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Patrick Boyle dies in 1970 and soon finds he's stuck in the house. And after his parents leave the house for good, he's trapped without company -- until a mysterious woman who can channel his memories buys the house forty years later. The spring brings with it new life, but falling in love with the new owner may only bring heartbreak to them both....

Title : Between Seasons
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ISBN : 12990253
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Number of Pages : 269 Pages
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Between Seasons Reviews

  • Sandra
    2019-05-14 04:11

    The review can also be found on my book blog Wow. Just...wow. Rarely does a story grip me like this one did. From the first word to the last, I was riveted to the pages, my eyes glued to the words and my heart breaking and rejoicing for Patrick and Sara.It's a ghost story at the core. Patrick Boyle, 19, on the cusp of his 20th birthday, a day from being drafted into the Vietnam war, gets up one morning, gets dressed and heads downstairs for breakfast, anticipating and salivating over his mother's pancakes, the smell of which have made it up to his bedroom. In his haste, he trips over the loose carpet on the stairs and breaks his neck during the subsequent fall. And just like that, he's dead. For some odd reasons, none of which are clear to him, he's now a ghost, but he figures that God will come get him soon and he just needs to wait a little. God is busy, it seems, and Patrick has no choice but to watch his mother and father fall apart over his death and ultimately leave him behind, packing up the house and moving. At this point, I'm sobbing big fat tears over this poor boy as the author makes me feel his emotions so clearly. He feels abandoned, trying to get his parents to notice him, begging them not to leave him. I'm snotsobbing as he runs after them, only to be foiled by the door and his inability to leave the house. Seasons come and go, Patrick waits, watching life pass by through the windows of his house. He's alone, left with a few things he can actually touch (only things that belonged to him before he died) and without much to do. Still waiting for God, he's reduced to reading and re-reading the few books he managed to hide before his parents packed up and left. The writing is so descriptive that you actually feel his loneliness, feel his desperation and his yearning for someone to see him, to realize that he's still there. You need to suspend your disbelief in certain areas when it comes to ghosts and such things, but this story is simply amazing. There are passages where Patrick dreams (yes, ghosts apparently do sleep on occasion), and the things he dreams are actually a hint of things to come but at the time you read them, you are left to wonder what the purpose is. Some things that happen in this book made me angry and frustrated and it is a credit to the author that her words drew me into her story in such a fashion that I sat here with my fists clenched in helpless agony over what was happening to her characters. Patrick's loneliness and desolation, his tentative hope when Sara moves in, his inner musings and pervy thoughts, his confusion at modern things like cell phones and laptops - it's all so brilliantly described that you feel as if you're right there with him. His joy when Sara sees him for the first time, his disbelieving elation when she can feel him - absolutely amazingly written.There are funny moments that made me giggle. There are moments that made me sigh and scenes that made me cry with frustration. Patrick is a typical teenager in many ways and his musings about his past and the possible reasons for being stuck are spot-on for someone his age. Sara is also well described, from her pain at her recent divorce to her inability to stand up to her sister (who's a complete bitch, by the way, and I'd like to get my hands around her neck) to her tentative steps towards believing that Patrick really exists. Even the solution to their obvious problem is perfectly done. Again, suspend disbelief but the elation and joy was palpable and jumped right off the pages. It's somewhat open-ended but that leaves the reader to imagine how their future might unfold, which is not a bad thing at all. The book is well researched - I can tell that the author took her time to make sure she got everything right. The characters, including the supporting cast, are well developed and have a plausible background that explains their actions and reactions. None of them acted in a way I didn't expect or couldn't explain. Congratulations, Ms. Brassington. You've delivered an exceptional book that will stay with me for a long time to come. Please write another.

  • Autumn
    2019-04-23 10:02

    It’s rare that you find a book like this. One that makes you laugh, cry and even ask the question “Is there life after death?” In it’s heart, Between Seasons is a ghost story. In it’s soul, it is so much more.Full review on Open Book Society - http://openbooksociety.com/article/ai...

