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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Rest Thy Head by Elaine Cantrell Review Tour + Giveaway

Rest Thy Head

by Elaine Cantrell



Running away from a fiancĂ© who betrayed her, Peyton O’Malley finds employment at a beautiful mountain inn called Rest Thy Head. She didn’t expect to live in the haunted room or to fall for the inn’s owner, a fire-scarred, war veteran who uses the inn to hide away from the world. She didn’t expect her sister to show up at Rest Thy Head either, much less her formidable mother.

Now, thanks to the aid of a friendly ghost, Peyton has a shot at true love, and so does her sister Ashley, provided the guys cooperate of course!



Jake’s head dropped as his face turned red. “You don’t understand. I make people uncomfortable, and that makes me uncomfortable. It’s better if I stick close to home.”

Peyton scowled at him. “Do you think you look like Frankenstein’s monster or something? You look fine.”

Oh, right.” His voice roughened. “Think about how you reacted the first time you saw me. You didn’t think I looked so fine that day.”

Peyton remembered. “You aren’t being fair. Of course people notice your scars. Unless they’re blind they’d have to, but they’d get used to your appearance. I don’t even think about the scars now. Mostly, if you want the truth, you’re still pretty hot.”

Jake came to a stop and swung around to face her. “Look at me. Don’t tell me people can get used to this face.”Peyton did look and found that he was wrong. Without stopping to think, she pressed a kiss against his lips. For one brief moment he held her against him and kissed her back, but he jerked away before she could deepen the kiss. And she would have. All she’d meant to do was reassure him, but that kiss had sizzled with passion and heat. She reached for his hand. “I told you, Jake; I don’t see your scars anymore. All I see is you.”



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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rest Thy Head by Elaine-Cantrell is a 2014 Astraea publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rest Thy Head is a really sweet paranormal romance/ mystery, and is a perfect book to curl up with for a little light, clean entertainment.

When Peyton discovers her fiance is a cheat and is only marrying her because of parental pressure, she runs away to a quaint mountain inn called “Rest Thy Head”. Immediately, she strikes up a friendship with Patrick a part owner of the inn. However, his brother Jake, is a not so warm.
Jake has returned home from war scarred and suffering much loss. He hides away at the inn nursing his bitterness and spreading that around wherever possible among the inn's staff. But, when circumstances arise where the inn needs some additional help, Peyton takes on the job and is determined to prove to Jake he needs to come out of hiding and begin living his life again.
In the meantime some odd things begin taking place at the inn and Peyton's sister, Ashley arrives too, after she has a little bad luck and needs a job. Then things really get interesting.

A ghost with a penchant for match making, plus the heartwarming story of a scarred veteran who must decide whether to remain in hiding or learn to trust again, then throw in some mystery and suspense and you have a great combination. This is an entertaining and easy read which I will recommend to lovers of sweet romance, cozy mysteries, and paranormal romance. 4 stars

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Elaine Cantrell was born and raised in South Carolina where she obtained a master’s degree in personnel services from Clemson University. She is a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary society for women educators and Romance Writers of America. Her first novel, A New Leaf, was the 2003 winner of the Timeless Love Contest. When she’s not writing or teaching, she enjoys movies, quilting, reading, and collecting vintage Christmas ornaments.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me today, and yes, the cover is beautiful. Has anyone ever stayed in a place like Rest Thy Head?

  2. Who wouldn't love a match-making ghost? Sounds like a perfect holiday read.

  3. Really great review. I loved the excerpt.

  4. I wish I had one of these match-making ghosts for my daughter. It is so hard today to find a guy that isn't a jerk.

  5. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

  6. I enjoyed your posting about the book. Spirits and a mystery how exciting.


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