Book Review: “Gerard Demille and Helen Meet” by Ilona Andrews

Posted July 24, 2019 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: “Gerard Demille and Helen Meet” by Ilona Andrews

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Gerard Demille and Helen Meet" by Ilona Andrews
Series: The Innkeeper Chronicles #0.1
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Published by Author Pages: 8
Format: PDF

Also in this series: One Fell Sweep

Also by this author: Burn For Me, Magic Shifts, Burn for Me, Magic Binds, White Hot, Wildfire, Iron and Magic, Magic Triumphs, Magic Bites , Magic Burns, Magic Strikes , Magic Bleeds, Magic Slays , Gunmetal Magic, "Diamond Fire", Magic Rises , Magic Breaks, Magic Shifts , Magic Binds , Magic Triumphs, "Sweep with Me", Clean Sweep, Sweep in Peace, "Questing Beast", "A Mere Formality", Blood Heir, "The King of Fire", Blood Heir , Sapphire Flames, "A Misunderstanding", Emerald Blaze, "The Cool Aunt", One Fell Sweep

A short story, 0.1, in The Innkeeper Chronicles urban fantasy series that is available for free on Andrews’ website and revolving around Maud and Dina’s parents and set in Musk, Georgia.

My Take

This is a frustrating tale — I know that Gerard and Helen are the parents who disappear from Dina’s life, and you’ll have to take some time to figure out what is happening with Gerard. Is he a ghost? Is he alive? What?? It takes some piecing together as well. And it still doesn’t answer my questions!

It’s more like Andrews leaves us with questions. Whether this particular house is Gretchen Hunt or not. If Gerard is the magic-filled person who is an innkeeper. How he got trapped. How long he’s been trapped. Who trapped him.

Andrews uses third person protagonist point-of-view from Gerard’s perspective, and it’s a good thing he can astral project so we catch all the action!

Why does Andrews tell the kids to go upstairs twice?

I love getting the background but there is so little here… It’s as if they wrote a chapter and figured, eh.

The Story

Trapped, Gerard Demille needs a woman. Not just any woman. He needs one who’s malleable, one who can be manipulated into freeing him.

The Characters

Gerard Demille knows magic and is trapped.

Helen is divorced with two children: six-year-old Charlie who will eat a spider for a dollar and a little girl. Charles is her ex-husband.

The real name of Mirabelle Heath, the picture perfect real estate agent, is Shirley Heath.

Colonel Groves built the house in 1859.

The Title

The title is not quite accurate, as it’s more like “Gerard Demille Meets Helen” instead of “Gerard Demille and Helen Meet”.

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