  • Kristin (These Pretty Words)
    2019-04-23 08:14

    Reviewed on These Pretty Words Nov 4th.Descriptive. That’s the one word that comes to mind when I think of Aida’s debut novel – a touching tale of a nineteen year old young man who dies on the very first page. What comes after that almost disturbingly detailed account of a simple fall down a flight of stairs is a beautiful and unique look at life… and love… after death.Patrick haunts his childhood home for decades, alone and isolated from the rest of the world… until the day Sara walks in the door. Almost immediately she seems to have a sense of something or someone in the house, watching her, interacting with her. She does what many of us have probably done at one point or another – she talks to the nothing around her. And she absolutely captivates the dead young man still roaming the shag-carpeted halls.This book absolutely drowns you in the emotions of its characters. From the loneliness and sorrow of a long-dead Patrick, trapped in the same house he died in, to the anguish of the heartbroken Sara. Through the sweetness of falling in love and the bitterness of lost dreams. From the pain of feeling disconnected from everyone to finding that special someone who gets it… gets you. Even if he is dead.The bad: Take everything you think you know about ghosts and throw it all out the window. The world Aida builds includes touching… kissing… sleeping. It’s a fresh view on life after death, and I absolutely loved it!The characters are written true and bold, with flaws and quirks that make them stand right up off the page. The plot is intriguing and keeps the reader engaged right from the first page. The writing is witty, a bit snarky at times, and utterly captivating. I definitely recommend buying this lovely, unique, wonderful novel and giving it a read. It’s well worth the time. I’d love to see a sequel written, Miss Aida.

  • Sheri
    2019-04-24 11:04

    Between Seasons (Aida Brassington)Paranormal/RomanceIn the Fall of 1970 Patrick Boyle dies right before he is to report for the Vietnam War draft. His parents are heartbroken over the loss of their only son, and move out of the house. Patrick is still there, he is stuck in the house, unable to leave, waiting to enter heaven, or the return of his parents.Forty years later a beautiful young woman (Sara) buys the house. She has a troubled past and moved across the country to try to start a new life for herself. Patrick is no longer alone in his home, and it seems Sara is able to feel Patricks presence. Patrick is thrilled with the possibility of companionship and starts to fall in love with her.Soon Sara starts to question her sanity when she finds an old picture of Patrick and begins to feel she is not alone in the house. She also finds herself able to piece together events of his past, is this just a coincidence or something more.Fast paced, emotional page turner, a definite all night read. I found the story line unique with true to life characters. I also enjoyed the references to the 70's, some laugh out loud pages, as well as childhood memories (for me). I could feel Patricks confusion and awe as the decades passed and the times have changed. I was totally engrossed up until the perfect ending. I look forward to more work from:Aida Brassington

  • Rachel
    2019-05-17 08:02

    (view spoiler)[It was as if they were stuck between seasons, half in one world and half in another. (hide spoiler)]I can't get the stupid grin off my face having just finished this book. I don't know where to begin reviewing this other than to start by saying this was such an enchanting, sweet story and I loved every minute of it! I love when a book moves me emotionally, and this one had me all over the place. In the beginning Patrick's loss, confusion, despair and loneliness had me tearing up. Then his quirky persona and attitude of Well... this sucks! had me laughing quite often. He is a very charming and enjoyable character to spend an entire book with. Then his actions when Sara entered the picture were just adorable.I couldn't figure out Sara at first, but she was definitely the right kind of crazy for Patrick. They just fit together-- in a totally messed up weird impossible sort of way. And their relationship made me smile and had me rooting for them til the very end.I love that, to me, the story was never predictable. Reaching the last 5% I was starting to get a little worried with how it was going to end. I am happy to say that I didn't see the conclusion coming and I feel like it ended the way it should have. Such an engaging story. One that had me reading at a slower pace midway through because I was enjoying it so much that I didn't want to see it end.

  • Amanda Lyons
    2019-05-14 09:10

    Between Seasons isn't going to be at all like you expect. Its not really a romance, not a traditional ghost story and not something you're going to expect to pull you in (its such a subtle little tale) but it really does! Patrick died at the age of 19 in the year 1970 and he's been stuck in his house ever since. Lost and drifting in an abandoned house (His parents moved shortly after his death and there's been nothing but the occasional visit from the caretaker ever since.) with so few things he can touch and feel connected to he doesn't know how much time has passed but he feels like its been forever. Then one day a woman he thinks he remembers (but who seems much older than she should) walks into the house and behind her is a curious young woman with spiky blond hair. Suddenly he has someone he can connect to even if its only through his following her around the house and watching her as she talks to herself about her life. And soon he realizes its been forty years since he died, his parents are gone and everything about the world has changed while he's been trapped right here. At first he's depressed by these events (who wouldn't be after so long being in one place for years?) but his connection to the girl (a woman not much older than him) bit by bit offers him a new focus and before long he's really invested in the girl who's taken over his parents house. I can't go too much more into the plot (what would be the point of reading it then?)but suffice to say its a great little story with a subtle strength worth the time if you're willing to take it. Patrick is such an interesting character on his own that you keep getting sucked into his story over and over as he gets more and more invested in Sara being in his life he gets just that much more endearing.

