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The Chef and the Ghost of Bartholomew Addison Jenkins by Aletta Thorne


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Halloween, 1982. MTV is new, poodle perms are the rage, and life just might be getting better for Alma Kobel. Her ugly divorce is final at last. Her new job as chef at Bright Day School’s gorgeous old estate is actually fun. But the place is haunted—and so is Alma’s apartment.

Bartholomew Addison Jenkins’ ghost has been invisibly watching Alma for months. When he materializes one night, Alma discovers Bart—as he likes to be called—has talents she couldn’t have imagined … and a horrifying past. Can you have a one-nighter with a ghost? And what happens if you decide one night is all you want—and end up ghosting him? Some spirits don’t like taking “no” for an answer.



Bart sat beside her, suspiciously close. He put an arm over the back of the couch, and Alma shook her head again. That’s the old sneaky-arm trick—like a high school kid. It’s kind of cute. She pulled her legs up under herself, and they quietly listened to the music.

“You’re right,” she said after a few minutes. “‘Fountains’ is really good, too. I almost never listen to that side.”

Bart made a quiet harrumphing noise.

Do ghosts clear their throats? Apparently so.

 “Dear lady,” he said. “Although I do try not to snoop, as you would say, I have indeed observed your solitude. Let me assure you, your life will soon be happier.” He slid even closer to her.

Okay. Now the ghost is absolutely coming on to me. This is really happening. Oh, hell—why not? He’s not bad—for a dead guy.

 “Um, Bart?” she said. His eyes really were a startling color—almost bronze… “You can’t actually be…”

Bart set his fingertips on her cheeks, looked into her eyes, and sighed. Then he smiled. “You think this is a ridiculous situation. It’s not ridiculous,” he said. “Not at all. Allow me to demonstrate … with your permission, m’lady.”

 Somehow, that was funny, and Alma giggled. “Granted.”

Bart’s hands were impossibly soft and gentle—and his touch had some of the same fire-and-ice buzz that she’d felt before in the kitchen when he’d tried to get her attention. He guided her lips to his, and gave her what would have been a tiny peck—from anyone else. 

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  1. Funny and sweet 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 8th Nov 2017

    This book is simply adorable.
    It is not overly-hot but hugely entertaining, with sparkly dialogue, funny accidents (that steel scrubber, oh my! And the box of bread!), intriguing characters that you get to discover over the whole story. I was completely not expecting where the main characters would go...
    It is beautifully written. Those who accuse Romance of being predictable flatfooted prose about two dimensional characters might benefit from reading this. There is a lot going on, many different shades of romance intertwining for such a "simple ghost story".
    I loved how nothing is exactly as it seems, and there were surprises until literally the last line before THE END.

  2. A charming and witty ghost story 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Oct 2017

    A witty novel in the best traditions of spooky fiction. Although the setting is modern (and American), it reminded me of classic English ghost stories. It's nice that the main characters are not overly perfect - as it turns out, ghost storeis can be realistic. And it was interesting to take a sneak peek into what a chef's work in the kitchen looked like. I especially enjoyed the hilarious scene of hiding a sponge :)

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