Ghost in the Canteen by Jen Rasmussen

Just put up my review of Jen’s book on my blog, Bookin’ It. PLEASE consider tweeting either the original post, or this reblog. Let’s get keep trying to get the word out for each other. THANKS!!

Bookin' It

ghostsinthecanteenMy Review: 5 of 5 Stars
This is a difficult review to write. How can I tell you how terrific Ghost in the Canteen is, without giving away anything of importance? Should be easy, but the trouble is, everything in this story is of importance. Nothing is a throw-away, and it all ties together so very nicely, I’m left floundering for something to say. (Alert the media! She has nothing to say!)
Okay, I do have a few things to say. First, Jen Rasmussen’s writing is first-rate. The story pulled me in immediately, and the characters were interesting and engaging, especially the snarky heroine, ghost hunter Lydia Trinket. Lydia’s been doing her job of sending recalcitrant spirits through to the Other Side for years. Or so she thinks. Turns out, Lydia has been somewhat misled about what she’s actually doing, and therein lies a tale. A really scary tale.

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6 thoughts on “Ghost in the Canteen by Jen Rasmussen

  1. I’m not going to reply over there because Bookin’ It is a real review blog (as opposed to, say, my blog where I just chat) so it’s probably inappropriate for authors to comment on their own reviews there. But I want to thank you for this. Of course the exposure is always nice for a new author (like really REALLY nice), but more than that, your opinion means a lot to me, sincerely.

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    • First let me say how tickled I am that you think Bookin’ It is a “real” review blog. Ha. I’m flattered, but there’s a lot of chat and other non-review type stuff going on there, too, and I’d be fine with you saying anything you want, either place. Whatever feels comfortable to you is good with me. Secondly, you are SO welcome. It’s a real pleasure to read a first book (or a 20th) that’s so well-grounded and so much scary good fun. (It is your first, right?) I’m happy to have more than one way to share your work, and excited as anything about the next book in the series. Can’t wait.

      And finally, let me thank you for jumping right in here on TWS, and helping me get this new blog off to such a good start. I have really appreciated all your posts and comments. I got interrupted with a project I needed to finish on Rabbit’s book, but I will VERY soon be putting up reviews for Ghost on amazon & Goodreads, too. I promise! And when your book takes off and soars to the top of the charts, we can have a switchel party!! Wheeeeeeeeeeee. (Would switchel taste good with a shot of Absolut? I’m guessing not so much so with Bailey’s Irish Crème?)


      • It is your first, right?

        First, sort of. If you don’t count the last twelve years, six books, and two agents. 😉 But it’s the first published, and first for adults.

        You can add vodka to switchel if you like. I prefer something from the whiskey family, myself, but to each her own. Although there is no actual fruit involved, switchel has a sort of lemonade-y taste. So anything that goes with citrus and/or sour will go with switchel. I think that does eliminate the Bailey’s from contention, though.

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        • Yeah, I figured Bailey’s was out of the picture. 🙂

          Okay, got it. Lots of writing, not so much publishing. But now you have that under your belt, too. And believe me, your previous writing experience really does show. VERY polished work. But the best part is your wonderful imagination! What a great concept the entire story is, and unlike anything I’ve read before. So glad you decided to self-publish and get this out there.

          And I guess I’m going to have to make up a batch of switchel, just to see for myself. With or without Absolut, it’s just such an odd recipe. Am I remembering correctly that it dates back to Colonial times?


          • It does indeed. Among other things, they used to take it out to the fields and drink it while harvesting hay. A sort of colonial gatorade.The ring shaped canteen is so they could carry it on the belt or over the shoulder.

            Lydia’s particular canteen was made in 1764. That’s a spoiler from book 2. Not that book 2 is, like, a boring history of canteens.

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            • Oh, darn. I was so wanting an in-depth look at the history of canteens! *snort* I do think it’s such a unique container, and adds so much to the story. I mean, sending souls off to the Great Beyond through a 1950’s Tupperware bowl just would not have had the same cachet. 😀 So YAY, Switchel Ring! And yay to the person who thought of writing such a cool story about one! (That’s you!)


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