Running Haunted by Effrosyni Moschoudi #BookReview @FrostieMoss

Cover: Running Haunted
by Effrosyni Moschoudi

The author sent me an ARC of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.

My rating:  ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)

(by Goodreads)

Kelly ran a marathon… and wound up running a house. With a ghost in it.

Kelly Mellios is a stunning, athletic woman, who has learned—the hard way—to value herself. Having just finished her first marathon in the alluring Greek town of Nafplio, she bumps into Alex, a gorgeous widower with three underage children, who is desperately looking for a housekeeper.

The timing seems perfect, seeing that Kelly aches to start a new life, and Nafplio seems like the ideal place to settle down. She accepts the position on the spot, but little does she know that Alex’s house has an extra inhabitant that not even the family knows about…

The house is haunted by Alex’s late wife, who has unfinished business to tend to. By using the family pet, a quirky pug named Charlie, the ghost is able to communicate with Kelly and asks her for help. She claims she wants to ensure her loved ones are happy before she departs, but offers very little information about her plans.

Kelly freaks out at first but gradually finds herself itching to help. It is evident there’s room for improvement in this family… Plus, her growing attraction towards Alex is overpowering…

Will Kelly do the ghost’s bidding? How will it affect her? And just how strange is this pug?

Genre(s): > Paranormal Ghost Romance
> Women’s Humorous Fiction
> Greek & Roman Literature
Series: n.a.
Length: 373 pages
Release date: 2020-05-18



She opened her door halfway, about to leave the room, when she noticed a scarf on the foot of her bed. What’s that doing here? Her mind went numb when she recalled Charlie’s short visit in the middle of the night. He jumped on the bed… Did he leave this here?

A split second later, she heard a door creak open down the hall. She guessed the noise had come from Tommy’s room because the pug materialized at her door a few moments later. In his mouth, he carried a string of pearls.

‘Oh no! No, you don’t -‘ she burst out as soon as the pug rushed past her to leave the necklace on the floor before her bed. He turned around, raising his head slowly, and looked deeply into her eyes. It was such an intelligent look as if he were human and about to speak.

My Opinion

This book introduces you to Kelly who dreams of living in a quiet town like Nafplio and – quite coincidentally gets a job there as a housekeeper.

With Running Haunted”, Effrosyni Moschoudi has created a highly enjoyable story of a woman who is warm-hearted and caring and currently facing some challenges. It is a very captivating read, keeping you glued to Kelly’s story. Kelly is believable and complex; the other characters are of sufficient depth for their respective impact. Effrosyni Moschoudi’s story develops at a steady pace, drawing you closer to Kelly, Alex, his sons, Charlie the dog, and everything that happens. This heart-warming and fun story is thought-provoking and has a great flow. I had a great time reading this memorable book, thoroughly enjoying it from beginning to end.

This is a book for you if you like excellent story-telling i.e. well-told and thoughtful stories with more than a little paranormal touch.

Highly recommended!

In brief:

Cover ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (four stars)
Writing ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Plot ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Characters ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐  (five stars)
Mood Thoughtful
Pace Steady
POV Third person – past tense
Language :mrgreen:  (decent enough)
Violence :mrgreen:  (n.a.)
Sexual content :mrgreen:  (some kissing)


About the author

Effrosyni Moschoudi was born and raised in Athens, Greece. As a child, she loved to sit alone in her garden scribbling rhymes about flowers, butterflies and ants. Today, she writes stories for the romantic at heart.

Her debut novel, The Necklace of Goddess Athena, has won a silver medal in the 2017 book awards of Readers’ Favorite. Her historical romance, The Ebb, is an ABNA Q-Finalist.
Effrosyni’s novels are Amazon bestsellers, having hit #1 several times.

She lives in a quaint seaside town near Athens with her husband Andy and a ridiculous amount of books and DVDs.

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My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Running Haunted”?  Or – if you did not yet read Running Haunted” – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