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This is the third book I have read by this author. All have been excellent reads, this one more than her earlier works. The story of the love that transcends death is both touching and at the same time, rather spooky, as the restless spirit of Scarlett's deceased husband, Michael appears to be haunting her and their young son, Troy. The problem is, Michael's spirit seems to be able to manifest itself in both corporeal and non-corporeal forms. How this can be and the surprising twist in the tale leads to a conclusion that I least expected. An excellent read, not too long, and worthy of 5 stars.
This is an author who really understands human nature & puts it to good use in creating chemistry between her characters. ‘Ascending’ is a sad yet thought-provoking tale that culminates in a satisfying twist. I’ve enjoyed the psychological elements of the story very much and loved the gradual progression as Scarlett & Troy overcame grief & conquered their fears. An excellent read.
This book has everything from an abused wife to the paranormal, depression, love that lasts for years, friendships, and yet, the author has kept the writing crisp and clean while showing the ragged edge of emotions and how they can almost destroy a relationship of mother and child. After her young husband dies, Scarlett finally flees with her son to forget the tragedy of his early death and the abuse she suffered while married to him. She will even blame herself for his misdeeds. The healing process is slowed by the appearance of his ghost, and yet, somehow it is not really his ghost. Slowly, she regains her son’s trust and that of her neighbors. She will try to isolate herself and her son when the visitations become almost daily and she feels her handsome husband’s strong arms around her again. His manifestations manage to confuse his son for Troy was but three years of age when his father died. He does not remember what his father looked like. Troy only remembers his father took him to the circus and cried. Scarlett has delved into the occult and feels that her crystals and workings have pulled Michael back into their lives. How can they co-exist with the ghostly world and the real world? The reality of what really happened so long ago will come into focus, but you will have to read this excellent work yourself. I really recommend that you do so.
Ascending is the second book I’ve read by this author. I am enjoying her ability at focusing on the psychological aspects of her characters’ personalities and of the story itself.
Scarlett Kane and her husband, Michael, married before they were mature enough to realize the ramifications of such a union. Scarlett tries to hold the marriage together, and tries to understand and appease her rebellious husband. Then he is killed in a horrific accident, due to his own negligence and reckless mind and antics. Front that point on, Scarlett first spirals downward into depression and a bit of alcoholism. All the while, for the love of her son and needing to help him understand and keep him safe, her confusing life becomes a difficult task. Scarlett is haunted by Michael’s ghost. Or is she? Is he a figment of her alcoholism and disturbed mind? Or is she completely sane? At times, even she doesn’t know. The solution to Scarlett’s tragic life comes in a major twist at the end of the story. It’s quite a different surprise.
If you love stories that delve into the characters’ psyches and what makes them the characters that they are, this trait seems to carry in this author’s stories. Knowing what makes a character tick makes the story for me. I’ll be reading her again.
In this story you are immersed in a paranormal relationship between a man and his wife and son. More than that I won't tell you. To give you any particulars would be spoiling the story for you. I must confess that this is not my favorite kind of story. Nonetheless it is a good story, told with style and attention to the details of the lives of the characters. I would like to have had more character development of Troy, the son of Scarlett, but each author does as they feel best with all their characters. Good characters, good story, good read, especially if you like love stories.
Along with Margaret Atwood's work, this is the second Canadian author whose book I've read, and judging by this admittedly small sample, it looks like the Canadians are producing some fine authors! The story reminded me of an old Harrison Ford movie (in a good way) What Lies Beneath. I loved the 70s references. The main character (a Canadian widow) is very relatable, and I found her story and the way she deals with her many, many problems fascinating. And a twist ending, to boot! A very enjoyable read. The "True North" is strong with this one:)