi: I liked the fact that there was no insta-love/lust. They became partners, then friends, then lovers. Their relationship is conflicting for me, because it was also part of the reason I knocked a half star off this review. While I really liked the fact that Aubrey and Levi didn't fall into insta-love, I was also unhappy that it took so long for them to finally get together. And I'm not talking about sex here. I'm talking about the realization that they were falling for each other. It was well over half-way--more like nearly three quarters of the way through--that we got any forward momentum on that. While I don't need the couple to jump into bed within pages of meeting, I do like the romance to be a little more in the forefront if I'm reading a Romantic Suspense novel. I think part of the reason that it took so long was because both Aubrey and Levi had prior entanglements they needed to work through first. Aubrey, a soon-to-be-maybe ex-husband, that she was considering reconciling with, and Levi, an on-again-off-again 'long term' girlfriend. Both of those characters--Owen and Bethany--were really not needed in the story, in my opinion, and I wish their involvement in Aubrey's and Levi's lives had been wrapped up a lot sooner. Neither was very fleshed out, and both felt that they were included only to add another stumbling block to Aubrey and Levi's relationship. Other than that, this would have been a solid four star read, and I'd definitely read another suspense novel from this author.

  3. 5 out of 5

    C.

    I am on the lookout for paranormal mysteries, with adult protagonists. “Ghost Gifts”, 2016, by Laura Spinella is a very recent release for me that should have provided a triumph to my checkboxes. When a niche is as rare as non-horror, adult ghostly fare; disappointment is higher if an author fumbles the delivery! Back I go, on the quest for riveting adult spirit mysteries. The last 30% was very good but took too long. This is an author who dwells on physicality. Readers need to be reached, not b I am on the lookout for paranormal mysteries, with adult protagonists. “Ghost Gifts”, 2016, by Laura Spinella is a very recent release for me that should have provided a triumph to my checkboxes. When a niche is as rare as non-horror, adult ghostly fare; disappointment is higher if an author fumbles the delivery! Back I go, on the quest for riveting adult spirit mysteries. The last 30% was very good but took too long. This is an author who dwells on physicality. Readers need to be reached, not by a screenplay style but from constant insight into feelings. Laura wanted to convey that Aubrey's contact with spirits was taxing and that Levi was focused on journalism. We like Levi, after an emotional experience. However wanting to call a taxi and run away from Aubrey's admission of her ability, was too stupid to believe. If someone said they could communicate with spirits, wouldn't you exclaim: “Cool!”? An issue I take altogether, is the nonsense about not telling people you know, what you can do; particularly when you prove it easily. Her husband leaving their relationship for not being told earlier: also stupid. Authors finally supplying grown-ups with paranormal stories: please get to the good stuff and let your books present that content in the majority. Unfortunately, the awe of what Laura calls Aubrey's gift, is ruined by emphasis on her need to vomit. Her emphasis on Levi's perfectionism makes him seem unlikeable, so we are incredulous of him as the love interest for 70% of this novel. Except the vomiting introduction of Aubrey as a child, the several first chapters droned on about how their newspaper office worked. I can't fathom an author wasting her great paranormal material on that but F.G. Cottam did the same. The mystery was well-plotted; an unwanted mishap subtle enough to weave a believable crime. I can't read any more of her work because no matter how exciting a subject is, I have to like the writing. I nearly threw a shoe at Laura for using the word “said”, increasingly often, after sentences that were clear, unequivocal questions!!!! For Pete's sake, authors: remember to use “ask” or “wonder”!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    Beautiful Disaster, by Laura Spinella, is on my list of all-time favourite novels. And with Ghost Gifts she doesn't disappoint. A paranormal mystery with romance had me turning the pages from start to finish. Aubrey has been able to speak with the dead since she was a child. She works for a local newspaper where her "gift" aids her when she is assigned to report the story of Missy, a girl who disappeared 20 years ago and whose remains have been found in the basement of an old lady and her middle- Beautiful Disaster, by Laura Spinella, is on my list of all-time favourite novels. And with Ghost Gifts she doesn't disappoint. A paranormal mystery with romance had me turning the pages from start to finish. Aubrey has been able to speak with the dead since she was a child. She works for a local newspaper where her "gift" aids her when she is assigned to report the story of Missy, a girl who disappeared 20 years ago and whose remains have been found in the basement of an old lady and her middle-aged son. Levi, a famous investigative reporter arrives to lead the reporting team for the paper. Teamed up with Aubrey sparks fly and together they solve a murder that is much more complicated than it seems. A thrilling, spooky ride with a surprise ending. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️

