Beyond Lilla – Tracy Fontaine
I am always excited to read local authors work. Beyond Lilla, is special even more so, because it is historical fiction about my home city. Fontaine weaves many real stories within the life of a fictional ghost named, Lilla.
The large majority of the story takes place in a graveyard, known as Mount Hope Cemetery and follows Lilla around as she meets new ghosts and reflects on the past. This cemetery exists and is not far from where I live. I loved reading about some of the local folklore that exists that I never even knew about!
Fontaine is a good writer and this being her first body of work I am sure she will continue to grow. What needed work was the plot. There wasn’t a clear direction, and as a reader would have preferred the story being more about her journey to find ascension, instead of her interactions with ghosts she met along the way.
Overall, if you enjoy learning about local places, this has a wealth of information and is told by a likeable ghostly protagonist.
Synopsis: Hovering over her wrinkled body, Lilla realizes she didn’t go to heaven. She’s stuck here among the living as a ghost. That magic light never appeared to take her to her dead husband, Sam, but she vows to find a way to spend eternity with him. When she begins searching, she slams into stone walls and scares people. Her unintentional hauntings earn her legions of unwelcome fans vying to prove the existence of this new ghost. Eventually, she learns how to get around from many spirits inhabiting her new world, and even protects some living relatives. She barely survives an attack by a vicious spirit, which leaves her disfigured and cynical. As time passes, she becomes so desperate to learn how other souls cross over, she commits a frightful act.
THE GIRL BEHIND THE BOOK:
A native of Claremont, New Hampshire, Tracy Fontaine graduated from SUNY Cobleskill and also Rochester Institute of Technology, where she studied technical writing and health care sciences. She is a laboratory technician at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York. She lives in Rochester with her husband. This is her first book.
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*I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.