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From NY Times Bestselling Author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition to the USA TODAY bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series She needs a Christmas miracle... Verity Long 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 From NY Times Bestselling Author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition to the USA TODAY bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series She needs a Christmas miracle... Verity Long 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! Rating: Clean and WholesomeParanormal Cozy Mystery Romance


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From NY Times Bestselling Author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition to the USA TODAY bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series She needs a Christmas miracle... Verity Long 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 From NY Times Bestselling Author, Angie Fox, a hauntingly fun holiday addition to the USA TODAY bestselling Southern Ghost Hunter series She needs a Christmas miracle... Verity Long 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! Rating: Clean and WholesomeParanormal Cozy Mystery Romance

30 review for The Ghost of Christmas Past

  1. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox A retelling from the Charles Dickens tale, this time with a crotchety Southern woman, a cute domesticated skunk and a sleeping momma bear with her three cubs. Ghosts included. Sentimental and sappy and a message of being happy. Spread joy. It will make everyone respond. Book 8.5 of the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries. Can be read as a standalone. Loved it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    This novella is such a timely addition to this series because as I’m writing it’s November so all the Christmas feels are more than welcome. Verity is a southern girl with charm and courage aplenty and together with her curmudgeonly and definitely non PC resident ghost Frankie she’s frequently helping both humans and spirits to find answers and hopefully peace. Her relationship with her boyfriend Ellis has recently come under strain as not only does he have an interfering, controlling mother but This novella is such a timely addition to this series because as I’m writing it’s November so all the Christmas feels are more than welcome. Verity is a southern girl with charm and courage aplenty and together with her curmudgeonly and definitely non PC resident ghost Frankie she’s frequently helping both humans and spirits to find answers and hopefully peace. Her relationship with her boyfriend Ellis has recently come under strain as not only does he have an interfering, controlling mother but Veritys work frequently puts her in danger. Still it’s Christmas Eve and Verity is off to a family party so what could possibly go wrong ? Well her future mother in law has a surprise in store and then there’s an old friend who turns up but as it’s Christmas could Verity be in line for even more ghostly visitors ? I know the title gives more than a nod to a rather famous story by a certain Mr Dickens but I honestly didn’t connect this until Verity met her final ghost. I thought at its heart this was about families and how it’s all too easy to become disconnected and it was a very timely message that although not pushed on the reader did make me pause. My only issue is Ellis as I just feel Verity deserves more. To me Ellis feels weak and I always just want him to take more of a stand. That being said I really enjoy this somewhat cookie series and particularly enjoy Frankie because he’s just so irreverent which is always fun . This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair

  3. 5 out of 5

    JoAn

    The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox is a lovely and magical Christmas short story. It's Christmas Eve and Verity is ready to join Ellis at a Wydell family gathering to celebrate. As usual Ellis' mother, Virginia, acts obnoxious and Verity has had enough. Thanks to a ghost that was a dear friend of hers that pays her a visit, Verity is on a ghostly journey through the Wydells Christmas past, present and future that will allow Verity to think about what really matters to her. It's a sweet sho The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox is a lovely and magical Christmas short story. It's Christmas Eve and Verity is ready to join Ellis at a Wydell family gathering to celebrate. As usual Ellis' mother, Virginia, acts obnoxious and Verity has had enough. Thanks to a ghost that was a dear friend of hers that pays her a visit, Verity is on a ghostly journey through the Wydells Christmas past, present and future that will allow Verity to think about what really matters to her. It's a sweet short story that reflects the best of the season. The author provided me with a copy of this book to review. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Cahoon

