Ghost Love by Nelli Rees

Excerpt: Prologue

Present Day: Dorset, England

Excitement being a kindred spirit to fear, Toni was undecided as to whether it was

a trickle of fear she felt shivering down her spine or a trickle of excitement.

As she sat staring at the screen of her laptop, the darkness shrouding the room

seemed to draw in on her: her head swam, her palms became clammy. Tears welled up in

her eyes. She blinked them away, hoping that by doing so the message on her screen

would disappear. It didn’t.

Peter Monroe wants to be friends on Facebook

Hesitantly she maneuvered the cursor over the ‘connect’ button and pressed

‘enter.’ The screen mutated to show the Facebook page for ‘Peter Monroe.’ It was Peter!

She recognized the profile photograph instantly. She’d taken it. She remembered posing

him in front of the bandstand in Gorki Park on that spring day back in 1990, remembered

laughing at the stupid faces he pulled, remembered the way his long chestnut hair flopped

over his forehead, remembered…

How could she forget? He had been her one true love.

Love. A word made empty by misuse…by overuse. She wondered how many had

ever endured the touch of real love, that soul-eviscerating sensation that comes when you

know you have found your soul-mate. Very few, she decided. Perhaps this was all for the

good: true love brought anguish in equal measure to joy. As the last twenty years had

taught her, finding true love was a bitter-sweet blessing. Her fingers trembled as she


Is it really you, Peter?

The reply was instantaneous.

Yes…I’ve missed you, Tonia.

She couldn’t stop herself: the tears flowed down her cheeks.


She paused, terrified that what she would type next might cause this marvelous

mirage to vanish.

But I thought you were dead.

The seconds ticked by, then:

I am.

Ghost Love
Nelli Rees
Genre: Romance (with a hint of the paranormal)
Publisher: Phaze
Date of Publication: 20th January 2015
ISBN: ISBN-13 978-1-60659-849-8
Number of pages: 332
Word Count: 90,000
Cover Artist: Niki Browning
Book Description:
In the madcap, chaotic days when Communism crumbled in the USSR, Tonia meets and falls in love with Englishman, Peter Monroe. Despite the protests of her family and the more strenuous
objections of the KGB Tonia agrees to marry Peter only for him to mysteriously disappear.
Twenty years later a life-toughened Toni must revisit these bitter-sweet memories when she finds herself and her daughters endangered by the consequences of that love affair.
In her despair Toni comes to realise that true love really does conquer all … even death.
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About the Author:
Nelli Rees, born in Moscow, trained as a linguist and a musician. With her future husband Englishman Rod she worked and travelled around Russia, finally coming to live in England in 1998. Nelli has had several successful careers: recording a critically acclaimed nu-jazz album “Jazz Noir”, becoming an award-winning jewellery maker, writing a book “Glass Bead Jewelry Projects”, and doing all this whilst being a mother and a wife. “Ghost Love” is Nelli’s first novel and draws heavily on her own experiences as a young woman in Soviet Russia and the obstacles she and her husband-to-be faced during those difficult times.
Video of Nelli performing “Falling In Love Again”:






  • nellirees

    Thank you for posting “Ghost Love” on your blog! So excited to be here! 🙂 x

  • nellirees

    Thank you for posting “Ghost Love” on your blog! So excited to be here!

    • You are very welcome! Thanks for coming by!