    Ha, what an exciting find! Laura Spinella’s Ghost Gifts is one of those surpsring discovery that checked all the right boxes for me. * Ghosts ✅ * Romance ✅ * Mystery ✅ * Cold case ✅ Sell me a book with a ghost, I will happily gobble it up within a day unconcerned about all the works that is waiting for me... Ghost Gifts has a lovely protagonist who has made peace with her extraordinary gift of being able to communicate with the dead, and found a job that serves her purpose. Aubrey Ellis does not to c Ha, what an exciting find! Laura Spinella’s Ghost Gifts is one of those surpsring discovery that checked all the right boxes for me. * Ghosts ✅ * Romance ✅ * Mystery ✅ * Cold case ✅ Sell me a book with a ghost, I will happily gobble it up within a day unconcerned about all the works that is waiting for me... Ghost Gifts has a lovely protagonist who has made peace with her extraordinary gift of being able to communicate with the dead, and found a job that serves her purpose. Aubrey Ellis does not to chase big headlines. She’s fine with her home realty beat covering houses that are on the market for the Surrey City Press. So, when the chief editor offers her a chance to work alongside investigative reporter Levi St. John, to delve into the truth of a skeleton discovered in a basement after 20 years, no one can understand her reluctance. When all the other reporters are scampering for getting the main lead, Aubrey wants nothing to do with the dead girl Missy who has been missing for years together. The intriguing plot has a fascinating mix of suspense thru the voices of Missy ‘s adventures from 20 yrs. ago. The story gets the additional impetus of the past baggage of Levi that needs to be resolved and Aubrey’s gifts to be explored and believed by him. The romance between Aubrey and Levi develops slowly, there’s no insta-love or insta-connection between the two, in fact, there’s the gradual growth of 2 colleagues working together for the truth, then to friends, to finally understand the connection between them. The resolving of personal issues in both their lives goes on till about three-fourths of the book, so until the end there’s only ‘romance in the air’. The relationship between Aubrey and her grandmother Charley has been explored lovingly. For a ghost story, the paranormal elements aren’t scary but the final chapter had me with heart in my mouth rushing towards the epilogue. Thrilling and exciting, highly recommended for fans who love ghosts and mystery! This review is published in my blog https://rainnbooks.com/, Goodreads, Amazon India and Twitter.

  6. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: She’d given up on calling it prayer years ago. Prayers were meant to be answered. So far, Missy’s had not been. In five years he’d exhibited all the spontaneity of a wet match. He’d watched his mother paint her whole face, kind of like a human paint-by-numbers. She could even do it with a cigarette in her hand, though she repeatedly insisted it was her last one. He wore metal through so many pieces of flesh that Levi imagined unhooking them would cause the punk rocker to fall apart. Favorite Quotes: She’d given up on calling it prayer years ago. Prayers were meant to be answered. So far, Missy’s had not been. In five years he’d exhibited all the spontaneity of a wet match. He’d watched his mother paint her whole face, kind of like a human paint-by-numbers. She could even do it with a cigarette in her hand, though she repeatedly insisted it was her last one. He wore metal through so many pieces of flesh that Levi imagined unhooking them would cause the punk rocker to fall apart. My Review: I immediately tumbled into this captivating and consuming tale during page one and practically loathed reaching the last page, as I didn’t want to leave the story behind. Thankfully I have the next two books to hopefully sate my appetite for this talented mastermind’s cunning word voodoo. Her clever storylines and skillfully adroit writing style were ingeniously crafted, lushly detailed, and highly evocative. It was sublime.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan Peterson

    Ghost Gifts is a fantastic, heart-pounding story; full of suspense, romance, and ghosts! Aubrey Ellis is a reporter for the local newspaper in Surrey, content to write pieces about real estate, after years of carnival life with her grandmother. Besides being a writer, Aubrey also has a gift...since she was small she's been able to communicate with the deceased, and a lot of her encounters have been far from pleasant; some have even been dangerous. 20 years earlier, a young woman had been reporte Ghost Gifts is a fantastic, heart-pounding story; full of suspense, romance, and ghosts! Aubrey Ellis is a reporter for the local newspaper in Surrey, content to write pieces about real estate, after years of carnival life with her grandmother. Besides being a writer, Aubrey also has a gift...since she was small she's been able to communicate with the deceased, and a lot of her encounters have been far from pleasant; some have even been dangerous. 20 years earlier, a young woman had been reported missing, but now her body has been discovered in the wall of an old boyfriend's house. Levi St. John, ace reporter, has been assigned to cover the case for the Surrey newspaper, and Aubrey has been chosen to work alongside him. But covering the story is risky for Aubrey, as it gets harder for her to keep her gift hidden from Levi, even when it's clear that she must reveal her gift to him, for his own good. There are so many layers to this story, so many mysteries that unfold in front of you, keeping you turning the pages. Besides being a wonderful mystery, full of twists and turns, this book takes you on an emotional journey as well. Aubrey and Levi each have painful, tragic pasts, and as their stories unfold, you will feel their pain and come to care for this very smart pair. This is such an engrossing, adrenalin-rush of a story, that comes to a dramatic, shocking climax as the truth comes to light!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barbara White

    Laura Spinella skillfully weaves plot twists from the dead with secrets from the living and adds sparks when psychic, Aubrey Ellis, and reporter, Levi St John, are assigned to uncover the truth about a decades old New England murder. An adrenaline rush from the first page to the last, I devoured GHOST GIFTS.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra (Thebookishcrypt)

