Review: Unfinished Business by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

Posted May 6, 2015 by Marsha in This one's a Keeper / 2 Comments

Unfinished BusinessTitle:  Unfinished Business
Series:  Angela Panther #1
Author:  Carolyn Ridder Asperson
Genre:  Paranormal, Romance
Published:  March 25, 2014
Publisher:  Booktrope
My Rating:  4 stars
Source:  NetGalley

When Angela Panther’s mother Fran Richter wakes her up in the middle of the night ranting about stolen Hershey Bars, Angela thinks her mother’s got a screw loose. And then it hits her. Her mother is dead. Just a few hours before, Angela watched as the funeral home staff nearly dropped her mother’s body off the gurney while sliding her into the hearse. So maybe she’s the one that’s nuttier than a fruitcake?

But Fran keeps popping in and with a volcano full of drama already brewing at home—crazy or not—Angela’s grateful for her mother’s presence.

It’s the other ghosts Angela can do without.

Seems Fran’s return opened a portal between Angela and the other side and ghosts are hitting up the reluctant psychic medium for help. From the naked British guy juggling balls in the coffee shop parking lot to the woman desperately trying to save her sick child, Angela must find a way to balance her own life with the unfinished business of the dead.

Read on for my thoughts on Unfinished Business.  No true spoilers, promise.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as I opened up this novel.  What I discovered was a delightful, funny, insightful and oddly realistic family’s journey into the absolutely unknown.

Angela’s mother has passed away.  And Angela thinks she is going insane.  Why?  Because her deceased mother is standing there, talking to her as if this is a normal occurrence!  The average person does not go to sleep one night and wake up a ghost whisperer the next morning.  But, it seems that is exactly what Angela is facing.

Not only her mother, Fran, is appearing to Angela – but there are more ghost, everywhere.  It seems there is a lot of unfinished business in the afterlife, and these ghosts see Angela as a way to help them bring closure to their families and themselves.

Unfinished Business was such an enjoyable reading experience.  It’s not an easy subject, the death of a loved one, even when one gets more time with them in ghostly form.  This average, normal (as normal as any family can be) family is written with all of it’s drama, quirkiness, loves, fights, sadness and happiness.  Really Angela’s family is not that unusual- it’s just that some members and the family dog can see ghosts.  Fran was right there along side of Angela giving her suggestions, pushing her to do what only she can do for these sad souls who need her unique help.

This novel is full of interesting people, both alive and in ghost form.  Fast paced, full of laughter and some tears.  I recommend this one for anyone at all.  It is a great story, told in an entertaining way that will hit you with feelings galore.  Pick this one up and sit back and enjoy.

*I received an e-ARC of Unfinished Business from the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. That does not change what I think of this novel.*

Unfinished Business is available for the Kindle


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2 responses to “Review: Unfinished Business by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

  1. Marcy,
    I woke up cranky this morning and decided to check Amazon and see if my books had any movement. When I saw Unfinished Business received another review, I cautiously scrolled down to the most recent review, fearful, knowing my day started out on the wrong side of the bed and worried it would end up on that side the whole day based on your review. When I read it, I literally squealed. Your review was wonderful and I’m so grateful! Not only did you help my book reach more readers, you turned my ‘frown upside down’ (I’ve always wanted to say that!) Seriously, you made my day! Thank you so, so very much. I’d be happy to give you the other two ebooks in the series if you’re interested. Just let me know. Thank you again, so, so much!
    Carolyn Ridder Aspenson

  2. Marcy


    Awww! I helped “turn a frown upside down”! (I secretly think we all want to find a situation in which to use that saying *grins*)

    Seriously. It’s easy to write a good review about a very good, engaging, fun to read novel. I have the second novel, Unbreakable Bonds on the to read list for later this week – but I do not have the third one, yet.

    I am so glad that the simple act of saying something nice and well deserved about your novel made your day less cranky – hopefully the rest of the day will be amazing.

    Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. I really appreciate that.