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The Secrets of Ghosts

The Secrets of Ghosts [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Painter
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Product Description

Step back into the magical world of Pendleford with Sarah Painter’s new book The Secrets of Ghosts. Don’t miss the magical, heart-warming story from the bestselling author of The Language of Spells!

On her twenty-first birthday Katie Harper has only one wish: to become a real Harper woman. Mystical powers are passed down her family generation after generation – some even call them witches – yet every spell Katie attempts goes disastrously wrong.

When her magic does appear, it’s in a form nobody expected and suddenly Katie is thrown into a dangerous new world with shadowy consequences. For the realm of the deceased is not as peaceful as she once thought. The dead are buried with their secrets and only Katie can help the ghosts of the past finally find peace.

If that is what they are looking for…

Praise for Sarah Painter

'The magic, the romance, the right amount of humour and drama, made this a perfectly well-rounded novel. I greatly look forward to Sarah’s next novel.' - Laura's Little Book Blog

'I would recommend this book as it is a real mix: it’s a love story and a thriller with a dash of magic thrown in for good measure.' - Laura's Book Review

'I really loved this book – and it is not often I say this, really. An amazing début, I was sucked in so much I could hardly put it down and finished it in about a day I think. I also couldn’t stop talking about it! That is it’s charm and the skill of the writer, you can’t quite put your finger on what it is… I hope to read more in the future by this author.' - Beloved Eleanor

utterly enchanting’ - The Madwoman in the Attic

'an enjoyable, escapist read, light hearted romance and a bit of paranormal who dunnit.' - Jeannie Zelos

'I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret of Ghosts. It was just as magical and just as enjoyable as The Language of Spells and I am soooooo glad Sarah Painter decided to go back to Pendleford. ... I really do love magical fiction and I think SarahPainter is one of the best at giving you a realistic look at magic and all that comes with it.' - Chick Lit Reviews

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1289 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Carina (26 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,888 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Sarah Painter has worked as a freelance magazine journalist, blogger and editor for the last thirteen years, combining this 'career' with amateur child-wrangling (AKA motherhood).

She also writes funny, romantic books with a touch of magic. The Language of Spells is her debut novel.

Sarah lives in rural Scotland with her children, husband, and two enormous cats. She drinks too much tea, loves the work of Joss Whedon, and is the proud owner of a writing shed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel 25 Mar 2014
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The Secrets of Ghosts is the follow up to last year's The Language of Spells.

The Language of Spells was an accomplished debut, and 'Secrets...' builds on that positive beginning with a tautly plotted and well realised story populated with believable and likeable characters. With shades of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman looking approvingly over her shoulder, Sarah Painter has joined a select group of writers who can tell a great story well, using the best traditions of speculative fiction and fantasy.

A very enjoyable novel and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
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Easy too read book. Really enjoyed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 6 July 2014
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Really enjoyed. Great holiday read .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in a day 14 Jun 2014
By Alexa P
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After reading 'The Language of Spells' and realising there was a sequel, I bought this in preparation for my birthday spa day - and couldn't put it down.

I was instantly gripped by Katie's story, and her journey to become one of the "infamous Harper women" and thoroughly enjoyed following both her development and catching up with Gwen and Cam and their lives. A little bit darker, perhaps, than the previous story in the series, Sarah Painter has again perfected the balance of romance, magic and suspense in 'The Secrets of Ghosts.'

Thoroughly enjoyed it, and thoroughly recommend it, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable 27 May 2014
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This is the second book Sarah Painter has written concerning the Harper family.

I enjoyed the first story "the language of spells" but I have to say that I liked this one the best.

An enjoyable mix of the supernatural, love, mystery and magic. With likeable characters and an interesting story which is very easy to read.

Would recommend for a light hearted summer read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another good one at a great price 25 April 2014
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'the language of spells' which introduced us to the magical harper women, was the first id heard of author sarah painter. i enjoy this sort of 'light' reading in between more 'heavyweight' novels (for lack of a better term), or factual works. i dont read romantic 'chick-lit' as such, too sickly sweet for my taste, but something with a bit of a magical or quirky twist will always catch my eye. i was pleased to see this second installment and read it pretty soon after the first. it could easily be read without 'book 1', but having the background to the characters makes for a better read in my opinion. anyway, why miss out? this is as well written as the first, good characters with distinct and believable voices. i prefered the storyline in 'the language of spells' but it was good to see how katie was developing her gift and im hoping number 3 (and ideally more!) will be in the offing. the ending gives at least two options for possible further 'adventures'. id definitely buy more 'witchy stuff' by sarah painter and would urge others to give them a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book 2 23 April 2014
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what a twist spellbinding again
you never know what to expect A little disjointed at first but it gets you again
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another great novel from Sarah Painter 23 April 2014
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First off, let me show some serious cover appreciation! That cover is stunning! Carina always have such beautiful covers!

I previously read Sarah's debut, The Language of Spells and loved it, so was thrilled when she released her second novel The Secrets of Ghosts. Although this is a stand alone novel to The Language of Spells, we get to revisit some of the same characters and I was delighted to go back to Pendleford with Gwen and Katie.

Katie plays the main role in The Secrets of Ghosts and I really liked her as a character as I was able to relate to her in some ways, but not her ethereal abilities of course! We still get to revisit Gwen's story but The Secrets of Ghosts is written seven years later, so Katie is older and hoping to discover her place among the famous Harper women. But Katie is having problems and feels like she is never going to discover her power.

I always manage to get really into Sarah's stories and this one was just so easy to get swept along in. Also like before, I really like the magic element in this. It is more prominent in this one than The Language of Spells and I enjoyed it for this. And it also has a more paranormal twist to it, which made for some gripping reading!

I loved the romance element in this. It had a sweetness to it, even if Katie was holding back a little, which we begin to understand the further we read. I liked how it wasn't heavy stuff as I think I have read far too much of that recently so this actually felt refreshing.

Sarah's writing and dialogue also made me chuckle as she makes the characters so different from each other. Even though Katie is quite reserved, she does come out with some funny rude things; completely different from Gwen.

A really nice, light read that you can easily pick up and lose yourself in.
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