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Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Ellie, the protagonist of the paranormal novel Spirit of the Book by DE Howard, had to learn to rely on herself early in life. Her mother never wanted her, and her father was not part of her life. One day, Ellie decides she's had enough of her mother's drunken behavior and moves out. When renovating her new flat, Ellie finds an old book in a hole in the wall. To her surprise, a spirit appears to her when she opens the book which is filled with spells. The spirit himself has a very sad story to tell - but the opening of the book did not only attract a good spirit. Ellie needs to learn to harness the power of the spells within the book for her own good and the good of the spirit.
I found Spirit of the Book by DE Howard lovely to read. It did not brim with nerve-wracking excitement, but was nevertheless interesting. It was a calmer kind of excitement and you wanted to know how the story would end. The interactions between Ellie and the spirit are very moving, and you hope for a happy end. Whether you get it is another question. The reader will finish this book feeling more or less satisfied, and hoping that there will be more stories about Ellie in the future (though this novel is a stand-alone so far). It is a novel for those quiet moments in life, something to disappear with on a rainy day, to treat yourself to a nice reading experience.