    Such a fun twist on the traditional story line. And pears... LOL

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    A while back I stumbled upon a book titled “Southern Spirits,” the first in author Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter series. Finding it enjoyable, I made a mental note to purchase the next book in the series, but never did get around to it. Perhaps this latest offering, “The Ghost of Christmas Past,” will set me back on that path. I questioned the “Book 8.5” notice on the cover and wondered what that meant. The author’s main character, Verity Long, has more of a personal mystery to solve as the b A while back I stumbled upon a book titled “Southern Spirits,” the first in author Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter series. Finding it enjoyable, I made a mental note to purchase the next book in the series, but never did get around to it. Perhaps this latest offering, “The Ghost of Christmas Past,” will set me back on that path. I questioned the “Book 8.5” notice on the cover and wondered what that meant. The author’s main character, Verity Long, has more of a personal mystery to solve as the book centers around the people in her life rather than focusing on the usual case that she might have to solve. The story is a generous nod toward Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Ms. Fox handled it with such care that I didn’t catch on until the third spirit appeared (although the title itself should have been a big clue). Even though I have not been what you might call a dedicated fan, it was easy for me to understand what was happening as Ms. Fox provided plenty of back story. This was accomplished through snippets here and there, eliminating the need for a gigantic information dump. This kept the story light and airy, full of fun and peppered with Verity’s quick and sassy thoughts and verbal responses. The author has a gift for keeping her character human rather than unbearably snarky, and the explanations of how Verity acts with the spirit world are original and entertaining. For me, this was the first gift of the Christmas season. Five stars. My thanks to NetGalley and Moose Island Books for a complimentary advance copy of this title.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Anita

    Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I love this series filled with quirky characters including Frankie the Gangster Ghost. This Story evokes Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and puts a Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries spin on it. It all starts with Verity finally standing up to Ellis' mother, Virginia, and telling her off. When that ends with Verity alone on Christmas Eve, she gets a surprise ghost visitor which Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review. I love this series filled with quirky characters including Frankie the Gangster Ghost. This Story evokes Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and puts a Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries spin on it. It all starts with Verity finally standing up to Ellis' mother, Virginia, and telling her off. When that ends with Verity alone on Christmas Eve, she gets a surprise ghost visitor which take her and Frankie to the Wydell Family Orchard and an abandoned cider mill. Old, spooky and definitely haunted, the cider mill is home to more than ghosts and Verity must work with them all. With help from the ghosts of past, present and future, Verity has some serious decisions to make that will affect the entire Wydell family.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Verity and Frankie are back with a new ghostly adventure, but this time there is a lot more riding on her figuring out how to help the ghosts than she could have imagined. Her very happiness is riding on this one. With a drop of Dickens and the author's own charming Southern Ghost Hunter world, I was dazzled as usual. The Ghost of Christmas Past is a novella and is #8.5 in the series. It is standalone, but has more meaning and makes more sense when gotten in order. Virginia Wydell, her boyfriend's Verity and Frankie are back with a new ghostly adventure, but this time there is a lot more riding on her figuring out how to help the ghosts than she could have imagined. Her very happiness is riding on this one. With a drop of Dickens and the author's own charming Southern Ghost Hunter world, I was dazzled as usual. The Ghost of Christmas Past is a novella and is #8.5 in the series. It is standalone, but has more meaning and makes more sense when gotten in order. Virginia Wydell, her boyfriend's mother has gone her length. Verity always knew that Virginia detested her, but this latest snobby stun right on the eve of Christmas has Verity deciding enough is enough. Ellis does not disagree that his mother is out of line and has verbally challenged her before, but he is also stuck in a hard place between love and loyalty that is complicated because family is involved. Verity's anger is mixed with her vulnerability of feeling not good enough and lonely for her own scattered family so she pushes Ellis to go to his family party and she mopes alone feeding her bitterness and anger. Fortunately, this is when gangster Frankie's antics and the sweet love of her pet skunk keep her from going full on depression. A ghost of one of her past friends comes along with a request for Verity's help and Verity can't resist a plea for her help so she drags a reluctant Frankie with her out to a spooky cider mill and the ghosts take her on three fateful visionary journeys so she can do her part to save a family. I knew in the last book that things were coming to a head when Verity's feckless way of charging into danger would get to Ellis who is a natural protector and a trained responder to danger since he's former military and a sheriff's deputy, but he's helpless against the ghostly danger. Verity knows they need to have that conversation and now, Ellis' mother does a spiteful act that Verity just can't smile away and won't. I was startled by her vehemence at first and then it made sense as the story unfolded. The age old trouble with the cliched mother in law is a cliche for a reason. I do love how Verity, and Ellis, eventually handled Virginia. The personal storyline and the romance running through the series along with the colorful and sparkling characters on their ghostly adventures make this an outstanding series that I can heartily recommend. I rec'd this book from Net Galley in exchange of an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nola Arganbright

