- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Posted April 8, 2009
"A deserted house in New England contains a secret reaching back to the Crusades." This was the intriguing back-cover introduction to Elena Dorothy Bowman's book, "The House on the Bluff." And when I learned that that the author, like me, was once a software engineer, I just had to read on.
The prologue had me a little confused, I suspect because the language and history put me in mind of my English homeland, but the phrasing was American. The story proper begins in chapter one with Abigail investigating a rather scary abandoned house. Although she asks "What am I doing here?" it's soon clear that she has a serious purpose in mind. The house has a purpose too and, when Abigail falls asleep on the widow's walk, time, space and reality begin to tip.
A lot of this novel is revealed in dialog, with characters explaining to each other who they are and what they've just experienced. But the main character is probably the house itself, a fact which is underscored as the story progresses and protagonists suggest to each other, "Why don't you ask the house?"
The concept of a house testing and choosing its occupants is fun, though some of the details seemed contrived. The conversations and situations are in turn scary and amusing. And the conclusion could almost be the prequel to a TV series, like the old supernatural comedies I used to enjoy.
I guess I'm still not sure how to interpret the picture on the cover, but it was a fun tale.
Posted September 6, 2002
"The House On The Bluff" is a delightful mystery laced with romance and adventure. The language is descriptive and brings to life the compelling story. Once started, it's hard to put down. I enjoyed reading every page of this wonderful novel in the north shore setting of Massachusetts.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2002
Having just inherited the House on the Bluff, Abigail is curious to see her new property. Whilst exploring the house for the first time she is drawn to a balcony, the widow's walk, on the outside of the building. Standing here, overlooking the ocean she finds herself on the deck of a ship sailing through dense fog. A young sailor persuades her to return to her cabin where she quickly falls asleep only to wake and find herself on the deck of a Viking Longship. She then wakes again and realises she has been asleep on the floor of the widow's walk. Looking around she finds that the door to the walk has disappeared and she is trapped. The above all takes place during the 1st chapter of the story and I must admit, I had to read it 2 or 3 times as I wondered if I was missing something. Once I'd established that I had read the chapter correctly I decided to carry on and see where the story took me and I am so glad that I did. What follows is an extremely well-written, very mysterious story. House on the Bluff has obviously put into it a considerable amount of research as there is strong historical basis to the tale that holds together extremely well. This is an excellent engrossing tale that keeps the reader's attention right to the very end!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2001
The House on the Bluff, Elena Dorothy Bowman¿s first novel, is an interesting fantasy and mystery novel bowled into one. It is clean and appropriately written for both adults and young adults. There is enough in this story that everyone can enjoy Ms. Bowman¿s tale.<br> Imagine a large and beautiful house on a bluff. Wonder why no one in New England ever goes there, ever? Because, that¿s why, the place might be haunted, or perhaps, merely enchanted. However, the last time someone was in that house¿everyone heard the screams and no one ever saw that woman again. <br> So an entire town finds it unnerving when Abigail Pierce shows up and decides to live in the house. She has every right to, since the house belongs to her ancestors. There is a secret reason to why she is staying at the house. She found the rules to a game, so to speak. She must play the family game by the rules. If she succeeds, she has so much to gain. If she fails . . . <br> Abigail befriends some special people while staying in town. These friends are at wits end, spending days and especially nights worrying about Abigail alone in the big, haunted (all right, enchanted) house. They understand Abigail is playing some kind of game, what they don¿t understand is the secrets of the game, but they plan to stand by her until someone eventually wins.<br> A quick book with enjoyable scenes and characters. Bowman has written a book that should be enjoyed by many. The story is well crafted and entertaining. I look forward to other stories by this talented author.<br>--Phillip Tomasso III, author of Third Ring, Tenth House & Mind PlayWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 22, 2001
MYSTERY & INTRIGUE entertainment - COVER to COVER! You don't know what's going to happen next, just that SOMETHING WILL! WHAT? You won't want to wait to find out. What FUN! A mix of mystery, romance, spirit(s)!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.