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Novella (20k words) Psychological horror / suspense / ghost story - When Layla's professor husband has an opportunity to spend the winter at an old motel in a seaside amusement park resort, she reluctantly agrees to run the pub attached to it while he works on his book. The arcades, food stands, souvenir shops and tattoo parlors are boarded over for the winter but the bungNovella (20k words) Psychological horror / suspense / ghost story - When Layla's professor husband has an opportunity to spend the winter at an old motel in a seaside amusement park resort, she reluctantly agrees to run the pub attached to it while he works on his book. The arcades, food stands, souvenir shops and tattoo parlors are boarded over for the winter but the bungalows tucked in the dunes are occupied by artists and transients looking for cheap rentals. She faces a long, cold, lonely winter but a bunch of old guys, that she calls The Geezers, begin regaling her with stories about the "old days" and about an ill-fated romance between the beautiful wife of a Boston mob boss and The Great Hercules, a sideshow strongman. She is also increasingly fascinated by an elusive roustabout who flirts with her and shows her the secret spaces in an old beachfront ballroom. As winter gets darker and deeper Layla's husband is both struggling with his writing and becoming suspicious of her behavior. What Layla doesn't know is that nothing is what it seems and her options are growing fewer every day. (Volume One of the Halcyon Beach Chronicles. Volume Two is Ghosts of a Lighthouse in Autumn.)...

Title : ghosts of a beach town in winter halcyon beach chronicles 1
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ISBN : 12837614
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Number of Pages : 71 Pages
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ghosts of a beach town in winter halcyon beach chronicles 1 Reviews

  • Douglas Meeks
    2019-06-09 14:52

    Well I was not sure exactly what to expect from Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter and so I was surprised by how quickly you become involved in the characters in the story. You pretty much knew a couple of things as the story moved along but the proper amount of misdirection and intrigue has you guessing wrong at the end :) It was a enjoyable way to spend a day reading this novella and although I would have preferred a bit more detailed ending I know this is the way a lot of authors do endings (no you got to read it to understand :). The question you keep asking about ghost or not ghost along with the banter of the secondary characters made this enjoyable but overall it evolves into a more dark story as it goes along. Well written with a couple of very minor editing flaws that do not disturb the story and you have a story you can sink yourself into combined with an ending that is a bit of a surprise all work together for a decent 4 Star reading experience.

  • Gina
    2019-06-03 19:12

    This is the first of Kathleen Valentine that I have read and what a great read! The book was given to me by the author to read and review and even though it is very short I enjoyed it. It immediately reminded me of The Shining but with a twist. I would love to see it fleshed out into a full novel and hear more about Layla's character and the backstory of Muriel, Fitz, Herc, and the Geezers. I always love a book set in New England. Not many books are set in Ohio, which is where I currently live, but I did live in the Boston area for a few years and its fun reading about places that I am familiar with. The north shores are a perfect setting for a story like this. I can't wait to dive into her other stories.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-05-31 17:11

    This book is classic Kathleen Valentine writing to me. High quality writing with excellent story lines. This is another short story/novelette of hers, which packs a punch. I didn't quite get the "emotional attachment" that I have had with some of her short story characters, but still thoroughly enjoyed it.

  • Frana
    2019-05-25 17:14

    Another great story by my new favorite author! i have never been to the New England coast but this story makes me feel the fog, hear the waves, feel the mystery...

  • Wendy T
    2019-06-10 14:48

    I really enjoyed this short story. I loved the mystery throughout this book and was surprised by the ending.

  • Susan
    2019-05-20 17:47

    I really enjoyed this short story. I loved how the mystery carried out through out the book and the ending was AWESOME!! I am looking forward to reading more books by Kathleen!! Great reading!!

