The Low Road

Title: The Low Road
Author: Eleanor Harkstead
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: October 15, 2019
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 45
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

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O ye'll tak' the high road, and I'll tak' the low road,
And I'll be in Scotland a'fore ye,
But me and my true love will never meet again,
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o' Loch Lomond.

One of the interpretations of the phrase "the low road" is that "it refers to the traditional underground route taken by the "fairies" or "little people" who were reputed to transport the soul of a dead Scot who died in a foreign land—in this case, England—back to his homeland to rest in peace." (Thanks, Wikipedia). Eleanor Harkstead's short novella gives us Alex, driving on the road past Gallows Hills, encountering Joe who has been taking the low road in an eternal loop since his death 40 years past.

Harkstead combines old ghost stories, tales of haunting around Gallows Hills, and the echo of long-ago Roman troops marching through the English countryside with the story of a lonely man who encounters a spectral hitchhiker and wonders if he's losing his mind. There's the blooming of a shy interest between the two men (and nothing more than an on-page kiss between the two men) which makes Alex determined to find out what happened to Joe.

I like this story but wish it had been a bit longer as the resolution happens way too quickly and without much of an explanation. But overall this is a sweet romance with a paranormal twist and an enjoyable read. 3.5 stars.

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