  • Amy Lichtenhan
    2019-04-24 10:09

    I was hooked on Between Seasons from the very first page. How could I not be, when Ms. Brassington dives right into the descriptive fall and death of Patrick, a 19-year-old young man who is just on the verge of being shipped off to Vietnam. You can't help but fall in love with Patrick as he watches his parents reaction to his death, his confusion at being a ghost, and the heartbreaking fact that he's stuck in the same house he died in when his parents decide they can no longer live there after their loss and move away, leaving the house empty with only the few personal items Patrick had hidden away before they'd gone. For forty years Patrick wanders the house alone, watching the seasons change from the windows, though he has no idea how much time has passed until the house has finally been sold...to Sara, who was one of the most unique, endearing characters I've read of late. In the times I had to put the book down, I couldn't wait to get back to watch how their relationship grew. Sara had a feeling that she not alone, and the more she accepted that fact and opened herself up to it, the more she could really experience him. Ms. Brassington does an amazing job of bringing these two together in a very surprising way. I was impressed by the fact that the book takes place entirely in one setting-the house where Patrick died-yet it never became boring. The only disappointment I had was I would have liked to have seen a little more of a progression in the relationship between Patrick and Sara before it was wrapped up, but that was only because I enjoyed the two so much. Here's to hoping for a sequel!

  • OpenBookSociety.com
    2019-05-04 06:13

    Review by staff member Autumn:It’s rare that you find a book like this. One that makes you laugh, cry and even ask the question “Is there life after death?” In it’s heart, Between Seasons is a ghost story. In it’s soul, it is so much more. Patrick Boyle dies tragically when he’s nineteen and just about to be drafted into the Vietnam War. He watches as decades pass and wonders why he is not able to move on and his only company is the few possessions left from his life that he can almost actually touch. He is not your stereotypical ghost. He is funny, introspective and even sweet. His expressions reflect the 1970’s era and this only adds to the overall charm of the story. Sara is herself is a bit broken. She buys Patrick’s house and soon discovers that her new writings are strangely similar to his very real life memories. She feels his presence in the house and soon is able to see him. The relationship that develops between them is quite innocent by modern standards but feels feverish just the same. The obvious differences between them lead to questions about love, life, death and possible rebirth. I found myself laughing and crying at the same time while reading Between Seasons. The dialog is so smart and real that you feel their loneliness, their desperation and their hope. This book is such a breath of fresh air. No one should miss out.

  • Roselover24
    2019-05-09 10:05

    I read this and I really really liked it I would give it a 4 1/2 stars if I could the characters are so real which is not easy for a paranormal the confusion of the ghost Patrick everything from his death to WHY he has not gone to heaven as he was told he would when he died he is just stuck there to seeing the things in our time after his 40 years alone is so neat and the details that go into this version of a ghost story are just so involved and interesting without being distracting I fell in love with Patrick he was such a sweet character The female lead Sara you just want to make her all better but you love her as a quirky girl that walks around her new home talking to herself when their worlds start to combine you the reader will be yelling at the book saying SEE HIM SEE HIM he is real not a figment of your imagination ! at least that is what I did as time goes on you wonder if Sara is descending into madness or if Patrick is really bridging the gap between the spirit world and that of the living overall I loved it and I hope you read it and agree with me Romantic sweet funny sad makes you think overall a very enjoyable read

  • Sam
    2019-05-09 10:55

    Nineteen year old Patrick Boyle gets up one morning to the smells of his mothers pancakes and while rushing down the stairs trips and falls breaking his neck. Although they come and take away his body he stays behind. Distraught over losing her only child his mother convinces his father to move to a different state but she can't bring herself to sell the house. So Patrick, who can't leave the house, is by himself left to wonder why God hasn't taken him to heaven. The one day a young woman moves in and Patrick finds out that it has been 40 years since his death, that his parents have died, and that he has a strange connection to Sara.I was so excited when I won this book from Goodreads and it didn't disappoint me. From the very first page you are hooked. I love Patrick and he and Sara are so cute together. You feel his pain at not being able to move on, or have people see or hear him. I felt so sorry for him when he found out his parents had both died. I read this in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Everyone should read this book. It is amazing.