    *Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review* Laura Spinella automatically become a favorite author of mine ever since I read Ruby Ink under her other name, L.J. Wilson, last year. The sequel to Ruby Ink, The Mission, only made me fall in love with her writing even more and the same thing happened this time around. I was super excited when I found out that this was a paranormal romance. I absolutely love it when an author has series that are completely different genres from each other *Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review* Laura Spinella automatically become a favorite author of mine ever since I read Ruby Ink under her other name, L.J. Wilson, last year. The sequel to Ruby Ink, The Mission, only made me fall in love with her writing even more and the same thing happened this time around. I was super excited when I found out that this was a paranormal romance. I absolutely love it when an author has series that are completely different genres from each other. It shows me a different side of their minds, and when it comes to an author that I look up to, I appreciate it even more. The title alone had me adding this book to my tbr as soon as I saw Laura talking about it. Ghosts???? Romance?? Favorite author?? What else could I ask for?! This book follows Aubrey who inherited the gift of seeing ghosts from her dad. She grows up to work for a newspaper and a sudden re-opened murder case they're covering shoves her into a partnership with Levi, the office's least liked person. As they conquer the famous murder story, they can't avoid their personal lives from seeping through their investigation. Levi is a-sexy-mystery waiting to be unraveled while Aubrey tries to juggle her ghost gifts while at the same time, focusing on the murder story. Secrets come to light and the roller caster Laura takes us on is nothing short of intense. I've been itching to read a story where the main characters can't stand each other in the beginning for a few months now. I always love to witness how far a character can change from the beginning of the story to the end. Or in this case, an acquaintance. It makes their character developments that much more interesting to witness and this book gave me the dose that I needed, and more. I absolutely loved Levi and Aubrey's interactions. They were so genuine and heart-felt and I couldn't get enough of how perfectly they complemented each other. Not only do we get to witness an unlikely relationship unfold but we also get a first look into the life of the victim that they're investigating in alternating chapters. The investigation is full of scandals, betrayal, and unbelievable moments. I'm proud to say that my excitement over this book only multiplied after starting this baby. I loved seeing the difference between the two series I've read from Laura and I kept being awed at how diverse her mind is. Laura weaves multiple intriguing stories into one book and I was constantly left feeling like I was out of breath. So much was going on but not to the point where you didn't know what to focus on. The characters were perfectly thought out and they each had their own allure. I found myself growing attached to characters I was never expecting to grow attached to. I can't begin to express the immense appreciation that I have towards Laura for making this into a trilogy. That ending was beyond beautiful and heart-wrenching in so many ways but I'm far from being ready to say goodbye to these amazing characters. Especially Levi. I need him in my life and I am seriously hoping for more of him in the next two books! P.S.: Laura, I will never forgive you for scaring me to death with those last few chapters!!!! My heart almost beat itself out of my chest because of you.

  10. 4 out of 5

    KatieV

    3.5 stars rounded up. Melancholy despite the romance. The central mystery of the murdered girl was just painfully tragic. Trigger warning for child sex abuse. . The murdered girl was portrayed believably, given her history, and it made me cry in that "damn, life can be horribly cruel and hopeless" sort of way. The feeling that there is no way to "fix things" was a theme throughout. The heroine, Aubrey, has suffered a lot due to her ability to see ghosts. Rarely she is able to provide perfect clo 3.5 stars rounded up. Melancholy despite the romance. The central mystery of the murdered girl was just painfully tragic. Trigger warning for child sex abuse. . The murdered girl was portrayed believably, given her history, and it made me cry in that "damn, life can be horribly cruel and hopeless" sort of way. The feeling that there is no way to "fix things" was a theme throughout. The heroine, Aubrey, has suffered a lot due to her ability to see ghosts. Rarely she is able to provide perfect closure in a Ghost Whisperer sort of way, but mostly she can't fix or change anything. At best, she can provide some closure/comfort to the living, but they are still left to deal with the cruel whims of fate. Sometimes the living won't even listen to her, or the spirit is just pissed and wants her for a punching bag. Not a feel good type of book that gives one a sense of a cosmic balancing system. No spirits walking happily toward the light. The book was well written, but didn't leave me with a great feeling, even though (view spoiler)[ the romance pans out well. <\spoiler>. I also don't care for love triangles, YMMV. There were some interesting twists and the mystery was well played. I also liked the uptight love interest. The audio was well done and even won a reward. Overall, I think one tragic character's metaphor for life gives a good feel for the tone of the book. Basically life is like newly fallen snow in the beginning, but then people start walking on it and you eventually end up with a dirty/slushy mess and there's no way to fix it and return it to its previous pristine beauty. Not my preferred flavor of angst. Am unsure if I will read further in the series. (hide spoiler)]

  11. 5 out of 5

    Barbara (The Bibliophage)

    Ghost Gifts from author Laura Spinella was a good balance for my recent more serious reads. But it wasn’t much more than a fluff piece. Main character Aubrey Ellis is a journalist, working on real estate features at a small town paper. She’s also a medium, willingly or unwillingly channeling messages from ghosts. Aubrey gets involved in reporting recent developments of a decades-old murder. And she’s rightly concerned that her gifts will get out of control working on a story like this. Plus, she’ Ghost Gifts from author Laura Spinella was a good balance for my recent more serious reads. But it wasn’t much more than a fluff piece. Main character Aubrey Ellis is a journalist, working on real estate features at a small town paper. She’s also a medium, willingly or unwillingly channeling messages from ghosts. Aubrey gets involved in reporting recent developments of a decades-old murder. And she’s rightly concerned that her gifts will get out of control working on a story like this. Plus, she’s assigned to assist Levi St. John, a temporary out-of-town addition to the news staff. Did I mention he’s arrogant and entitled? So naturally, Aubrey gets hit with some ghost gifts that belong to him too. The story meanders around, switching from paranormal to murder investigations. And without too many spoilers, you should expect some romance as well. But the pace moves slowly and the suspense is just so-so. Aubrey’s likable, but her personal life is pretty messy. She’s estranged from her husband, and caring for the aging grandmother who raised her. Poor girl is juggling a lot, which mostly just muddies the story rather than giving it depth. My conclusions Not my favorite book this year, that’s for sure. It’s not a horrible one, though. Just, as they say, meh. I think Spinella bites off far more than she can chew. It would have been fine with me if she’d skipped the husband story line, which added little to the meat of the mystery. I’m a bigger fan of mystery than romance, so I wished for more suspense and intensity there as well. I also didn’t like any of the men in Ghost Gifts. Spinella writes them all as controlling and self-centered. I spent entirely too much time yelling, “Get a backbone, girl” at Aubrey. I’m trying to read books that have languished in my digital shelves. So many times I grab my latest purchase and dig in, even though older books were interesting when I bought them. I suspect this was an Audible Daily Deal, purchased back in October 2016. So at least this book checked off that task for me. But unless you like romantic paranormal mysteries with questionable male characters, I wouldn’t recommend this one. 2.5 stars. Originally published at TheBibliophage.com, where you'll find reviews of books like this, nonfiction, and whatever fits my eclectic reading taste. Come visit, won't you?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"

