Ghosted by Paula Light – Book Review!! On March 1, 2023 By Baydreamer - Lauren ScottIn Book Reviews, Books Ghosted by Paula Light had me captivated from the very first chapter. Lily is the delightful protagonist who suddenly deals with the loss of her brother, Jack. A gap of time has passed since they have spoken, so she lugs around this guilt daily. But she also doesn’t take his death lightly as niggles of suspicion occupy her mind. The story touches on three genres I enjoy: suspense, mystery, and romance. And it was fun to read about familiar cities in Southern California that were major pieces from the puzzle of my past – Anaheim (my childhood backyard with great memories of Disneyland), Fullerton (my high school stomping ground), Buena Park (where my husband and I said “I do”), and I-5 (the highway we have traveled a million times). Lily’s heart becomes confused from the attention of two men, one solid and reliable, and the other who begins to feel like her soulmate, wooing her with “flowery flirtatiousness.” She deals with sorrow that many of us can relate to. Even the popular act of flipping houses finds its way into the story. Paula’s storytelling transports us back to earlier years and then into the future with many twists and turns along the way. I found myself laughing, a bit tearful, and sighing throughout. The language is real as though I stepped into the scenes, living the events with Lily and her authentic supporting characters. One sample of Paula’s writing that I’d like to highlight is “Sweet girls didn’t want to harbor ugly feelings. We wanted to be emotionally generous and forgiving. Loving and nurturing. We didn’t seek revenge. We boxed up those nasty feelings, wrapped up the box nice and snug in glittery paper, plopped a pretty bow on top, and stuffed that sucker far back in the mental storage room.” How many sweet girls out there can share Lily’s contemplations? Can you feel her struggle with emotions she believes should be ignored? And during a somber time in Lily’s life, Paula’s description is poignant and beautiful… “…It was freezing in here. But suddenly the cold lifted, and I felt a swirl of warmth wrap around me like a hug. I closed my eyes and let the feeling envelop me. It was a soft blanket of comfort, and smelled like lemons, reminding me of Mom’s citrus scent. It was the closest I’d felt to her in a long time, and I sensed she was simply trying to reach out to me and provide a bit of calmness.” These lines brought forth loving memories of my mom who passed away over a decade ago. And a sample of the passion: “But the feelings, oh God, the feelings – those were sharper than ever. How I’d drowned in a sea of bliss when he kissed my breath away with waves crashing at the edge of the world…” The emotions grab you right off the page, and if it were feasible, I would have nestled into my comfy sofa with a cup of coffee or glass of wine, depending on the time of day, and read until the turn of the last page. But life has its way, so instead of resisting, I took my time and looked forward to each quiet moment when I would either laugh, cry, or cheer for Lily. When I reached the end, I felt good about Paula’s conclusion. Yet, as with any great book, melancholy sank in because I had finished! So, I encourage you to grab your cup of tea or coffee, or to pour your glass of wine, settle into your favorite chair, and immerse yourself into the world of Lily. Highly recommended for those who enjoy a compelling mystery and suspense, a good laugh, and just enough passion to entice. 5 glowing stars! © Lauren Scott, baydreamerwrites – All rights reserved.Photo: pixabay Rate this:Thank you for sharing. 💗EmailTweetShare on TumblrLike this:Like Loading...
53 thoughts on “Ghosted by Paula Light – Book Review!!”
What a wonderful review, Lauren. Congratulations to Paula. I’m sure she will be thrilled with your compelling descriptions of some of the elements of her book. Well done.
Thanks for your wonderful comment, John! I’m happy you enjoyed my review and appreciate your support for Paula.
This sounds like a wonderful book. Your detailed review is really helpful in understanding it. Thanks for sharing Lauren.
I’m glad you enjoyed my review, Balroop, and thanks for your kind words. Paula is a great writer.
An excellent review, Lauren. Congratulations Paula!!
Thanks very much, Suzette, for your lovely words and support for Paula.
A pleasure Lauren.