  • Marran
    2019-05-04 11:47

    well..huh...well....eh..I never called a book weird but sweet before...but I don’t know what else to call this one...I like it but I’m not sure how much..It is weird and I hate Jules and I kind of hate the ending to...I don’t like endings that are not 100% clear I don’t want to think for my self :-)If I remember and interpret Patrick’s dreams right (view spoiler)[Nate offed him self oh well tried to off himself because he didn’t want to kill a woman....I’m I waaayyy out of line here? So if her family mostly her sister thought she was crazy before what will they think of her falling in love at a mental institution...I fear she/they will never get out (hide spoiler)]I would like a second book or at least a short novella to show me the happily ever after..if there is any...or is this like that bloody Shutter Island book... I hated, really hated that ending. husband thought it was clever though o.O

  • Eleanor (The Book Hammock)
    2019-05-21 05:04

    Oh my wow!! That was beautiful. I almost felt like I'm in the house with Patrick and Sara.Aida's writing is very descriptive, touching and unique. The story is so heartbreaking throughout most of it and you so desperately want to help Patrick find a solution for his predicament. Then your focus moves to Sara, and her crazy, religiously fanatic and annoying as hell sister.The story wraps up almost unexpectedly, but definitely doesn't leave you hanging.

  • Jennifer Barry
    2019-05-17 09:04

    I wish I could put 4.5 stars on here, because I really did love this story. There were a few places where I just wanted so much mooooore! I've learned there may be a sequel coming, and that could change my rating to the full 5 stars. I look forward to anything Aida Brassington releases in the future!

  • Lisazj1
    2019-05-11 05:48

    I was so excited to get this book. I got to read an exerpt when it was being written, and I was very much intrigued with the premise then.I have to say first that I loved Patrick. He just might be one of my fave characters ever. He was so easy to 'know'. I really did feel like I knew him, and there were times that my heart purely ached for him. I felt so bad for his being trapped where he was, particularly when he would think about the fact that he could never have what he truly wanted with Sara.I thought the book was very well written, and the world created for Patrick (i.e., his "rules") was very well done. Enough to be interesting and to make you feel what it was like for him, but not overly done as it could easily have been. Enough detail to hook you but not enough drown in. I liked most everyone in the book. Sara was likeable, and Ginny as well. And as much as I loved Patrick, I loathed Jules. She dressed up all her reasoning as "helping Sara" but I think the only thing she was helping was having things ordered exactly as she wanted. She wasn't even really concerned about what Megan overheard, that was just leverage to get what she wanted. Her real concern was that Sara refused to think and act like she wanted her to. I did an actual fist-pump when Mom put Jules in her place and told her about herself!I saw this morning where Aida tweeted that she was working on the sequel, and boy am I glad to hear that, 'cause I got lots of questions about the Nate/Patrick thing. Maybe that's why God "forgot" Patrick all that time, waiting for the moment that he could actually be there for Sara? I need to not even start that, I'll speculate myself to death, and then still be wrong! I'll just wait for the sequel. :)Between Seasons was a great story, very enjoyable read!! Loved it!!

  • Kim (Bookishly Me)
    2019-04-24 05:58

    The story starts of with Patrick's dead and Patrick trying to figure out why he's stuck in the house and not in Heaven like he's supposed to be. The real story starts when Sara comes and live in the house. Without knowing it Sara gives Patrick the feeling he isn't alone anymore and the fact that Sara talks to herself makes for some entertaining conversations between the two and Patrick starts to fall in love with her. This is a sweet love story which made me laugh out loud and also made me sad at times. Aida Brassington did a great job with the characters. Patrick is a teenager from the seventies and everything he says/thinks reflex this. He's also a really sweet guy. You can't help but feel for him when he's trying to figure out why he's stuck there and when his parents leave him. Sara had a nasty divorce and moves to escape her past and to try and start over. Being in that house gives them both the feeling they are not alone and that is where this impossible relationship starts to blossom. The story takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and is written in a way that makes you flip page after page just to see if Patrick will ever be able to get free from the house. The ending of this story is a big surprise, I did not see this coming and it's a great twist to the story. The sad thing is it ended so abrubly. But there will be a seque so there is more to come.