    3.5 rounded stars I liked this one. I was in the mood for "I see dead people" and this book delivered. Aubrey, and some in her family, have this "gift". Her father had been troubled and disturbed by it. When her parents died, Aubrey lived with her grandmother, Charley, who owned a traveling carnival. Charley has been supportive of Aubrey and tried to help her learn/grow/deal with her gift. Aubrey marries but hides her talent from her husband, Owen. They settle in a small town. Aubrey's husband tra 3.5 rounded stars I liked this one. I was in the mood for "I see dead people" and this book delivered. Aubrey, and some in her family, have this "gift". Her father had been troubled and disturbed by it. When her parents died, Aubrey lived with her grandmother, Charley, who owned a traveling carnival. Charley has been supportive of Aubrey and tried to help her learn/grow/deal with her gift. Aubrey marries but hides her talent from her husband, Owen. They settle in a small town. Aubrey's husband travels quite a bit and she writes real estate ads for the local paper. The marriage hits a rough patch when Owen gets cold feet about settling down and finds out about Aubrey's abilities. She wants the traditional white picket fence. At a time when she receives divorce papers, a cold case in the town becomes hot again. A hot shot reporter/editor is brought in by the paper Aubrey works for and Aubrey must deal with pending divorce, her gift, hope for reconciliation, chemistry with the new guy and reconciling her past. This book was entertaining and I will read the next one. Some triggers (view spoiler)[child sex abuse, Aubrey discovers husband cheated (hide spoiler)] so caution is advised for some.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    Lost souls, a woman with a gift, a mysterious death, and a new bond between coworkers, come together in this unique story with a surprising twist. I don't read a lot of paranormal books, but for some reason, this one got my attention right away. Like so many others, I was memorized by Sixth Sense, and this story has that same feel, but with a fresh approach. Aubrey Ellis has a special gift, or curse, depending on how you look at it. She has the ability to interact with specters, or souls of the Lost souls, a woman with a gift, a mysterious death, and a new bond between coworkers, come together in this unique story with a surprising twist. I don't read a lot of paranormal books, but for some reason, this one got my attention right away. Like so many others, I was memorized by Sixth Sense, and this story has that same feel, but with a fresh approach. Aubrey Ellis has a special gift, or curse, depending on how you look at it. She has the ability to interact with specters, or souls of the dead. Some reach out to her with good intentions, trying to give a loved one closure. Others want to punish her, merely because they can and they have no other way to act out their anger. Aubrey's gift is revealed in three parts. First is for the reader, showing how people on either side, receive her gift. We get to see how not everyone reacts to the idea positively. But we also see how she handles her gift with careful actions. She doesn't take advantage of anyone and knows when to step back. Second is how she reveals her gift to her coworker, Levi St. John, who she has partnered with on a murder story. This revelation doesn't seem to be by choice. Aubrey fights the decision to let him know, because she can't ignore the presence around her anymore. The revelation is emotional and heartbreaking. But it does give the closure that was needed for so long. It also brings the two of them closer together. Third, and presented very late in the book, is how her ability ties to the murder investigation. Throughout the book, there was an expectation that Missy, the girl whose bones were found in her ex-boyfriend's cellar, would appear. And that doesn't go as expected. I will say the author kept me thinking as to who the killer was throughout. She feeds you small tidbits to create doubt about one person or another. It was a bit of a shock when the real killer was revealed. This is a paranormal romance, but the romance part is very late to come. I would definitely qualify this as a slow burn between Aubrey and Levi. Delaying the romance are the significant others for each of them. Once those two are out of the way, it seems like it is full steam ahead, which I didn't get. There were very few moments shared between them where I thought, this couple is meant to be together. They share a connection with her gift, and maybe that was the spark they needed. Because everything does seem to speed up after that incident. This was an enjoyable paranormal read. The ghost element was woven into the storyline where it made sense and each part of the story carried meaning. For more reviews, visit

