Thursday, June 24, 2021

On The Cliffs Of Foxglove Manor By Jaime Jo Wright

On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor
by Jaime Jo Wright
Publisher: Bethan House
ISBN: 9780764233906

Ok, I'll be honest. Jaime Jo Wright's books always make me nervous. EVEN though I've read numerous ones, I wonder if the next one will do me in! hahahaha It's never happened, but she always has me by the edge of my seat. I jumped at the chance to be on her launch team for her latest release!

Summary:

Foxglove Manor would twist its way into your soul until one day it owned you, and it called to you, and it didn't cease haunting you until you came back.

In 1885, Adria Fontaine has been sent away from her home to recover goods her malevolent father pirated on the Great Lakes during the Civil War. Hoping to find freedom away from her father, Adria arrives at Foxglove Manor--a stone house on a cliff overlooking Lake Superior--but senses only wickedness hovering over the property. The mistress of Foxglove is an eccentric and seemingly cruel old woman who has filled her house with dangerous secrets, ones that may cost Adria her life. 

Centuries later, Kailey Gibson takes on a position as a nurse's aide at a senior home in a renovated old stone manor. Abducted as a child, she has nothing but locked-up memories of secrets and death, overshadowed by the chilling threat from her kidnappers that they may return. When the residents of Foxglove start sharing stories of whispers in the night, hidden treasure, and a love willing to kill, it becomes clear this home is far from a haven. 

As the sinister mysteries of Foxglove Manor haunt two women separated by time, they will have to risk it all to banish the past's demons--including their own.

My Review:

Just to give you some insight into how my review is going to go, the first page of the first chapter, which is only a 1/2 page, drew me in completely. The writing is so detailed. It reminded me of reading books of olde. I felt like every sentence in this story was artistically written. It suffused itself into my bones.

On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor propels the reader back to 1885 on the UP of Michigan on Lake Superior. Now, for me, I've been to the MN side of the lake in Duluth. The cover of the book fits so well with the story! The story goes back and forth between 1885 and current day. And yes, it's a creepy story... sorta, but not really. I mean, that's what it's supposed to be. And listen, I'm not a fan of scary or creepy stories, but that's the point of her stories. To a degree, at least. That's the part that draws you in. What keeps you hooked other than the mystery is a) the relationships and b) how faith is infused into a story where you might least expect it.

This is where Jaime Jo Wright is such a master at story telling. She excels at so much with her writing. She doesn't just write an intriguing story, but time slip stories that are suspenseful and bring in the faith element! So much going on and she does it excellently!

We meet Adria Fontaine who is such a broken young lady that I just wanted to bear hug her to let her know she was loved. Her life has been so desolate and it just seems to go from bad to worse. The secrets at Foxglove Manor may just do her in! And not just her, but the other people living there as well.

In current day is Kailey Gibson and her brother, Jude, who is autistic. Their childhoods are just about as bad as Adria's. Kailey hopes visiting Foxglove Manor will give her some answers to trauma she experienced as a child. Unfortunately, their time at the Manor only gets more confusing and downright scary!

So much mystery and intrigue surrounding the history of Foxglove Manor. The suspense is non-stop throughout the entire story. Just as you think the story is ramping up it gets even more mysterious. I kept thinking I might know what's going on only to find out I don't. Ope, we've got some questionable activity happening in both time periods!

Once again, Jaime Jo Wright brings us some crazy experiences through her characters and they wound their way into my heart. They were such deep, rich characters that I didn't want it to end! As much as I get nervous picking up her books, I never want to put them down once I get started.

I'm eagerly anticipating her next read already!!!

About the Author:

Jaime Jo Wright (www.jaimewrightbooks.com) is the author of six novels, including Christy Award winner The House on Foster Hill and Carol Award winner The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. She's also the Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestselling author of two novellas. Jaime lives in Wisconsin with her cat named Foo; her husband, Cap'n Hook; and their littles, Peter Pan and CoCo. To learn more, visit www.jaimewrightbooks.com.

1 comments:

Cindy said...

I can't wait to read this one. I bought it and have it staring at me on the shelf...hopefully before the summer is out :)

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