Title: The Uninvited
Author: Cat Winters
Date of Publication: April 11th, 2015
Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.
But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.
Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.
I really loved this book. It started as a small flame and burned brighter and brighter as I flipped from page after page! It has a contemporary vibe with a touch of the paranormal in a historical setting that could very well be considered scary because of the Spanish Flu epidemic.
Ivy was a great character because she had been so introverted in her life, but she grew as her story unfolded and became bolder and bolder. And my boy! Daniel! He needed so many hugs! Lots of hugs with all he’d been through! I love the chemistry between them and the musical chats. My only complaint is I really wanted to see more of the romance scenes versus fading to black!
Cat Winters writes incredibly well and I can tell she really does the research when writing her stories! There is also a nice little plot twist that I thoroughly enjoyed! The Uninvited is definitely a story that will stick with me for a long time!
What’s your favorite ghost story?