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Susan Solomon
Abigail's Window
Kaitlyn Novacs feels like she is floating away. She lost the one she loved and it feels like she may never be able to recover from it. In an attempt to get her life back, she goes for a weekend at Niagara Lake and soon she realizes that things have changed drastically for her. There she encounters the spirit of Abigail, a woman who went through the loss of her love a century and a half ago. There are some surprising similarities between these two women and it seems as if Kaitlyn will face the same end as Abigail did. Although Abigail lets her look into her life and death, there is something she is holding back and that could be the one thing that will save her. Can Kaitlyn discover what it is before time runs out?
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10


Plot: Set during a visit to a spooky Canadian inn, Kaitlyn's troubles with both spirits and suicidal thoughts will hold readers' interest. The pace stays strong through the details of Abigail's 19th century backstory and her young lover's work in the Underground Railroad.

Prose/Style: The contemporary voice is clean and clear with many memorable and pleasing descriptions, and works well for the story. However, there are only a few moments of standout phrasing.

Originality: A nicely unique combination of elements is featured here: a ghost story, an emotionally troubled modern woman, the romantic 1800s story of Abigail being “shown” to Katy, and a touch of Civil War history.

Character Development: The author makes excellent distinctions between personalities. The ghost stands out well as an individual from her own 1850s era, and her Irish accent and understanding of her fate is charming. Katy as a lawyer isn't fully believable, though; she seems too off-balance and slightly immature for that type of work.


Date Submitted: July 12, 2019