Thursday, October 23, 2014


"Here she was, the girl who didn't believe in ghosts, standing in the middle of a set of stone steps waiting at a mirror for a ghost to appear."

Sebastian Ashcombe has been trapped behind the mirrors of Ashcombe Manor almost 150 years. He can view the manor using the mirrors as windows to the solid world but he can’t communicate with anyone and no one can see him.

Until Now.

Mattie Holmes visits Ashcombe Manor in Dunmore England after her mother marries Alex Ashcombe. The last thing she expects is a man in the mirror. Bastian is not a ghost. He didn’t die. He was cursed behind the mirror on his wedding day in 1869. As they start to unravel the mystery they realise they are running out of time. If they don’t break the curse before February 29th Bastian will simply disappear.

Breaking a centuries old curse is hard enough, but Mattie is starting to fall for Bastian. Not only is his very existence in jeopardy but to love a man in the mirror may only lead to a shattered heart.
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Shattered by K T Hogan

Review by Alice Smith

Sweet and Satisfying. Shattered is a romantic, heartwarming read.

 I was provided a copy of this book for an honest review.

Mattie is a 28 year old Australian, who traveled to England to meet her mothers Husbands new husband in England. Matties new stepfather is the lord of an English Manor. The Manor is reportedly haunted, famously so, in fact Matties new stepbrother Jonathan runs a ghost tour of the property. Mattie does not believe in the paranormal, that is until she has her first encounter with Bastian.


Bastian is a ghost from a bygone error. He was cursed when he married a woman he did not love, and cheated on her. He has been trapped in a prison of mirrors inside the manor for over 100 years. He is occasionally spotted by passersby, but it is Mattie who is the first to communicate with him. It is Mattie who starts researching his curse, in hopes to find a way to set his soul free.


I like this story for several reasons. First, the characters are very likable. Mattie is described as intelligent, a hard worker, with a pretty face and an average frame. She is not perfectly beautiful, but friendly and flawed. Bastian is a classic Englishman male lead. I pictured Hugh Jackman from Kate and Leopold. He is refined, polite, but passionate. He is also imperfect, which is the reason behind his being cursed. Reviewed by Alice MNP reviewer


Meet the Author

G’Day, I’m TP Hogan.
I’m an Aussie born and bred and I’ve lived both in the bush and in a Capital City; with a couple of stops along the way. Right now I live on the coast in Far North Queensland, which is an interesting experience; since swimming in surf, battling jellyfish and removing sand from all sorts of places are not favourite pastimes.
Writing on the other hand, is a favourite pastime. I write down the voices in my head & call them Characters. When they interact I call them Stories. Once published I call them Books.

When not writing, I have a full time day job, a full time husband, practice the violin, make jellies & am an occasional Radio DJ.

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