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From New York Times best-selling author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition to the USA Today best-selling Southern Ghost Hunter series

Southern girl Verity Long needs a Christmas miracle....  

Verity is ready to deck the halls, jingle some bells, and maybe, just maybe have a merry Christmas with her boyfriend’s stuffy family. Truly, if she doesn’t extend the proverbial olive branch to the overbearing Wydells, she’s afraid she’ll hit them over the head with it.  

But when her boyfriend’s mother pulls a shocking stunt, Verity finds herself with a big decision to make. And if that’s not enough, there’s an unexpected guest at her door. It’s the ghost of the woman who helped rescue Verity’s pet skunk three years ago that very night. And now she’s there to change Verity’s life as well.  

A "between the books" holiday story you don't want to miss!

©2019 Angie Fox (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • Bookaholic
  • 24-10-2020

The Ghost Of Christmas Past

I absolutely love this Christmas story, filled with forgiveness and warmth. Great writing Angie.
I would highly recommend this book and in audio as well.

Excellent narration Tavia Gilbert.

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  • Cindy
  • 09-10-2020

Love it!

I think this is one of my favorite Varity Long stories so far! Dealing with her ghost adventures with a heartfelt story along with it.

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  • Debbi
  • 30-08-2020

Another great Verity Long story!

I love Verity and Frankie! They always keep you turned into their adventures!
Please, keep the stories coming!

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  • lpadula
  • 30-08-2020

The Ghost of Christmas Past

Absolutely loved this retelling of the Classic Christmas Carol with an unexpected twist.
Looking forward to reading Angie’s next in the series and to listening to Tavia Gilbert’s narration, she brings the character to an amusing and authentic life.

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  • Sophia Rose
  • 06-04-2021

Poignant Holiday Ghostly Adventure

How a group of ghosts save Verity's Christmas and a family of bears might have played a part. It's never dull in Sugarland for Verity and Frankie. I love the holiday ghostly mystery novellas that come out between the main series stories just as much and this one was particularly poignant as it mashed up Southern Ghost Hunter with Dicken's A Christmas Carol.

The Ghost of Christmas Past is #8.5 in the series that works best when read/listened to in order as the mysteries are standalone, but the character and relationship arcs continue through the series books.

Verity has a lot of Christmas cheer as she decorates the old house and has dressed to the nines for the anticipated Christmas party with Ellis' family at his Uncle Montgomery's place. But, Virginia Wydell wrecks it all when she insults Verity and attempts to make her feel an unwanted hick who is beneath her son. Verity is understandably upset and particularly when Ellis is understanding about his mother being out of line, but wants to deal with it later and just enjoy being at the family Christmas. Verity has had enough. She tells off Virginia and sends Ellis along to his family Christmas. She's not mad at him, but is seething the way Virginia keeps taking shots at her pride and making Ellis miserable.

But, her lonesome bitter night is interrupted when an old welcome friend ghost arrives and needs her help. Animals are trapped in an old cider mill and in immediate danger. This was the friend who supported Verity in her darkest days and helped her when Lucy was a baby skunk. Verity doesn't hesitate and, because the cider mill is haunted, insists that Frankie come along to help. Naturally, Frankie isn't eager and takes some persuading, but they eventually get there and Verity is not happy to discover the cider mill is on Wydell land and haunted by an older Wydell ghost.

Then, the ghost insists she help with his concern about his family before he will let her help the animals. Verity is still smarting from Virginia's last hurtful action and is reluctant to help a ghost for the first time. So, the ghost doesn't give her a choice to discover what she needs to know so she can make something right.

At first, I was startled by Verity's hard-nosed approach when, in the past, she hasn't let Virginia's antics get to her. I was fearful that she was going to destroy the good thing she had with Ellis by forcing him into choosing family or her. But, then the book progressed and I saw why this all had to be the way it was so the end could be more poignant and resolve well.

While shorter, this one was as fully developed and engaging as the longer stories in the series. I loved the special holiday spirit and theme to this one.

Tavia Gilbert was magnificent as usual for the narration work. She really shines when she enacts a dialogue bantery scene between Verity and Frankie. I love that she narrates the whole series.

All in all this was full of all the things I love about this series and a little bit more heart for the holidays. Paranormal Cozy Mystery fans should definitely give this series a look-see.

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  • Jill
  • 02-03-2021

LOVE!

I really love this series. These short in between stories give me life. I adore Verity.

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  • KHave
  • 07-02-2021

Disappointed

It started off great... finally the FL was going to grow a backbone and stand up to her MIL... but then she reverts back to the doormat. So disappointed. Surely this clever author can come up with a better villain then a spiteful MIL... or even better, a plot that will finally give her comeuppance

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  • Sharon F. Laska
  • 31-12-2020

Ghosts

I have enjoyed Angie Fox’s books and this one has lived up to her great stories and reading.

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  • Lisalou812
  • 17-12-2020

Verity Long and Ellis

This is a great series. Lucy is the best. I have read or listened to every book in the series. It's what a Cozy Mystery should be. Crazy, fun and interesting. you never know where Frankie and Verity will get into.

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  • Somanea Khoeurm
  • 14-12-2020

A Good Christmas Novella

I love this series! Tavia Gilbert does a wonderful job narrating the series. I love her bubbly narration. I could pictured Verity Long sounding like Tavia Gilbert portrayed. In this novella Three Christmas ghosts took turn showing Verity Long of the past, the present and the future. Right! a version of the Christmas Carl. Irritated with her boyfriend's mother she refused to attend the Christmas at the family home. I don't blame her at all. After witnessing what the three ghosts showed her. Verity decided to attend the Christmas party. I usually just give a rating on the audiobook I purchased. This time I choose to write the review for this book. If I have time I will start writing the review on the books I purchased not just the ones I get free code for. If you love paranormal and Christmas check this novella out. You will not be disappointed. I wasn't.

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  • Teddy
  • 28-09-2020

So bad I couldn't listen on...

I couldn't listen beyond the first few minutes, which was enough to set the scene for {YAAAAWN!} another round of Verity allowing herself to be treated like shit by her boyfriend's vindictive bitch of a mother.

At this point I have lost all respect for the character of Verity.

She needed to grow a backbone, slap her boyfriend's mother into the middle of next week, and start sticking up for herself in the face of her idiot boyfriend's blinkered wish for them to get along AT LEAST three books ago. I can't listen to any more books filled with utter rubbish about Southern Manners and the wish to avoid gossip being valid reasons for allowing yourself to be treated as a human doormat.

It's a shame because the stories are otherwise engaging and entertaining but as a continuing theme the Polite Southern Masochist routine was worn out long before this book and should have been well and truly laid to rest.

I'm afraid this series and I will have to part company.

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