    A family affair I always enjoy reading about Verity and her ghostly friends. This Christmas book combined bits of the Christmas Carol story and Verity's unique spirit to teach the meaning of the season. A family affair I always enjoy reading about Verity and her ghostly friends. This Christmas book combined bits of the Christmas Carol story and Verity's unique spirit to teach the meaning of the season.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Angie Elle

    ARC from Netgalley 3.5 stars The Ghost of Christmas Past is the eighth and a half book in Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. Always on the hunt for a Christmas read this time of year, I didn’t let the fact that this was part of a series I haven’t followed deter me. I didn’t feel lost reading this, so you can start here, but I think if I’d read more from this series and was more attached to Verity, my rating would have been higher. It’s obvious from the title of the story that this ARC from Netgalley 3.5 stars The Ghost of Christmas Past is the eighth and a half book in Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. Always on the hunt for a Christmas read this time of year, I didn’t let the fact that this was part of a series I haven’t followed deter me. I didn’t feel lost reading this, so you can start here, but I think if I’d read more from this series and was more attached to Verity, my rating would have been higher. It’s obvious from the title of the story that this is meant to be a riff off Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and even as light-hearted as it was, it carried an important message. Verity’s Christmas Eve begins when her boyfriend’s mother, always ready with an insult for Verity, surprises her with an expensive delivery (that Verity has to pay for,) and when Verity finally gives the woman a piece of her mind, her Christmas plans go up in smoke. But as happens in fiction, another event soon presents itself, and off Verity goes. I thought this was a fun little novella where Verity gets to see the past, present and future, and I like that while she is finally able to get her point across, it’s in a bit of a softer way. I also enjoy the way this book highlights a sort of domino effect - how a seemingly passing conversation or confrontation can change everything, often for the worst. The addition of Verity’s pet skunk was adorable, and I’m sure it’s been in the series for a while, but as a new reader, it was a treat for me. I also really liked that while it was Verity who gets the opportunity to change the way things go, it wasn’t all selfishness, as the events she gets to witness affect others more than her, and she could have just chosen to walk away. But she didn’t, and I love that she is the kind of person to be there when the going gets tough. As I mentioned before, The Ghost of Christmas Past was my first book of the series, and I found it enjoyable enough to want to go back and read previous books. The timing is perfect, because while I’m writing this review, the first book is free on Amazon, and the WhisperSync price for the audio is only $1.99. And BONUS - Tavia Gilbert narrates this series, and she’s one of my favorites! Overall, I think this was a fun Christmas read with a life lesson thrown in, and I reserve the right to up my rating once I know Verity better.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Malmquist

    Cute short story about Verity and her ghost hunting business. She has a ghostly visitor who helps her make a decision about Christmas that will help her boyfriend's family to recover their Christmas spirit. Different and fun tale which is a bit of a ghostly take on the Ghosts of past present and future with a southern twist. Cute short story about Verity and her ghost hunting business. She has a ghostly visitor who helps her make a decision about Christmas that will help her boyfriend's family to recover their Christmas spirit. Different and fun tale which is a bit of a ghostly take on the Ghosts of past present and future with a southern twist.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sandee

    Perfect! This is a wonderful short Christmas story with some of my favourite characters. With a nod to the Christmas Carol and yes of course it does have ghosts, it is unique in its plot. Family, friends, kindness and acceptance fill the pages along with the expected ghostly scares. It left me smiling and warm. And yes, to my delight, Lucy (the skunk) has a role in this story.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    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 cha 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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Hélène Louise

    (I thank Netgalley and Moose Island Books for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review) I thought I was ready for a nice and sweet Christmas story - but clearly I wasn't. Or I just became more grumpy on my old age and aren't able anymore to appreciate sweetness anymore :P I appreciate the characterisation of the unusual pet, an adorable skunk, and the way the author exposed how a wild animal shouldn't be kept as a pet in general. That was a good point. The rest of the characters and the (I thank Netgalley and Moose Island Books for sending me the ARC in exchange for my honest review) I thought I was ready for a nice and sweet Christmas story - but clearly I wasn't. Or I just became more grumpy on my old age and aren't able anymore to appreciate sweetness anymore :P I appreciate the characterisation of the unusual pet, an adorable skunk, and the way the author exposed how a wild animal shouldn't be kept as a pet in general. That was a good point. The rest of the characters and the situation - except for the magic-fantastic part - was extremely bland, with strong expression of déjà vu mille fois. The magic-fantastic part was much to light to be interesting, no real atmosphere at all, but it could be because the series started a long time ago, this book being number 8.5 But in the end what made me stop reading was a strong sense of reading a book for quite small children, with adult characters, very weird. I love naivety in books, but in this genre, it was much to weird, not convincing at all...

