Review of GHOST KEY by Trish MacGregor

Review of GHOST KEY by Trish MacGregor
Jenean C Gilstrap
Ghost Key by Trish MacGregor

Ghost Key by Trish MacGregor

The author Trish MacGregor was born and raised in Caracas, where her father worked for Standard Oil. In her opinion “Caracas was an idyllic place to grow up. At 3,000 feet above sea level, located in a valley, there are just two seasons – the rainy season and the dry season, and the weather is perpetually spring. Until around 1963, thousands of Americans lived in Caracas. They weren’t really expatriates – most of them worked for American companies – but they lived like expats.”

There, she attended both local and American schools and grew up bilingual and experiencing the political problems of Venezuela. In 1963, the dictator, Perez Jimenez, was overthrown and fled the country. The situation became so politically unstable that Americans began leaving Venezuela in droves. Her family went to Florida, although her love for South America continues (also for Ecuador).

Married with the novelist Rob MacGregor, Trish has been a successful novelist for years. Today the artist and author Jenean Gilstrap, our Gypsy friend (all Yareah magazine readers know her due to her wonderful collaborations) has wanted to honor Trish MacGregor and she has written a delicious review of her last book “Ghost Key”. After reading it, we are excited about the novel and its main characters, especially that one called Jenean… Who will be her?

Jenean Gilstrap‘s review:

Still another mesmerizing tale of mystery, mysticism, adventure and love – and hope – in a setting you will long remember and a tale which will leave you not just wanting more, but needing more – of the work of its author, TRISH MACGREGOR!

Over the past few years I have read most of Ms. McGregor’s fiction and all the non-fiction of hers and her writer husband, Rob MacGregor. Each time I have read one of her fiction pieces, I have come away thinking that there could not possibly be another as good as that one just read – and with each and every “next” book, I have been proven wrong.

Esperanza, by Trish MacGregor

Without going into the complete story line of GHOST KEY’s predecessor ESPERANZA [read my Amazon review] let me tell you that when I read it, it became, of all her books [all of which I love] the beginning and the end-all. I fell in love with it – with its characters so magnificently created and richly developed – with its historical and geographical presence – with its metaphysical magic and mythological intrigue – with its explanations and experiences of quantum physics – with its colorful and mesmerizing past, present and future – and particularly, with the character of Dominica, leader of a tribe of “hungry ghosts” [brujos] – ghosts hungry for a physical presence they no longer have, and all that it brings – who have now been forced from their former home of ESPERANZA and have taken up residency in Cedar Key. Their only means of tasting the physical world and all its sensations and emotions – the taking over of the bodies of those still living.

In GHOST KEY you will not only be reunited with ESPERANZA’s Dominica [and Wayra, her lover from times gone by], Maddie [Tess’ niece], and Tess – you will meet and become immediately involved with Kate Davis, a woman who lives in a houseboat and works at a local bar in order to support herself and her son, Rocky, in this little Florida resort town in which Kate has been born and raised. You will also meet and become immersed immediately in the character of Nick Sanchez who becomes intrinsically linked not only to Dominica, but to Maddie and Kate, as well. Nick is a psychic remove viewer [employed by the government] whose mother, Jenean, communicates with him from the “other side”, advising and guiding him through the ever-expanding maze of mystery that has settled in and around Cedar Key. You will meet, also, various local characters of Cedar Key [including Bean, Kate’s boss and friend at the bar, and others] who add color and flavor to this delicious and eclectic story feast.

With the spirit of a gypsy in her physical life, Jenean had been a romantic poet who kept an internet poetry blog at, and this blog had become a favorite of Maddie – and of Dominica as she maintained her physical presence in the body of Maddie. “Gypsy’s poetry about forbidden love, lust and passion spoke to that part of Dominica that craved someone to love…” and to be loved by. [page 253]

Just as the words of gypsywoman spoke to the heart of Maddie/Dominica, as a writer and lover of poetry, the character of Dominica, including all her “human” character “flaws”, was so moving to me that she, and her ancient lover Wayra, became the inspiration[s] for several of my poems. [He Comes, If and The Lizard Dance]. Overall, my perspective of all things written – of words in general – involves a deep-seated need for flow and rhythm and beauty, interchangeable, each with the other, and the works of Trish MacGregor do not ever disappoint in that regard, either.

If you are the least bit “hungry” for a book that will have you not only mesmerized in the moment, deeply involved with fully-developed and exciting characters and story plot, GHOST KEY will not only give you that, but will also have you “hungry” for more – and more of the work of Trish MacGregor.

As I said about ESPERANZA, so do I say of GHOST KEY: read this review, take it to heart – and then take yourself to the Amazon book section to grab a copy and run – do not walk – to the checkout – and you will have bought yourself the best gift of all – a journey to and with characters who will soon become you and yours – in this world and other worlds – in your imagination and in reality – and all of whom will be with you forever.

If you are wondering why the name MacGregor may be familiar to you, both Trish and her husband, Rob MacGregor, are award winning authors [fiction and non-fiction] whose non-fiction books include subjects of dreams, astrology, yoga animal symbolism and paranormal phenomena such as UFO’s. Their two most recent non-fiction works are “The 7 Secrets of Synchronicity” and “Synchronicity and the Other Side.” [See my Amazon reviews.] Be sure to check out their always-intriguing blog, as well:

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Jenean C Gilstrap

Since childhood, Ms. Gilstrap has had a love of words-of writing and other arts. An individualist, she chooses not to follow any pre-conceived pattern for the outlay of these words – rather, she allows them the freedom to forge their own path as they make their way from her heart to pen to paper. Her art work involves both photography and mixed media on large canvasses. She is a weekly featured poet in Yareah Magazine where her works have appeared for more than a year. Her piece The Granite God was the winning poem in Painted Bride Quarterly Sidebar #12 [2012]. Her work has been featured in performance poetry theatrical productions in Louisiana and her short story, Retribution, published in the Helicon Literary Magazine there. She and her gypsywomanworld blog are included as character/story elements in Ghost Key, the fictional work of award-winning author Trish MacGregor. Her first volume of poetry [2013], words unspoken, is available in both paperback and on kindle at amazon. She currently divides her time between her home in Louisiana and the east coast as she completes her second volume of poetry to be published in 2013.

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