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REVIEW: Beaudry’s Ghost by Carolan Ivey

Dear Ms Ivey,

ivey-beaudrys-ghost.jpgI bought “Beaudry’s Ghost” a few years ago (when LTD Books was still in business) and have had it on my IPAQ for almost as long. I’ve got a long list of books TBR on that sucker. I needed something different to read and thought, “Ghost story. Not too many of those being written in these days of vampires, Vampires, and more VAMPIRES! Why not?” Turns out to have been a good choice.

Jared Beaudry’s enraged spirit has been roaming the Outer Banks of North Carolina for over 130 years, hungering for the one thing he cannot have–revenge against the mad Confederate officer who took his limbs, his life, and worst of all, his honor. During a reenactment of the Civil War battle in which he died, Jared takes a desperate leap of faith–setting in motion a deadly chain of events nothing can stop. Taylor Brannon can only stand by, helpless, as her entire reenacting unit is taken over by spirits of long-dead Civil War soldiers. Terrified, she has two choices. She can run, or she can stand her ground and try to ensure the safety of her friends, and somehow help Jared’s restless spirit find peace. Taylor finds herself fighting for the life–and love–of a ghost. The cost could be her soul.

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t sat around telling or listening to ghost stories? There’s that delicious thrill when an especially talented storyteller scares the beejesus out of you This one is certainly an interesting take on ghost stories. And yes I’ve heard of the Maco Light. You don’t skimp on the gruesome details about what happens to Beaudry in the past or what poor John is going through after Beaudry battles him for the body. I thought the character of Beaudry was well done. His 19th century manners, his delight in finally being corporeal again after 130 years, his determination that his honor be avenged even at the cost of his life (again). But would a Civil War guy (who’s been raised right by his momma) dive into sex this quickly? Okay, it’s the plot and he’s a guy. I really enjoyed the bit when the incorporeal John and Beaudry are wandering around searching for a body. It’s a very descriptive and memorable scene.

Taylor borders on feisty quite a times and yet she’s also honorable and determined to not only help Beaudry but also keep her friends from being injured during the mass haunting. I did wonder that her psychometer gift seemed to come and go just when the plot needed it. Why has it taken her a whole year to clean out Troy’s knapsack if she’s been trying to contact him and touching a deceased person’s belongings is the best way for her to do that? I liked Troy but agree with Taylor that he took too long to allow her to see him and to come to terms with his death. Did you speak with any reenactors about how they feel during a “battle?” Does the “time bubble”
phenomenon really happen or is that your invention?

Oh, why did the NC man have to be the psycho? Couldn’t you have made him a transplant from SC [grin]? And honestly, the Outer Banks are so built up now that I can’t see live round firing and enactors all over the place and no one seeing them. The battle featured in the book was actually described in another book I read recently though no ghosts were mentioned. I hope that we will see the second and third installments of series since a few burning questions were left hanging at the end of this one. What happened to Ethan? And John? And what plans can you have for Troy? Do we get to see what happens to Beaudry? Questions, so many questions but that’s a good thing, right?, that a reader wants to know more about your characters? I think so. B-

~Jayne

“Beaudry’s Ghost” is not currently available for purchase except on the used market. The ISBN for the book is 1553164938. The good news is that if the review makes you interested in the book, Samhain has bought it and will be publishing it in e format in January 2008.

Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

13 Comments

  1. SandyW
    Aug 16, 2007 @ 12:05:18

    I've been a Civil War reenactor for years, so this sounds particularly interesting to me. According to Ivey's web-site, this will be available from Samhain in January 2008, with two other books in the series to follow.

    As far as the time bubble question, if you mean that moment when you are neither now nor then, when it could almost be real – then yes, it does happen. Not very often, but it happens.

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  2. Jayne
    Aug 18, 2007 @ 05:12:48

    Sandy, what tends to make the “bubble” happen? Dedicated people? The right surroundings? Or does it just happen sometimes and you never can tell why? What kind of reenactor are you and where do you travel?

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  3. Carolan Ivey
    Aug 18, 2007 @ 07:03:32

    Hi Jayne,

    I’m glad you liked the book! I did indeed hear about the concept of the time bubble from CW re-enactors on the old Compuserve History Forum. I think it has a lot to do with the participants being very much “in the moment”, and when that happens – particularly with a large group of like-minded people – a tremendous amount of energy is raised and anything can happen. :)

    Thanks for mentioning the re-release date for this book. Nearly 9 years after it was first published, I’m pleased to have the chance to put fresh eyes on the work and run it through another edit/re-write process. I will definitely rethink the “mad NC Confederate character”! Make him from SC? Hmmm… I have relatives there, too, as I was born a stone’s throw from the NC/SC state line in Robeson County. [grin] Maybe I’ll make him a Virginian. [wink]

    Carolan

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  4. Jennifer McKenzie
    Aug 18, 2007 @ 08:48:54

    Oh this sounds so interesting! And thank God Samhain picked it up. Can’t wait to see it Carolan.