  14. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    5 Stars... This was the perfect holiday read... It had a great mix of ghostly suspense, quirky humor, and holiday heart that made me devour it word for word... Verity is a strong female lead who demonstrates tenacity, vulnerability, stubbornness, and compassion making her relatable and honest... Definitely a must read for the holidays:)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vivian Gregory

    Enjoy an adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol This story based somewhat loosely on Dicken's character Scrooge , explores how one's actions can have an effect on the individual doing the actions as well as those around them. Of course the ghosts' involvement doesn't really parallel with the ones in Dicken's story, but it is an enjoyable read. I'd read it again. Enjoy an adaptation of Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol This story based somewhat loosely on Dicken's character Scrooge , explores how one's actions can have an effect on the individual doing the actions as well as those around them. Of course the ghosts' involvement doesn't really parallel with the ones in Dicken's story, but it is an enjoyable read. I'd read it again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    RO G'ma

    The Ghost of Christmas Past is a “between the books” holiday story in Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. This fast-paced book is well-plotted with an interesting storyline. The story flows smoothly, and the characters are well developed. Verity Long can see and communicate with ghosts, but only with the help of Frankie, the ghost of a 1920s gangster who she managed to ground to her property in Sugarland, Tennessee when she dumped his ashes which she thought was dirt in her yard. The Ghost of Christmas Past is a “between the books” holiday story in Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries series. This fast-paced book is well-plotted with an interesting storyline. The story flows smoothly, and the characters are well developed. Verity Long can see and communicate with ghosts, but only with the help of Frankie, the ghost of a 1920s gangster who she managed to ground to her property in Sugarland, Tennessee when she dumped his ashes which she thought was dirt in her yard. Frankie is unable to leave the property unless Verity has his urn with her. Verity is a caring person who wants to help everyone, living or dead. She’s dating Ellis Wydell, the Deputy Sheriff and her ex-fiancé’s brother; Ellis’ mother, Virginia, doesn’t like Verity. Verity is getting ready to attend the Wydell family’s Christmas Eve celebration when she’s finally had all she can take of Virginia’s obnoxious behavior and tells her off, and Verity decides it would be best if Ellis attended the party without her. The ghost of an old friend appears at Verity’s door, asking for her help rescuing a mother bear and her three babies. She drags a reluctant Frankie with her to a haunted cider mill, and while attempting to save them, three ghosts show her the Wydell family’s Christmas past, present, and future, forcing her to reevaluate her life. I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jillian

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

  18. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I have been a fan of this author since the first time I read her Demon Slayer series. This series is one I love just as well. I do have to admit that short, and holiday, stories aren’t exactly a favorite, but of course I had to read it because of the above. Verity, Ellis, and Lucy are just adorable, and this author’s remake of A Christmas Story is a nice novella to read to tide her readers over until the next full-length novel comes out. Something happens between Verity and Virginia that sends V I have been a fan of this author since the first time I read her Demon Slayer series. This series is one I love just as well. I do have to admit that short, and holiday, stories aren’t exactly a favorite, but of course I had to read it because of the above. Verity, Ellis, and Lucy are just adorable, and this author’s remake of A Christmas Story is a nice novella to read to tide her readers over until the next full-length novel comes out. Something happens between Verity and Virginia that sends Verity on the wrong path, and she must turn back before it’s too late. I don’t agree that that would actually have happened because of who Verity is, but it was a great story nonetheless (sorry, have to be vague because of spoilers). Great story and those who love this author and series are sure to love it. You can read it never having read the series before, but you will get much more out of the story if you read the series from the beginning. Recommend!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