  • Laurie
    2019-05-15 10:53

    This is an unusual ghost story that is beautifully written. Aida Brassington’s debut novel grabbed me from the first – it is 1970 and Patrick Boyle suffers a fatal accident. Ms. Brassington charmingly weaves some of the headlines, fads, and divisive politics of that turbulent decade into the young man’s story. I remember that time well, as I graduated from high school in 1971. I loved the little trips down memory lane; to see how Patrick, even as a ghost, remains shaped by the events of his lifetime. The comparisons between then and now are astutely demonstrated and, for me, add another layer of entertainment.Sara certainly is an odd duck and I had trouble connecting with her, especially at first. For me, the story occasionally bogged down somewhat in the morass of her peculiarities, and I wanted to hurry it along. But, once she and Patrick finally connected, the story took off, and I shook off my exasperation.The ending is so satisfying and well-thought out. While not totally a surprise, I was impressed with the congruency of the resolution, given the supernatural nature of this tale. Looking for an unusual blend of sweet romance and benign haunting? This unique novel should fit the bill nicely.Laurie-JReviewed for Night Owl Reviews

  • Trinity
    2019-04-27 04:05

    Just finished with this book, and I'm so thrilled to have read it.It's rare these days for me to be incapable of putting a book down, but this was one of those books. I found myself fascinated by Patrick's story before Sara even came into the picture. Once she was in the story, things got even more interesting. Who hasn't walked around their house talking to themselves? When Sara moved into Patrick's house and started talking, I thought things were going to be interesting. When she could finally hear him? I knew things were interesting. And I about fell out of my chair when she was able to see him. Aida did a great job of developing the characters and keeping just enough mystery in Sara's story to keep you reading. So many novels these days just blurt out a character's story. That wasn't the case in this book. Everything about the way Sara gradually realizes she isn't alone in the house, including the story she wrote about Patrick's break up with his only serious girlfriend, was brilliant.I'm so looking forward to reading more by this author.

  • Resse
    2019-05-16 09:09

    Hello Everyone-So my take on this book anyone else confused because i felt that the character Patrick was very well written the idea a ghost stuck normal meets a young women name Sara who can communicate and see him.(Normal- Perfectly normal here) AND THENThis is when the story goes cocokoo for coco-coco-puffs.The author then tries to intertwine another story within this story and then leaves her readers at the end scratching their heads because she never explained to the reader how the end became the end its like a race to the finish and the end is the end. Obviously you can tell that i didn't like it. It was so good until she did that part. I understand what she was doing after a few days of re-thinking about the book but she could of lead her readers there with a little bit more story telling or something. Anyways i gave the book a three because of Patrick cause he was lovable other than that the book for me failed. Anyone can explain what happen should hit me up

  • Emma
    2019-05-14 12:14

    I won this book through Goodreads Firstreads.In a word - WOW. I loved this book. I was so tempted to give it 5 stars, but I'm one of those annoying folk who just cant bring themselves to regard something as 'perfect' although this comes pretty close! I wish there was a 4.5 star option.I found this story touching, haunting (no pun intended) and surprising fresh. I was expecting the standard paranormal romance which, don't get me wrong, I love. But this was different, it was magical and yet believable all at the same time in a way that gave me goosebumps and had me hanging on every word. I don't want to give away any spoilers for those who haven't read this, but i found myself with a few pages to go thinking - 'this can't be right? Surely there's more?' and quite frankly I hope there is. Thank you very much to Aida for choosing me to win this book, it will remain on my shelves as 1 to read over and over again.

  • Kathie (katmom)
    2019-05-14 07:05

    A ghost story, that I read on Halloween...But I wasn't scared at all...it was charming and I fell in love with Patrick.He was nineteen and rushing down the stairs to get to his mom's pancakes when he tripped and broke his neck.Poor Patrick waited for forty years to get to heaven because he was sure he wasn't going to Hell!I wanted to hug him when his parents moved and left him in the lonely house. He can't get out, can only watch the seasons change.Then a ray of sunshine comes into his life. Sara Oswald. She's a bit odd, with her talking out loud...but he likes to pretend that she's talking to him......And then she does!Although it has an ENDING, it left me hoping for a sequel, that's for sure!

  • Jmtimms2
    2019-05-23 05:12

    This story draws you in from the first scene. Fascinating story about a boy who dies in his prime. I don't want to give away any spoilers. Pat is a 70's boy getting ready to sign up for the draft when a fall down the stairs ends his life. What happens next is the twist that isn't expected. Beautiful, well written and moving. A must read book!

