The Haunting of Timber Manor

The Haunting of Timber Manor

by F.E. Feeley Jr


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The Haunting of Timber Manor by F.E. Feeley Jr

Memoirs of the Human Wraiths

While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Though his father had seemed guarded about the past, Daniel’s curiosity and need for family compel him to visit.

Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.

Sheriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds. Seeing Daniel struggle, he vows to protect the young man who has captured his heart, and help him solve the mystery behind the haunting and confront the past—not only to save Daniel’s life, but to save his family, whose very souls hang in the balance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635332384
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: 01/09/2017
Series: Memoirs of the Human Wraiths , #1
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.54(d)

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The Haunting of Timber Manor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Charlayne More than 1 year ago
Daniel Donnelly is reeling. His parents have died in a boating accident at their home in Texas and he is still trying to figure out what to do next when he gets word that his aunt Carol, his father’s sister that he has never met, wants him to come spend the summer with her. She has an estate outside of Emerson, near Portland and as the story starts, he is driving through the woods in a storm. He is stopped first by a wolf who stares him down before taking off, then he is stopped by the local sheriff, Hale Davis, who, after finding out Daniel is Carol Donnelly’s nephew, escorts him to the front of the massive mansion, Timber Manor. The house has not fared well. There are things that need fixing and most of the house has sat closed off since Carol’s brother, Christopher, died and her other brother, Daniel’s father Michael, left to go into the Marine Corp and never returned. But with Daniel’s arrival, Carol hired an army of cleaners, painters, and gardeners to rehabilitate the house. Sheriff Davis stops by to check on his friend, Carol. He grew up working at Timber Manor and has kept care of the horses and stable since he was a teen. He shows Daniel, who he calls Danny, which Daniel dislikes, the stables and as time goes on, he and Hale begin a relationship that turns into something more. But there are nightmares, dreams that confuse and upset Daniel. As he signs the papers of ownership of the big mansion, the past of the people who lived there before his arrival threaten him with manifestations of very frightening things. And Hale is worried his new friend and Carol are in deep trouble from forces he cannot see. The Haunting of Timber Manor is just that, haunting. The usual trope of big house, old woman, haunts, and strange happenings with wolves involved could have been done so badly, as it has before. But F. E. Feeley, Jr. has managed to make everything very believable, from the reasons for the haunting (no, I’m not going to tell you) to the blossoming relationship between Daniel and Hale. Haunts are sometimes so wildly done that they lose the suspense and go straight for the gore and blood. Not so this book. The things that go bump in the night are thought to be figments of imagination until revealed to others in the house. Carol knows what is there but she does not want to involve Daniel and Hale doesn’t believe that haunts happen. Once everyone is involved and knows what is going on, it looks to be too late. I read this one in one sitting, riding the rollercoaster of emotions and twists in plot until the very end. And it was a spectacular ending with so much going on that I ended the story and sat wanting more. Feeley is becoming a force to reckon with, not only in the world of M/M stories, but also in the paranormal genre. The Haunting of Timber Manor is not sexual a story with a haunt thrown in, it is a haunting story with a romance going through it. And it is wonderful. Charlayne Elizabeth Denney Paranormal Romance Guild
rickofoly More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down.  I'll be looking for more of this author in the future
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like it..
amatate More than 1 year ago
The Haunting of Timber Manor does a great job at pulling the reader in. I started, vaguely interested in the topic based on the blurb, and before I had hit the 10% mark, I was hooked with a single line: "Somewhere deep inside the house, more than simple memories began to stir." The tone was balanced throughout the book; the slowly divulged details and foreshadowed conflicts kept me invested in discovering the truth, while ensuring I wasn’t scrambling to make sense of things. I found the primary and secondary characters likable for the most part. Daniel was well flushed out and grew throughout the story. His youth and strength both came through clearly, with his resolve strengthening as the tale unfolded. I thought Hale was a little less developed overall, but his personality emerged more as the relationship and action picked up. Initially, the romance between the two men felt a little unnatural. I don’t know that I would term it instalove, but the relationship progression didn’t make sense and their awkward exchanges distracted from an otherwise intriguing story. However, once the two became a couple, it fell into place and their interactions felt less forced. The author did an excellent job explaining the men’s feelings as they grew, cementing the relationship and making the chemistry more apparent. Where I struggled was the pacing, narration style, and transitions. The writing was solid but a tad unpolished at moments. This wouldn’t have been noticeable had the bulk of the writing not done such a good job at creating that tense, haunted atmosphere. It ended up disrupting the rhythm and slowed my reading despite being completely intrigued by the plot. The multiple narrators talking in first person only added to the disruption. The different points of view certainly helped maintain the tension and mystery, I couldn’t help but feel the technique wasn’t ideal. These two aspects plus a timeline that occasionally moved forward or jumped to a flashback created a pacing that felt off kilter. While the story itself had me eagerly turning the pages, the mechanics repeatedly threw me off at the start of the book. That said, as the paranormal events picked up in frequency and the secrets of the family and manor were revealed, I had a difficult time turning away. The story kept me on the edge of my seat, freaked out just enough to have that haunted vibe permeating my senses but no so much that it was too scary to read and recommend to any fans of paranormal books. I ended up really enjoying this and plan to read more from the series and author. *Reviewed for Alpha Book Club*