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Redemption (Legends of Graham Mansion Book 1) Kindle Edition
A teenage girl, a murder, and a family secret—does a new friend in another time hold the key to making her family whole again?
Teenage Grae White isn’t crazy about her new home—a haunted mansion. When she accidentally finds out that her mother used to be a time traveler, Grae is transported two hundred years in reverse and witnesses the death of the first owner of the property. Being in the wrong place at the wrong time might result in Grae being stuck in another century, unless she listens to her new friend and helps solve the mystery behind the murder.
Grae soon learns that the murder of Joseph Baker is just the first in a series of mysteries that have haunted Graham Mansion for two centuries. An old key is the token to make her time travel journey possible. Will it unlock the mansion’s mysteries and also reveal a secret in her own family?
It’s a race against the clock for Grae to discover how to get home to her own time before she’s locked away for a murder she didn’t commit. Will the knowledge she gains on the journey help lead to answers in her own family history?
The Legends of Graham Mansion series combines a little history, a little mystery, and a little twist in time for a page-turning journey that will have the reader guessing until the very end.
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- ASIN : B009ZM6Q7K
- Publisher : Two Southern Belles Publishing (September 14, 2012)
- Publication date : September 14, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 660 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 223 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #942,588 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I've now finished the series, so this review will have spoiler-free comments to assist others in deciding whether or not to start the series in the first place.
First, for those who abhor a cliffhanger, you may like to know that this is a 5 book series. However, "series" implies individual self-contained stories with an overarching theme that is totally resolved at the end. I can't honestly say that this qualifies. I'd be more tempted to say it's a serial. And I can't even say that things are totally resolved at the end. According to Amazon, the book lengths are: 223, 289, 336, 448, and 387 (which, I presume, include the historic reference & TOC, at the end, which really isn't quite appropriate to count)
The first book is pretty much self-contained. Each successive book is less so. Book 4, Salvation, is a complete cliffhanger. It's also a rather long book. In fact, it's much more like the author decided it had gotten long enough (448 pages) & just made the end of a chapter the end of the book. So, be warned. Had I not gotten the whole series at once (free, thankfully), I would have been extremely upset. It literally stops in the middle of a scene. I don't consider that a sign of a good author.
I was really stunned to find a TOC at the VERY end of the book. The story ends, there's some historic reference, then a TOC. Since Kindle books usually open to the beginning of chapter one, you don't even notice that there's the historical reference or anything at the end unless you happen to pull up the menu and scroll to the end or make it to the end of the book. Poor planning/design.
Also, the "historical reference" section is clumsy at best. It's more like someone's research note cards tacked at the end in an attempt to satisfy a "show your work" demand.
The challenges of handling time travel aside (and this author tends to break her own rules), there are problems with plausibility/accuracy/consistency, as well as basic mechanics (grammar, syntax, etc.). It seemed that the errors grew with each book, or maybe it was that each book got longer and I just got more tired of it. I read for enjoyment. When my mental little red pen kicks into overdrive and I feel like I'm back grading papers (and not even getting paid), I tend to get cranky. I think I averaged something like one note per every 2-3 pages for the whole series. That really disrupts the flow of the book. I continued to the end of the series because I already had the books and I wanted to see how things wrapped up. (It ended pretty much how I thought it would, though there were still many unresolved threads.)
The overall storyline is pretty good. It's somewhat creative and interesting. It does tend to bog down, though. We're talking some 1500 pages, when all is said and done. The author references "Gone with the Wind" several times. Perhaps she was trying to write her own version, but I don't think it worked quite as well. (Yes, I actually *read* GWTW, eons ago.) At times, it seems as if the author is trying to just show that she researched a bunch of things and there are endless details thrown in which really don't add to the story. There are also times when it appears that the author got lost in her own minutia. There are inaccuracies and contradictions. (You never know who your audience may be….)
One recurring pet peeve of mine was the constant omission of "have/had" in a sentence. "You better do [x]." It should be, "You'd (or you had) better do [x]." It's like the people who say, "I could care less." That's incorrect. It's, "I COULDN'T care less," as in I don't care at all, so I couldn't possibly care any less. If you COULD care less, then you care, which negates the point. This is consistently incorrect throughout all the books. Perhaps the author doesn't know any better. (That's what editors and proofreaders are for.)
Another one is the misuse of was/were. "I wish I were" not "I wish I was." (And variations on that theme.)
One that really yanked me out of the story, many times, was the use of "peaked" instead of "peeked." As in, "She PEAKED her head out…" How does one do that, exactly? Does it actually come to a point? The correct word was only used one time, I believe. There was a similar problem with passed/past. (Mind you, this is from the series as a whole. I'm not going to wade through hundreds of notes from each of five books to isolate to this book or give individual citations. I don't have that kind of time.)
Even the covers of the books don't work. There's a mention of a shag haircut, but the covers all show long hair. And, given that this whole series takes place over a period of just a year or so, that doesn't work. (Hair grows ~0.5"/month, so from book 1 to book 2, you definitely can't get there.)
Oh, and as I wrote in my review of the third book, the chapters were actually out of order in that one! Really sloppy. There's absolutely no excuse. (And I bought and downloaded all these pretty recently - years after they were published. How could that still be an issue?)
My initial notes to myself at the end of the second book (impression of the first 2 books):
overall storyline: 4
character development: 4
Having now finished the series, I will revise that to:
overall storyline: 3 (some unresolved issues and problems)
mechanics/syntax: 1.5 (more errors in future books)
plausibility/accuracy/consistency: 1.25 ( " )
character development: 3.5 (Grae/Gav characters are inconsistent)
If I had it to do over, would I still read it? Maybe, for free. I think the whole thing could be significantly improved with a good editor and proofreader. There are potentially hundreds of errors to be corrected and the plot could be tightened considerably. This is more like a first draft of a potentially 4 star series (which should probably just be one or two books, broken at an appropriate place).
Wishing for something when you have no powers is one thing. Wishing for something when you have the power to travel back in time is totally different from anything you have ever imagined. The break up of her family has forced Grae White's mother, Kate, to move them back to Virginia in order to make ends meet. All the kids have known is a privileged city life with all the perks money can buy. Then, their father was sent to jail and almost everything they have is confiscated as illegal gains.
One day, while searching through a closet in her room, Grae is wishing she could piece together facts about a 200 year old murder. Then the room gets spinning and Grae comes to 200 years ago and in different clothes. She is dirty, shoe less, and wondering what to heck has happened. Then, a cat which just so happens to look like their cat back home starts talking to her. Grae thinks she is loosing her mind.
With The General (the cat) at her side giving her direction as to what to do and how to act without effecting the time line, Grae spends time 'creating her place' in this 200 year old time line.
What she learns while there, how her feelings about things change, and what she brings back with her make for an exciting and suspenceful story.
When Grae is finally able to get back to her own time, different things happen which are a direct result of her having been to the earlier time line. All of this makes for an exciting story that is a good read for all.
I recommend this book highly for all age levels.
Grae White is forced to move with her brother and mother to the mountains of Virgina, her mothers childhood home The Graham Mansion. Feeling like an out cast, everyone in this town knows of the crime that put her father in prison, breaking up the family and bringing them to her grandfathers mansion.
Grae decides she wants to find out the history of the house, learn about the people who used to live there and on the property, but what she is about to discover is nothing at all of what she thought it would be.
She is about to travel back in time 200 years and find out what happened during the tragic time when someone was murdered.
A nice historical/time travel mystery, with secrets. Y/A and adults should enjoy this read