  • Angel Lawson
    2019-05-17 09:51

    I really enjoyed this story! The mythology behind Patrick is interesting, different than most ghosts, and I enjoyed that we really had an idea of what he experienced from the second he dies throughout his experience in the house.Aida writes a compelling story of two characters dealing with loss and family and how to love one another even when it's impossible.I definitely recommend!

  • Shannon
    2019-04-22 03:45

    GAH! I want more! I'm so in love with Patrick and Sara. It helps to know a sequel is planned. Can't wait to know how the rest of their story unfolds.

  • Lanna
    2019-05-09 09:57

    All I can say is "I want more"! Please tell me there will be another book.

  • Myvampfiction
    2019-05-17 09:59

    Reviewed by Saluki*Warning: possible spoilers ahead*Between Seasons is the debut novel by Aida Brassington. I was able to read the first chapter of this book several months ago and immediately fell in love with the plot line. Patrick Boyle is one day away from reporting for his Army physical and getting shipped off to Vietnam. The smell of his mother’s pancakes draws him out of bed, and leads to an unfortunate tumble down the stairs. The fall is fatal, but Patrick isn’t swept up to the Pearly Gates. Rather, he is a ghost, forced to live in his childhood home, inhabiting the empty space long after his parents move away. Forty years later, Sara, a twenty six year old writer moves into the house and jolts Patrick out of the depression and lethargy of his monotonous existence. He is shocked to find out that forty years have passed and that both of his parents have died. However, he finally has the company of another person in the house; a person who just happens to talk to herself. But, what happens when Patrick realizes Sara can sense him? Will the company she bring to his life bring a new kind of heartbreak?I find the books that I enjoy the most have characters that I bond with within a chapter or two. In Between Seasons, I fell in love with Patrick right off the bat. Immediately after his death, Patrick had to go through the horrible experience of watching his parents mourn his death. My heart immediately went out to him as he tried to get through to them – to give them some sign that he was there. And then my heart broke even further when they moved out of the house, leaving him there alone. The presence of his parents was comforting at a time when Patrick was still confused about why he was a ghost and what it meant for his future. You could literally feel his panic and fear when they left.When Patrick became a ghost, there was no manual dropped from the sky. He had to learn the boundaries of his new existence by trial and error. It didn’t take him long to discover that the only things he could touch or move were things that had some meaning to him when he was alive and that trying to leave the house would only result in a very long nap. Because of his limitations, Patrick had to spend the next four decades alone, watching the world go by from the windows of the house, but never being able to smell fresh air or carry on a conversation. The only company he has is a few books he was able to hide in the house. Left with nothing but his thoughts, Patrick despairs that God has forgotten him, or that he is being punished. The author does a great job of conveying Patrick’s emotions – his longing for companionship, his confusion at being abandoned, and the fear that he will slowly go crazy.When Sara Oswald moves into the house, you can literally feel new life being breathed into Patrick. After four decades of being alone, finally there is someone in the house. Even if he can’t communicate with her, Sara has a habit of talking to herself and Patrick hangs on her every word. He quickly learns that she is a broken soul, which I think cements the initial connection he feels to her. She is coming out of a very rough time in her life and initially I had a hard time connecting with her character. But, as the story progresses and I learned more about her past, I saw her in a much different light. From the beginning, Sara senses a presence in the house. At first, she is just able to channel memories from Patrick and sense when he touches her (a cold shiver). Then, as time goes by, she is able to see and speak with him. This phenomenon is never fully explained, but because the author did such a good job of building up the story between the characters, it never really bothered me that much. Patrick has the theory that he was left on Earth to help Sara, and to me that explanation fits as well as anything else.While Patrick and Sara are the main characters in the book, they are by no means the only characters. The author adds a cast of supporting characters that are well written and serve to round out the story. I particularly like Ginny, Patrick’s one time girlfriend. She was an important person in Patrick’s life when he was alive, and she plays an even more important part in his life as a ghost. Jules, Sara’s sister, is one of the most hateful characters I have encountered in some time. She uses religion to demonize what she can’t understand and does her best to make Sara feel inadequate whenever possible. But, her part in the story is important. Without giving away the ending, without Jules and her overbearing bullying, there might not be a sequel to Between the Seasons. The only thing I will say is to pay attention to Patrick’s dreams. I was very confused about them until the very last chapter. Initially they seemed out of place in the story, but they play a big role. And, although everything isn’t explained in this book, the author gives us enough clues to have an idea what to look forward to in the next installment.I feel like I’ve been rambling in my review, but there is so much to say about this book. The writing is excellent and the plot had me hooked from the first chapter. The author puts her own spin on the typical ghost story, making this story anything but ordinary. I absolutely cannot wait for the sequel, which earns this book a five moon rating.

