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The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor Kindle Edition
The USA Today–bestselling author crafts a haunting Southern tale of a house that harbors centuries-old sorrows and a family fraught with lies.
“Do you know what stories Sarah could tell you about the things that happened in these little cabins? They’d curl that pretty red hair of yours.”
Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, beyond hanging curtains of Spanish moss, at the end of a shaded tunnel of overarching oaks, stands the antebellum mansion of Peppernell Manor in all its faded grandeur. At the request of her friend Evie Peppernell, recently divorced Carleigh Warner and her young daughter Lucy have come to the plantation house to refurbish the interior. But the tall white columns and black shutters hide a dark history of slavery, violence, and greed. The ghost of a former slave is said to haunt the home, and Carleigh is told she disapproves of her restoration efforts. And beneath the polite hospitality of the Peppernell family lie simmering resentments and poisonous secrets that culminate in murder—and place Carleigh and her child in grave danger . . .
“If you’re a fan of Gothic Romantic Suspense novels by Phyllis A. Whitney, Victoria Holt, and Barbara Michaels, you’re going to love The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor.” —Jane Reads
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- ASIN : B00OEW5SR0
- Publisher : Lyrical Press (28 April 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 5089 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 248 pages
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I agree with some of the readers, that the title is a bit misleading, since the ghost doesn't make a splashy appearance. However, I was glad because I don't care for a story filled with ghost dialogue because it makes the story seem unrealistic. Instead, we get a realistic look at a divorced mom with a successful career. There was suspense/murder, and I wasn't able to figure out the culprits till near the end, which most certainly made it interesting and unpredictable.
I love to read a book that I can relate to personally. This is one of those books. I related to Carleigh's experience as a divorced mom, cried with Evie over her loss, and got angry with Vivian for her actions toward Phyllis. As far as ghosts; we all have them in our closets. Maybe they don't talk to us on a daily basis, but they are surely there, reminding us of the ups and downs of life.
Well worth the read... :-)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon.
The reviewer received a complimentary download of the novel in exchange for an objective and honest review.
When Carleigh and her 3-year-old daughter, Lucy, take up residence temporarily in Peppernell Manor near Charleston, South Carolina, Carleigh thinks of it as an exciting new restoration project and a break from her jerk of an ex-husband and his stripper girlfriend back in Chicago. Carleigh never imagines that the ensuing months on the grounds of the antebellum plantation will entail not only the satisfaction of bringing the manor house and out buildings back to their historic grandeur, but also the terror of unexplained deaths, familial intrigue, and a supernatural Presence.
Author Amy M. Reade recreates the quaint, historic city of Charleston and its environs with such exquisite detail, the reader feels like a long-time resident of the area. The foods, climate, history, and even the weather become real in Ms. Reade's precise, flowing prose. The characters -- both human and ghostly -- display charm, personality, depth, and numerous surprises as one mystery after another unfolds at Peppernell Manor until all is connected and explained in the end.
Be prepared to read the entire novel in one sitting. It is a page turner that will keep you engulfed in Low-country atmosphere, romance, and suspense from the first chapter to the last.
I recommend this novel to readers from early teens to golden years as it has no offensive content and provides people and details that will interest any and every age group. If you haven't picked up a good old gothic-type mystery in a while, The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor is an excellent way to break your literary fast.
Set in an antebellum mansion outside of Charleston, surrounded by old money, old blood and old memories, Peppernell Manor is full of mystery and intrigue that develop steadily as the story progresses. The reader does feel as though they are transported to the south, and as though the house and characters take shape before them as they read. Some of the minor characters are somewhat underdeveloped, but that doesn’t detract from the story too much, but rather adds to the plot in the sense that the reader continues to be suspicious of them and their motives as the plot thickens.
I started this book expecting it to be more about haunting and less of a contemporary mystery, and although that wasn’t quite the case, I was neither disappointed by the story nor by how it worked out.