Review: Shadows From The Past by Rebecca Grace

Shadows From The Past by Rebecca Grace
Release Date: March 6, 2012
Publisher:  The Wild Rose Press
Pages: 115
Source:  From the publisher



When Stacey Moreno goes undercover on Evergreen Island, she’s looking for answers to a friend’s mysterious death, not trouble. After all, Stacey’s not adventuresome–she lives vicariously through her cartoon creations and can’t tell left from right. But from the moment she moves into spooky Redfern Manor and meets her sexy new boss, trouble starts and sparks fly.

Hobbled by injuries from a plane crash, former journalist Mack Warren came to Redfern Manor looking for escape, not romance. He intends to focus on the biography he’s writing of the manor’s former occupant and ignore the strange feelings his lively new assistant inspires.

As Stacey digs for answers, she’s drawn to her mysterious boss, but he is obsessed with a ghost. With danger drawing near, can Stacey persuade Mack to face the shadows from the past that threaten to destroy their future?


Review: Shadows from the Past has an interesting premise with plenty of suspicious acting people to be leery about. With the possibility of ghosts, murder and an abundance of people lurking in the dark, Shadows from the Past has the makings of an excellent mystery; but it doesn’t quite go far enough.

Stacy is an awkward, easily confused and shy woman that takes it upon herself to go undercover to find out if her best friend really committed suicide.

Mack is the ultra handsome, but scary, boss. He is rude and withdrawn from the beginning. His sister Peg is sweet and kind when Stacy first meets her; while the rest of the cast of characters are enigma’s that are just touched upon lightly.

There isn’t enough interaction between any of the characters to really get to know them. Why is the sister such a bitch all of a sudden? It’s touched on at the end, but it just seems like too easy an explanation.

Mack seems to change from one extreme to another rather abruptly, so it is a little difficult to see why Stacey would fall in love with him.

The plot is well done, and the characters have a good start to them. If the story had built more and character development had been deeper, the story would have been a five star read. As it is, it is a decent, fast read that is good for a rainy day. If Ms. Grace ever decides to go back and expand the character development some, I’d love to read it again.