Slightly Psychic
Sandra Steffen
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A pair of wills, double lives, secret histories, and a family tree of vultures sweeps historical researcher Penny Nichols and a long-lost relative across France, over the hills of Italy, and throughout half of Europe on the adventure of several lifetimes. Click here for more on Sandra Steffen's Slightly Psychic.

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Slightly Psychic
Sandra Steffen
288 pages
January 2007
rated 4 1/2 of 5 possible stars
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Lila Delaney has always considered herself slightly psychic, although she has never claimed to have full psychic powers. However, she does have a strong intuition when one day she decides to assist the police find a missing person, a politician’s daughter. Lila successfully locates her, but there is a twist to the story – the young woman is having mind-blowing sex with Lila’s fiancé. Needless to say, Lila cuts all ties with her fiancé and, unfortunately, the press makes somewhat of a spectacle of her.

Shortly after her ordeal, Lila receives a surprise inheritance from a woman she has never met of a home with twenty acres in Virginia. Gladly looking to relocate, Lila packs her bags and moves to Virginia with her rich girlfriend, Pepper, in tow. While Lila does not share Pepper’s wealthy family background, the two women have shared a close friendship since their college days at Radcliffe. Now both women are in the late thirties, and they arrive in Virginia looking to start new lives, though they are not sure what to expect in this tiny Southern town.

One big surprise is that a man named Joe McCaffrey, a former professional baseball player, lives in a cabin on the property. Apparently he did work on the property for the previous owner, and Lila agrees to let him stay on in exchange for helping out on the property. Joe lives a quiet life in the cabin because most of the townfolk think that he murdered his wife, Noreen, after she disappeared several years ago and was never heard from again.

Lila’s intuition tells her that Joe is not guilty of murder, and while she has not had any psychic feelings in some time, she agrees to help Joe locate Noreen – assuming she is still alive. Meanwhile, an attraction is building between Lila and Joe, but Joe is a good man and he is not going to get involved with Lila while he is still legally married and the whereabouts of his wife are unknown. Lila is a patient woman and sees no need to rush things, so the two work on building a friendship instead of jumping into a romance.

Slightly Psychic had me hooked from the first chapter. Lila is an interesting protagonist, and her friend Pepper is sassy and fun. I liked the mystery element of the story concerning Noreen’s disappearance and how Lila and Joe developed a friendship as they uncovered the answers to what happened to Noreen. There are also some interesting secondary characters to add further interest to this story. I highly recommend Slightly Psychic to fans of women’s fiction and romance and I look forward to reading more by this author.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Shannon Bigham, 2007

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