Monday, July 28, 2014

Tasty Virtual Tour for Secrets of Hallstead House by Amy M. Reade. July 14th thru August 1st, 2014!

Secrets of Hallstead House
By: Amy M. Reade
Releasing July 17th, 2014



Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Summerplace is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. 
Alex seems happy to have Macy’s help, but others on the island, including Alex’s sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats…slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House…

My Review:

To me, this story has a nostalgic feel to me and brings back memories of the Gothic romantic stories that my Mom and Grandmother let me read when I was younger. Told in first person, you will find the writing in the tradition of Phyllis Whitney,Victoria Holt and Barbara Michaels. This contemporary story pays homage to the classic storytelling of the past. The spooky old mansion near the rocks, the lurking housekeeper married to an unfriendly handyman and the resentful relatives. 

And lots of secrets.
Macy is hired to help the elderly Alexandria recover from surgery at the secluded summer home, Hallstead House. She is made to feel unwelcome by the man who ferrys her to the house and by nearly everyone else except Alex, who loves having her there. And soon "accidents" begin to threaten Macy. There are lots of red herrings that leave you guessing, and plenty of twists. I haven't read a story like this in a long time and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was given an ARC of this book by NetGalley for an honest Review.

B & N

Author Info:

Amy M. Reade is a debut author of romantic suspense.  A native of upstate New York, she grew up in the Thousand Islands region and was inspired by the natural beauty of that area to write her first novel, Secrets of Hallstead House.  She now lives in New Jersey with her husband, three children, a Bouvier des Flandres named Orly, and two rescued cats who refuse to answer to their names of Porthos and Athos.
Upon graduation from Cornell University and Indiana University School of Law, Amy practiced law in New York City, but soon discovered that her dream job was writing.  In addition to volunteering with school, church, and community groups, Amy is currently working on her second novel, set in the area around Charleston, South Carolina.
Though Amy lives within sight of the Atlantic Ocean, she is partial to the blue waters of the Pacific and spends as much time as possible on the Big Island of Hawaii, which is the setting of her as-yet-unwritten third novel.

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  1. Thanks for hosting me today and thanks for the great review! I appreciate it very much!

  2. Nice review! Thanks for the heads up about the book.