A mansion with layers of history, and a family who has lived there for multiple generations. For family ancestor and Civil War-era Susannah Page, that house had not been such a pleasant haven. She was rumored to be a spy for the North and was accused of being a traitor.
These days her great-granddaughter Adelaide is the current matriarch of the Holly Oak house. But she doesn’t think that Susannah’s ghost haunts the mansion looking for something. She just suspects that the house holds a grudge on its tragic past.
And now Marielle Bishop from Arizona is marrying into the family. It’s not long before she comes to believe that the house brings a great deal of strife to the women who live within its walls. With Adelaide very superstitious and the family’s roots compromised, Marielle feels as if she has to sort out the truth when it comes to Susannah and the Holly Oak mansion – all while trying to persuade herself that the sacrifices she made for love were worth all the ghost talk.
Admittedly when I first started this novel it didn’t seem very exciting and I almost stopped after about 30 pages, but thankfully I did not. As you dig down deeper into the story it gets more and more intriguing. The book is split into five different parts. The only real complaint I had was that part four was extraordinarily long and dragged on a bit.
The characters were quite interesting and the story was very original. Having never read a novel like this, I found it to be a refreshing treat. I have a few of Susan Meissner’s books but haven’t gotten to them as of yet and this one was a great introduction. More of her books will be reviewed in the future. Not being able to divulge much about what goes on in the book is tough – you could easily give away most of the book in your excitement if you weren’t careful! It’s a great selection if you are a fan of historical fiction.
It is out now, so go check it out!