Historical Fiction

      Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this e-arc. All opinions are my own.
      When I first saw this title, I was pretty excited to request it. I had enjoyed “The Pale Orphan of Cemetery Hill”. Matter of fact, it had broken me from a reading slump. So when I was approved for this one, I made it the next book on my tbr.
      I didn’t like it.
      I couldn’t care less for the characters. This story is told in two separate timeliness, 1880’s and present day. Margaret lives in the 1880’s and is the wild child of a prosperous New England family. She is also a witch who falls in love and becomes pregnant. I couldn’t stand her character and found her to be an annoying know it all.
      Then there’s Augusta. A flat, boring character that was written as we should pity her, but I found her insufferable. She goes on for chapters about how she is just staying with her boyfriend because it was convenient, but after she finally decides to go, tells the new crush how much of a manipulator he was. It was all talk and no show for her character.
      There was nothing spooky about this book.

Published by: Harlequin Trade
Publication Date: 01 Feb 2022
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
Date Read: 22 Sep 2021

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      Around 100 pages, this little book packs a nice scary punch. The story telling is centered around Beatrix a phony medium, Harry her oldest friend, James the disbeliever, Amanda Reynolds, and Stanhope. James hires Beatrix to spend one night in Ashbury Manor, a home infamous for the killings that occurred there.

      I enjoyed this book, but a few things that were jarring were the three separate authors. I hadn’t noticed it at first, but then when I noticed the author under each new chapter, it put me in mind of a new story. The anger between the two main characters and then them falling in love felt forced. If this book were a little longer and the story a little more developed, I would have liked it more.

Published by: Serial Box
Publication Date: 28 Oct 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction | Horror | Romance
Pages: 100
Date Read: 25 Sep 2020

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