Shani Struthers / Mar 30, 2020

Jessamine The dead of night Jess I wish they d leave me alone Jessamin Wade s husband is dead a death she feels wholly responsible for As a way of coping with her grief she keeps him alive in her imagination

  • Title: Jessamine
  • Author: Shani Struthers
  • ISBN: 9781910510223
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • The dead of night, Jess, I wish they d leave me alone Jessamin Wade s husband is dead a death she feels wholly responsible for As a way of coping with her grief, she keeps him alive in her imagination talking to him every day, laughing with him, remembering the good times they had together She thinks she will hear him better if she goes somewhere quieter, away The dead of night, Jess, I wish they d leave me alone Jessamin Wade s husband is dead a death she feels wholly responsible for As a way of coping with her grief, she keeps him alive in her imagination talking to him every day, laughing with him, remembering the good times they had together She thinks she will hear him better if she goes somewhere quieter, away from the hustle and bustle of her hometown, Brighton Her destination is Glenelk in the Highlands of Scotland, a region her grandfather hailed from and the subject of a much loved painting from her childhood Arriving in the village late at night, it is a bleak and forbidding place However, the house she is renting Skye Croft is warm and welcoming Quickly she meets the locals Her landlord, Fionnlagh Maccaillin, is an ex army man with obvious and not so obvious injuries Maggie, who runs the village shop, is also an enigma, startling her with her strange insights But it is Stan she instantly connects with Maccaillin s grandfather and a frail, old man, he is grief stricken from the recent loss of his beloved Beth All four are caught in the past All four are unable to let go Their lives entwining in mysterious ways, can they help each other to move on or will they always belong to the ghosts that haunt them From the author of the bestselling The Haunting of Highdown Hall.

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        It s all about the ghostsHere s the order my books come in Psychic Surveys Prequel Eve A Christmas Ghost StoryPsychic Surveys Book One The Haunting of Highdown HallPsychic Surveys Book Two Rise to MePsychic Surveys Book Three 44 Gil StreetPsychic Surveys Book Four Old Cross CottageSupporting Psychic Surveys NovellasBlakemortThirteen PLEASE NOTE ONLY EVE, BLAKEMORT AND THIRTEEN ARE STANDALONE BOOKS, THE MAIN PSYCHIC SURVEYS BOOKS ARE ALL FOLLOW ONS AND THERE WILL BE SIX IN TOTAL Jessamine is a STANDALONE atmospheric romance with a hint of the supernatural, set in the Highlands of Scotland This Haunted World Book One The VenetianThis Haunted World Book Two The Eleventh Floor PLEASE NOTE BOOKS IN THE THIS HAUNTED WORLD SERIES WILL BE STANDALONE NOVELS, SET IN AND AROUND THE WORLD S MOST HAUNTED PLACES AND BLENDING FACT WITH FICTION All stories are inspired by true events and experiences Catch up with me via Facebook or on my website shanistruthers where you can sign up to my newsletter for all the latest information, offers and giveaways.


    1. I listened to this book on audio and in my opinion, it's the best way to enjoy it. The narrator's voice was amazing, full of depth and emotion. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Funnily enough, I've been watching 'Outlander' on prime, so this book tied in nicely. I've never been to Scotland but I've always been in love with it - which may sound quite strange! Perhaps it's my own Irish upbringing that lends me an affinity to the rugged landscape, dark and enchanting waters and people who are brimming wit [...]

    2. This is a novel that is remarkable in its natural, unhurried flow, as well as a hauntingly beautiful charm that births from making its surroundings, along with its past, equally vital characters in the story. The only other time I have been this enchanted by such a tale was when I first watched the movie, Ghost Story (1981), which achieves a similar narrative tapestry.Just like the simple, eerie painting that Struthers makes into a minor character, everything in this well-crafted novel is unveil [...]

    3. Audiobook ReviewThis story has it all, ghostly, haunting, loss, guilt, love, hatred. It is a story with friendship tested and the haunted past, ghosts of time. The descriptions of the house and the Loch, so vivid and bring the place to life. The characters seem true to village life and are very likeable. I do have ebook versions of these books by Shani Struthers, but listening to them just gives them an extra life. I really enjoyed this and the narrator has a lovely voice that goes so well with [...]

