Thursday, April 19, 2012

{Review} On Haunted Ground: The Green Ghost and Other Spirits of Cemetery Road by Lisa Rogers

On Haunted Ground: The Green Ghost and Other Spirits of Cemetery Road
by Lisa Rogers
Publisher: Llewellyn Publications
Release: May 8th 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction: Paranormal, ghosts
How I got it: ARC from NetGalley

Lisa Rogers sensed that the house she bought with her husband Wes came with a ghost. But nothing prepared them for doors slamming on their own, objects flying, and the nightly appearance of a freaky green orb in their bedroom. Their two children had opposing views on the paranormal activity. While Keshia grew attached to the grandmotherly ghost who taught her not to be afraid of thunderstorms and the Native American spirit that tucked her into bed, her brother Troy wasn't quick to believe in their unearthly guests. This amazing true story details two decades of terrifying, funny, and heartwarming paranormal encounters--the mischievous entity that imitated the voice of each family member, the spool that "came to life" to chase the kids, the shocking events that shake Wes and Troy's skepticism--and the enduring love that keeps the family together through it all.

 Review: This is the tale of a family learning to live and living with spirits. The book is written in first person from Lisa's point view. She tells of her experience rebuilding, living and rearing a family in a haunted house. Each of the family members brings a unique view to the spirits in the house. Lisa is accepting as is her daughter Keshia. Although Keshia's experiences kind of freaked me out, especially the one with the Native American ghost tucking her in and sitting on her bed. As a mother that would have left me unsettled. Troy had his own way of dealing with what was going on, which verged on denial at times. At least to me, but then as a kid perhaps that was the only way he could understand. Watching Lisa's husband Wes, go from a blatant skeptic to a wary believer to full believer was engaging. The process of him dealing and learning, understanding what was going on around him made me want to know more about his journey.
Another thing I found intriguing was that there was multiple spirits in the house and they seemed to change. After a few years the ghosts seemed to come and go, appearing and disappearing at will.Which is something I've only heard of something like this a few times. Usually people have one or many ghosts who hang around for awhile, not a half-way house for ghost. At least that's what it seemed like. But I thing that was the most fascinating for me was that for the most part the family was never really scared of their ghostly visitors. They dealt with them, learned to live with them and accepted them, but we're never terrified. Perhaps many people could take that to heart and learn the not all ghost are the scary things we make them out to be.


 

3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the insightful review. The reason behind me writing On Haunted Ground was to show exactly what you pointed out—Living with ghosts isn’t always scary.

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    1. Lisa- you did a great job! Glad you liked the review.

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  2. Thanks Shandy if you like real ghost stories be sure to visit my blog. I try to post some of the latest happenings there. :)

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