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review 2018-04-28 23:03
THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL by Jaime Jo Wright
The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright

THE HOUSE ON FOSTER HILL

Jaime Jo Wright

Paperback, 364 pages
Published November 21st 2017 by Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 
076423028X (ISBN13: 9780764230288

 

 

A parallel story following Ivy in 1905 and Kaine now. Ivy, the great great grandmother of Kaine, is a strong woman who makes it through some tragedy. Kaine has her own tragedies, and starts looking to find her own strength to move on. Wright tells the story in alternating chapters. Her main characters are well writing. The Kaine story is a little more predictable but overall, I enjoyed the book. Wright kept the plot moving along well. The small town setting, the house, and those that become fast friends with Kaine give the story some personality.

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text 2017-12-05 17:34
Exciting December Releases! (TBR)
The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill) - Julie Klassen
Bad Behavior - Kiki Swinson,Noire
Ziegfeld Girls - Sarah Barthel
His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) - Brenda Jackson

Very excited for these December releases. Almost all of these books are by authors I have read and enjoyed their work. Considering it is December, I think I will be able to get all six books read. The Girl in the Tower is book two in The Winternight Trilogy so, I will need to read The Bear and the Nightingale first.

 

 

 

December 5

 

 

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage (Tales from Ivy Hill #2) by Julie Klassen

 

The Girl in the Tower (The Winternight Trilogy #2) by Katherine Arden

 

His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) by Brenda Jackson

 

House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

 

 

December 26

 

 

Bad Behavior by Kiki Swinson and Noire

 

Ziegfeld Girls by Sarah Barthel

 

 

 

If at all possible I will try to read books in my personal library that are 150 pages or less. Have an awesome reading month friends and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa.

 

 

 

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review 2017-12-03 20:05
The House on Foster Hill - mystery
The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright

The House on Foster Hill had the makings and potential to be a suck you in mystery that keeps a reader turning pages with its creepy, abandoned house and a present day puzzle that can only be solved by uncovering the secrets of the past.

The story jumps back and forth between Kaine in present day and Ivy in the early 1900s. Both had suffered loss, causing them to question their faith, but while Ivy showed little fear and a strong determination to find justice, Kaine's constant fear and desire to run became a bit tedious. We also have the mystery of whether or not Kaine's husband was murdered, but that part of the story seems to be more filler than anything related to the goings on surrounding Foster Hill house. 

The story starts off well enough with a murdered young woman and a few chilling incidents at the abandoned house, but then the tale slows down and begins to drag - more so in the modern day chapters than those surrounding Ivy, but drag nonetheless. The story does pick up in intensity toward the end, but I found the conclusion to be a bit disappointing. In the end, I found very little in the way of romance and a bit too much going on with the modern day story to keep the reader's focus. Ivy's story was much more interesting than anything going on with Kaine, and I reached a point that I felt like skimming Kaine's chapters just to get back to Ivy's harrowing situation.  Overall, the book's slow pace just made it way too easy to set aside for later and the story line a bit too jumbled to compel to me keep turning the pages. 

The author does show promise and this tale did have potential. With a bit more focus and less wandering, it could've been more than just an okay read.

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review 2017-11-25 15:51
The House on Foster Hill
The House on Foster Hill - Jaime Jo Wright
Kaine is trying to live out her late husband’s dream as she feels guilty for his death. Kaine believes that her devotion to her work had cost Danny his life and now, she is trying to make amends by renovating a historical landmark. Little does Kaine realize what mysteries and stories this house holds within its walls. Buying the house online, Kaine is happy to leave California behind her and reestablish herself in an area where her family once lived. Kaine believed that her husband had been murdered and that the killer was stalking her but the California police were not convinced. Wisconsin was going to be her new start, at least that was her hope.
 
We are told two stories in this novel, the present-day story with Kaine moving into her new home in Wisconsin, ready to begin a new life and another story which occurred in 1906. Ivy tells this story and it begins with the discovery of a dead girl who was found wedged inside the dead tree. As Ivy assists her father, the physician and medical examiner, Ivy records her information inside her death journal, as she believes no one should be forgotten. Ivy begins her own investigation into this woman’s death which leads her to the Foster Hill House. The stories start to merge together, I loved how they twisted together, as Kaine investigates some bizarre occurrences happening at her new house. Kaine realizes that her house was once called, Foster Hill House and no one liked that house. Great debut novel and I can’t wait to see what else this author creates.
 
I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

 

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review 2016-10-04 03:09
The California Gold Rush Collection (review)
The California Gold Rush Romance Collection: 9 Stories of Finding Treasures Worth More than Gold - Linda Farmer Harris,Jaime Jo Wright,Amanda Barratt,Pam Hillman,Jennifer Rogers Spinola,Anne-Marie Greene,Cynthia Hickey,Angela Bell,Dianne Christner

It is no secret that I love these Bride Collections from Barbour. I pick which ones I want to read based on the theme and, usually, a single author that I already know and enjoy. In this case, it was solely an author that had me requesting an ebook through NetGalley. Having previously enjoyed Angela Bell's contribution to the Lassoed By Marriage Romance Collection, I was excited to see what she would do for the Gold Rush theme and how she would take it to England and add her signature twist with well-researched steam based technology. Her story, The Best Man in Brookside, was definitely a favorite as Irishman Donovan returns to England with his fortune in gold, determined to care for his sister and exact revenge on Sophia, the Englishwoman who blackened his name in the village of Brookside. I especially enjoyed how his accent bled into the third person narrative whenever it was focused on his point of view.

 

As with this story, my two other favorites also took us away from the actual mining. Jamie Joe Wright gives us a wounded soiled dove and a rich man on a mission to transform the ghost town she inhabits. Dianne Christner treats the reader to a rough and tumble Clementine whose father hires the Last Resort Traveling Etiquette School to refine her after a potential suitor’s rejection. The other stories continue to entertain with a variety of settings and characters. Amanda Barratt's story tells of two newspaper editors unwittingly in competition for the same promotion. Anne Greene sets her story of a marriage broker determined not to wed and a mortician in Eureka, California. Linda Farmer Harris features a banker and a fugitive, Cynthia Hickey a newspaperman/artist/preacher and a woman forced to masquerade as a boy, and Jennifer Rogers Spinola adds a bit of diversity with her story of Chinese immigrants. In the one story that actually had me saying “Awww,” Pam Hillman takes us into the wilds of California Territory with a surveyor and a cartographer.

 

Overall, another solid collection from Barbour that is entertaining and a satisfying romance read with nine Happily Ever Afters. Definitely would make my top 10, if not top 5 of the Bride Collections I’ve read so far.

 

This review refers to a review ebook copy I read for free, courtesy of the publisher, through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own. My original, unedited review can be read at http://wp.me/p5Tcfi-1CK

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