With genteel grace and quiet fortitude, Emma Garrett presides over Hill House, a stately boardinghouse in the canal village of Candlewood, New York. She finds her purpose in caring for her guests, ministering to them with a generous dose of wisdom and humour But when a "runaway grandma" lands on her doorstep, Emma's need to fix every wrong places her in the midst of a family feud.
Emma's concerns heighten when her attorney, Zachary Breckenwith, delivers life-changing news, leaving Emma reeling from the implications. With her future suddenly uncertain, Emma longs to restore the peace of Hill House for her guests and within her own heart.
I got this as a freebie Kindle download, and at the time of writing this post it is still available free.
320 pages long.
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I should point out that I mistakenly went for this one as I'd thought that it was an Historical Romance, and in point of fact it turns out to be classified as Fiction, Christian - although it is Historical.
It is not something I would have willingly gone for, and whilst apart from the odd spelling/grammatical and typographical error there was nothing wrong with it ... I found it to be way too slow. Actually, the Christian content is minimal, and I wouldn't let that put you off.
The plot was thin on the ground, and the characters lacked depth.
At best I could say it was a gentle read that was undemanding, just a shade of dull ... however, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it was quite as bad that it tended towards as "dull as ditchwater". Really the only exciting thing that happened throughout was a renegade chicken!
With reference to the clearly dangerous and vicious chicken ... I did find it quite unbelievable that given it was an Historical novel in a somewhat rural location, it seemed to hold the entire household and visiting contingent in awed fear. On a personal note, I have a phobia of birds, but even I can manage to deal with one small chicken without fear for my well being.
A 2 star rating. It looks like this is a Trilogy, and the pace of the book would suggest that it would take that long for the vague idea of a romance for the main character, Emma, to get past the other person (Zachary) just existing in the the same locale.
I don't think I will bother to read the rest of the Trilogy, purely because there was too little going on for my taste.