  • Caleb Blake
    2019-05-20 12:58

    This novella is what I'd call a ghost story romance. Layla moves into the rather desolate Halcyon Beach for the winter, tending a pub during the off-season so that her husband can work on his first novel. We soon see that Layla (at least) finds her relationship with Joel incongruous based on their rather different backgrounds. Joel is a literature professor used to academic circles, whereas Layla is an under-educated barmaid unaccustomed to academia and its trappings.I initially received the impression that Joel was devoted but almost condescendingly protective of Layla and Layla herself seems to suffer from some sort of depression. However, I did not get the impression that either was unhappy in marriage.Over the course of this short novella, we see some pretty significant changes in these two characters and how they relate to each other. I found this quite problematic as the transitions did not feel naturally paced. In a shorter work there are basically less words to travel from 'A' to 'B', but that doesn't mean that the journey shouldn't feel logical.In the case of this novella, Layla seems to fall suddenly in lust with one of the locals completely and willingly ignoring any obligations she might have felt towards her husband. The leap was so sudden and so total that I felt totally lost. Joel seems to rapidly deteriorate towards a disturbed and violent breakdown. I was equally blindsided by this change. One might argue that one character's transition could cause or influence the other, but in this case they both seem to be reached independently. It's not that I don't think either outcome is possible, it's just that I didn't feel it progressed in a way I could swallow.Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter is also a ghost story. Stories of an ill-fated love long past is slowly revealed to Layla by a small group of locals, affectionately referred to as the 'geezers', over the course of the novella. This adds a hint of mystery as the full story is slowly made clear. The idea seems to be that Layla's encounters with a local echo that of the ill-fated romance, the ghosts of Halcyon Beach reborn through Layla's indiscretions. The lines between history and present gradually become blurred until a final twist and deliberately ambiguous ending leave the reader pondering.I think the novella is a fairly straightforward ghost story romance that probably needed a little more room to progress the development of our characters from their starting points to their conclusions. I liked the setting and the surrounding characters. Additionally, I liked the gradual revelation of the tragic love story of a circus performer and his forbidden love. I even liked the ending and all it didn't explicity tell me. However, I think I would have preffered a story with added dimensions - did Layla fall in love with a stranger or did she suffer from romantic delusions provoked by the tales told by the 'geezers'? Did a merging of past and present provide Layla with the ultimate choice to make to follow her heart or did a progressively worsening depression and delusional fantasy bring her to the brink of disaster? Unfortunately, the way the plot was written there really only ends up being one question to ask - on the final page, did she or didn't she?If I were to find an audience for this story, I would target those who are romantic in nature - those that can simply enjoy a tragic forbidden love story replayed in the present in a setting which is admittedly quite romantic in its dreariness. However, for me although I think the story had some good ideas and impressive elements, it didn't quite gel into a totally satisfying whole.

  • Lyn (Readinghearts)
    2019-06-12 11:49

    Kathleen Valentine is fast becoming one of my favorite new authors. Although I have yet to read one of her full length novels, this is the third short story of hers that I have read. Although all three of the stories were very different, they were all compelling, rich stories with wonderful characters and story lines. In Ghosts of a Beach Town in Winter, Valentine wraps her mystery in the fog and gray weather of a tourist beach town in the off season. The setting is perfect for this eerie story with suggestions of something other worldly. Kudos, again, to Ms. Valentine. My next selection by her will certainly be one of her full fledged novels.

  • Vicki
    2019-06-06 19:53

    This novelette was a quick read about a women stuck in a run down beach town during the winter so her husband could write his novel. The character development was quite strong and I found even in such a short piece that I walked away with strong sense of Layla. I found the story line interesting and I quite enjoyed this short read.

  • Julie
    2019-06-09 17:47

    Another good entry by Kathleen Valentine. Shorter than I expected because I've had it for awhile and it was in my fiction folder and not my shorts folder - more of a novellete. Ms Valentine does know how to create memorable characters. For some reason her stories linger in my mind and I find myself thinking about them again and again.

  • Ginger
    2019-05-22 15:13

    This book (albeit short, but not a short story per se)was actually oretty good. I could almost relate to the "beach town in winter". The ending was certainly not what I expected! I would've loved for this book to have been longer & a little more in depth with characters. Still an enjoyable read!

  • Lori
    2019-05-25 19:01

    A shorter novel. It was good but not great.

  • Beth
    2019-06-04 19:11

    Eh. Dark ending