    The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox is a “between the books” holiday story. It can be read as a standalone, but The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries are an entertaining series of books that are not to be missed. I was instantly drawn into The Ghost of Christmas Past with Verity, Frankie, Lucy and Ellis. I like Angie Fox’s engaging writing style which makes for a pleasant to read story. The book has delightful characters (except for Virginia) with my favorite being Frankie the German. He is a The Ghost of Christmas Past by Angie Fox is a “between the books” holiday story. It can be read as a standalone, but The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries are an entertaining series of books that are not to be missed. I was instantly drawn into The Ghost of Christmas Past with Verity, Frankie, Lucy and Ellis. I like Angie Fox’s engaging writing style which makes for a pleasant to read story. The book has delightful characters (except for Virginia) with my favorite being Frankie the German. He is a ghost that was a gangster in the 1920s. I just love his snarky dialogue and he finds some new friends in this story that allows us to see Frankie’s softer side. Virginia is my least favorite character who decides to humiliate Verity once again. This is a humorous retelling of Charles Dickens classic tale. The Ghost of Christmas Past is a magical tale with surprising spirits, a grating gift, alarming animals, lopsided lights, a gangster ghost and one painful party.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley (Red-Haired Ash Reads)

    Verity finally stands up to Virginia Wydell on Christmas Eve before the annual party. She stays home instead and gets a visit from an old friend who sends her on a ghostly errand. Needless to say the errand is a lot more dangerous than Verity and Franky thought it would be. With the help of a ghost verity sees the future and finds how her actions have caused major consequences for not only her future but the Wydell family as well. Verity learns an important lesson this Christmas season. No matte Verity finally stands up to Virginia Wydell on Christmas Eve before the annual party. She stays home instead and gets a visit from an old friend who sends her on a ghostly errand. Needless to say the errand is a lot more dangerous than Verity and Franky thought it would be. With the help of a ghost verity sees the future and finds how her actions have caused major consequences for not only her future but the Wydell family as well. Verity learns an important lesson this Christmas season. No matter how much you don't get along with your family, they are still your family. You might be the one holding it together or the one that is keeping someone from giving up. While short, I feel this is a very important book because the events affect her relationship with Ellis. I really enjoyed this one and can't wait to see what happens next to Verity and Franky. *ARC provided by Netgalley for an honest review.*