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    Unique, realistic characters are a strong selling point for me, and this book excels in that respect. I loved Aubrey. The book opens with her as a child, and I immediately connected with her; not because of any similarities with my own childhood, but because I truly felt what she was going through. We soon jump ahead to Aubrey in adulthood, and the emotional connection stays strong throughout the remainder of the book. I loved Aubrey's ghost visits. Each ghost has a different personality and agen Unique, realistic characters are a strong selling point for me, and this book excels in that respect. I loved Aubrey. The book opens with her as a child, and I immediately connected with her; not because of any similarities with my own childhood, but because I truly felt what she was going through. We soon jump ahead to Aubrey in adulthood, and the emotional connection stays strong throughout the remainder of the book. I loved Aubrey's ghost visits. Each ghost has a different personality and agenda. Aubrey's ambivalence in regards to her gift is handled well. She seems to be straddling two different worlds, with some people who love and support her and others who have bullied her into silence. This is an issue that resonates outside of the supernatural, fictional world, highlighting the difficulty in finding acceptance when you don't quite fit the expected norm. The romance aspect, for me, is handled perfectly. It's a slow burn that evolves along the way, allowing the rest of the story room to grow. The one minor issue I had came with the flashbacks, both with the victim and with Levi. Overall, these were long passages that took me out of the immediacy of the present story. I understand why the author chose to include these, and they certainly are fascinating stories on their own, but focusing so much on the pasts of two different characters has the disadvantage of taking focus away from the main character and the story at hand. Aubrey is a memorable character that I enjoyed spending time with. While I know this isn't the start of a series, I'm holding out hope that she'll have another story to tell us sometime in the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda Zagon

    MY REVIEW OF " GHOST GIFTS' by  LAURA SPINELLA OMG!  KUDOS to author Laura Spinella "Ghosts Gifts" for her breathtaking, awe-inspiring  descriptive novel. I loved everything about this book! The genres of this story are Para-normal, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense, and Fiction.  I could easily see this story adapted as a screenplay for a movie or TV series.  There are twists and turns, suspense, some chilling moments where the hairs on my neck were standing up. How would you feel if you had the ab MY REVIEW OF " GHOST GIFTS' by  LAURA SPINELLA OMG!  KUDOS to author Laura Spinella "Ghosts Gifts" for her breathtaking, awe-inspiring  descriptive novel. I loved everything about this book! The genres of this story are Para-normal, Mystery, Thriller and Suspense, and Fiction.  I could easily see this story adapted as a screenplay for a movie or TV series.  There are twists and turns, suspense, some chilling moments where the hairs on my neck were standing up. How would you feel if you had the ability to converse with dead spirits that were reaching out to you? You were the only one that could provide closure to their living relatives. You were the only one that could feel the anguish, anger and the evil of some spirits? Could you realize what problems this "gift' could cause in your life? The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Aubrey Ellis writes for a local newspaper about houses in the community for sale. Aubrey has inherited the familial psychic ability to communicate with spirits of dead people. The spirits usually appear to her, and there are certain smells, and sounds that trigger Aubrey making her aware of this.  Her grandmother Charlie has been Aubrey's family, and has dreams about things. Aubrey's deceased father had the same ability as Aubrey, and had difficulty with it.  Aubrey doesn't advertise her gift and keeps it to herself.  Aubrey kept this a secret from her husband Owen, who had problems dealing with this when he found out.  Aubrey's talent can be extremely dangerous to her. Aubrey has been very happy writing about homes for sale in the community. Suddenly an opportunity presents itself where the editor of her newspaper wants her involved  in a murder mystery, that goes back twenty years. The last thing Aubrey wants to do is deal with a murder because of her special ability. In addition, the parent company of the newspaper brings in special help to write about this. Aubrey is to partner with an investigative reporter Levi St. John. The story takes place in the present and past when it is relevant to Aubrey and other characters. I was totally mesmerized and captivated by this intense story. Laura Spinella is an amazing story-teller. I was dead wrong in who I thought the killer of the murdered victim was, and I tried to follow all the clues. There are secrets and betrayals in this mystery. I highly recommend this intriguing story for readers who enjoy novels about para-normal events, mystery, and suspense. I received a copy of this novel for my honest review. BE WARNED: This is a novel that you can't put down!! Happy Reading!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dina

    I wasn't expecting this book to be this good. Good writing, interesting story. The characters were likeable but a bit predictable in their reactions and they could use a bit more depth, especially the side characters that were mostly decorating. For example, the grandma seemed like a really cool person but we never got to really know her. There were a few cliches in the story, but all in all, it is an entertaining, easy to read book that is ideal for a holiday. I wasn't expecting this book to be this good. Good writing, interesting story. The characters were likeable but a bit predictable in their reactions and they could use a bit more depth, especially the side characters that were mostly decorating. For example, the grandma seemed like a really cool person but we never got to really know her. There were a few cliches in the story, but all in all, it is an entertaining, easy to read book that is ideal for a holiday.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lin

    I got this book on Kindle First. Though the book didn't seem promising at first with the "I speak to dead people" theme, I decided to give it a try anyway. I must admit the book surprised me and though I can't call it a masterpiece, I did find the book worthawile and rather interesting. It is well written and really pulls you into the story. I got this book on Kindle First. Though the book didn't seem promising at first with the "I speak to dead people" theme, I decided to give it a try anyway. I must admit the book surprised me and though I can't call it a masterpiece, I did find the book worthawile and rather interesting. It is well written and really pulls you into the story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Trish R.

