Sunday, October 13, 2013

Unfinished Business by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson: Spotlight and Review


Unfinished Business
An Angela Panther Novel
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson


Sometimes the dead need our help and sometimes, we need theirs

ANGELA PANTHER HAS A PERFECT LIFE:  A lovely home, an attentive, successful husband, two reasonably behaved children, a devoted dog and a lot of coffee and cupcakes. But while her life might border on mundane, she's got it under control. Until her mother, Fran dies-and returns as a ghost. It seems Fran's got some unfinished business and she's determined to get it done.  

Now Fran's got some nifty celestial superpowers and isn't opposed to using them to levy a little ghostly retribution on her granddaughter's frienemies and even her own daughter, which doesn't make Angela happy. 

While Angela's shocked and grateful to have her mother back, she's not thrilled about the portal to the afterlife Fran opened upon her return. Now every ghost in town is knockin' on Angela's psychic door, looking for help-and it's a royal pain in the butt.  

Now Angela's got to find a way to balance her family life with her new gift and keep her mother in line. And it's a lot for one woman to handle.


This book caught me by surprise, and I am so glad to have read this story. As the book opens,  Angela’s beloved mother is dying. When she passes, Angela is devastated by the loss. Shortly afterward though her mom’s ghost returns offering advice and often butting in at times that make for some awkward (and hilarious moments).  Angela is conflicted; she craves the additional time with her mother, but she is also afraid she is going crazy.   It is bad enough that she can see and talk to her dead mother, but now she is able to see other strange ghosts, as well, and that really freaks her out.  What ensues is a story rich in humor, which also tackles some tough subjects along the way. 
I loved the fast pace and easy-to-read narrative style.  Every supporting character, especially Fran, Angela’s mother, added significantly to the events taking place around Angela. The story focuses on events Angela experiences, from her perspective.  Early-on Angela confides in her best friend; the support and strength she receives from her is heart-warming.  Well-written, descriptive sentences flow smoothly page after page on such an upbeat, joyous journey of discovery that I was truly sorry when the book ended.  Thankfully, there will be more adventures as Angela comes to grips with her new abilities.
I received this book from the author without charge. The opinions about the book provided in this review are my own.
Reviewed by Laurie-J

Carolyn Ridder Aspenson tackles, with comic cleverness, the serious subjects of mother-daughter relationships, death and raising teenagers in this smart, funny take on the love of family and the uncontrollable paths our lives take.


"It's about ghosts, the love of family, the never-ending love of mothers and daughters...add some humor and it's the perfect combination of adult/chick- lit/paranormal (all in one book)." - The Book Trollop


"Aspenson hits the ground running with her debut novel and carries the reader along on a rollicking adventure highlighting both the joys and conflicts of mother-daughter relationships." - Katrina Rasbold

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1 comment:

Bailey68 said...

This book looks awesome...adding it to my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway and good luck with this release! :-)