Book Review

AWRW Book Review: The Ghost and Katie Coyle, by Author Anne Kelleher @AKelleherAuthor

22745255A cry for help, echoing across the centuries, inspires a young teacher to rewrite history and rediscover a passion she only dreamed about…

Life is good for Katie Coyle. She’s delighted with her new position as a professor of Irish literature and history, and enchanted by the old cottage on the cliff overlooking a beach that she now calls home. But she can’t shake the feeling that something— or someone— else calls the cottage home, and that in the night, echoes of an anguished voice calling for help haunt the beach below.

When Katie first meets Derry O’Riordan, an Irishman claiming to study a set of standing stones in the middle of the woods, she takes his story at face value. But when her life is threatened and her job is jeopardized, Katie realizes that more is at stake than just the confirmation of a fascinating historical footnote. In the end, a man’s honor, the truth, and her own life hang in the balance.

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Romance Suspense

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by eFitzgerald Publishing
After being cheated forever of the life he was supposed to lead, the woman he loved, and their unborn child, the tenth Earl of Kilmartin haunts the shore where he died – looking for the woman he loves, even if it takes him an eternity.

After two hundred years of him longing, a young woman moves into the house by the shore where he haunts, and she bears an uncanny resemblance to the woman he loved. Could her arrival mean something for him?

Katie Coyle moves to East Bay, a seashore town in Massachusetts, to teach Irish Studies. The home she is placed in is beautiful – especially the grounds – but, the place is rumored to have a ‘history’. She wonders what surprises the house will have in store for her.

“She might be good for Pond House, but the real question was, would Pond House be good for her?”

I’ve read a lot of books by author Annie Kelleher and I can honestly say this one is my favorite! I love reading paranormal romances and this one was all the better because the hero wasn’t of the living variety. 🙂 That made for a unique and interesting romance.

I really liked the setting of this novel and the world-building made me feel like I was there with the characters. I wish Pond House really did exist. It sounds like an awesome place with all the gardens, waterfalls, and of course, Derry, the tenth Earl of Kilmartin! I loved the idea behind the Stones and how they enabled him to manifest physically.

Katie Coyle was my favorite character. I liked the friendship she developed with Mary Monahan – the witch – even though her boss advised her against it. She went against the grain, really with everything she did, and I liked her for that.

“I met this guy and he’s an absolute dream. Only problem is, he’s a ghost.”

I would recommend this story to fans of paranormal romance, fans of happily-ever-afters, and fans of anything and everything Irish. 🙂

In the interest of fair disclosure, I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair, honest, and thoughtful book review. This in no way swayed my opinion nor rating.


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Anne Kelleher
Anne Kelleher sold her first novel, Daughter of Prophecy, to Warner Books as an inaugural release for its Aspect sf/fantasy line in 1993. Since then, Annie has written and published many more novels and short stories, including the critically acclaimed Shadowlands trilogy by Harlequin-Luna. In addition to Time-Warner and Harlequin, Annie has been published by Penguin-Putnam, as well as a boutique small press.
Her novels are available internationally in four languages: Dutch, German, French, and Spanish. In 2015, Annie became a “hybrid” author with the recent independent release of her collection of short stories, Free to Good Home.

The same year Annie sold Daughter of Prophecy, she co-founded the Greater Lehigh Valley Writing Group (GLVWG) in Bethlehem, PA, where she was living at the time. In 1994, the organization held its first writing conference, The Write Stuff. GLVWG continues to flourish, the annual conference drawing writers, agents and editors from both coasts.
Annie is an experienced conference speaker, writing coach and workshop facilitator. With her long-time knowledge of the publishing industry, and her ability to present her subject in an entertaining way, she is able to offer many topics of interest to writers at all levels. She has numerous successful clients who have gone on to publish in a wide range of genres.

Annie’s other career paths include Federal investigator, aerobics instructor, daycare provider, Executive Director, neighborhood mediator, corporate communications manager, interior decorator, and psychic medium. The latter accounts for why most of Annie’s work includes some aspect of the supernatural or paranormal.
Annie holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University. In addition, Annie has studied English literature and language at the University of Connecticut and Storytelling and Oral Traditions at The Graduate Institute. The mother of four, stepmom of two and grandmother of two, Annie now divides her time between Connecticut and Hawaii. Connect with Annie online at



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