    An OK read.. This book is labeled as romantic suspense. That is absolutely NOT true. Levi (Hate that name), the hero, and Aubrey, the heroine, have been together since almost the beginning of the book and there is absolutely no chemistry whatsoever, no thoughts or feeling, no nothing. Hell, they didn’t even kiss until 75% and there still weren’t any feelings involved. So, here we have another author whose publisher tells her “sex sells” so she drops a sex scene in here and there and calls it roma An OK read.. This book is labeled as romantic suspense. That is absolutely NOT true. Levi (Hate that name), the hero, and Aubrey, the heroine, have been together since almost the beginning of the book and there is absolutely no chemistry whatsoever, no thoughts or feeling, no nothing. Hell, they didn’t even kiss until 75% and there still weren’t any feelings involved. So, here we have another author whose publisher tells her “sex sells” so she drops a sex scene in here and there and calls it romantic. Like the sex between Missy and Dustin was just ridiculous, she’s 20 and he’s 46 and she’s been doing “it” with him since she was 16? Eww. And THEN she went to Frank’s apartment after she finished with Dustin and did “it” with Frank, too. Eww again. Nothing romantic about that. And there was nothing romantic about Levi and Aubrey’s sexual encounter either, at 88% of the book. If there’s NOTHING that leads up to the sex then the sex is not worth having in the book. LMAO, one reviewer on Amazon said this: “I think this book tried to incorporate just a bit of "50 Shades." You’re freaking kidding me, right? I don’t think this reviewer read this book at all. The sex between Missy and Dustin lasted about 2 sentences, in his truck. And between her and Frank it lasted about two pages, without any real description, and the sex between Aubrey and Levi lasted a few pages and it was sooo vanilla it wasn’t worth reading. How is that anything like 50 Shades? Now, I’ll tell you something I find amazing! One reviewer mentioned how many times Aubrey’s name was used in the first 2 or 3 chapters. In actuality, in this 386 page book Aubrey’s name was used 1,338 times, according to my iPad. That’s a little much, if you ask me. Levi was only used 926 times. Good grief! Overall, I will admit this was a good mystery. I had an idea, about half way through, who did it but the reader didn’t find out who did it until very late in the book. What was nice about this book was that it wasn’t based on just one spooky story. I thought the one that had to do with Levi and Brody was so good and so sad. And what happened to Frank was unbelievable. The author wrote Dustin as somewhat of an idiot, and that fit with his character. And, of course, poor, poor Missy! As to the narration: Nicol Zanzarella was barely OK for me. Her men didn’t sound like men and that’s really a bad thing. She did read with some emotion but when your men sound feminine the emotions don’t make up for it. I could not recommend this audible book and I will not be listening to this narrator again. She was very disappointing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Caryn

    Something was lacking in this story for me. We have a modern day journalist who also has the ability to speak with the dead and a mystery surrounding a death that occurred in the same town 20 years earlier. I'm not sure if the author tried to take on too much, but I felt the back story mystery was lacking, as she heavily focused on the present. The way the scenes were laid out via the writing was also choppy. It's classified as a romance, and there wasn't a lot of that either. I felt like it was Something was lacking in this story for me. We have a modern day journalist who also has the ability to speak with the dead and a mystery surrounding a death that occurred in the same town 20 years earlier. I'm not sure if the author tried to take on too much, but I felt the back story mystery was lacking, as she heavily focused on the present. The way the scenes were laid out via the writing was also choppy. It's classified as a romance, and there wasn't a lot of that either. I felt like it was just fine. Nothing outstanding and not truly terrible. Thanks to Goodreads and Montlake Romance for the copy in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    3.5★ This one took a little while for me to get really engaged, but then I thought it was pretty good. I think it was well done for the genre, though some of the storyline was a bit generic. I knew the who-done-it before the end, but still thought it was a good mystery, not too easy and there were other possible options. Overall, a good read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ms.pegasus

    Imagine a netherworld, a place for dead people unable to move on — riveted by unfinished business or unresolved emotions. Aubrey Ellis has a special susceptibility for accessing that world. From early childhood, the opening of that portal was presaged by unsettling symptoms: intense heat, dizziness, extreme nausea, disturbing smells and tastes. Sometimes she intuited a special significance in some mundane object and collected it. She called such objects “ghost gifts.” As she grew older, she lear Imagine a netherworld, a place for dead people unable to move on — riveted by unfinished business or unresolved emotions. Aubrey Ellis has a special susceptibility for accessing that world. From early childhood, the opening of that portal was presaged by unsettling symptoms: intense heat, dizziness, extreme nausea, disturbing smells and tastes. Sometimes she intuited a special significance in some mundane object and collected it. She called such objects “ghost gifts.” As she grew older, she learned to resist, to anchor herself to the present. Other times, however, the apparition was overpowering; reality would dissolve, and she was forced to interact, forced to patiently listen and counsel, sometimes even gently easing the passage of the dead beyond world of the living. Sometimes, though, the shadows of malevolence and rage engulf her with danger. Is Aubrey's strange ability a gift or a curse? The book opens in the past, some twenty years ago. Aubrey's parents died in an accident when she was 5. Since then, she was raised by her grandmother, who owns a traveling carnival. It was an unconventional life that suited both women. In Surrey, a small Massachusetts town, Aubrey has one of her visions but doesn't know what it means. In the next chapter, the scene shifts to the present. Aubrey has chosen a peculiarly unambitious career path, profiling houses for the real estate section of the local paper, the Surrey City Press. It's a coping mechanism. Rather than exploit her journalistic talent, she prefers to constrict any opportunities for ghostly summoning. She is able to choose and limit her encounters with the netherworld by choosing which haunts she chooses to tour and commune with. Abruptly, her predictable routine is disrupted. The body of a young co-ed, Missy Flanigan, who disappeared twenty years ago, has been discovered in the disintegrated basement wall of a local citizen. A drifter was convicted back then based on strong circumstantial evidence for Missy's murder. The entire staff including Aubrey is commandeered to cover the story and a hard-driving ambitious outsider, Levi St. John, has been brought in by management to lead the probe. Another time jump transports the reader to the events preceding the murder. Missy Flanigan was to casual onlookers a pretty, church-going, very ordinary young woman, destined to marry and raise a family. The chapter narrating the past paints a very different picture, including her relationship with Frank Delacort, the drifter imprisoned for her murder. These chapters augment the questions Aubrey and Levi begin to ask about the original police investigation, and the information their inquiries begin to uncover. The journalistic digging is intertwined with two other threads. Levi has his own troubled past, hinted at by uncanny smells and tastes that invade Aubrey's senses intermittently and with increasing intensity. At the same time, Aubrey's estranged husband contacts her with a plea to reconcile. Spinella is a great storyteller. Far from being hackneyed, this ghost story envelopes the reader by focusing on Aubrey's senses. Like Aubrey, the reader does not know what to make of the sensory clues, a pungent burning smell, or the salty spray of the ocean. By introducing Aubrey as a young child, the reader empathizes with the disorientation, fear and loss of control she feels when a vision invades her space. There is a tension between the romance and the mystery as the timeline shifts from present to past. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The mystery was a bit obvious to me, but I enjoyed the characters and the suspenseful events Spinella created. This was a free book I obtained through Amazon's Prime Membership program.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Guy

