Sometimes there's more to a house than bricks and mortar.
Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals us
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I was offered this book to review and I nearly passed on it because I have so many already on my TBR (to be read) pile but the picture on the cover crawled under my skin and I have to say from the first paragraph I was lured in and totally captivated. Jessica spots an ancient Victorian mansion for sale online and buys it unseen, the house spoke to her and she was of the opinion that she could renovate the dilapidated building and return it to it’s former glory. However once she begins it becomes apparent there is way more to do than she ever imagined, this house could descend into a money pit just to get it habitable. Unfortunately for Jessica that isn’t her only problem. Weird events begin to occur, she sees apparitions, the atmosphere chills, unexplainable odours stench the building out and the crows arrive. I have to say the crow was one of the eeriest parts of the story for me and so well orchestrated. Jessica is fortunate to discover the Bell’s, she stayed at their guest house until Hillcrest was in a suitable enough condition that she could move in. Eunice Bell was a motherly figure that gave a nice contrast to the spookier happenings. Alain is a local law enforcer and he came to the rescue and stole Jessica’s heart in the process. I did think they became close incredibly quickly but the steamy/sexy scenes were welcome as a break from the all the other chilling moments. Lesser people would have packed up and left, especially when the neighbours mention the property has a reputation for being haunted and folk don’t usually stay long. But Jessica is a fiery redhead and once she has uncovered a box of old newspaper cuttings and some love letters she is determined to investigate further. What can the pull be – why does she feel so strongly? I really enjoyed this, something slightly different that kept me riveted throughout, with hindsight there were a couple of clues but the ending was superb and a perfect explanation. Thanks so much to Melanie and Brook Cottage Books for the opportunity to read this cracking story.
Review of ‘The Secret of Hillcrest House’ by Melanie Robertson-King Jessica Maitland, looking to reboot her life after the death of her baby, and the end of her marriage, bought the old Hillcrest House in Angel Falls via the internet, discovering when she arrived to take possession that it wasn’t quite what the real estate website indicated. As she set about making her new home livable, strange, and sometimes frightening things happened. When the house was livable and presentable, more unusual and alarming happenings interrupted a housewarming party. She started piecing the history of the house together, hoping to find some answers. She learned the Hargrave family had lived in the house in the 1880s. Many locals believed the Hargraves never left the house, and it was they who chased away numerous new owners over the years. Undeterred, Jessica, who had fallen in love with the house, including those who resided there with her – and a local constable – stayed. Then, one day, she discovered the true Secret of Hillcrest House. This book is really a fun read. It keeps you guessing about the big secret, right up to the last minute. I would definitely read this book again, and I’d recommend it to friends, and anyone else who enjoys a nice mystery/romance story. I give this book 5-stars. By Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author