  • Katinki
    2019-05-21 09:03

    It's both exciting and challenging reading/reviewing something by someone you actually know and have had a glass of wine with :) So here goes. I'll try to be objective.Writing gets a solid A from me. It's clean, crisp, and highly readable. There's enough description in there to get a feel for where you are and what's going on, but it's not overboard or so much that it's distracting from the plot. The dialogue sounds natural. The voice and narration works well for the story told. I love that it's in 3rd person; there's a certain distance the narrator keeps that just works. Characters get an easy A for Patrick and a B for others. I loved Patrick. I found that I really felt like I *knew* him and understood him - lots of great development there. I found him likable and charming and very much someone I wanted to pull for. Sara was a good character. I liked her, especially her reactions when she finally could see Patrick and feel him. I won't say that I liked her right off the bat, but I definitely warmed to her. I will say that I'd have liked to have gotten a little more background on her.Secondaries. I liked Ginny very much and more so, how she was used in the story. Jules, I'll be honest, felt a little "too much" or a little too "over the top". She was a great pseudo-villain (I'll call her pseudo because I do feel that she thought she was helping Sara), and I definitely wanted to punch her, but especially there at the end, I found myself having to stretch to believe her as a character. Plot gets a B. I loved the overall premise. It felt new and different, and in general I thought it was executed well. The romantic progression was sweet and paced reasonably. Too, it's impressive that despite everything taking place inside one small place - a house - I found myself engaged through to the end. That's a testament to the overall story. Also, I enjoyed some of the themes that were explored - in particular, the notion of God and the afterlife. I appreciated the even hand that was played there - didn't feel preachy or prescriptive like you sometimes get with stories that go into themes like that. I'll preface by saying that because I'm an engineer, I like to take apart things to figure out how they work. There were two areas that I had a little difficulty with re: plot execution. 1. I found myself getting a little bogged down in some of the mechanics. Like just how did Sara go from shivers to hearing to seeing? How did that work? Why? Who made that happen? Those questions weren't answered in the story. 2. And I'll go ahead and say the end kind of confused me. I saw what was going on, and at a face level, understood it. But the left side of my brain was spazzing out a little because I didn't understand how/why things were happening. I didn't quite understand the real relationship/connection between Patrick and Nate. Overall, this was a really enjoyable read. Fantastic first novel. Color me very impressed. I'm definitely looking forward to reading whatever else Ms. AB chooses to write.

  • Wanda
    2019-05-14 07:58

    Another ghost story that simply wowed me. The second I picked this book, I had to fight myself to put it down so I can get things done. From the minute Patrick was getting ready to sign papers for the draft, to the minute he takes an unexpected fall which resulted in his death, the story sucked me in. Reading what he went through after the fall was what had me glued. As the story continues, Patrick keeps wondering when will God come and take him to Heaven. I felt every emotion he was feeling, his sadness over losing his family and friends and his sadness for being forgotten by God. But he was a gentle ghost and he never became bitter about remaining a wandering spirit. But as luck may have it his loneliness changed after decades, the day a beautiful and mysterious woman moved into the house he died in. Now if you ask me this is where the story really begins. I absolutely loved the way that he connected with Sara without her even knowing. Though Sara wasn't aware, she made it easier for him. His spirit lingering on earth is no longer heavy in his heart. He slowly started to fall in love with her without her knowing he was around. There is so much more to this book that took me by surprise. The author never bored me with the story and she had me rooting for both characters. There was a small part of the book that had me baffled. But lately I've seen this kind of changes in recent paranormal novels. So it wasn't something that altered my feelings for the meaning behind the story. "Between Seasons" was such a bittersweet story. I got mixed up with all sorts of emotions for each character in different situations. The author had me thinking I knew how the story would end. But she gave such a twist that startled me and took me by complete and utter surprise. I absolutely loved the ending. But I had to email her when I finished to ask her some questions. And I am so excited to say that this book has a sequel and I can't wait to read the second. "Between Seasons" will blow your mind away. It's a definite 5/5 stars and a definite Good Choice for Reading.

