The female owners of the Diablo Springs Hotel and Saloon are haunted: for four generations, the mothers of the Beck family have been cursed to raise daughters without fathers. Long dissociated from her childhood home, Gracie Beck returns upon her grandmother’s death to find herself suddenly confronting the ghosts of her hometown past while reconciling with ancestral apparitions.
More ambitious than a simple romance, Erin Grady’s Whispers tells two linked stories set concurrently in present day and 1890, in and around the mysterious town of Diablo Springs, Arizona. Emotionally strong female characters raise the stakes of the plot’s western genre elements. But it’s the continuing supernatural connection of the future to events from the past that pushes the novel beyond the sum of its parts.
While Whispers is an entertaining and gripping story, the resolution seems somewhat at odds with the novel’s initial foundations. Even if it’s not perfect, it is a fascinating read right down to the final page.