Andrew Hayes, a brilliant but troubled guitarist in an up-and-coming band, has been haunted since childhood by the presence of his muse. One night during a performance in San Francisco he spots her–but she vanishes before he can catch her. Desperate to find her, he accepts a curious offer to stay in the city, moving into a dilapidated Victorian undergoing renovations that stir up far more than dust. Andrew’s life soon becomes even more chaotic with the arrival of martini-swilling ghosts and a troupe of flesh-and-blood stoner spiritualists bringing bad tidings from the Great Beyond.The dark side of his obsession creates visions both thrilling and menacing. As he struggles to solve the mysteries threatening the woman he loves, Andrew discovers his life is repeating a refrain more deadly than he’d ever imagined. Inspired by the sexy noir and comedies of the past, Grave Refrain transports the reader to where the things that go bump in the night not only thrill you, but might just take your breath away for good.
This book was on my radar for quite a while before I read it, and if it’s been on yours as well?!? Don’t wait any longer…make it your next book.
Sarah’s writing is both beautiful and intelligent. There are so many things I loved that it’s hard to know where to begin. I’ve read several paranormal stories that involved ghosts in the past year, and this one is a favorite, but it’s so much more than that.
First we meet Andrew, Simon, and Christian who have a band called The Lost Boys. They’re London pub players trying to make a living…and struggling. Enter Neil St. John, a music producer with credentials who offers some stateside gigs in San Francisco and a house to live in…O…there’s a catch…the house is haunted.
Next we meet Emily, Zoey, and Margot. Talk about a divergent trio of best friends. I loved them instantly. They’re in need of a new place to live…guess where they wind up? Yup…in the same house with the musicians. Now comes some delicious complications.
Andrew…the hot one of the group… has spent most of his life searching for the “muse” that plagues him. The one who has almost broken him. Everyone thinks she exists only in his mind, but when he meets Emily he knows he’s finally found her. Emily feels an instant connection for Andrew, but she’s cautious…hesitant.
What follows is a beautifully written tale of love…soul mate kind of love, interwoven with the story of ‘Nick and Nora’…lovers who were separated in death by a curse that threatens Andrew and Emily.
It’s also a story about friendship, and perseverance. It will take the entire group along with some hilarious stoner spiritualists to reunite the ghostly couple. Along the way we’re treated to suspense that had my adrenaline pumping…passionate love scenes that had me swooning, and humor that had me laughing over and over.
Dust off your cocktail shakers…put on a playlist that includes both 40′s mood music with some great rock…and be prepared to be enchanted by this unique story.
My rating for Grave Refrain by Sarah M. Glover:
A solid 4 hearts
Things I loved:
The poetry that was included. Divine!
Sarah’s ability to play on all of my emotions with her writing.
The pure, raw passion between Andrew and Emily.
Setting the story in San Francisco.
Getting a new fantasy boyfriend…Andrew is yummerific.
Adding Sarah to my favorite author’s list
I can’t wait to read whatever you write next Sarah!!!