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17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

This was an incredibly clever little mystery set in the Lexingto

This was an incredibly clever little mystery set in the Lexington / Concord area of Massachusetts. If you aren’t familiar with this little corner of New England, you really can’t spit without hitting something of historical import.  Sheila Connolly cleverly integrates s...
This was an incredibly clever little mystery set in the Lexington / Concord area of Massachusetts. If you aren’t familiar with this little corner of New England, you really can’t spit without hitting something of historical import.  Sheila Connolly cleverly integrates small history lessons, descriptive passages of the area surrounding Boston, and a genealogical search into the story, providing readers with an array of references and visualization options. 




Abby is a recent transplant to this area of New England with her boyfriend, Brad, and rather at loose ends without a job, or familiarity with her location.  After tiring of Brad’s incessant badgering, she decided to venture out on one of the many historic house tours to pass her afternoon. Her last stop resulted in a curious phenomenon; she was seeing highly charged emotional events that took place nearly 100 years earlier. When she looks for a way to solve this mysterious chain of events, Ned, the witness to her first ‘episode’ becomes advisor and tour guide, and soon trusted friend, providing her with ideas, suggestions and a sounding board for her concerns. 




I liked Abby, although I was surprised at her lack of response, at least verbal, to Brad’s behavior.  When she started to develop her own interests, and was hired at the museum, her self-esteem got a healthy boost, and she was able to see him for what he was, and walk away. I enjoyed the interplay with Ned, bordering on the flirtatious, and his openness to the paranormal experiences despite his need for some sort of proof.  




The story unfolded in a logical way, taking time to outline the steps Abby took in her research, and the reader is able to unfold the clues as Abby does, giving a true sense of traveling the path with her.  While the ending did seem to arrive quickly and leave some unanswered questions, fans of history and mystery will truly enjoy this story: and it provides a nice insight into the area and historical treasures to be found there. 




I received an eBook from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 

posted by gaele on June 28, 2013

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9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

*Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.* I liked th

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I liked this book - didn't love it, but it was enjoyable. There was some mystery and some history, some ghosts and some romance. Not particularly suspenseful or scary, more of a cozy mystery with some romance and ben...
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I liked this book - didn't love it, but it was enjoyable. There was some mystery and some history, some ghosts and some romance. Not particularly suspenseful or scary, more of a cozy mystery with some romance and benevolent spirits thrown in. The ending was...imperfect. But it was good to see Abby, the protagonist, grow into herself as the story progressed and she began to understand what was happening to her in her new surroundings. Overall I'd recommend it as a light, cozy read.

posted by Meemo_B on November 16, 2013

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  • Posted November 16, 2013

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.* I liked th

    *Copy provided by Netgalley for an unbiased review.*

    I liked this book - didn't love it, but it was enjoyable. There was some mystery and some history, some ghosts and some romance. Not particularly suspenseful or scary, more of a cozy mystery with some romance and benevolent spirits thrown in. The ending was...imperfect. But it was good to see Abby, the protagonist, grow into herself as the story progressed and she began to understand what was happening to her in her new surroundings. Overall I'd recommend it as a light, cozy read.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

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    Easy read. Good story. I enjoyed it.

    Easy read. Good story. I enjoyed it.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2013

    Overall, a nice light "escape" novel. While the seed

    Overall, a nice light "escape" novel. While the seed of the plot is planted immediately, drawing your interest, there are times the storyline gets bogged down with the mundane steps of genealogical research. The main character, Abby, develops as a character & a woman (thankfully!). The author does a very nice job explaining in understandable terms what Abby & Ned experience...don't want to say too much!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2013

    Good read, a few twists, but weak ending

    This is my first read of this author and it was a very easy read, a fair plot and interesting subject. A little predictable at times, but still worth reading. The ending was disappointing to me, I got to the end and thought, that's it?

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2013

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    * I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange

    * I received a copy from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I thought the character of Abby started off weak but later on found her backbone and I enjoyed her more, I also liked the character of Ned. I also liked how the author weaved Massachusetts history into the plot. I thought the book dragged toward the beginning but began to pick up towards the middle and I started enjoying it more. I liked it overall, but not as well as her other books.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2014

    Good Good story

    The firsr chapter or 2 felt forced and unnatural but I'm glad I stuck it out.

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    Fun story line!

    It keeps you reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Almost a hit

    This book is a very exciting page turner. I loved the main thread of the story and was really looking forward to a blockbuster ending but alas, at it's highest peak, it fell flat as a pancake. I was terribly disappointed and wish the author would rework the ending. It has so much potential and it left way too much of the main story line hanging... Can't really recommend it with the present ending.

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  • Posted March 14, 2014

    A pleasant read.

    Very predictable, but enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2014

    This No Had potential

    This book really had potential to be taken a lot further. The storyline was certainly interesting however the ending lacked substance...the story just sort of ended leaving so many questions unanswered. It left me very unsatisfied which is a shame because like i said the author really could have done more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    Interesting

    Unfortunately, I am not a big history person. The geneology parts were interesting but the book dragged for me. Sorry.

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    Posted March 3, 2014

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