Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.
A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–
including her own–are lost?
Before I picked up this book, I wasn’t sure if it was a book I wanted to read. I was curious, but hesitant. You see, suspense isn’t my typical first book of choice. However, I was drawn in by the mysterious cover and the recommendations, that I read. I tend to lean more toward the cozy, sweet, swoony love stories. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there is not one but two swoony love stories in this book!
This dual timeline story will keep you on your toes, and the suspense will keep you turning pages right from the beginning. With this delightful mystery and intriguing story, I was kept guessing until all was expertly revealed.
Foster House is more than just a setting, it’s nearly a character in the story. If you have ever walked into an old forgotten building and thought to yourself, “If walls could talk, I wonder what they would have to say”. The walls do not talk, but the people uncovering its history are discovering quite the story, and dear reader friends we are along for the adventure!
This story is real and honest. Expertly written with emotion, the author doesn’t shy away from the difficult topics of abuse and slavery. This story takes an straightforward look at the realities of the shame and embarrassment felt by the characters. The topics are handled with care and bring to light that this isn’t just something that happened in the past, but that it is still going on to this day.
Woven into the story are threads of faith, of real people who struggle with their walk, and others who stand firm even in the face of utter desolation.
I enjoyed reading this story and about halfway through the book I ended up purchasing a print copy to add to my bookshelf collection. I give this story 4.5 stars. I look forward to reading more from Jaime Jo Wright.
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
About the Author:
Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue.
Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimejowright.com!
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