Love for a Ghost

written by Deborah Bechtel
illustrated by Allie Daigle

Love for a Ghost is a heart-rending tale of an orphaned dog, Ghost, and his sister, Winter, abandoned in the desert southwest. As they set out on a journey in search of their mother they discover that they can heal their experiences of abandonment and mistrust and allow love into their life. Love for a Ghost seeks to remind us it is only through love’s absence that we discover how important love is.

About the Author

Debbie is a dog lover, social worker, and the new author of the memoir, Love for a Ghost. Her adopted rescue dog, Ghost was the inspiration behind this story. Despite her claims that it was never her intention to author a book, she insists that she received Ghost’s story unintentionally through their many desert hikes together. She would rush back to her car and jot down story pieces on scraps of paper. And in the end, this book was to become Ghost’s story.

Debbie was born and raised in Maine, but has lived and traveled throughout the world. She has practiced as a licensed clinical social worker for several decades, with the focus of her experience in Attachment Disorder.

Debbie currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her husband Mark and their exceptionally wonderful friend, Maggie, one of the many rescue dogs she and her husband have had throughout their lives together.

About the Illustrator

Allie Daigle is an illustrator who strives to create immersive and expressive images that stimulate the imagination. Whether for a children’s book, a product label, or her original pieces, Daigle’s works implore the viewer to linger and explore the details within. Allie primarily works with traditional watercolor & ink as well as digital mediums.


Paperback, 6″ x 9″
121 pages
ISBN 978-1-954517-35-8

Hardcover, 6″ x 9″
121 pages
ISBN 978-1-954517-16-5