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The House On Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright Review

Happy Wednesday Guys!


Thanks so much for joining me today on the Preppy Book Princess.


I'm excited it's officially October, as the leaves are really starting to change 
color, and it's finally cool enough to pull out my thick sweaters.


With the change to these blistery, cooler temps, I was in the mood to read a scary novel for some reason, and so I was excited to have the chance to advance read a Christian suspense/thriller novel which was exactly what I was in the mood to read. And today I'm excited to share my thoughts and opinions on this one with you guys, cause I honestly have a feeling that this book is going to be a huge success when it releases in November.



The House On Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright:



Publisher: Bethany House 

Publication Date: November 21st, 2017

Source: Publisher via NetGalley


Synopsis:

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide. 

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--
including her own--are lost?


*****synopsis from goodreads*****







My Review:

I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

Before I picked this book up, I had the chance to read some other blogger's reviews, and I basically knew going into this book that it was going to be spine tingling scary, but beautifully written, and I was excited for the chance to jump into it. After finishing it, I can honestly say that The House On Foster Hill is unlike anything I've ever read before, and it took me a few days to organize my thoughts well enough to be able to write this review.

Right from the start, this well paced, well written novel pulled me in with it's spooky setting, dual story line, and strong female characters who aren't afraid to fight for justice, and for what they believe in. It doesn't matter if it's in the past or in the present, something strange and sinister is surrounding the deserted house on Foster Hill, and it'll take two women in different time periods to get to the bottom of what's truly wrong with this house rumored to be haunted.

In 1906, Ivy is considered strange by her town's people, ever since her brother's death left her quiet and withdrawn into herself, and obsessed with remembering every deceased person in her "death journal." Her obsession turns a new light when a dead body of a young woman is found in a tree trunk by the mysterious house on Foster Hill, and Ivy can't shake the desire to bring justice to who committed this hideous crime, and fight for this young woman who's no longer capable of doing so on her own.

In the present day, Kaine Prescott is dealing with her own terrors, convinced that her husband's death wasn't an accident, and that the man who's stalking and tormenting her must have had something to do with it, she leaves San Diego for the town where her ancestor Ivy Thorpe resided close to a century before. However, the horrific events that plagued her in California seem to follow her to her new destination, and soon Kaine, like her great ancestor before her, is convinced that there's more to the sinister house on the hill than anyone could ever truly believe.

The House On Foster Hill is a spine tingling, make sure all the lights are on in the house, type of novel, and the dual story line was weaved in so perfectly that I never felt lost when it jumped from one story to the other. As well, while it doesn't have a lot of supporting characters, I really enjoyed the ones that were featured, especially Joel, Grant and Joy. The faith element is really tied into the story in exactly the right way, and I was really impressed with how well this was handled considering the scarier aspects of the book's plot line. Both Ivy and Kaine are struggling with their faith due to the harsh circumstances that life has dealt them, and both find inspiration from an unexpected source, which I don't want to spoil here for anyone but it was definitely one of the most heart wrenching parts of the book for me personally. As well, I was a little nervous about how the "haunted house" rumors were going to be handled in an inspirational novel, and I was worried this was going to be sensationalized, but this was definitely not the case, and I still ended up being quite surprised with how everything wrapped up at the end 

Overall, I can't say enough about how much I loved this debut novel by Jaime Jo Wright, and I definitely think she's established herself as an author to watch for in the future. This book provides a great mystery, two beautiful developing romances over the different time periods, but most of all it focuses on hope, and how God always has a plan, no matter what our circumstances are.  Two of my all time fave Christian authors are Colleen Coble and Dani Pettrey, and Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel is right up the list with theirs for me personally. I gave this one four out of five stars, and I highly recommend pre-ordering this one ASAP! This is one novel you're definitely not going to want to miss, and I'm anticipating it being a huge book to watch out for once it's officially released in November.



Thanks so much to Bethany House and NetGalley for the opportunity to have read this, and thanks so much to all you guys for reading today!



Have a great rest of your day and I'll see you all again on Friday :)



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