    4. It's no secret to any of you that I am a huge fan of Shani Struthers. To my deep shame, this is an author I have only just discovered. However, now I've started i'm hyngry for more. After reading all of the Psychic Surveys series, I was excited about this one as it's a standalone, and promised something completely different. So when I got the opportunity to listen on audible, I did.The thought that stays with me after finishing the book is brooding. The whole book from the cover, to the highland [...]

    5. I want to live in Skye Croft, let me just get that out there first. Oh my gosh, this book…My disclaimer is that I knew before the first page that I would enjoy this book based on reading Shani’s past writing. She has a magical way with prose, her descriptions are sublime, and the reader is submerged into the emotion of every scene.I wouldn’t exactly call Jessamine a ghost story. That’s just too simple. It’s a haunting story of lost love and guilt and how the past can destroy the presen [...]

    6. I LOVED this story. I found it very emotional and I must admit, it had me in tears at times! The emotional conflict of "letting go" a loved one was uppermost in this lovely story. The beautiful Highlands of Scotland were brought to life by the author - I could almost have been there! The new relationships built up by Jessamine in her "escape" to Scotland were intriguing and the brooding "Finn" was a character I was attracted to straight away. Finn's grandfather was a heartwarming addition to the [...]

    7. Shani struthers is one of my favourite horror authors, i got hooked with eve, read the haunting of highdown hall and now this. This novel is very different to highdown hall but still as eerily haunting. I was captivated by the characters in it and felt like finn, stan, Jess and Maggie were my friends by the end of the novel. These are ghost stories with a difference, intelligent and well written. I highly recommend them.

    8. Lovely, romantic, atmospheric, deliciousA soft and gentle story of rugged Highlands, of noble people and broken hearts. I loved this easy to read story. I vowed never to read romance ever again but shani struthers tempted me to read one after nearly 40 years. And it was delectable. Well written and absorbing.

    9. BeautifulThis a beautiful yet sad story and one I am so glad I read. I have been a fan of Ms Struthers for a while and I have to say this story has really touched my heart.

    10. Really loved this book, as always a fantastic read! Shani u have done it agen 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Amazing!!

    11. Great easy readingThis book is one that you curl up with a hot drink and easily fall into. From start to finish you find yourself emersed into the life of jessamin. The raw emotions explained perfectly down do the unwillingness to let go and the never ending guilt. Even with Finn the way his emotions are described are also perfect. A very heart wrenching story of pain, loss, guilt but also a heart warming story where lives are fulfilled with the smallest of things. Makes you realise sometimes yo [...]

    12. I downloaded this novel almost as soon as it came out but 'saved' until I visited the Kyles of Lochalsh and Skye in June. It was the perfect read for the ever changeable weather which passes for 'spring' on the west coast of Scotland. The shifting mist, the stunning scenery helped to get me into the mood for the supernatural element in this novel and made me appreciate all the more the themes of redemption and 'moving on.' I felt Jessamine's grief at being widowed and wondered how I would cope i [...]

    13. I was gifted a copy of Jessamine in exchange for an honest review.Jessamine is not the kind of book I would normally pick up and read; but every now and again I like to try something a bit different and I'm really pleased I did in this case. Although there are supernatural elements to the book it's not an out and out ghost story. Rather it's about learning to live in the present and not dwelling on the past.Shani Struthers descriptions of the Scottish Highlands were perfect and she managed to co [...]

    14. Being a bit of a scaredy cat, I was nervous about approaching Shani Struthers's novel, as she is a renowned author of paranormal fiction, but I had been assured that Jessamine was not 'too scary' and 'at heart a romance story.' I needn't have worried. Struthers deals and depicts the spirit world as just another dimension to her wonderful writing, where settings and characters alike are brought to the reader in at least three dimensions, sometimes more.The book is mostly set in the Scottish Highl [...]

    15. This was the kind of story that you just couldn't put down once you started it. I thought it was truly a sad and yet beautiful love story. There isn't a ton of paranormal type activity in this book but there is just enough to call it paranormal romance. Jessamin is a thirty something widowed woman who blames herself for the death of her husband. She is so grief stricken that she decides to pack everything up and just get away from it all. She settles in a small Scottish town where she meets a lo [...]

