COOPER’S GROVE by Ann Werner
Agnes MacPherson, known as “Miss Aggie” to some and as “The Witch Woman” to others lives in a small town on the shore of Maryland.
Agnes can see ghosts, just like her mother and her mother’s mother. She can’t hear them, but she can see them and she can also see people’s auras.
Aggie befriends Lucinda as a child and takes an interest in her life throughout the decades.
Lucinda was the only child of a drunk and an abuser. Her mother was the drunk and her father abused her mother; mentally, physically and emotionally.
At the age of 16, Lucinda starts dating a rich, older boy and things quickly become serious when she finds herself pregnant. Jack agrees to marry her and they raise their daughter in a cold and loveless marriage.
When their daughter leaves for college in California, Lucinda finally musters up the courage to leave Jack. However, her freedom is short-lived. Jack has advanced stomach cancer and Lucinda moves back in to care for him during his final days.
On his death bed Jack vows to never allow Lucinda to move on and that he will not allow her to find happiness with another man, especially Billy Joe Dean.
Billy Joe was tormented by Jack when they were kids. Now that Billy Joe is an adult and a talented artist, he has his heart set on Lucinda.
After Jack’s death Lucinda and Billy Joe fall in love, but will she finally get her happy ever after? Or will Jack make good on his threats from the grave?
What I Liked:
I liked that Miss Aggie didn’t have all the answers. Just because she can see ghosts does not mean she knows what to do to get rid of an evil one.
I did enjoy the story. It was a light, easy read.
I also liked that it was narrated by Miss Aggie and told as if she was giving a verbal account of what happened to people she knew in the past.
What I Didn’t Like:
I didn’t like the fact that almost every character is a stereotype.
Lucinda is such a stereotype. She is poor white trash. Of course her mother was a drunk and her father was abusive. Aren’t all poor people from horrible backgrounds?
Even Jack is a stereotype. He is the spoiled son of rich parents. Don’t all sons of rich people become playboys and then when they finally do settle down, of course they cheat on their wives.
Billy Joe is the stereotypical artist with a heart of gold who is misjudged by everyone. I could go on, but I think that makes my point.
I knew how the book would end and was not surprised in the least at the outcome.
Readers who want a good beach read will enjoy this book.
Lack of originality in the main characters keeps me from rating this book any higher.
I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars.
* I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.*