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When Kaine Prescott's husband died, her pleas for an investigation fell on deaf ears. In need of a fresh start, she purchases an old house sight unseen in Wisconsin. A century earlier, Ivy Thorpe questioned a suspicious death on that same property. When the house's dark secrets resurface, Kaine must face a terrifying realization!
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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?
Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5The House on Foster Hill Jaime Jo Wright (3.5-4 Stars)December 12, 2017Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In The House on Foster Hill, Kaine Prescott returns to her ancestral familys hometown in Wisconsin to leave behind her tragic past in California. She hopes by restoring a historical estate, she can finally grieve and recover from the murder of her husband and the impact that event had on her life. She fears that her past career helping abused women had finally caught up with her in California. Unfortunately, the house has its own past and is in terrible condition when Kaine arrives. Ivy Thorpe had her own encounters in the house on Foster Hill a century before. An unknown woman is found murdered on the property and it takes Ivy and a group of townspeople to solve the mystery of what happened within the house. Placing their own lives at risk across the years, Kaine and Ivy discover the houses secrets and find their lives will never be the same.
Bridging two periods within the town, The House on Foster Hill presents a high-stakes mystery that will delight fans of this genre of stories. Ms. Wrights debut novel offers plenty of suspense that ties together generations of people from a small Wisconsin town.
Overall, I thought The House on Foster Hill offered a different kind of story from what I typically read. In seeing other reviews about the book, I was expecting an easy five-start review on my end. However, I had several issues with the novel. In reading the Kindle version, I expected the book to end at many different points, but I was rarely anywhere near the end of the book. It could have used some significant editing, particularly in its plot development, even though the writing style of the author was pretty good. Some of the characters were stronger than others, with Ivy Thorpe coming across as one of the best-developed in the novel. Also, I was rather disappointed to see minimal historical detail in the historical sections of the book. I would much prefer to see a stronger plot that is exclusively contemporary or historical, as very few authors can successfully pull off both within a single novel. Lastly, I found this book to be much creepier than almost any other Christian mystery/suspense novel that I have previously read. While I could see other readers really enjoying that aspect of the story, I found it somewhat off-putting and it made it a struggle to actually finish the book.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishing for the advanced copy of The House on Foster Hill!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
Kara Peck4 Stars Out Of 5delightfully creepy!December 10, 2017Kara PeckQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was such a great read. I had high hopes and they were not disappointed! The suspense was creepy and woven through out. kept me guessing-obviously thats the point! and It worked. Love me some plot twists!
The character development was done well. Sometimes with the historical time jumps it can get a little distracting but this was expertly done. Not to spoil anything here but the romance was so sweet and not rushed. The only complaints I have, have to do with a forensic element that was overlooked. It was not explained away just left hanging. Maybe I am the only one it bugged. Also there are several moments where I found myself yelling "don't do it!" at the characters. For me thats a plus but maybe for others it's not. So I am including it so you can decide. Perfectly creepy, kept me guessing, and sweet romance. I can't get enough and can't wait for the next Release from Jaime Jo Wright! I hope you love it as much as I did!
BethAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5An Excellent Debut!December 9, 2017BethAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Im always excited and a bit anxious when I pick up a book by a new-to-me author. Theres something neat about reading not only a new author but also their debut novel. The House on Foster Hill is a wonderful debut, complete with endearing characters, spine-tingling moments, and a dual-time narrative that works well in both past and present.
Surprisingly, I connected most to Kaine in the present day. Usually I prefer historical story lines over the contemporary ones, but this time, there was just something about Kaine that caught me. Her situation wasn't commonplace, yet made sense given her line of work. It truly tugged on my heart. I couldnt imagine enduring the circumstances that she was having to endure. She is a strong character but also realistically flawed. Her fear and desire for true peace and rest drew me to her story, eager to solve the mystery of her family and the enigmatic Foster Hill House.
Though it took me longer to connect to Ivy Thorpe as a character, I couldnt help but being intrigued by her circumstances. The book opens with a frightening discovery that captured my attention. Ivys involvement in it becomes clearer as the story progresses, though the answer to the mystery is anything but clear. The plot is steady, with several creepy moments that held me captivated.
I also appreciated that there was a true answer for mysterious occurrences things that seemed ghostly at first, but are soon uncovered to be a very human evil, having lasting consequences on all who are connected with Foster Hill. Kaines story brings hopeful resolution for herself and for her family, allowing pieces from each story to fall into place in a satisfying way. The romance is just enough in my opinion, progressing realistically in both story lines. I definitely had a soft spot for Grant, counselor and dog-rescuer. Theres just something about a guy and his dog this story features two dogs, in fact, and that just really made me happy.
Im glad to see that theres already another novel coming from Jaime Jo Wright its already on my wish list, and Im looking forward to what is sure to be another intriguing and layered mystery.
Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a complimentary copy of this novel. I was not required to post a review, and all opinions are my own.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good edgy Christian fictionDecember 8, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a good novel for readers who like edgy Christian fiction. This is not your cozy mystery. This novel deals with a tough issue and contains some harsh scenes. There were times when I was glad I was not reading it late at night.
The plot is complex and covers over a century of time. There are flashbacks which can be problematic but they fit in to the progression of the plot relatively well. The significance of the suspense that Kaine endures is explained fully at the end, when the villain is revealed. That took some doing as the relationships and reasons for action were obscure during the reading of the novel.
That being said, I do recommend this novel to readers who like suspense woven through a puzzling plot. You will learn some history (revealing the topic would be a spoiler), you'll experience some creepy scenes, and you'll enjoy a bit of romance.
Though Wright has crafted previous novellas, this is her debut full length novel. I am impressed with it and will be looking for more from her.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Mel A5 Stars Out Of 5Remember to breathe and be prepared for goosebumps!December 7, 2017Mel AQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely loved this story! It has everything a person could want: history, romance, suspense, drama, faith, and it's extremely well written! Jaime Jo Wright weaves a tale in this slip time novel that is difficult to put down, whether it be because you can't wait to find out what happens or because you are so drawn into the story you lose track of time...and maybe a little sleep. This is definitely a book I'll be reading again and I look forward to seeing what's next from this "to-be-watched" debut author!