House of Sorrow: Legends of Madeira Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B091HX4BHR
- Publisher : AIW Press (April 6, 2021)
- Publication date : April 6, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3778 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 99 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #976,910 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Ruth is a wonderful character. Social and outgoing, someone who quickly establishes herself as a friendly face in her neighborhood and community. I particularly liked her friendship with her neighbor Sam. He’s a bit of a curmudgeon, opinionated, but highly likeable at the same time. He also believes in curses. It’s through Sam that Ruth learns several of her new home’s former residents died unexpectedly. The history of the house is a mystery that serves to open the door for Hall’s series.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the way the author wove events from the 1960s into the story. Some are delivered via journal entries from Ruth, others through narrative and dialogue. As someone who has long been fascinated by that time period, those references were highlights for me.
I’m eagerly looking forward to seeing how this series unfolds, and can’t wait for the release of the first full-length novel which will be set in present day. I have a passion for books that combine historical elements, old legends, and contemporary settings. Legends of Madeira promises to deliver all three!
Ruth Hazleton and her husband Lee move to Madeira after Lee lands the job as Chief of Police. I fell in love with Ruth's character. She is friendly, outgoing, and caring. She is the lady that bakes cookies for the neighborhood children, organizes Easter egg hunts, and decorates for every holiday. Set in the sixties, the author weaves historical events throughout this short story, from the Kennedy assassinations to the first Apollo landing on the moon and the break-up of The Beatles. She makes the story believable along with the characters and the mystery surrounding the old house. Could the house truly be cursed? I cannot wait to find out! I enjoyed that the author put the first chapter from the first novel in the series at the end of this short story. It whets my appetite for more. I highly recommend this if you love a good mystery set in a believable small town with unforgettable characters.
Hall weaves so many historical events of significance into the story along with the narrative, which added a weight and a truth to the piece. The sixties were a fascinating time, and it was interesting to see these situations through the characters’ eyes.
The end of the story establishes Ruth’s change in beliefs and sets up the first book in the series. I’m eagerly looking forward to it. This was an easy five stars from me.
Top reviews from other countries
‘Patches of white still lingered in shady areas. The snow would melt. But would her heart ever thaw?’
‘[I] didn’t choose what happened, but I can choose my attitude.’
The ending came way too soon for me, which shows what a great job the writer did of setting the scene for the first novel in the Legends of Madeira series. I’m watching for release day, I can tell you. House of Sorrow gets five stars from me.
NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.
5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.
4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.
3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it.
2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines.
1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.