First step forward

Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts: A NovelTaking Leaps and Finding Ghosts: A Novel by Janet Delee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The atmosphere is electrifying.
His friends are eagerly waiting to cheer him- a warm audience is all set to welcome the new talent.
Limelight is entirely on him.
It is now a matter of time before the unknown singer cum songwriter turns out to be the darling of the town-and why not?
He has a fresh voice and he is immensely talented in terms of song writing.
It is a perfect launching pad for the new Elvis presale.
But where is he?
To be or not to be-that is the question.
A fresh plot with warm narration- coupled with immaculate sense of humour- is an one sentence impression of ‘ Taking Leaps and Finding Ghosts’ by Janet De Lee’ – a novel that will make you think, make you imagine, make you shiver and at the end will make you embrace the beautiful life more closely. The book is just like the life itself-full of ups and downs-full of joy and grief-full of hope and despair- and at the end?
Well-if you want to know it all—then why you will buy and read the book-especially in the light of the fact-that the end has the biggest amazement in store for you.
So for the time being let us divert our attention from the book and place the spotlight on the story- a story that is sure to offer you all ambience of a warm colourful life- life that loves to fly like a circling eagle- high above the sky…..
Everybody has a dream –hidden inside deep into the mind-sometimes the dream can see the light of the day-sometimes can’t –but always the individual has the potential to give it a shape. But we fail in shaping our dreams- because obstacles attack like octopus – leaving us only hoping that one day some miracle will make our dream a reality. And the obstacles are mostly from within our own minds- in every step we do think-‘if it does not happen?’
Suspicion in our own abilities chains our feet.
And the take off does not take place!
Ginny, a successful wirier of two best selling novels- and working on her third masterpiece-has a novel idea of setting of a club-the Ideal Life club. And what will be the goal of the club?
Every member of the club will water the sapling of dream in other member’s minds. Well- to me it sounds terrific-but I ‘m sure my readers are finding it hard to fathom what I am taking. That is because my weak pen is unable to convey the idea-perhaps the original message of the club will help

“Is there a dream you long to pursue
A talent you want to turn into a career
You are invited to the first meeting of the Ideal Life Club to be held at the Creekside Library, the first Wednesday in May at 7p.m. … bring your dreams and begin your quest with a group of like minded individuals. No goal is too big or too small- bring it all.”
Ginny herself was a little suspicious about the success of her own mission-whether the idea will stumble at the very beginning. And of course she has an interest- a dream is hibernated deep inside the cold of her mind.
And she got her first ‘like minded individual’ at the printing press-where she went for the placards to be prepared.
Came the eventful Wednesday and Ginny-our protagonist came to the meeting room of the library with trembling heart.
And she discovered her first like minded soul in Jerry-the boy from the printing press.
And then the second, and the third….
With five members-the cruise of the Ideal Life Club has started its voyage!
Everybody has a dream and passionate about it-but are afraid to step out-afraid of failure!
Ginny has always dreamt of owning a vintage cottage- where she will drink the life to its fullest taste. Where her two pets will be at comfort-where she will meet her family- where she will write her future masterpieces. But spiralling cost of real estate, hassle in bank loan, difficulty in finding a suitable one – all the thrones in her way of acquiring her dream. Then comes Jerry-the boy from the publishing house. He has a dream of becoming a singer and an original song writer-but his obstacles are his stage fright. Nightmare of facing the audience haunts him day and night- facing the audience is like someone is pressing his vocal chord. third member is Hilda-who is working with an assisted care facility since the demise of his husband-but her dream is to go ahead with her talent in crafts- have her own unit of crafts making! But she is afraid to start with-she has a dream of starting with local crafts fair-but possible nightmare of slump in sales discourages him!
And then Lydia-the cooking specialist who has many a new recipes to her credit-and is passionate about writing a cookbook. As now she is a little free-it will be a fun way to start with. And then comes the last but not the least-the Mr. Construction man- Lee who is of late observing some supernatural attacks in his construction sites. it is his expectation with the group- to find a way out !
They start with a notebook and pen in hand- and imagining that their goals have been fulfilled. It is a lovely way of taking first step forward- and all are eager to start with after the first meeting!
But taking the first step forward is always not the giant leap-for example Ginny found it hard to find her dream estate- Jerry had an unexpected opening, but everything got messed up- Hilda’s first show proved to be a disaster- Lydia got undecided on which recipe to choose and which to reject……
But holding each one’s hand at the moment of crisis-is what human soul expects. And who else are there –except the members of the club?
It is a fun filled, eventful journey in their quest for touching the rainbow of life….
The first one to touch her dream was Ginny (who else?) and she met with an unexpected event in her new dream home
“Then Ginny’s eye was caught by something odd in the dining room. She walked over and found that there were place settings for eight arranged on the table in full ‘company’s coming’ array with her sterling silver flatware, best china and linen napkins. As Ginny stood there taking it al in, goose bumps skittered up her spine all the ways to her scalp, and she could feel her hair rise at the root. Her eyes were wide as saucers as she looked around.”
That’s just the tips of the iceberg. Soon ‘Ghosts’ started to create strange things.
Will she be able to find a way out-with the help of other members? Or her dream became her nightmare?
And to which path the destiny takes the four other souls.
A writing that is straight from the heart is sure to make you feel warmer-even if you are infested with coldest of weather.
And the climax-that will hold your life more tightly…….
And will make you dream-because you have the ability to achieve it!

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