The AfterHouse by Michael Phillip Cash is a wonderful novel. It has romance, mystery, and ghosts which are all the elements of a great book (at least, I think so!). The book starts out in the mid-1800’s with Captain Eli on his whaling ship (it is horrible how the whaling trade decimated whales, but it was very necessary at that time). Eli owned a house in Cold Creek Harbor, Long Island with his wife, Sarah and their children, Charlotte and Thomas. During their trip home, the ship came across the biggest whale they had ever seen and they attempted to capture it. Things go horribly awry for the captain and his crew.
Remy Galway and her daughter, Olivia, are starting over and they happen to rent the Captain’s 300 year old house. Remy is just getting out of a horrible marriage. Scott, ex-husband, cheated on her with another woman, stole money from her and her parents, and then hit her in a fit of anger.
Remy and Olivia feel something in the house. They feel like someone is watching them. As they come to find out, it is Captain Eli. Captain Eli has not been able to move on. Captain Eli is not happy with the new occupants of the house. He was very happy with the last gentleman, Pat, who was quiet and had no television, no phone, and no internet. Captain Eli decides to do something about his unwanted renters who play loud music, have painted the walls pink, and they keep wanting to change things in his house. He attempts to scare them by destroying a picture that Olivia received from her grandmother (it has kittens on it). Captain Eli’s temper got the better of him and he ended up making a bigger mess. He feels bad about what he did when he sees how much it upsets Remy. What Remy does not know it that Olivia can see Captain Eli (and boy does she get even with him for upsetting her mother).
Someone then starts attacking Remy. A bomb (Molotov cocktail) thrown into her yoga studio, running her car off the road, she gets poisoned (she writes it off to the flu), and then attacked in her home. Remy also meets Hugh, who is the mayor and runs a local museum. Remy, Hugh, and Olivia find out who is attacking Remy and help Captain Eli cross over to be with his family. This is a delightful book. I enjoyed reading it and look forward to more books by this author. Please note that I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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