Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts (Review)

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts (Review)
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Title: Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts
Author:  Janet DeLee
Publisher:  Self-Published
Published Date:  1st May 2015
Rating: 4 Stars

*Thank you to the publisher for the review copy*
Synopsis: Dreams aren’t just for the young, and
Ginny Lawther is happy to prove that even at the age of fifty-eight she can
still brave a leap of faith…she just needs a little prodding from like-minded
individuals. Step one: place an ad in the local newspaper inviting other
dreamers to form an Ideal Life Club. Step two: see if anyone shows up.

When Ginny meets four hopeful strangers at the first club meeting, she thinks
they’re off to a great start.

Now it’s only a matter of time before the sixty-something widow Hilda turns her
crafting into a full-time career; the twenty-something Jerry becomes a
professional musician; and the thirty-something housewife Lydia publishes her
cookbook. That is, until the rugged divorcé, Lee, sets a goal to solve his
ghost problem—and upends all their lives!

Suddenly the support group isn’t just trying to navigate the ups and downs of
pursuing their dreams; they’re also wrestling with a strange cast of spirits
who keep interrupting their endeavors. What do these apparitions want? And why
have they latched on to the Ideal Lifers?

Haunting, humorous, and hopeful, Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts sparks the
imagination and breathes unexpected life into everyday reality.

Review: I
would say that this book is a standalone, however it is connected to DeLee’s
first novel. However, it can still be read as a standalone.
I was pretty skeptical when I first chose this book
because I didn’t think it would be my kind of book. However, I decided to give
it a chance and read it this month because of its mention of ghosts. I am
certainly glad that I did because there is a lot more to this novel than meets
the eye.
It is told from multiple points of view of all those who
are members of the Ideal Life Club. I loved the idea of such a club where we
can all aspire to reach for our dreams. In general this book was so inspiring
as a whole and made me so happy by the end of it. I even found myself doing the
club exercises as I was reading the book in hopes to make progress towards my
own dream – which is being a published author. The book is something a reader
can participate in because of those exercises and I am sure nearly everyone can
relate to if they have a dream of some sort they want to pursue.
There were five main characters in this novel and you get
to follow all their journeies pretty closely except for Lydia’s whose we only
see once or twice. We have Jerry who is aiming to overcome him stage fright so
he can perform. There’s Hilda who is into craft making and wants to sell enough
to live through it. Lydia is there who is a chef/baker aiming to sell and make
her own cookbook for the sake of charity. The lead role is Ginny who is already
an author but is aiming to become a homeowner. And lastly, there is Lee who is
only aiming to get rid of ghosts who seem to be meddling with his work. At first
many in the group are skeptical towards the idea of ghosts but later when it
starts to affect them too, they start to believe.
This book crosses so many more themes than it lets on.
There is a mention of courage and ambition of course, but it also touched on
the themes of death and grief which I think was handled incredibly well.
Once or twice the book mentions religion although it
isn’t something that takes up a lot of the book. I did think it was included
just enough and handled exceptionally well too. I also have to bring in the
friendship now that all these characters lean towards as they grow and develop
throughout the story. Again, that was something lovely to see happening as the
novel progressed.
The ghost story in this one isn’t too suspenseful but it
was there and very well handled. I think it did have quite a bit to do with the
plot and in the end the conclusion they reached as a group surprised me, but it
wove all their lives together and everything seemed to fit into place. It was a
clever conclusion.
Overall, this book left me feeling inspired, eager and
happy after reading it. I couldn’t really ask for more.
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