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House on Plunkett Street by [Bathey, Lorena]
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All the characters, including the ghosts, are brilliantly original and the kind of people all of us would love to have as friends. In dialogues the author used the language and vernacular of the time period in which each of the ghosts lived, while they were coaching Phoebe, which added a very pleasant and unique touch to the eloquence of this book. I read "House on Plunkett Street" in one long sitting; not for the mundane reasons of suspense and action but just because I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. There are pearls of wisdom in this book which will appeal to every kind of reader, so do yourself a favor and go grab this gem of a book. It is more than deserving of its 5 stars! --(Ellen Fritz) Amazon.com

Lorena Bathey, author of Beatrice Munson, has done it again. She has created a warm, friendly, female loving book! She had me crying, laughing, and cheering. House on Plunkett Street is a very well written story. Just as she did in Beatrice Munson Lorena created larger than life characters that the reader wishes they had in their corner. --Melissa Ringsted, There for You Reviews

This was one of those books I started getting sad towards the end because I didn't want to stop reading it! One if the ghosts, Polly, is absolutely obsessed with color and by far one of my favorite literary characters to date. Shortly after finishing the book I found myself in a dressing room with a choice between a black and a purple top, and Polly popped in my head and I knew she would approve of the purple one way more. That definitely speaks for itself, thinking of a fictional character in your real life. Totally recommend to my fellow lady book addicts! --A-Rad, Amazon.com

Lorena Bathey, author of Beatrice Munson, has done it again. She has created a warm, friendly, female loving book! She had me crying, laughing, and cheering. House on Plunkett Street is a very well written story. Just as she did in Beatrice Munson Lorena created larger than life characters that the reader wishes they had in their corner. --Melissa Ringsted, There for You Reviews

This was one of those books I started getting sad towards the end because I didn't want to stop reading it! One if the ghosts, Polly, is absolutely obsessed with color and by far one of my favorite literary characters to date. Shortly after finishing the book I found myself in a dressing room with a choice between a black and a purple top, and Polly popped in my head and I knew she would approve of the purple one way more. That definitely speaks for itself, thinking of a fictional character in your real life. Totally recommend to my fellow lady book addicts! --A-Rad, Amazon.com

About the Author

Growing up in Northern California, Lorena Bathey attended St. Mary s College in Moraga graduating with a degree in English. Lorena Bathey found characters were visiting her mind and wouldn't leave. She was introduced to Marissa, Andrea, Lily, Deidre and Beatrice and her first novel, Beatrice Munson, came to life. After finishing that book she was inspired to write more novels and she knew that pursuing her passion was the best way to live her life. So a writer she became. After meeting the love of her life, they embarked on the thrilling life to follow their dreams, bringing their families along for the ride. Today Lorena has nine novels in her writing queue. But writing isn't the only muse that inspires Lorena. She has become a passionate photographer and likes to push the envelope taking avant guarde shots. Travel, walking, enjoying new restaurants, and Italy are other loves and things she makes sure she has time for.

Product Details

  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Lorena B Books; 1 edition (December 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IEBOIY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #823,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"House on Plunkett Street" is not at all your usual, creepy, haunted house ghost story. In fact, it is a cheerful story full of friendly people and, yes, unusual ghosts.

When Phoebe, the main character, moves into an apartment in what used to be the house on Plunkett Street, she senses that it is a building filled with happiness and good memories. Three ghosts, on a mission to help her, make their appearance one by one, and Phoebe's life changes dramatically.

First there is Isolda - who was involved with the first suffragettes and who made the house available as a refuge for women who needed to start over - who convinces Phoebe that she needs to get rid of her boring boy friend and find her niche in life.
Next comes the jolly, perky Polly, formerly a singer and dancer in a twenties club, who sweeps Phoebe along to buy a new, colorful wardrobe and encourages her to crawl out of her dull existence and enjoy life.
Lastly there is Hazel the down to earth African American lady who teaches Phoebe about relationships.

When the owner's nephew causes Phoebe to spill coffee on herself and shortly thereafter she backs her car into his truck, one would think that the possibility of a romance between them is remote. But enter the three ghost ladies, who have other ideas, and you're in for a treat. This story has its fair share of sadness and drama. With ghosts from different time periods acting as life coaches to a modern woman, there is bound to be some hilarious moments.

All the characters, including the ghosts, are brilliantly original and the kind of people all of us would love to have as friends.
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The story line is good, and it's a great premise, but it is told rather than shown. I feel like I am listening to the TV instead of being involved with the story. I like heroines with more spunk, and maybe she will eventually get there, but I may not finish reading this.
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he description for this intrigued me and it seemed to have a feel good message. Plus, it has ghosts! Win Win for me.

Phoebe was a fascinating choice for our lead character. In all honesty, there is nothing remarkable about her in the beginning. She works at a job she doesn't love but because she has to do something. Her boyfriend of 2 years is really nothing special. I basically got the impression that she's doormat for those around her and she's happy to be that way (or doesn't care enough to change it). And then she moves. Who knew that the simple act of moving would have such a profound effect on her life.

Shortly after moving in, she meets the three ghosts who were sent her to teach her how leave her life and not coast through it. I appreciated the first ghost. She taught Phoebe that she should really be working at a job that is not only good at, but enjoys as well. And that it's ok to go out and get it. I had a little bit of harder time with the second ghost. I know that Phoebe lacked confidence in herself and it reflected in what she wore. But, I also think you are more than what you wear. The message seemed to be to get a man you have to wear the right clothes. Wasn't sure on that one really.

I really liked the third ghost, but kind of wondered if her message wasn't a little old fashioned. I'm sure we could all use a little relationship advice from time to time. But to step back and let him come to you or risk losing him? I just wasn't sure on that one.

I did like the overall story line and the general message, just not all the facts to get us there. That's ok though, I think plenty of others will like this!
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I love Lorena's books. They are simply fun reads with an underlying theme or message. I recommend this book when you have a free Saturday to just dive in and finish it all in a day or if might keep you up late at night. This would also be an excellent vacation book.
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"Every woman is beautiful. You are no exception." -Isolda

Lorena Bathey, author of Beatrice Munson, has done it again. She has created a warm, friendly, female loving book! She had me crying, laughing, and cheering. House on Plunkett Street is a very well written story. Just as she did in Beatrice Munson Lorena created larger than life characters that the reader wishes they had in their corner.

House on Plunkett Street is the story of Phoebe, a self-described bland & average character who has just skated through life, due to being the only girl in her family, surrounded by five testosterone driven brothers and an alcoholic mother who took no attention of her daughter. Phoebe knows she needs to leave the grips of her family in Chicago and actually gather a backbone and travels to California to settle. While here Phoebe only continues in her bland life, with her bland boyfriend, until she is forced to move out of her apartment.

Phoebe's life takes an unexpected turn for the better when she is lucky enough to score an apartment in a history rich apartment building. The house on Plunkett Street was once a home for women who, during the war, needed a place to work on their live. The house choses the new inhabitants, not the other way around. Insert Phoebe's 3 ghosts who are there to repair her life and help her find who she is. Isolda, Polly and Hazel.

Isolda is the first ghost to appear and the original owner of the building. She explains to Phoebe why they are there. Here is an excerpt from the story so that you can get a feel for this beautiful story and the authors incredible writing style:

"Dear, this is only an introduction. I wanted you to know that I was going to be here once in a while, so you were not frightened when I appeared.
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