    16. Love forever trueSometimes the past so envelopes us we can't see the future. Jessamine can't The Scotland. setting made me want to travel there, if only I could. I loved the way I could feel the story, the setting, I felt as if I was there. When tears fall love prevails

    17. Firstly I want to sayI want to move to the Highlands! It sounds so idyllic.A moving story of a lost loved one with a haunted feeling.Unable to move on from the death of James, Jess moves up to Scotland on a mission to find out more information on a painting that she had loved from childhood.Secrets become evolved. Can Jess move on with her life? Can she move on from the guilt that entwines her?

    18. Another great read from Shani Struthers. Set in Scotland, the location is as much the star of the show as the characters, all of whom were great. A paranormal romance, there are some spooky moments, especially in the mist! Its also very atmospheric, talking about ghosts in the actual sense as well as metaphorically. Really enjoyed it.

    19. I don't normally read paranormal books but it was very well handled in this story, subtle enough to be believable and not just a gimmick but a way to explore devastating grief. The setting was beautifully drawn and made me want to head to the Highlands as soon as possible. I also like the range of characters.

    20. This book starts out slowly and builds up, so be patient it is worth it.I love the build up and the characters in this book. Scotland is a wild and wonderful place and the author brought that to life.This is a book about forgiveness and learning to love again, with some spiritual and ghostly aspects. Excellent book.

    21. I loved Jessamine. It was so refreshing to read a book with an un-hurried pace that allowed you to get to know it, and the characters, and allowed the plot to unfurl in a detailed, but no less engaging way. There was a real tenderness about this book, and the paranormal element was subtly done.

    22. A slow start but it becomes entirely gripping, with threads of story that draw you in and have depth and complexity. The descriptions of the area and homes are compelling, with the supernatural elements being gentle and convincing. Really enjoyed it.

    23. This is a truly beautiful yet sad story and one that has stolen my heart. I completely adored every single word, even the ones that made me cry. Highly recommended read

    24. Beautiful love storyParanormal books are what I've always read by this author, but this is a love story and a beautiful one. Yes, there's tragedy, but so much love as well.

    25. If there is such a genre as “gentle paranormal” then Jessamine by Shani Struthers would fit neatly into it. Having read all the Psychic Surveys series, and it's spin off’s, I was looking forward to this standalone and surprised at how I'd managed to miss it previously!Jessamin Wade is haunted by guilt over the death of her husband James, eighteen months after the event, and decides that a clean break away from her home in Brighton is needed. She's drawn to Glenelk, a remote village in Scot [...]

    26. An enchanting beautifully written romance/ghost story, one of the best I've read. A series of events that will bring two lost souls together. Set in a remote village, hidden away in the glorious Scottish highlands. I'm not giving away any more, you'll just have to read it for yourself. As usual, Shani doesn't disappoint when she writes. After reading several of her books, I've come to love her style of writing, the way she draws you in, You don't get lost or confused as to who's who, and who's d [...]

    27. This year I am on a bit of a personal mission to read "outside my comfort zone". So far, I have been very successful in this endeavour and have read some great books. This is one of them and it was whilst reading this book that I had my epiphany regarding why I am enjoying these (to me) alien genres. Every single one of the books that I have read and enjoyed have had great characters. Really great ones. Ones that I take to almost instantly, ones that develop and grow through the book. Ones that [...]

    28. Thanks to The Book Club and Shani Struthers for the ARC in exchange for an honest review; this is a delightful read set in an incredibly beautiful part of the world, a world that the author conjures up through her fluid, descriptive prose.It has paranormal elements but they are subtly written to add intriguing layers but they certainly don't overpower as it is the character development that I found was at the heart of this book. Jessamin is grieving and moves away from 'home' and friends in Brig [...]

    29. This is an interesting book, all about love, loss, family, friendships and how different lives intertwine.It had all the elements I enjoy in a book: it was well written so the story just flowed, the characters were well fleshed out and relatable, and the main character was a woman who had been through some tough times but was working her way through it.I really liked Jessamin and I loved the relationship she had with Stan, as well as Maggie and Finn. I loved the paranormal aspects of it as well, [...]

    30. This was a really good easy but in parts emotional read. Jessamine had lost her beloved husband James in tragic circumstances which she felt responsible for. She couldn't come to terms with the loss and decided to move to a village in the Scottish Highlands, a place where her grandfather had once lived. James was never far from Jessamine , some might have thought it her imagination but Jessamine was sure James was with her constantly and they had long conversations. She soon settled into life in [...]

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