Is she out of her mind? New bride Marielle Bishop wonders if she made the right choice, moving to Holly Oak.
Holly Oak. Home to her new husband and his two children. Home of her new husband’s tragically and unexpectedly deceased first wife’s childhood. Home where they lived as a family when she died; where her husband and two children continued to live in the years after her death.
Home to Adelaide, the grandmother of the deceased first wife, who raised Sara from infancy.
Home to rumor and superstition from the locals. Home to a long history from the Civil War. Home to a curse of the women who live in the house?
Susan Meissner is one of my absolute most favorite authors. Her storytelling has a way of sucking you in, while twining together the past and the present. In this case, I do think the characters each could have been a little more developed. This is one of those books that easily could have been twice as long without leaving the reader feeling fatigued.
When I got to the portion near the end (I won’t spoil it for you), it was so well written it gave me total appreciation of how Susan’s mind works. That little bit there gave huge insight into one character. At the end of the book, I found myself thinking the book might have been better had those bits been woven in throughout, so that both stories were being told at the same time.
That being said, I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars. I would definitely recommend this book (along with her others, some of which are out on loan) to friends.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.