on November 7, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Ghosts, Paranormal, Romance
Eliza Monroe has been traveling the United States for three years, immersing herself in the towns she visits as she searches for the mother she’s never known. She hopes returning to her grandmother’s inn in Sage Springs, Mo., will provide the break she needs to evaluate her lonely life.
What Eliza isn’t expecting is to have two men enter the picture, not making her decision to stay or leave any easier. One has been her foundation, while the other is as comfortable as she is hopping from city to city. Throw in a kooky grandmother, a cheerful best friend, a sarcastic guest, a town where residents and spirits interact like neighbors, and Eliza has little time to contemplate her future.
Friendships grow, webs are spun and lies are revealed before Eliza comes to terms with what she wants in life and learns what's really important.
I thought Whispers and Wishes by Hollie Westring was a cute entertaining story about a girl in search of her mother. Eliza has been traveling the states for three years chasing her illusive mother. Eliza basically lives out of her suitcase going where ever her private investigator sends her. She finally decides to head home for a month. Home is Sage Springs and is a very unusual town. A town where people can see and speak to ghosts. There is a secret spring somewhere in the town and the original townspeople drank from it and gained these abilities which were then passed down through generations.
Eliza heads home to her grandmother’s house which is also a local bread and breakfast on the decline. Once home she comes face to face with an old flame, Jake. Eliza ran from Jake and from her home the day after Jake professed his love for her. While she spends her time avoiding Jake she hangs out with her grandmother and her best friend Lexi. The B&B is in disrepair and they decide to hire a handy man. In comes Gavin, hot, pierced, built, handy man Gavin.
While I did enjoy the story, I found myself more interested in the historical aspects of the town and the people in it then I did with Eliza and her two love interests. Ivy comes to stay at the inn and she, Eliza, and Lexi become friends. I also found myself enjoying the times they were all together. For some reason I didn’t really connect with Jake and Eliza and Gavin and Eliza weren’t much better but I liked him more for some reason. I also found Eliza to be stubborn and at the same time flaky. Jake admits to something that Eliza is super upset about and rightly so. Something that for me would have been a deal breaker. Something that should not and would not be tolerated in my opinion. But she immediately forgives or claims to understand they whys and whatnot when Jake comes to see her in the dead of night. I also found Jake to be kind of wimpy. When confrontation occurs and people are being horrible to Eliza he stands by silently. I didn’t really think he had her back and I didn’t like that for a guy that supposedly was in love with her. Gavin too does something yucky and bad and she holds him more accountable. I didn’t understand that logic. Jake was someone she grew up with someone who should have had her loyalty and trust. Gavin was a new guy that she knew nothing about. So when his transgression is revealed I would think she would be more forgiving or at least as forgiving as she was for Jake. I totally understood why she was angry at Gavin. What he does is horrible. But I don’t think they outweigh what Jake does or in my opinion doesn’t do.
Obviously she has to make a choice and although I wasn’t as interested in them as a couple (either of them), I did have an opinion of who I wanted her with. And I was disappointed in her choice. Maybe if I connected with the two of them better it would have made a difference. Maybe if she spent more time in the book with them individually, I would have felt better. However, I found the story to be more of a mystery than a romance.
A mystery because Eliza is still trying to decide if she should look for her mother whom she knows nothing about. A mystery because Ivy is super secretive. A mystery because there are mean people in town that don’t want Eliza there and even though it’s not clear why it still felt mysterious. A mystery because supposedly no one knows where the springs are that give out these unusual abilities.
So with all that said and I know it might sound like I didn’t like the book but I did. I think it has really great potential to turn into an amazing series. I hope that the story tightens up and I hope it gets a little steamier. I really like Ivy and Lexi and I want to see where their stories lead. I also hope we get lots more background on Sage Springs.
*A copy of this book was kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*