  21. 5 out of 5

    Judy Lewis

    A SUGARLAND CHRISTMAS CAROL - SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER STYLE!!! Title: The Ghost of Christmas Past Series: Southern Ghost Hunters Mysteries Designation: Book 8.5 of Series, Novella Length, Standalone, NO Cliffhanger #cozymystery #sweetromance #humor #holidaytheme Author: Angie Fox My Rating: FIVE DELIGHTFULLY ENTERTAINING STARS***** It's time to trim the tree, jingle a few bells, and deck Virginia Wydell...oops, I meant to say deck the halls in Sugarland! As much as Verity only wants to canoodle with her A SUGARLAND CHRISTMAS CAROL - SOUTHERN GHOST HUNTER STYLE!!! Title: The Ghost of Christmas Past Series: Southern Ghost Hunters Mysteries Designation: Book 8.5 of Series, Novella Length, Standalone, NO Cliffhanger #cozymystery #sweetromance #humor #holidaytheme Author: Angie Fox My Rating: FIVE DELIGHTFULLY ENTERTAINING STARS***** It's time to trim the tree, jingle a few bells, and deck Virginia Wydell...oops, I meant to say deck the halls in Sugarland! As much as Verity only wants to canoodle with her man under the mistletoe this Christmas Eve, she and Ellis have been invited to the annual Wydell family Christmas party, but not everything is merry and bright in Sugarland. Unfortunately, there's a hitch in the couple's holiday plans when Virginia Wydell strikes again and aims her special brand of venom at Verity. And if that isn't enough to ruin her plans for Christmas Eve, Verity's night quickly spirals from bad to worse when a ghost from the past appears at her door in need of a favor. But that's par for the course in the life of a Southern Ghost Hunter and her ghostly gangster housemate/partner, Frankie, and as usual, Verity's deeply engrained southern belle etiquette dictates never turning away anyone in need, even if that someone is a ghost. But Verity's good deed for an old friend turns out to be much more than she anticipated, sending her on a life-altering journey. With a little magic and a whole lot of forgiveness, Verity just may be able to save a whole lot more than this disastrous Christmas. I adore cozy mysteries, love gripping suspense, and completely addicted to anything supernatural, but throw in a little sweet romance, and I'm totally smitten! Unfortunately, it's often difficult to find all four elements in one book but, fortunately for me, I've found an author who brilliantly combines them all into one exceptional story. Angie Fox has delighted her readers yet again with a special spin on an old classic entitled The Ghost of Christmas Past, a novella-length story in the Southern Ghost Hunters Mysteries Series. Fox did an outstanding job of giving readers backstory for the series as well as the characters, and this book can certainly be read as a standalone, but if you enjoy cozy mysteries with a supernatural twist, I highly recommend reading the first book, Southern Spirits, which will introduce you to the Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries world and most definitely enrich your reading experience.. I became a diehard Angie Fox fan five years ago after reading The Accidental Demon Slayer, the outrageously funny first release in Fox's best-selling Biker Witches Mystery Series, another fabulous collection I highly recommend, especially if you love your mystery generously laced with paranormal elements, side-splitting humor, and dreamy romance. But I digress, so let's talk about this book. The Ghost of Christmas Past is imaginative, cute, laugh-out-loud funny, sweet, and so heartwarming. The narrative is beautifully written in the first-person with a single perspective from the heroine, Verity Long. The dialogue is smart, snappy, well-executed, at times hilarious, and flows effortlessly. There's so much I truly enjoyed about this book, but it's the cast of instantly engaging characters who completely steal the show. They literally grab your attention, engage your imagination, and completely capture your heart! Verity Long and her cast of endearing cohorts carry this entire series and have become my favorites in the cozy mystery genre. Fox skillfully combines every single one of these elements to craft a deliciously cute and delightfully entertaining whodunit adventure filled to the brim with danger, drama, humor, ghosts, suspense, mystery, and plot twists, with even a little heartbreaking angst and heartwarming romance. Did I like this book? No, I LOVED it! It's my new favorite! Yeah, yeah, I know I say the same thing after every book in this series but only because it's true; I just can't help myself. lol... Christmas has always been my favorite time of year and never seem to get enough holiday theme stories. I adore the Southern Ghost Hunters World and the fictional town of Sugarland, Tennessee as well as the endearing cast of characters Fox has created for this series. Southern Belle Verity Long is an absolute delight and Ellis Wydell is one hunk of burning love! lol... And never fear, Verity's gangster ghost housemate, Frankie Winkelmann aka Frankie the German, from the flapper era is around to cause all kinds of trouble and Lucy, the pet skunk, is ever present for a little heartwarming comic relief. And the supporting characters in this cozy mystery completely stole my heart! I giggled, snorted, snuffled and sniffed through the entire story. Would I recommend it? You bet and I am, for ages twelve to a hundred and twelve! Angie Fox is a master of her craft and never fails to deliver a wonderfully layered whodunit of thrills, chills, and kills, expertly infusing events from both past and present to create a mystery within a mystery. This story really struck a chord with me because it's a spin on my favorite holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, which was also my dad's favorite Christmas story. Will I read this author again? Absolutely! Just as soon as she releases her next book! Was I entertained? Completely and totally entertained! Fabulous entertainment and an awesome read! Premise for the entire series: Although the last couple of years have been difficult for Verity Long, it's also been surprisingly busy for the beautiful former aspiring graphic designer from Sugarland Tennessee. Unfortunately, the one thing it hasn't been is profitable - until recently. After successfully solving several murders, Verity has gained some recognition, or I should say notoriety, as Sugarland's resident ghosthunter expert and is finally earning a little cash with her new job skills. Verity isn't rolling in money - yet - but she's managed to hang on to the home she inherited from her grandmother. She lost absolutely everything after breaking off her engagement last year with her lying, cheating, now ex-fiance Beau Wydell, youngest and favorite son of wealthy, influential town aristocrat Virginia Wydell. Verity's graphic design services had been in demand until her almost mother-in-law used her influence to ruin her good name and her business. Had it been left up to the vengeful Virginia Wydell, Verity would have been tarred, feathered, and run out of town on a rail. Now it seems no one in Sugarland needs her services, so she's embarked on a new career and a whole new business...as a ghost hunter. Yup, she's officially out of the closet and has been for months, or rather since her interview with Ovis Dupree, the geriatric guest investigative reporter from the local newspaper, The Sugarland Gazette. And that's not the only change in her life. Her kinda-sorta-maybe, once hush-hush, and on-the-sly boyfriend Deputy Sheriff Ellis Wydell is now her very public main squeeze! And yes, Ellis and Beau are related - they're brothers! Huh? Oh yes, brothers! As you can imagine, the news was not well received by Virginia or Beau Wydell. And let's not forget her sweet little pet skunk Lucy and her very dead, black and white gangster ghost housemate, Franklin Rudolph Winkelmann aka Frankie the German. Yup, I said ghost. Frankie became trapped on Verity's property when she unknowingly dumped the ashes from his urn onto the roots of her rose bush. Oh no! But in her defense, she had no idea what they were and what would happen. So until she can figure out a way to free Frankie, she's stuck with the not-so-nice wise guy criminal from the flapper era who has turned her backyard shed into a speakeasy and hideout for him and his ghost gang cronies. Verity's life isn't perfect, but on the bright side, she does still have her pet skunk, Lucy, a hot hunky boyfriend, her grandmother's house, and on occasion, Frankie does actually lend her, albeit begrudgingly, some of his power so she can see all those otherworldly things that go bump in the night. But things have really been looking up lately. At least, she's managed to solve a few cases. It seems Verity is well on her way to accomplishing her goals, but be careful what you wish for, Verity! Being a ghost hunter can be quite dangerous! Now, if she could just convince everyone to accept her new abilities and recent career change, she may be able to win over all the citizens of Sugarland, maybe even Virginia Wydell, and make a real go of her ghost-hunting business. But then again, maybe not. Virginia Wydell's latest stunt to sabotage Verity may prove to be the straw that broke Santa's back!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dolly

