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.
Single mom Lila Abbott
is a ghost whisperer. When journalist Lucas Griffin's rich and nasty ex-wife meets her untimely end in the produce section of the grocery store where Lila works, there's big trouble in the small resort town. The disturbed spirit has a message to impart, and she doesn't care how many cans of Cheez Whiz she has to explode to get them to understand her.
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)