Step back into Bliss House, the yellow-brick Virginia mansion with a disreputable, dangerous past, that even the sheen of 1950's domesticity cannot hide...The fall of 1957 in southern Virginia was a seemingly idyllic, even prosperous time. A young housewife, Charlotte Bliss, lives with her husband, Hasbrouck Preston “Press” Bliss, and their two young children, Eva Grace and Michael, in the gorgeous Bliss family home. On the surface, theirs seems a calm, picturesque life, but soon tragedy befalls them: four tragic deaths, with apparently simple explanations.
But nothing is simple if Bliss House is involved. How far will Charlotte go to discover the truth? And how far will she get without knowing who her real enemy is? Though Bliss House may promise to give its inhabitants what they want, it never gives them exactly what they expect.
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WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!! I went into this story knowing I would love it - I loved Bliss House and everything else I've read of Benedict's. But I had no idea just how much I was going to love it, how drawn in I would be - unable to put it down. Her ability to weave the supernatural into every book, and especially this one, is amazing! You may never feel safe in an old house again! When you get ready to read this, put aside the time you'll need because you will not put it down. AND, leave the lights on!!! You'll wonder how Charlotte made it to the nice old age she does.
Charlotte's Story by Laura Benedict starts off as a bleak, heart wrenching story told by a woman who has faced one of the worst things someone can suffer. The loss of a child. This is not a sweet, quick read meant for the faint of heart. What follows is an cryptic tale that drew me deeper and deeper into a dark and twisted report of the mysteries that Charlotte was faced with. So many more questions regarding Bliss House are answered only to leave me with more.
Charlotte’s Story by Laura Benedict Bliss House is a palatial estate nestled into the farmland and orchards of Old Gate, Virginia. The home was built in 1878; it is the home of the Bliss Family. And the house is definitely haunted… Into this world and this family comes Charlotte, wife of the current master of Bliss house, Preston Bliss. The home’s tragic past was explored in the novel Bliss House by the same author. The home isn’t just simply haunted. The house is dangerous! Already Preston’s mother Olivia, Preston and Charlotte’s daughter Eva, and two friends from their wedding procession; family friends Zion and Helen have all died from strange circumstances. Preston has turned a bit cold towards Charlotte since their daughter died and Charlotte blames herself for the little girl’s death. Then comes the day Charlotte first encounters the ghosts of her people within the walls of Bliss House. She becomes withdrawn, terrified. Preston spends all his time working on the theater in the old house, and Charlotte’s job of watching her son is now shared by Nonnie, a nanny hired by Preston. Then one day, her son Michael vanishes after Charlotte put him down for a nap… I am of mixed feelings about this book. The author comes across as authentic when describing rural Virginia, when dealing with emotional relationships, and ghostly activity. These are the pluses of the book. The problem lies in the pacing. It is neither fast enough to hold the reader’s attention, nor slow enough with building suspense towards a crescendo. As the book goes past say page 184, the story becomes more readable, and the real horrors of the nightmare in which Charlotte must survive become real to the reader. It is my humble opinion that the first half, while well written, simply does not have the same passion as the second half of the book. That said, some readers will be more than pleased to know that the book ends on a high note, while others may be discouraged with the slow first half. The end of the book is very good; I just wish the first half had been better. As I neither particularly like or hate the book, I will go straight up the middle and give it three stars out of five. Quoth the Raven…