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In Franklin's House

Beverly Lauderdale

Oak Tree Press

Paperback

978‑1892343628

*****

     Was this a poltergeist, apparition, or just a plain old ghost? Our heroine, Kate, relates her unusual experiences in this exciting novel, In Franklin's House by Beverly Lauderdale.

     Kate's life was turned upside down when she discovered her husband Dan was having an affair with his partner's wife. When his partner found out, Dan left the company. In an effort to salvage their marriage, Kate and Dan sold their home of many years and relocated from the peaceful confines of an Iowa town to start anew in California.

     They purchased a 1905 Victorian house that was badly in need of repairs.  Dan was working some distance from the house and commuted daily.  Kate was left alone to do the work, schedule workmen, clean, and unpack boxes. As she diligently attempted to make a new home, she was mysteriously compelled to investigate an upstairs bedroom. She was drawn to a hollow wall in the bedroom's closet where she found a diary and a rosebud necklace. Curiously, she began to read the diary and discovered it was the musings of a long deceased occupant of the home. Then, she felt a compulsion to try on the necklace. Suddenly, Franklin the ghost appeared and said he was the husband of the woman who wrote the diary. Franklin told her not to be fearful and assured her that the main reason he was still in the house was that he was attempting to finish his "chapbook" of poetry.  Further, he told her that only she could see him and that she must be wearing the necklace in order to see him.

     Beverly Lauderdale has written an excellent book that will appeal to the feminine side of both men and women.  Relationships abound as Kate meets an older hippie woman who worked in the library. She lives on a sailboat in the marina and Kate visits her often.  A true friendship develops. Then Kate meets the curator of the local museum as she attempts to discover more about Franklin's ghost. Coincidently, the curator is the grandnephew of the deceased Franklin.

     What makes this book remarkable is the fact that the ghost takes on a solid form.  He helps Kate move furniture, wallpaper, and lifts objects that she normally could not do alone.  Romance blossoms between the ghost and Kate, but when she discloses this to her librarian friend, she tells her that this is just an imaginary happening. Kate does not believe her. Readers will feel many of the experiences Kate encounters because of the choice of descriptive poetry and prose of the author.  This novel is a tastefully told tale of romance.  Highly recommended!

Clark Isaacs
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