A Willing Spirit - Cynthia Sterling Although published by the Jove "Haunting Hearts" line, A Willing Spirit is more of a slice-of-life Americana novel than it is a "ghost story". There is a meddlesome ghost pushing the couple together, of course, but mainly the story is about the heroine trying to fit in with her fellow townspeople who treat her unfairly. Both the hero and the heroine are decent people, honestly portrayed, who are easy to like. I was very satisfied when they eventually opened up to each other and put an end to their repetitive cycle of non-communication. Pick up this one only if you're looking for a slower paced, character driven novel.