When a young woman inherits a rundown mansion, the last thing she expects to find is the key to her heart…
Abby Foster is a fish out of water in the Maine coastal town of Jewell Cove. The crumbling Foster estate, left to her by a relative she never even knew, has everyone’s eyes on her—an eerie reminder of the long-buried family secrets that have haunted her…forever. Single, stunning, and sometimes too strong-willed for her own good, Abby’s plan is to sell the house and hightail it back to Nova Scotia. But another part of her is intrigued by the idea of starting over somewhere new—and finally learning the truth about her heritage.
The House On Blackberry Hill
Enter Tom Arseneault. The best contractor in Jewell Cove, Tom is determined to restore the beauty and prestige of the Foster mansion—and maybe even work his charms on its beautiful new heir. The attraction between him and Abby is undeniable, and the more time Tom spends on the house the more he wants to be in it with her. But Abby’s not sure she can trust him—or anyone in Jewell Cove who seems to know more about her family history than she does. Home: Is it really where the heart is after all?
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“The House on Blackberry Hill” by Donna Alward is a lovely contemporary romance with historical ties and a strong feeling of roots and family connections.
I liked this book very much. Every once in a while I am lucky enough to find a book that has such wonderful atmosphere that it transports me from the world I know to the same place the characters are in. This is one of those books. The descriptions are perfect. I could smell the scent of blackberries in the air and feel the breeze upon my skin.
This is a very family and small town oriented story. The author did a superb job of introducing her characters. There was enough about their previous lives to make them interesting, but not so much time spent recounting the past that it got boring. Reading this book was like making new friends.
I enjoyed watching the mysteries about the old family home come to light. The understated paranormal in this story worked really well with the plot. I am really looking forward to the next book.
As the romance was more sweet and authentic and than hot and sexy and the love scenes were very mild, this would be an excellent choice for those who like love story based romances.
Overall, this was an intriguing book that satisfied my desire to escape reality for a bit. I’d definitely recommend it.
This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher and provided through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.