From NY Times Bestselling Author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition to the USA TODAY bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series
Southern girl Verity Long needs a Christmas miracle...
Verity is ready to deck the halls, jingle some bells, and maybe, just maybe have a merry Christmas with her boyfriend’s stuffy family. Truly, if she doesn’t extend the proverbial olive branch to the overbearing Wydells, she’s afraid she’ll hit them over the head with it.
But when her boyfriend’s mother pulls a shocking stunt, Verity finds herself with a big decision to make. And if that’s not enough, there’s an unexpected guest at her door. It’s the ghost of the woman who helped rescue Verity’s pet skunk three years ago that very night. And now she’s there to change Verity’s life as well.
*A "between the books" stand-alone holiday story you don't want to miss!
Great book for the holidays!45
Christmas Carol in TN55
Verity was looking forward to a great evening with Ellis at his Uncles estate for Christmas Eve that is if she can let her pride go, and just enjoy the night. Virginia is still up to her toxic tricks. She literally delivers the last straw that finally breaks Verity, and has her vowing not to darken the same Christmas Eve party as Elli's Mother Virginia..... Can the help from some ghosts including Franky, and some cute baby bear in need help Verity realize her mistakes. This was a cute quick reminder that Christmas is about more than just presents and soooo much better when celebrated with family. Even if that family includes people who don't always support us! Sometimes we may want to cut the difficult family out of our lives but those are the ones who need our love all the more! I really enjoyed this quick short Christmas story. It was nice to have Verity focusing on her relationships and the ghosts stories not taking the prominent focus. Here's to Verity drowning Virginia with the kindness she needs in future stories! I received this book for review purposes but this in no way effects my review.45
I have never gone wrong with an Angie Fox book. This is a short Christmas story and is essentially a modern retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol as only Angie Fox can do with her ghost hunting heroine Verity. Virginia and Verity are still at it, and Ellis and the rest of the Wydells are all caught in the middle. Verity finally stands up to Virginia, after an extremely outrageous encounter, and refuses to go to the Wydell family Christmas Eve party. She essentially wants Ellis to choose her over his family. After Ellis leaves Verity learns the hard way what hatred in your heart can do to your soul. This is was a great quick read. I love Christmas stories, especially when there is a happy or at least an acceptable ending.55
A modernized portrayal of the Dickens’ classic gone sideways. This novella details the importance of Verity to the wellbeing of Ellis and his family through a series of ghostly visions. A fine balance exists between the happiness of individuals and the group. Verity gains knowledge thru her interactions with the ghosts. Frankie provides a much needed balance of character to the novella as the reader sees a more mature development with the addition of a steady girlfriend ghost. This Christmas novella depicts past, present, and future scenes linked to Verity and her character. The lightness of the writing style and vibrancy of the characters make the scenes jump off the page as the reader rushes to see how the plot twists resolve. This is definitely a novella to read while relaxing when wanting a break from the everyday. I received an ARC for review. I would highly recommend this novella.55
A Christmas Carol goes ghost hunting with Verity Long and her eclectic cast of regulars, and its shorter length is just right for a rest from the hustling bustling season. The Ghost of Christmas Past, book 8.5 in the Southern Ghost Hunter series, opens with Verity preparing for holiday festivities with boyfriend Ellis’ family. The problem is, that includes his pretentious mother, Virginia, who never misses an opportunity to embarrass, demean and cause trouble for her son’s girlfriend. When a perceived thoughtful gesture turns out to be an expensive jab, Verity has finally had enough and tells Virginia off in no uncertain terms, prompting a series of events straight out of a beloved Dickens’ novel. With Frankie, Ellis, and Verity’s pet skunk, Lucy, on hand, this is a poignant tale about how life and choices affect everyone around you in ways you never even consider, reflecting the lessons of the original seasonal staple. Fox’s writing is on point, as usual, and if you love stories with descriptive details as I do, this will not disappoint. Lucy features prominently in this installment, and we get a softer side of the usually grumpy gangster, Frankie, both of which make it particularly enjoyable. This is a quick read, just right for relaxing, recouping, and clearing your head during this time of year. I love holiday themed entertainment, music, movies, television shows, and books. They help me to get in the spirit of the season and provide a way to enjoy a little ‘me’ time. If that sounds like you, grab a copy of this latest work in the series, a hot beverage, a warm, cozy throw, curl up for a couple of hours and escape with Verity and company in a lovely Christmas novelette that will put you in just the right frame of mind to tackle the busy holidays.55
The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox A retelling from the Charles Dickens tale, this time with a crotchety Southern woman, a cute domesticated skunk and a sleeping momma bear with her three cubs. Ghosts included. Sentimental and sappy and a message of being happy. Spread joy. It will make everyone respond. Book 8.5 of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. Can be read as a standalone. Loved it.55
Such an excellent version of a traditional Christmas story! I would give this more than five stars! You have Verity , Ellis, Virginia, Wydells family and a few ghosts. You must not forget Lucy because her beginnings with Verity ties in with one of the ghosts. The impact one person can have on many should never be forgotten. She was there at the cider mill to save some bears and to learn how families used to be and how they could be with her help. Verity has a chance to save some bears and change the future of the family of the man she loves. I loved the original Christmas Carol but I like this version even better!55
The Ghost of Christmas Past is a great story and a wonderful addition to the series. Verity and Ellis are planning to spend Christmas Eve with the Wydells. While things don't go as planned we get to learn more about Lucy and how she came to live with Verity. Frankie and Verity also have quite an adventure trying to save a family of bears. I loved Frankie's interaction with the cubs. We also get to see how the Wydell family celebrate Christmas. It is a good rewrite of A Christmas Carol. I would love to see the location this story takes place in be restored in a future story. The only issue I really had with this story was Ellis. I really wish Ellis would have done a better job standing up for Verity to his mother. That portion of the story disappointed me. Overall the book is a great addition to the series and I think anyone would find this an enjoyable read.45
Angie Fox has given us another excellent read in Ghost of Christmas Past. Of course, it’s about Verity, who sees ghosts and has become a ghost hunter. She helps both the living and the dead in very interesting and suspenseful situations. This surprising and exciting twist on A Christmas Carol is another winner. For fans of Lucy, the skunk, this one really is a great Christmas gift as we get to see how Lucy came to be Verity’s sweet buddy. We also see a different side to Frankie, Verity’s ghost sidekick, and Ellis, her boyfriend. Her somewhat nemesis and Ellis’s mother, Virginia, also plays a very important part in this story. Angie pulls it all together to make a story that’s surprising at every turn. The Southern Ghost Hunter series just keeps getting better.55