    Ghost Gifts is one of those books that's just about perfect. Its a mystery and it involves a woman that has an ability to speak to the dead. Think of it as Ghost Whisperer but with a little more grit. Aubrey works for a small newspaper writing a realty column. She also has a gift of talking to the dead. When this mystery she's now working on with reporter Levis St. John, I expected there to be some communication between Missy and Aubrey, but there wasn't, at least not in the way I expected. I love Ghost Gifts is one of those books that's just about perfect. Its a mystery and it involves a woman that has an ability to speak to the dead. Think of it as Ghost Whisperer but with a little more grit. Aubrey works for a small newspaper writing a realty column. She also has a gift of talking to the dead. When this mystery she's now working on with reporter Levis St. John, I expected there to be some communication between Missy and Aubrey, but there wasn't, at least not in the way I expected. I loved how the mystery of who killed Missy really was the focus. Sure there were a lot of subplots, including Aubrey and her soon to be, maybe ex husband, Owen. The best parts of the book involve Aubrey's interactions with the spirits. Between Frank and Levi's messages from beyond, it is pretty hard not to shed a tear or ten for these characters. Everyone in the story has serious flaws, but not the kind that make you dislike them. Their flaws make them more human, more likable. But I have to stress, it is Missy's story that makes this such a great read. She's the victim but her life is so sad and there's so much more to her. When you reach the end of the story, the killer is not who you will expect it to be. It definitely wasn't who I was expecting. I was blown away by that. The Levi situation was the part that through me off at the end. She leaves us hanging and then the epilogue comes along and suddenly so much has changed. I would have liked a little more between them, because even though there was a spark, it didn't totally justify the stuff we learned in the epilogue. I can't wait to move on to the next book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    I have nothing much to add on plot/setting review, aka they fine if a bit choppy in split past/present narrations and a bit predictable on the ghost end. But please tell me why the characters were so 2D. Charley is the grandmother who is very grandmother-ly, with her quirks and insightful life analysis. Aubrey is the ghost whisperer that struggles with her powers, and her life is obviously very struggle-some. Why does a mature woman feel the need to randomly and repeatedly tell her new writer pa I have nothing much to add on plot/setting review, aka they fine if a bit choppy in split past/present narrations and a bit predictable on the ghost end. But please tell me why the characters were so 2D. Charley is the grandmother who is very grandmother-ly, with her quirks and insightful life analysis. Aubrey is the ghost whisperer that struggles with her powers, and her life is obviously very struggle-some. Why does a mature woman feel the need to randomly and repeatedly tell her new writer partner that, of course, her marriage will work out and that she'll be happy? Not a bad story, but all of the dialogue was as subtle as a yell. Don't get me started on the metaphors and similes. Or I will flounder on the ground like the late spring salmon fighting its fate, as I whisper "no more" like the softest snowflake in the breeze. Since when do war-hardened, 20-year prison inmates start comparing fake innocence to yellowing prison snow. Overall, a mildly enjoyable book I still finished. I'm left with the feeling that I just read a very LONG, long, long book, but I thankfully made it through with the hilariously bad metaphors. So 2 stars for amusement and because I read it for free with my Amazon Prime subscription.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Traci

    I'm going to DNF this one, but avoid a rating since I feel like that would be unfair if I can't finish it. I don't hate it. But every time I settle down to read, I stare at this one for a while and then try to force myself through a little bit of it and since this year is "bad book year" in my buddy reads, I just can't justify forcing myself through another one that I feel nothing about. It just feels flat, and I feel like I'm missing something. It started out well enough that I wanted to read it I'm going to DNF this one, but avoid a rating since I feel like that would be unfair if I can't finish it. I don't hate it. But every time I settle down to read, I stare at this one for a while and then try to force myself through a little bit of it and since this year is "bad book year" in my buddy reads, I just can't justify forcing myself through another one that I feel nothing about. It just feels flat, and I feel like I'm missing something. It started out well enough that I wanted to read it and that's a huge plus, but by the same token I just don't get Aubrey's motivation or anything about her character. She seems really sensitive--I don't mean in the mediumship type of way; I mean she quit at the carnival because it hurt her feelings that people were laughing at her... but then she goes for a career in journalism? Not only journalism, but she writes features about houses? Honey, if you can't handle criticism then a career in journalism is not where you need to be. (Besides that, if you could really communicate with ghosts... why would you not want to work at the carnival?!) All of her choices so far have had this sort of "what is she thinking?" vibe... but the book isn't holding my interest long enough for me to read on and find the answer to the question.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Suze