  • A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)
    2019-04-29 04:02

    *Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.Patrick Boyle is 19 and his birthdate has come up in the Vietnam lottery. He is one day away from having to report for his physical before heading off to boot camp when he takes a tumble down the steps in his home and dies. That’s one way to get out of going to war. As he figures out that he’s really dead, Patrick then becomes confused as to why he’s still hanging out at home. Shouldn’t he be off to the great beyond? And he keeps wondering as the years pass and he has no way to leave the house. When Sara Oswald buys the house 40 years later, Patrick finally has something to break up the monotony, but when she starts channeling his memories things get really weird. What does it all mean? And can a ghost fall in love?This story started out with an excellent premise. Patrick has a freak fall and now he’s a ghost stuck in his house. No matter what he tries he can’t leave the confines of the house. His mother can’t face staying there, so they move, but don’t sell. It’s a wonder Patrick didn’t go nutsy-poo being on his own for 40 years with little to keep him occupied. When Sara moves in things get even more interesting. And then…blerg. Patrick falls in love with Sara, Sara falls in love with Patrick and it turns into a sickly lovefest. “No, I love you more.” “No, I love you more.” Ad nauseam. Just shoot me now. They don’t bother trying to figure out anything that’s happening to Patrick. Oh, no. They’re too busy fawning all over each other. It went from being an exciting read to an absolute snoozefest. The bitchy sister made me want to snap her neck, Sara’s spinelessness made me want to shake her and Patrick’s obsession with Sara made me want to castrate him. And the ending? Dafuq?! I can only say that this story was quite the letdown for me.

  • Marti
    2019-05-15 08:01

    On the day before he was to report to the Army, in the fall of 1970, nineteen year old Patrick Doyle should have taken more care coming down those stairs. However, he was just really eager to taste his mother's pancakes. Little did he know that in fact he would never taste anything again. instead of winding up in the kitchen, he wound up with a broken neck at the foot of the stairs. Having been raised Catholic, once he realized he was dead, he figured the next thing he would see would be a white light or some beloved family member but instead, he remained in his house. After a few days, he realized that he wasn't going anywhere. Things got even worse when his mother declared that she could no longer stay in the house where their only child had died. His parents moved to Florida but never sold their home. Fast forward to forty years later, and a beautiful young woman, Sara, bought the house shortly after his by then deceased parents' estate was being settled. Eventually and inevitably, Sara and Patrick meet and begin to fall in love. Things get complicated when Sara's very judgmental sister, Jules, comes for a visit. This was a sweet if quite predictable story that I might have rated more highly if the formatting had not been done so poorly. The margins were to the left rather than justified. Even worse, every 20th or so word was separated with an inappropriate space. Even though this book was easy to finish within a few hours, this strange and incorrect spacing of words slowed down my reading somewhat because I had to take a second look to get the words "put together" in order for the sentence in which it occurred to make sense. That is very sloppy editing indeed.

  • The Project
    2019-05-03 09:04

    I love being surprised by a book. Between Seasons touches on the after-life, an oft-explored subject in fiction. There is something very fresh about this story, however. From the first sentence, I was pulled in. Me, the not-exactly-a-paranormal fan. That’s happened only a couple of times since I started this blog. Ms. Brassington does a great job of instantly establishing Patrick’s predicament, and letting us experience his isolation as he is trapped between the world of the living and the world of the dead. Enter Sara, the first person to enter Patrick’s personal hell for decades. Naturally, a lonely ghost will be drawn to anyone who finally enters his lonely space. But it becomes apparent quickly that Sara would be a great catch for Patrick. Well, she would, if he were alive. And he could really hold a conversation with her. And he could do more than make her shiver when he’s near.And that’s about as much as I can say without crossing into spoiler territory. I can say this: Our characters, despite their otherworldly obstacles, make sense. The way they connect is handled very creatively. And the way the author makes them a pairing we can root for is smart. (Considering how hard it is to make me get behind a ghostly hero, this is key.) I forgot to keep an eye on page numbers as I was reading, and actually made an unintelligible sound of outrage when the book ended before I was ready. Luckily, mercifully, there is another chapter in the saga of Patrick and Sara, two characters I officially adore, on its way, and I for one can’t wait for it to come out. I’m desperate to find out what happens next!--Joey, The One Hundred Romances Project