Book Reviews

Book Review: The House on Harbor Hill by Shelly Stratton


Title: The House on Harbor Hill

Author: Shelly Stratton

Publication Date: March 27, 2018

Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Rating: 5 Stars=Non-stop Page Turner

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The House on Harbor Hill was pure historical fiction with unsuspected twists and turns that made me stay up all night to get to the bottom of things.

My Thoughts

Book cover-the book cover is pleasing to the eyes. The neutral colors, the symbolism of the suitcase and steps leading up to the white door is calming. It convinces you to turn the book over and read the synopsis, which I did.

Plot/Structure-the structure of the book was split into four parts switching back and forth from 2016 to 1968. This helped me understand why the main character acted the way she did and helped in learning all the characters personalities. The plot was consistent in moving these characters lives forward making it easy to follow.

Characters-These characters kept me up late anticipating their next moves. In 2016, I received the strong, compassionate and caring Delilah Grey, who is a widower. In 1968, I received a timid, shy, not yet coming into her own Delilah Grey, who had to accept what life offered her. I fell in love with her character. Tracey is a mother trying to hide from her husband, Paul. She is struggling until she meets Delilah. Aidan keeps his hurt and pain well-hidden but something in him changes once he meets Tracey and her children.

The remaining characters frustrated me and some got under my skin but it was worth it. I want to tell you all about them but I can’t give away anything, so to learn more you need to read the book.

Message-my take away from this book is your blessings are not always for you but for someone else, with patience the truth will finally be revealed and running away never solves anything.

This was a wonderful page turner of suspense and murder mystery with powerful characters wrapped within a strong story line. After finishing it, I wanted to read it all over again and that never happens, so you know this book is good.

*This book was provided by the author for review purposes only.

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