Thank you for a beautiful review, Lauren! Sounds like a wonderful read! xoxo
Thank YOU for your lovely words, Marina, and this book really is a wonderful read. Paula is a wonderful writer. Hugs, my friend ❤️❤️
Many more hugs back! xoxoxo
Oh wow, thank you so much, Lauren! You highlighted some of my own favorite moments as well. I really appreciate your in-depth review ❤️❤️❤️
You’re very welcome, Paula, and I’m glad the parts I highlighted were some of your favorites too. I’m also glad you’re happy with my review. I loved your book and know others will also. 💖💖💖
Wow, what a great review of Paula’s book Lauren. This looks like a wonderful book to nestle into and she’s such a great writer. 💗
Thanks so much, Cindy, and thanks for supporting Paula. She is a great writer! 💖
You’re so welcome! She really is Lauren, just like you! ❣️ voted FYI.. any word?
Aww, you’re too kind! Thanks so much! I haven’t heard and don’t see anything on the site. I have no expectations. Just being nominated was exciting and humbling. I know the winner will be on the sidebar but I don’t know if they notify the winners?? 🥰
of course. I know we just wait.. lol. well, they do I think.. lol haha🥰
We should be so good at waiting. 😂🥰🤗😍
A lovely and detailed review. Five stars for you! 🌟
Aww, thank you, Michele. So lovely of you to “say.” 💞
You are welcome. 💗
That is a terrific review! It sounds like a book that I would enjoy. Thank you!
Thanks for your wonderful words, Janis! I really enjoyed this book, and I’m sure you will too. 💞
What an excellent commentary on this book! You made me want to dash right out and buy it. However, since my favorite bookstore doesn’t have it, I’ve asked about it at my library. They have it, but the waitlist is long. So, I’ll just wait and read it when it’s available.
Thanks very much, Diane! You can buy Paula’s book on Amazon by clicking on the image I embedded. I made it easy. 🙂 Thanks again for your support to Paula.
This sounds so good! Congratulations, Paula, and thank you, Lauren.
It really is, Steven! Thanks for reading and for your support to Paula!
It was my pleasure. 🙂
Congratulations to Paula on the excellent (and intriguing!) review. I’m particularly drawn to the excerpts you included. Sharing to help spread the word!
Thanks for your support to Paula, Liz, and for your wonderful comment about my review. And thanks for sharing! ❤️
You’re most welcome, Lauren!
I loved this book.
Thanks for your endorsement, Sadje.
Sounds like a good one. Great review!
It really is! Thanks very much, Anneli!
Thank you for sharing your review of Ghosted by Paula Light. It’s wonderful to hear that the story touches on several genres. I appreciate the sample of Paula’s writing that you highlighted, which showcases Lily’s struggle with her emotions.
Your recommendation and 5-star rating have convinced me that this is a must-read, and I will definitely be adding it to my reading list. Thanks again for sharing your thoughts on Ghosted! 🙌
Hi Ritish, thank you for your wonderful comment and support to Paula. I’m delighted to hear that you’ll add her book to your TBR. I’m sure you’ll enjoy Lily’s story. Thanks again! 🤗
Wonderful review Lauren. Paula is a great writer.
Thanks so much, Kamal! I love Paula’s writing and really enjoyed her book. 🙂 💞🌼
You are always welcome dear Lauren 💗💗
HI Lauren, this is an excellent review of a wonderful sounding book. I enjoyed the descriptive passages you included.
Thanks for your wonderful comment, Robbie. Paula is a great writer and this is the first book I’ve read of hers. I look forward to reading more…💞
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Love that you highlight the emotional nature of this lovely poetry collection and share some beautifully grounding quotes! ❤
Thanks so much for reading and for your lovely words, Layla. Wishing you a wonderful weekend. ❤️
Excellent review, Lauren! So neat that some of the places in the book are so familiar to you.
Thanks, Mark! It’s not often that the setting resonates, so that element was fun. Thanks for reading! 😊