The Harbor Pointe Series is a collection of eight novellas by Story Empire authors. Each story takes place at the Harbor Pointe Inn in a fictional California town. See my reviews for the previous books in the series on this blog.
A Fathomless Affair has everything: a family feud, a paranormal encounter, a missing person’s case, and a police investigation. Even a little romance.
Lorelei Audley comes to the Harbor Pointe Inn to co-ordinate her father’s latest wedding to a Thai woman young enough to be her sister. Lorelei arrival starts with a bang: she slips on the floor, bangs her head and hurts her back. Worse, both the receptionist and the bartender hit on her. She has paid for the wedding herself and hopes her father will reimburse her, but he proves to be an overbearing, narcissistic, and rude man with an equally rude fiancée. The author does a grand job with him – I wanted to reach into the pages and throttle him. And I wanted Lorelei to grow a backbone.
Lorelei’s only help is Elodie, the wedding planner for the Inn and one of the guests, Porter, who is there to track a comet for his thesis. The timing of his visit coincides with the appearance of a ghost ship and the discovery of an old curse, which lends an eerie element to the setting. Both Elodie and Porter are supportive and pitch in to help her handle all the problems she is facing with her father and the wedding.
When her father abruptly cancels the wedding (it seems he and his fiancée are already husband and wife), Lorelei needs to recoup some of the money she’s spent, since it seems her father is broke. Then her father disappears. I love the way the author has woven the legend of the ghost ship and the curse into the story and leaves the reader wondering at the end.
With its high tension and twists and turns, I loved this novella!
About the author (from Amazon):
Staci Troilo grew up in Western Pennsylvania writing stories and poetry in her free time, so it was no surprise that she studied writing in college. After receiving creative and professional writing degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, she went on to get her Master’s Degree in Professional Writing, and she worked in corporate communications until she had her children. When they had grown, she went on to become a writing professor, and now she is a freelance writer and editor.
Staci is a multi-genre author. Her fiction is character-driven, and despite their protests, she loves to put them in all kinds of compromising or dangerous situations.
You can find out more about her
On her website: stacitroilo.com
Twitter (X): @stacitroilo