    What a wonderful, and heartwarming tale. Verity learns some things that apply to us all, no matter what your situation. We usually have to draw the line somewhere, or make a choice, but we really need to be conscious of how it affects us personally as well. Some things happen in this book that have needed to be done, but the impact goes further than Verity realizes. I’m so proud of Verity, and how she deals with some issues. And Ellis – talk about caught between a rock and a hard place. This is What a wonderful, and heartwarming tale. Verity learns some things that apply to us all, no matter what your situation. We usually have to draw the line somewhere, or make a choice, but we really need to be conscious of how it affects us personally as well. Some things happen in this book that have needed to be done, but the impact goes further than Verity realizes. I’m so proud of Verity, and how she deals with some issues. And Ellis – talk about caught between a rock and a hard place. This is a definite ‘GOTTA READ” book. Merry Christmas Angie Fox!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    This one is a Dickens!!! Loved it! I sit down with a cozy book and Verity sits down with Lucy her pet skunk. Besides her live in fur buddy she also has a ghost named Frank living in the barn. This series is amazing that will make the reader smile and cry. Yep I had to get a Kleenex in one part. Fox has developed characters that stick with you until the next book comes out. "A copy of this book was provided by the author with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion." This one is a Dickens!!! Loved it! I sit down with a cozy book and Verity sits down with Lucy her pet skunk. Besides her live in fur buddy she also has a ghost named Frank living in the barn. This series is amazing that will make the reader smile and cry. Yep I had to get a Kleenex in one part. Fox has developed characters that stick with you until the next book comes out. "A copy of this book was provided by the author with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Carol Evans

    Small confession: I have the first of the Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries on my Kindle, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Then I saw this “between the books” holiday story and decided it was a perfect way to get a taste of the series. The Ghost of Christmas Past is not actually a mystery, but it works as a stand-alone and let me get to know Verity and some of her crew. As you can tell from the title, The Ghost of Christmas Past is a retelling of the Charles Dickens tale. A few ghosts d Small confession: I have the first of the Southern Ghost Hunter mysteries on my Kindle, but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. Then I saw this “between the books” holiday story and decided it was a perfect way to get a taste of the series. The Ghost of Christmas Past is not actually a mystery, but it works as a stand-alone and let me get to know Verity and some of her crew. As you can tell from the title, The Ghost of Christmas Past is a retelling of the Charles Dickens tale. A few ghosts decide Verity needs to learn a lesson. This is a feel-good story, a bit sentimental in a good way. Verity is sweet and caring and I love her pet skunk. We don’t really get to see her solve a mystery, but she does have a problem or two that she solves. She’s clearly brave and resourceful, and Frankie, her ghostly sidekick is interesting, a criminal with a soft heart. I think I’ll go back and read the first in the series soon.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Keith Chawgo

