Thursday, March 4, 2021

The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman

This book is a very unique read and unlike anything I've read before. It's part of a series called Doors to the Past so it goes back and forth between the early 1900s and present day. Dini Blackstone is the main character of the present day tale and she has become fascinated with a lady from the past named Hedda Krause. Dini has read Hedda's memoir countless times and even collected memorabilia from Hedda's life. Growing up in a family of magicians has made Dini look at life through a magnifying glass and her attention to detail is like no other. However, she has never been able to completely solve the mystery which was Hedda Krause's life until a stranger named Quin Carmichael enters the picture. Quin has a familial connection to a person from Hedda's past and he has the clues to finally solve this mystery and break through walls that Dini didn't even realize were there.

This is probably not something I would normally read just because I'm not usually interested in things that are "haunted" or "ghostly." However, the author has done a great job of making this into more of a mystery than a typical ghost story. It is a clean read with some inspiration and romance thrown in as well. The characters are very interesting and unique and the conclusion is definitely not what I expected. I think the author is very talented and it is obvious that she put a lot of work and research into this book as the plot was inspired by a true story. This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it definitely has a one-of-a-kind style and storyline.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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