by Joy Ross Davis



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ISBN-13: 9780957412668
Publisher: Ecanus Publishing
Publication date: 03/10/2013
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

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Countenance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In Countenance by Joy Ross Davis, 38-year-old Nealey Monaghan's life is turned upside-down when her husband Hank, their two children Nicholas and Lauren, and her sister Naomi are killed by Naomi’s estranged ex-husband. A year later, her charmingly eccentric and cookbook author Aunt Sylvie Wolcott made her co-owner of the Playhouse Inn Bed and Breakfast in the hills of Tennessee, hoping it would help Nealey start living her life again. However, Nealey is about to find out that it isn’t easy to run the business, especially with the inn’s ghostly tenants. There is history as well as secrets to be discovered and the arrival of a guest named Max Leighton makes everything more complicated. I love a good mystery, and Davis did well to entice readers with the secrets that Sylvie is about to share with her niece. Before her death, Nealey’s mother made her daughter swear not to go back to Playhouse Inn. Intriguingly, something happened to her mother when she and Nealey spent the night at the inn. The characterization is good; Sylvie, Benton, brothers Worthy and Noble, the ghosts, as well as Lulu the Irish wolfhound (my favorite member of the group) make an odd but intriguing ensemble. The prose is evocative; the description of the inn is wonderful and it makes me want to go there myself. Some parts of the story progress at an unhurried pace, but the twists and turns of the central characters will keep readers engrossed. It’s a great mix of good versus evil and a ghost story. On the whole, Countenance is a solid novel from Davis.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nealey is a wonderful character who touched my heart. Ilove her and wish we were friends. With well written and defined characters to love or hate, a iot of beautiful scenery to look at, and all sorts of conjuring and haunting to contend with...what's not to like and enjoy?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Countenance made me want to go to Tennessee! I would love to stay in a B&B with ghosts and angels! JeanieL
JudyAJL More than 1 year ago
Joy Ross Davis spins a story of adventure, romance, magical cooking, paranormal and a bit of history as she takes us through a  few days in the life of Nealey M.  Set in the mountains of Tennessee, the Playhouse Inn Bed and Breakfast is the spot where Nealey's Aunt Sylvie, proprietress brings  Nealey to accomplish recovery from an attack where most of the young woman's family is murdered.. Angelic and friendly ghost characters work together to get this accomplished. A family history looking back in time and connected to the Playhouse Inn when a home of local Irish immigrants leads the reader toward future books in the series.  Pleasant, well presented reading.