    Fox’s new installment to the Verity series is a pleasant Christmas story that doesn’t move her story further but feels like a special installment to celebrate the festive season like a special television episode of a loved series. Sweet but doesn’t really go too far into the depth of the characters and plot. The plot is sweet and cute with Verity rescuing an animal in a perilous situation with her cubs and a ghost who needs to make peace with his family in an old mill. The story goes progress her Fox’s new installment to the Verity series is a pleasant Christmas story that doesn’t move her story further but feels like a special installment to celebrate the festive season like a special television episode of a loved series. Sweet but doesn’t really go too far into the depth of the characters and plot. The plot is sweet and cute with Verity rescuing an animal in a perilous situation with her cubs and a ghost who needs to make peace with his family in an old mill. The story goes progress her relationship with Ellis and gives her some forward movement with her relationship with her possible future mother-in-law. The nods to Dickens story is a nice touch. The characters feel less focused overall as this is supplement to the series of books. I haven’t read the previous books and this has probably put me at a disadvantage. Saying this, they are well written and Verity and Frank seem to have the most character building as we are expected to know the Wydell family probably from previous books. We do get a bit of a synopsis in the first few chapters but not enough to give the new reader much need depth. Overall, this is a nice Christmas book for lovers of the series. If you are new to the series, this is probably not the book to start out with. It did make me interested to start the series which I have earmarked for the future. As a stand alone, it doesn’t really accomplish a fully satisfying read but as part of the series it would probably be a great installment to fill the time until the next exciting chapter is released. I will mark this as three and a half star because I am new but will raise this as a four star due to the fact, that if I was fully invested in the series, I would probably have loved this more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Darcia Helle

    You have to love a woman who shares her home with a 1920s gangster ghost and a pet skunk! A Ghost of Christmas Past is a modern spin on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in the form of a southern cozy mystery. The story is fun and, yes, a little sappy, but it's Christmas and sappy is expected. This is a short read, at only about 150 pages, and yet a lot is packed into those pages. Verity is tasked with rescuing some animals from a scary situation, while also dealing with troublesome ghosts and difficult You have to love a woman who shares her home with a 1920s gangster ghost and a pet skunk! A Ghost of Christmas Past is a modern spin on Dickens' A Christmas Carol, in the form of a southern cozy mystery. The story is fun and, yes, a little sappy, but it's Christmas and sappy is expected. This is a short read, at only about 150 pages, and yet a lot is packed into those pages. Verity is tasked with rescuing some animals from a scary situation, while also dealing with troublesome ghosts and difficult living family members. The mystery aspect is light, but the story is engaging and totally enjoyable. The Southern Ghost Hunter Mysteries is one of my go-to series when I need a light, feel-good story. Verity is a great character, and I absolutely love Frankie the ghost. While this book is part of the ongoing series, I think it works well as a stand-alone. *I received a review copy from the publisher, via NetGalley.*

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dallass

    Loved this take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and how it brought out both the worst, and the best, in Verity. Ellis’s mum is a stone cold bitch with anger management and control issues (and I’m hoping she gets what’s coming to her soon. Bankruptcy, perhaps? 😈) however there is some redeemable members of the family. A lot of fun, and I just wanted it to be longer. Definitely one to reread each Christmas 😉 4 stars ⭐️

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    Three ghosts... Actually, four . And one night to show the past, present and future. A great twist on an old story...southern ghost hunter's style! And did I mention the bears?? Three ghosts... Actually, four . And one night to show the past, present and future. A great twist on an old story...southern ghost hunter's style! And did I mention the bears??

  29. 5 out of 5

    Louise

    Review to come later.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    ⭐️ 3.5 stars ⭐️

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