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Friday, June 6, 2014

Review: The Widow's Walk by Robert Barclay

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His name was Garrett Richmond and he had always wanted to live by the ocean. So when the opportunity to buy - and renovate - the old home known as Seaside arrived, he leaped at the chance. Never mind that his friends and family thought he was crazy, he knew he could return this lonely mansion, worn by time, wind, and neglect, to its former beauty. But Seaside was more than just a project; it was spot that had called to him his entire life.
And then one night he saw her.
Her name is Constance Elizabeth Canfield and she tells him Seaside has been her home for over 150 years. But Constance is no ghost; rather, she claims that she has been somehow magically trapped between this life and the next. At first, Garrett can't believe her crazy story - the woman had to be lying! And yet, there was something about Constance that was from another time.
Soon this mysterious woman and flesh and blood man share a closeness they cannot deny. But just as their love begins to bloom, Constance's presence starts mysteriously fading away, soon to be gone forever. Is their love doomed - or is it strong enough to transcend time, and even death itself
I think the author is talented and I think he COULD write a good story for this genre, but rather than emulate the styles of Sparks and Evans, I think he needs to find his own voice. Figure out what his strongest points are and what makes him original. We already have far too many authors trying to duplicate what Sparks has done. I would much rather read a good story, with strong characters and come away from a book wanting more, than read a "copy-kat."

I wanted to like this story more than I did. Unfortunately, the book didn't deliver on the expectations of its premise. I kept waiting for the big, shocking moment that never came. I expected Constance's secrets to have reverberations, but the only horror was her inability to move beyond her own perception.

I also thought that the ending was weird, I would have enjoyed it more if Mr.Barclay would have just kept it classic, such as a kiss or perhaps one of them dying. I would have to classify this has a passive romance.