#ThrowbackThursday~~ Slow Dance in Purgatory and Prom Night in Purgatory by Amy Harmon #PNR
Slow Dance in Purgatory
The hallways are empty, the school day long over, the din of lockers and youthful laughter have dissolved into silence. It’s as if the very walls are waiting. And then through the intercom a song starts to crackle, the soundtrack of a forgotten life. And the band begins to sing – “Lovely Maggie falls for Johnny, a boy no one else can see. Heartthrob Johnny, 50s bad boy, trapped for eternity. Lonely boy and lonely girl, unsolved mystery. Maggie and Johnny, only high school sweethearts, because Johnny can’t ever leave. Do wop, Do wop..”
In 1958, a rumble goes down outside the brand new highschool in Honeyville, Texas. Chaos ensues, a life is lost, and Johnny Kinross disappears. But in 2010, someone finds him. Orphaned at the age of ten, 17-year-old Maggie O’Bannon finally finds a permanent home with her elderly aunt in a small Texas town. Working part-time as a school janitor, she becomes enmeshed in a fifty-year-old tragedy where nothing is as it seems and the boy of her dreams might vanish when the bell rings.
This volatile and mismatched romance is doomed from its start, as Maggie struggles to hold on to yet another person she is destined to lose. Secret love and hushed affection are threatened by outside forces, resulting in a desperate race to keep a secret no one would understand. Deeply romantic, funny and tender, Slow Dance in Purgatory captures the heartache of a love story where a happy ending might be decades too late.
Tera’s 5 Blush Review
I’ve put this book off for so long. But Amy Harmon has NEVER disappointed. Why not pick up a ghost story? My biggest fear with paranormal romance is that it would either be incredibly unbelievable or incredibly cheesy. Rest assured and true to Amy’s nature, this is neither.
Maggie uncovers her school’s tragic history and Johnny Kilcross. Their friendship builds so slowly and beautifully and eventually leads to such a sweet, old-fashioned love.
“Wanting her made him selfish, but loving her demanded he deny himself.”
I have fallen in love with these characters and all the old-fashioned charm that is in this book. Amy takes us back to a time when gentlemen still courted their girls and would steal a chaste kiss.
Amy sets us right up for Prom Night in Purgatory. I can only anticipate part two being just as beautifully written.
Prom Night in Purgatory
Where does before end and after begin?
Johnny Kinross is a boy from the 1950s, a boy trapped in time, and Maggie is the girl who loves him. By some miracle and against all odds, Johnny and Maggie are given a second chance at life and love. But Johnny is freed from Purgatory only to find himself in a totally different time and place, in a world full of strangers. One unsolved mystery becomes another, and Johnny and Maggie must unravel the past to have any chance at a future. ‘Prom Night in Purgatory’ is the sequel to the love story that is unlike any other, where time is shifting and everything can change, and Maggie must fight for Johnny all over again.
Tera’s 5 Blush Review
“Something happened that night; somehow you escaped Purgatory. I can’t explain it, but….” Maggie took a deep breath and plunged on. He deserved to know how she felt. “I think you made a choice. You chose life and all the ugly hard things that go with it, even though Heaven would have been easier.”
Once again, I have avoided paranormal romance convinced that I would not like it. It can’t possibly happen. It’s not real. It’s not worth reading. I’ll stick to something believable. But Johnny and Maggie’s story is so incredible, you wish it was real. You believe in that magic and the storytelling and truly believe that Johnny and Maggie could have it all.
“Life had taught her that consequences were ugly and painful, and seldom worth the pleasure they had been bartered for.”
Amy Harmon broke me with this one. I even had to re-read the last 3 chapters because there is so much going on. There is so much to explain. There is so much perfection that I didn’t even think was possible. I didn’t want to miss a single detail, and I truly wanted them to get their happily ever after. I’m not sure what this ending is… I do know I finished with a bit of whiplash and a smile on my face.
Incredibly well done, Amy. I will follow you in any genre you write, truly. Contemporary, Historical, Fantasy, Paranormal… you can do it all.