Here I Stay by Barbara Michaels
A thirty-something woman named Andrea is in a bad financial situation after her teenage brother Jim (whom she has raised) has a terrible, life-altering car crash. What a fortuitous time to inherit an old house in Maryland. She decides to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast. The house is . . . (you guessed it!) haunted, and there will be dire consequences for her, her brother, and the friends they have made in their new hometown.
Here I Stay was almost good. The characters were generally likeable (though Andrea fretted far too much over her brother). There was a mysterious cat named Satan, who looked exactly like the former cat of the house, Beelzebub. I love mysterious cats! The problem was simply that so little happened during most of the book that I was yawning by the time something finally did happen. I also didn’t like the ending.
Favorite quote from the book:
I’m interested in practically everything. That’s why I’m always behind schedule. (spoken by Martin, a long-term boarder at the bed-and-breakfast)
Next up in my binge is Wait for What Will Come.