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Farnsworth Hall Paperback – January 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc. (Champagne Rose) (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612170021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612170022
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,803,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Haven was born and grew up in Decatur, Illinois in a middle class family. Her mother and three aunts were avid readers of Harlequin romances, which is where Haven gets her love for reading.

Currently, Haven resides in northeast Missouri and has found an older home with a 'hidey hole'. Her daughters, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren are the delight of her life.

Haven is a nurse practitioner with a belief in alternative therapies. She is a certified hypnotherapist, aromatherapist and would love to own and operate a resort spa someday in the future.

Currently, she is finishing her third contemporary novel in her series "In a Castle, It Can Happen." Because of her love of castles, alternative therapies, ghosts, mysteries and unusual happenings, she has hints of each in all of her novels.

Haven is a member of SW Florida RWA, National Guild of Hypnotists, and American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

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When you're in the mood for the dark and overtly emotional, there is nothing that satisfies quite like a gothic romance. These books give us tortured and perhaps forbidden love, buried secrets, hidden passages, gloomy castles, and ghostly - and sometimes even malevolent - presences. Haven Raines' "Farnsworth Hall" blends the gothic style into a contemporary romance that attempts to give readers the best of both worlds.

I have to admit having mixed feelings about this book. Some aspects of the story I enjoyed very much, while others had the opposite effect. The little boy, Dimitri, is simply adorable and steals every scene that he's in. The balance of the characters I am not quite so enthusiastic about. The heroine, Rachel, has the potential to be appealing, but her behavior tends to be random and unpredictable. She is strong one moment and a hot mess the next, and I found the fact that she is good at everything she tries to do a bit off-putting. The hero, Trace, is not exactly an ideal romantic hero. While he has that gothic and perhaps tortured air, his behavior is counterintuitive. Instead of developing any kind of sympathy for him, I spend the book impatient and angry with him.

My favorite part of this story is the house itself, Farnsworth Hall. Ms. Raines has done an excellent job developing this fascinating, completely gothic place and making it feel realistic. It has wonderful hidden passages, secret rooms, and mysterious spaces, and as I read the story, I simply itched to explore it myself.

Although some of the breaks between chapters felt disjointed and a little confusing, I still enjoyed the portion of the narrative that takes place in the Hall. It wasn't until the last third of the book, which takes us away from the Hall, that I found my attention waning.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian J Kaul on February 18, 2012
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Farnsworth Hall was an excellent read. The characters really came to life. The ghosty bit was a nice touch and the description was wonderful. I want to visit this place myself! Hoping there are more to come with these characters.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Campbell on February 4, 2012
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Farnsworth Hall is a modern ghost story with interesting twists. Quirky characters abound to ensure there is never a dull moment in this fast paced story.
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