The House on Foster Hill

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Wright, Jaime Jo. The House on Foster Hill. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House Publishers. 2017.

SUMMARY:
In a house on Foster Hill in Oakwood Wisconsin, almost a century ago, a young woman is found dead. Determined to find the assailant, Ivy Thorpe searches yet soon discovers herself in dangerous situations. Forced to revisit memories long shut away, she must shield her own heart while untangling the web of mysteries surrounding the house. Meanwhile, at the same house in present day, new owner Kaine Prescott experiences the same feelings as Ivy when she confronts issues encircling her own life and the same dark happenings within the Foster Hill House.  Struggling to understand the eerie, she must also guard her heart while dealing with the pain of the past.  Suspense, mystery, uncertainty and history besiege in The House on Foster Hill

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Definitely a thriller with time periods linked through deep connections to Foster Hill House, I found it very interesting how the story jumped back and forth between characters and time periods yet had that underlying relationship. Left wondering just exactly what that affiliation may be, I found this book hard to put down once I was immersed in it. As a new author to me, I most likely will look for more books from Jaime Jo Wright and hope she realizes her talent for writing such spine-tingling, dramatic, emotional novels as she did with this one, her debut novel.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The House on Foster Hill from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*

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Forgotten Tales of Wisconsin

Hintz, Martin. Forgotten Tales of Wisconsin. Charleston, SC: The History Press. 2012.

SUMMARY:
talesFull of mini-tales from the Badger State, Forgotten Tales of Wisconsin reminds readers of events in the past so as to make the present more meaningful. Odd facts, little stories, unique tidbits and history “did-you-knows” are all included. Set up in short story format and accompanied by cute illustrations, both humor and wit make this book a true delight. (Part of a series on forgotten tales of various states.)

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Quick, light, easy and enjoyable, Forgotten Tales of Wisconsin is fun to read in spurts as time allows. I appreciated the extra knowledge to drop into conversations as well as learn about the history of Wisconsin. Perfect as a gift for history buffs, Badger fans, long-time WI residents or anyone interested in extra “useless knowledge”. (Topics include speed limits, the auto industry, prohibition, the circus, murder mysteries and politics.) I liked the style in which it was written as well as the format. It is just the right size to tuck in my purse for those few minutes while waiting.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Forgotten Tales of Wisconsin from The History Press for my honest review*