The Haunting of Hattie Hastings by Audrey Davis @rararesources @audbyname


Book Description:

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings Part One: A ghostly and gloriously witty romantic comedy. 

Some people just won’t take death lying down … ! (NB: cliffhanger ending).

Part one of a fun-filled trilogy about life, death and letting go.

Hattie Hastings is happily married, even if husband Gary drives her up the wall at times. When tragedy strikes, she is left alone and heartbroken, with only an assortment of family and friends to prop her up.

Struggling to cope, she is left reeling when her deceased other half returns, popping up at the most inappropriate times.

Hattie can’t convince anyone that Gary has returned. Not even best friend Cat – now free from the cruel and controlling Stewart – will believe her.

Why has Gary returned? And what will Cat do when her slimy ex-husband tries to worm his way back into her affections?

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings will make you laugh, cry and count down until Part Two …

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My Thoughts:

What a lovely little read this was. At only 90 pages it was a quick read that flew past in no time at all.

You know the saying, good things come in small packages, well this is the case with this book. I did slightly worry it would be a bit of an emotional read with the main character losing her husband but it turned out to be a delightful and fun filled read.

Hattie is a wonderful character as is her other half, Gary. They really make this book. It was kind of bitter sweet Hattie losing her husband and him returning as some sort of ghost. It was sad and funny at the same time, I actually felt a bit bad for smiling whilst reading it as I could easily visualise what was in front of me in my head and in away it was like watching one of those funny sitcoms.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings is a read that will put a smile on your face and a spark in your eyes. Great start to a story and I can’t wait to see what life has in store for the characters in the next book.

My thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

The Haunting of Hattie Hastings is available to purchase from Amazon.


About Audrey Davis

Scottish-born Audrey studied journalism in Edinburgh more decades ago than she cares to admit. She cut her writing teeth on provincial newspapers (using a typewriter) and a London-based video magazine (another sign of her advanced years).


Engagement to her now-husband Bill took them to Singapore, Australia and Buckinghamshire, England, before they settled in Switzerland in 2002. Along the way they had two boys, both all grown-up and living in the UK.


Her journey to becoming a published author began with an online Writing Fiction course. It took well over a year but, in June 2017, Audrey published her debut romantic comedy novel, A Clean Sweep. It was quickly followed by a shorter and darker prequel, A Clean Break.

The idea for The Haunting of Hattie Hastings came from nowhere, just a random title that popped into her head and from there grew into Part One of a trilogy. It comes under the same genre, but has some poignant scenes and – hopefully – lots of laughs! Audrey admits to being a worrier, and has always used humour as a defence mechanism, as her friends will attest.


When Audrey isn’t writing, she loves shows like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Strictly Come Dancing (a strange mix, she knows). Her interests include cooking (and eating pretty much anything apart from oysters), travelling and going to the gym. OK, the last one is mainly to compensate for her passion for food!


Audrey would describe herself as a ‘pantser’ rather than a ‘planner’, preferring to run where a story takes her and scribble copious notes along the way. She’d love to write a page-turning thriller, but fears her natural tendency to see the comic side of life might be an obstacle.

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