Catherine Ryan, a solicitor working in Galway, has recently lost her husband. Still grieving, she decides to revisit ‘Hollowbrook’ a cottage that they went to together to rekindle fond memories.
The night she chooses to visit Hollowbrook is ‘All Hallow’s Eve’, and as all good ghost stories go… It was a dark and gloomy night…
So rainy and foggy, that Catherine actually hits a person with her car while she is looking for the drive to the cottage. Seemingly unharmed, her victim introduces himself as Sergeant Andrew Montague. She takes him to the cottage to access his injuries, if any. It is the least she can do…
“When someone you love is gone, there is no comfort. Just a readjustment to life without them.”
After reading a review of this short story by fellow bookblogger Kate (The Quiet Knitter), I thought it would be the perfect late October read. I was right!
Some might call it a gothic ghost story, some might say it was a time-slip love story, whatever you call it “Betwxit” is an excellent story to be read at this time of year.
A story that explores loss and eternal love.
The only thing that didn’t seem perfect about this little story was the cover. In my opinion, it should have been more in keeping with the subject matter of the book.
If you’re looking for an atmospheric, quick, seasonal read, then this is the one to pick. Highly recommended.
I purchased my copy of ‘Betwixt‘ from Amazon.ca in Kindle format.
Now, I’m even more looking forward to reading Evie Gaughan’s full length novel, “The Story Collector“. It has been on my TBR for a while now.
The author, Evie Gaughan talks about her short story “Betwixt”.
Evie Gaughan is a novelist and lives in the medieval city of Galway, on the West Coast of Ireland. Her books are an eclectic mix of genres, incorporating her love of history, folklore and finding magic in the everyday. She graduated from the Université de Paul Sabatier, Toulouse with a marketing diploma in 1996 and spent the next few years working abroad and discovering that she didn’t like marketing one bit. Evie abandoned the corporate world to follow her dream of becoming a writer and an artist. Since then, she has written three novels, The Heirloom, The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris, and The Story Collector. She also contributes articles to The Irish Times and Women Writers, Women’s Books.
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Lovely review Lynne! I loved this one too, it was so atmospheric!
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Yes Nicki. Though very short, it was so well described that I felt I was THERE.
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