About the Book
Author: Linda Covella
Genre: Middle Grade Mystery
Number of Pages: 199
Synopsis: Book Two in the Ghost Whisperer Series: In The Ghosts of Pebble Brook Lodge, the sequel to the award-winning The Castle Blues Quake, Ghost Whisperer Pepper Connelly, now thirteen, is on the move again, this time from the beaches of Santa Cruz to the rainy forest of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Her chef parents have taken Pepper and her little sister Sage on another restaurant venture to renovate the long-uninhabited Pebble Brook Lodge in the small town of Brookdale. Uninhabited that is except for a series of ghosts, each with his or her own haunting agenda, as Pepper slowly discovers. One of the unique features of the lodge is a creek running through the large dining room. Pepper learns that in 1966 a thirteen-year-old girl, Karen, drowned in the creek. Her ten-year-old brother, Willie Hullett, was accused of killing her. Willie, now middle-aged, lives with his mother in a cabin in the woods. Mrs. Hullett has never forgiven Willie for killing her beloved daughter. As Pepper secretly becomes acquainted with Willie and sees his gentle nature and his beautiful life-like carvings, she's convinced he did not kill his sister. With the help of her friend Ally Cressman, Pepper sets out to prove Willie's innocence. With Ouija board sessions, hauntings by four different ghosts, and time travel to 1939 and 1966, Pepper discovers there's more to Karen's death than she--or anyone in Brookdale--would have ever guessed.
Pepper and her family are spending Christmas break at the Pebble Brook Lodge in the Santa Cruz mountains. Disappointed to be away from her friends, Pepper takes a long walk and ultimately becomes lost. Seeing a cabin she asks for directions, but the people inside give her the creeps and she runs all the way back to the lodge. However, her encounter in the forest has nothing on the spirits she finds hanging around the lodge, except, she's beginning to think they're all connected? It's up to Pepper to find out what's going on and help the ghosts move on, but can she do it before harm comes to those she loves?
The Ghosts of Pebble Brook Lodge is the second book in The Ghost Whisperer series and picks up where the first book, The Castle Blues Quake, left off. I do have to admit that I did not read the first book, but the author does a wonderful job of providing background details and I never felt confused or lost. I also, have to say that I love how Pebble Brook runs directly through the lodge and really want to stay somewhere like that!
The author shares her creative imagination by spinning a wonderful tale full of vibrant characters of both the living and spiritual worlds. Well written and full of intrigue, family, and friendship, The Ghosts of Pebble Brook Lodge is captivating middle grade tale that should not be missed.
I highly recommend picking up a copy.
About the Author
YAKIMALI'S GIFT also won the 2015 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Honorable Mention in the Young Adult category and a Best Books of 2015 for Teen/Historical/Romance from BooksAndAuthor.com.
THE CASTLE BLUES QUAKE won a Silver Medal and Seal of Approval from Literary Classics. They "highly recommend the book for home and school libraries."
Visit Linda Covella's website http://lindacovella.com/ to view novel excerpts, trailers, and other book information, as well as her blog.