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  5. Carolan Ivey
    Aug 18, 2007 @ 08:55:54

    Thanks, Jennifer! I’m doubly thrilled that I’ll finally have a chance to finish the sequel(s).

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  6. Jayne
    Aug 18, 2007 @ 09:27:44

    Samhain appears to be picking up a lot of interesting out of “print” ebooks and I thank them for that. I wasn’t aware that this had been available as a print book. I look forward to the sequels too.

    Yes, make the psycho a Virginian! Good idea. ;)

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  7. SandyW
    Aug 18, 2007 @ 13:18:41

    Jayne,
    My family and I are American Civil War reenactors; we've been doing this for over twenty-five years, off and on. It's how my husband and I met. We have done most of our reenacting in the Western Theatre: Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, etc., although we have been to Gettysburg a couple of times. The group we belong to has both a Union and a Confederate impression.

    Those ‘magic moments' are a very tenuous thing; the moment you realize, ‘Wow, this is almost like being there,' you're not there anymore. I think one of the important factors in making it happen is the willing suspension of disbelief. Of course, most adults who dress up and play war have a pretty good imagination and are open to new and unusual experiences. Mostly I suspect it's serendipity: the surroundings, the people you're with, some magical combination that can't be reproduced at will.

    Best example I can think of happened at a reenactment of the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee. The battle itself took place at the end of November; I think the reenactment was the first weekend in December. It was cold. I was wearing pretty much all the clothes I had brought and a wool cape wrapped around me. Several of us took a walk through the Confederate Infantry camps, late on Saturday night. Huge fire pits, dug deep out of the wind, men crowded around them talking and singing. Soldiers coming and going. We ran into a very cheerful group escorting Father Christmas, who was wearing a long fur-trimmed green robe and passing out plain white peppermint sticks. It wasn't till we were almost back at our camp, when we had to walk around a pickup truck parked where it shouldn't have been, that we realized we had been someplace else entirely – some other time entirely. Like waking up from a dream.

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  8. Jayne
    Aug 19, 2007 @ 06:40:20

    Sandy, what a cool memory. Are you a soldier or soldier’s wife? Or are you one of “those” women? ;) Does your group have any cavalry? Did you go up for the shooting when “Gettysburg” was being filmed?

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  9. SandyW
    Aug 20, 2007 @ 14:46:26

    My role varies, depending on the event we are portraying. Soldier's wife, ladies' aid volunteer (Red-Cross style work), refugee. I'm afraid I don't have the figure or the fortitude to play a working girl.

    Some of the men in our unit have horses. They're an expense and a nuisance. If you're a ‘horse person' it's all worth it. I'm not a horse person.

    We didn't have the money to afford the travel and the time off for Gettysburg; most movie companies pay reenactors as extras, Ted Turner did not. We had a friend who went and took his horse along. The horse was a lovely and well-behaved gray gelding, who ended up as a stand-in in some scenes for the horse that played General Lee's horse, Traveler. Mark bragged that his horse had more screen time than he did.

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  10. Jayne
    Aug 20, 2007 @ 17:18:28

    Well “pffft” to Ted Turner. Just think what it would have cost him to hire a bunch of people to portray extras and kit them out and hire someone to coach them.

    I can only imagine the expense you go to in order to dress the parts and travel to the sites. The thought of hauling a horse around would be more than I’d want to do either.

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  11. Elizabeth Beaudry
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 02:41:07

    I inadvertently ran across this book review while searching for something else, and I’m glad I did!

    I am from Charleston, SC and I don’t run into many other people with my last name, so this really jumped out at me. Add that to the fact that I LOVE anything paranormal or having to do with the War Between the States, and this book sounds right up my alley! It is going to be one of my “must finds” on Ebay or Barnes & Noble used! :-)

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  12. Jayne
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 03:30:28

    @Elizabeth Beaudry: Yep, it sounds like fate that you need to read it. There’s also a sequel to it called “A Ghost of a Chance.” Both are out as print and ebooks.

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  13. Carolan Ivey
    Jul 04, 2010 @ 15:33:32

    Hi Elizabeth,

    I hope you enjoy the book when you find it! Make sure you get the revised and expanded edition put out by by Samhain Publishing. :)

    It’s interesting that you mention you don’t run across many people with your name. I literally pulled this name out of the air and since then there have been some amazing coincidences.

    Like the time I got an email from Jared Beaudry. Yes, I almost fell out of my chair. LOL Then there was the time I was at a book signing and author David Beaudry came up to introduce himself. His book had a character in it named Ivey. :) Of course, we had to exchange books!

    If you have trouble finding the book, please let me know!

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