Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane by Roberta Hoffer is the debut children's story by this published author of adult novels, and it is a grand debut indeed. Young Christian Jones Arnook and his mother, Allison, are the only two remaining members of their family, summoned via private jet from their Alaskan home to meet a mysterious Mr. Jones in Indiana. They are surprised to find that Mr. Jones is Allison's grandfather, and Christian's great-grandfather, a wealthy man whose very existence was unknown to them. They were further surprised to find that he lived in a grand mansion, with a house full of servants. But the biggest surprise of all was when they discovered the mansion was haunted - and guarded - by the ghost of a Union soldier who just happened to be Christian's great-great-great-grandfather. The wealthy Mr. Jeremiah Ebenezer Jones was soon to celebrate his 100th birthday, and had spared no expense in locating his only heirs: Allison and Christian. The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane is a story that will enthrall young readers, while treating them to a bit of historically accurate Civil War flavor. Although the story features a ghost, it is not at all scary. Indeed, the ghost is a noble and upstanding character who plays a pivotal role in the tale. The story is very well written, and has earned a coveted stamp of approval from Hoffer's eleven-year-old grandson. In many respects, the story is reminiscent of a classic fairy tale, with its young hero being treated to a flight in a private jet, discovering a wealthy unknown relative, inheriting a fortune, and getting to meet a real 'live' ghost. What preteen wouldn't love to fantasize about such things? In truth, what adult wouldn't want to share the fantasy? The Ghost of Stonebridge Lane is a wonderful story all by itself. As the first episode of a series, it is delightful.