Seventeen-year-old Mia Randall longs for someone to take her mind off her heartrending breakup with her first real boyfriend. When she meets Benjamin, he does exactly that.
There’s only one problem. He’s a ghost.
Private Benjamin Alexander Richards, a Confederate soldier, is captivated by Mia the moment he lays eyes on her. He declares that Mia is his soul mate, despite the fact that she was born nearly a century and a half after he died.
But that’s not their only obstacle. A much more menacing ghost lurks nearby. One summer evening by the light of a full moon, a ghostly encounter entangles Mia’s life with Benjamin’s in a way that she never imagined.
I adore ghost stories. There is something about them that grabs my attention and won’t let go. A girl and a ghost falling in love sounds heartbreaking and immediately like something I would want to find out more about because really, how can this end well? Ghostly Encounter was so much more than I could have ever expected!
Mia is the typical teenage girl dealing with a bad breakup and trying to move on and enjoy the summer with friends. I found her to be extremely likable and relatable. In the beginning she was miserable but I admired her determination to get through this hard time she was having. When she discovers the ghost of a young Civil War soldier in the park, I was hooked. Ben is the epitome of the sweet southern gentleman and I think the author did a wonderful job capturing the voice of a boy from his time. He is infatuated with Mia, but ever remains the charming and polite gentleman. They bond over their mutual loss of a parent at a young age and both thrive on their immediate connection to each other. I thoroughly enjoyed watching their love blossom through the obvious challenges that they were faced with.
But oh, this is so much more than just a ghost love story! The author managed to hit me with a curveball that I honestly didn’t see coming! It is extremely hard to say much more about the plot because I cannot give away what little twists the author hits us with, but I thought the author incorporated these wonderfully into the storyline. It was very apparent that this novel was well researched and I appreciated that authenticity it provided. There were a few times, though, that I did feel a couple of little aspects were too convenient? And I did find some explanations a little confusing, but on a whole, this novel was well paced and easily kept my attention from beginning to end, where I was left wanting more!
“Perhaps in body I am not quite as real as you,” he said, then looked alive, making him once again seem real, even though she knew that if she tried to touch him, she could not. “But my thoughts and emotions are as real as yours. My soul, Mia Randall, is as real as yours.”
3.5 out of 5!