Book Review: Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts by Janet DeLee

25606375Title: Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts: A Novel  by Janet DeLee
Genre:  Fiction – Contemporary
Publisher: Self Published
Page count: 238 pages
Format: Ebook (kindle edition)
Publication Date: May 25, 2015
Rating – 4/5

Dreams aren’t just for the young, and Ginny Lawther is happy to prove that even at the age of fifty-eight she can still brave a leap of faith…she just needs a little prodding from like-minded individuals. Step one: place an ad in the local newspaper inviting other dreamers to form an Ideal Life Club. Step two: see if anyone shows up.

When Ginny meets four hopeful strangers at the first club meeting, she thinks they’re off to a great start.

Now it’s only a matter of time before the sixty-something widow Hilda turns her crafting into a full-time career; the twenty-something Jerry becomes a professional musician; and the thirty-something housewife Lydia publishes her cookbook. That is, until the rugged divorcé, Lee, sets a goal to solve his ghost problem—and upends all their lives!

Suddenly the support group isn’t just trying to navigate the ups and downs of pursuing their dreams; they’re also wrestling with a strange cast of spirits who keep interrupting their endeavors. What do these apparitions want? And why have they latched on to the Ideal Lifers?

Haunting, humorous, and hopeful, Taking Leaps and Finding Ghostssparks the imagination and breathes unexpected life into everyday reality.


Good morning! I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review!

In Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts we follow Ginny, an author whom is starting a club at her local library called “The Ideal Life Club”. She wants to start this club as a venue to help people pursue and achieve specific goals or dreams by using techniques like affirmations and visualization that she used in pursuing her lifelong dream to become a writer. The story takes us through the journeys of each of the four members of the club as they struggle through reaching their goals.

I really enjoyed reading this story, it’s definitely a good, light read. I found it to be pretty heartwarming and interesting. I loved Ginny as a character, especially as a main character and loved her outlook on life. I found this book to be very inspirational even with goals that I am working to complete myself which was really cool. I don’t think I’ve ever read a work of fiction that had the effect of a self help book on creativity so that was pretty interesting in itself. I liked seeing how the members of the club approached and conquered their fears in order to achieve their goals. The emphasis in this book on faith, fearlessness and even friendship was wonderful to read. I also liked the small paranormal aspects that were included throughout the book in both Lee and Ginny’s cases. I thought the twist regarding Ginny’s experiences in here home was really cool and something I didn’t expect! That was such an original idea in a story to me! I really wanted to learn more about Lee’s experiences too. I feel like out of everyone that participated in the Idea Life club he had one of the most interesting situations that I would have liked more detail and story about.

I was interested in the book right away  even though I thought that it was a little slower at the beginning.  Even through that, it never ceased to be an interesting story and I always wanted to find out what happened next with the characters. I really liked Ginny and Lee and for some reason, I was hoping that they would end up falling for each other by the end of the book. I really loved the ending of this book though as it is, it was very heartwarming and although I didn’t get my romance angle between Ginny and Lee, it did feel complete to me and I was satisfied with it. I really enjoyed this book and give it a 4 out of 5 star rating!

One thought on “Book Review: Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts by Janet DeLee

  1. A semi-ghost story featuring someone over 30. Yay! Please thank the author and tell her how rare that is. There are paranormal ‘cozy mysteries’ but most of them make a joke out if it, instead of creating the old soul ambiance and wonderment that I want. In all of my reviews, when I find a paranormal book that is closer to the gothic-type suspense and excitement I seek – for adults – I say how rare that is. I hope authors get the hint. Less ‘young adult’; bring the good stuff to us!

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