Resurrecting Harry (book review)
Resurrecting Harry was written by Constance Phillips. This post was organized by N K Author Services. I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
In order to save the only woman he’s every loved from self-destruction, Harry puts his afterlife on the line by entering a wager with purgatory’s keeper, Jaden. He gives Harry a younger face and body, and a new name: Erich Welch.
If he wants to keep his new life, he must convince Bess to give up the promise she made to Harry on his death bed and call off the séance she’s scheduled on the anniversary of his death.
Will Erich be able to help Bess over her loss and will any good come from resurrecting Harry?
“ This was a very fast read for me and kept me guessing to the very end. ” M. E. Wilson
“Theirs was a love story that Ms. Phillips delves into in her novel. ” R. Trogne
“Great story, new idea. All in all. Worth a read.” The Eternal Scribe
Resurrecting Harry was a 2013 Finalist in the Grave Tell Awards, Sugar Shack division. Louann Carrol, USA Today’s Happily Ever After blogger, named Resurrecting Harry her favorite read of 2013.
For whatever reason (I can't explain it) I have never been a Harry Houdini fan. I don't know why I really have any opinion of him... I mean, the man was alive from 1874-1926... I shouldn't even have any feelings since he was dead almost 50 years before I was born. But... movies, videos, stories about him... I'm not a fan.
Resurrecting Harry didn't improve my feelings about Harry Houdini. At least... not the old Harry Houdini. The book, in fact, pointed out so many reasons that validated why I never really liked him.
The story absolutely made me a fan of Erich Welch... the new, or resurrected Harry. And, it DID make me fall in love with Harry's wife Bess. The memories Bess had of the good times and love she and Harry had made me appreciate their relationship. I think what I most enjoyed about this book though, was following along with Erich as he came to realize that what he focused on as Harry, what he felt he was doing to support Bess and create a happy life, wasn't for the best. Realizing that his time and efforts could have been better spent creating a simple life with Bess, and giving her a family, could have created so much more happiness than the fame and fortune.
While my favorite part of the story was definitely following the relationship progression with Harry/Erich and Bess... I also enjoyed the mystery and thrill of figuring out what Bess' "friends" Martin and Gail, and Joseph were all up to. And I loved every time Jaden entered the story. I can completely visualize the surprise of him showing up each and every time.
So... while I'll probably never be a Harry Houdini fan... I'm definitely a fan of Constance Phillips' take on his story.
About the author:
Constance Phillips lives in Ohio with her husband, daughter, and four canine kids where she writes contemporary romance novels and paranormal romance novels.
When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance and her husband spend the hours planning a cross-country motorcycle trip for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.