    GHOST GIFTS The summary of this book sounded interesting, I read thirty percent before I skimmed to the end. The first chapter was good, a thirteen year old dealing with communicating with the dead. Then we have an adult Aubrey still talking to the dead while trying to hide her ability from everyone else. My problem with the book is the main character. I didn't like or dislike her, she just seemed rather bland. I also thought the book was a little too wordy. I realize I am at odds with all of the GHOST GIFTS The summary of this book sounded interesting, I read thirty percent before I skimmed to the end. The first chapter was good, a thirteen year old dealing with communicating with the dead. Then we have an adult Aubrey still talking to the dead while trying to hide her ability from everyone else. My problem with the book is the main character. I didn't like or dislike her, she just seemed rather bland. I also thought the book was a little too wordy. I realize I am at odds with all of the five star reviews, but this is my honest opinion.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karin Gillespie

    Bewitching and brilliant, GHOST GIFTS will stir your emotions, spook the bejesus out of you, and keep you furiously turning pages until the cows deign to come home. Clear your calendar, stock up on the candy and caffeine, and prepare to get lost in Laura’s Spinella’s intricate and layered narrative. A singular and wickedly satisfying storytelling experience.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Aubrey Ellis has a "gift" of being able to speak with spirits/ghosts that have messages that they need to tell the living before they can pass on. Because her gift can sometimes put her in contact with ghosts that aren't nice, she is very careful about what she does in her life, including the kind of stories she pursues as a newspaper reporter. So when she is assigned to work on a 20 year old murder case, she is not enthusiastic. Her partner, Levi, is a no-nonsense type of guy who doesn't believ Aubrey Ellis has a "gift" of being able to speak with spirits/ghosts that have messages that they need to tell the living before they can pass on. Because her gift can sometimes put her in contact with ghosts that aren't nice, she is very careful about what she does in her life, including the kind of stories she pursues as a newspaper reporter. So when she is assigned to work on a 20 year old murder case, she is not enthusiastic. Her partner, Levi, is a no-nonsense type of guy who doesn't believe in anything that he can't prove. (view spoiler)[ When Aubrey realizes that there is a ghost following her around with a message for Levi, she must convince him of her gift. Ironically, the ghost of the murdered girl has been strangely silent. Between Levi's message from beyond and finding out who the killer is, Levi and Aubrey grow rather close - skin to skin close. (hide spoiler)] I thought this book was pretty interesting. I thought the author did a good job of bringing things together between the flashbacks of the victim and Aubrey's current timeline. I liked the way the clues were revealed, but the ending totally surprised me. Not so much because the killer was revealed but because what happened when it all went down. I was on the edge of my seat through the entire epilogue wondering what happened.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Maria11

    Interesting/haunting read What a story! This author is so wonderful! She sucks you into the story and won’t let go till the end! Very interesting topic of communicating with the dead. Aubrey’s resiliency to take hold of her gift instead of it taking hold of her, paints her as such a powerful woman. She faces head on and goes the distance. The murder case keeps you guessing and for once I didn’t put it together until Aubrey figured it out. Levi was a wonderful foil to Aubrey as a character. I star Interesting/haunting read What a story! This author is so wonderful! She sucks you into the story and won’t let go till the end! Very interesting topic of communicating with the dead. Aubrey’s resiliency to take hold of her gift instead of it taking hold of her, paints her as such a powerful woman. She faces head on and goes the distance. The murder case keeps you guessing and for once I didn’t put it together until Aubrey figured it out. Levi was a wonderful foil to Aubrey as a character. I started off listening to the book on my way to and from work then it really got rolling and I couldn’t wait till the drive home, so I finished. The only thing I didn’t like was that the ending seemed rushed and we didn’t get the gritty details about what happened to Levi. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil it. Great read!! Love this author and will testing the next book in the series

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dianna (SavingsInSeconds blog)

    This one has been on my wishlist for a while. So glad I finally broke down and bought it. Ghost Gifts was exactly the kind of ghost story I enjoy. It has down-to-earth characters, a mystery to solve, and a ghost story without other paranormal creatures (not a fan of vampires, werewolves, etc.) My only complaint is that the romantic scenes were so very out of place. The graphic bedroom details were completely out of touch with the rest of the book. To be honest, Ghost Gifts would have been just a This one has been on my wishlist for a while. So glad I finally broke down and bought it. Ghost Gifts was exactly the kind of ghost story I enjoy. It has down-to-earth characters, a mystery to solve, and a ghost story without other paranormal creatures (not a fan of vampires, werewolves, etc.) My only complaint is that the romantic scenes were so very out of place. The graphic bedroom details were completely out of touch with the rest of the book. To be honest, Ghost Gifts would have been just as good -- maybe even better -- without any romantic themes. I liked this book enough that I plan to buy the next one.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elise Cripe

    listened to this one and enjoyed it for sure. 3.5 stars

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