THE FOREVER SUMMER
Macpherson's latest has a community of offbeat characters, a mild mystery and several amusing paranormal scenes featuring a humorous and cantankerous ghost. The romance between the hero and heroine comes across as somewhat incomplete and implausible, but it's still an enjoyable tale.
Lila and Lucas band together to try to figure things out. Further complicating things are the townies, Lucas' estranged wealthy family, the suspicious police chief, the unwanted romance blossoming between this unlikely couple and the lady ghost's dog, who's very much alive and yapping. (AVON, Aug., 368 pp., $5.99)