Rebel Spirits is a story about a young girl named Lori and her discovering she has the ability to see spirits or ghosts. Lori starts to wonder about her sanity when her folks move her to Gettysburg, PA to run a bed and breakfast. She discovers she can see spirits and one in particular, a Civil War soldier named Nathaniel, has her full attention. Nathaniel tells her she has only a short time to find out what really happened to him during the war. Lori sets out searching the internet, library, and historical places in Gettysburg to try to find out all she can about him. She enlists the help of two new friends, Evan and Charlotte. Together they discover there’s more to Nathaniel’s death than meets the eye. They find murder, lies, betrayal, and friendship along the way, both in the past and the present. Lori also finds out there’s much more to her new home of Coolspring Inn (the bed and breakfast her folks own) than she ever expected.
Overall, I enjoyed reading Rebel Spirits and found it to be a nice quick read. The story was well written and flowed nicely. I enjoyed reading about some of the Gettysburg history during the Civil War. I found myself really liking Evan’s character and how he was always there for Lori no matter what she said or did. He was a true friend to her. The only problem I had with the story was how quickly Lori fell in love with someone she just met. She’s only sixteen, recently relocated to Gettysburg, and discovers she sees ghosts; I had a hard time believing she was in love with either a human or a ghost. I also had a hard time believing a sixteen year old would do some of the things she did in the story; no one blinked an eye when she admitted to seeing ghosts or spirits, including her parents.
I recommend this story to both adults and teenagers who enjoy reading young adult books.
Amanda loves spending time at home with her husband and their dog, Oreo. She loves reading, playing puzzle games, beading and watching movies. When she’s not reading, she’s working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.
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