Book Review: Hamlet’s Ghost

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Hamlet’s Ghost

by
Jane Tara

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Rhiannon Dee, a gorgeous witch, moves to a country town to reopen a theater and finds herself torn between the man who owns it, and his father who haunts it.

Kip Daniels has been haunting the Hamlet Majestic for thirty dull years, ever since the stage roof collapsed on him during what was meant to be his piece de resistance: his performance of Hamlet. All he really wants is to get to the end of the play, but that won’t happen while the theater stands abandoned and boarded up. He’s resigned himself to an endless limbo … until Rhiannon Dee moves to town to bring the theater back to life.

Rhi has fled a failed life in New York. She can’t find work as an actress. She’s overshadowed by her mother who has a hit TV show about witchcraft. Rhi is sick of being seen as a witch and intends to turn her back on the craft. But she quickly discovers she can’t escape her gifts, especially when she needs to use them to help one very sexy but sad ghost cross over. Surrounded by new friends and supportive townsfolk, Rhi breathes new life into the Hamlet Majestic, and helps Kip accept his death.

Hamlet’s Ghost is a story about those moments in life that define us, and how to truly move forward we must find peace with the past.

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I received this book in an ARC e-book format from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  To be honest, after the first chapter, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the book.  It started with the heroine walking in on her best friend & boyfriend in a compromising position… and had some language I wasn’t a fan of.  However, it was a book I’d agreed to read and review, so I went ahead and kept reading.  I was actually quite glad I did.  Despite the foul language, which was sparser throughout most of the book than it was in the first chapter, it was a cute, quirky read which I enjoyed.  The main character decides to renovate an abandoned theatre and finds that it’s haunted… by a very good-looking ghost whose son, the love interest, looks just like him… so much so, that Rhi (the main character) thinks for a while that she’s talking to the same man at times when in fact she’s speaking to a man and his ghost father at different times… which leads to some interesting conversations.  Rhi is also a witch, even though she’s trying to downplay that in her new setting, but it leads to some interesting developments as well.  The whole thing ends with a very interesting production of Hamlet, and of course, all the love interest stories end up just as they should at the book’s conclusion.  All in all, a fun read.

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Would I recommend this to my BFF?  Probably not, but I would definitely recommend it to my theatre-mom friends who like to read.
Would I recommend this to my teen daughter?  Well, actually, I think she’d like it, but I hesitate to recommend something to her with bad language sprinkled throughout, so I guess no.

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4 of 5 stars.

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