Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite
The mansion at Holly Oak is believed to be haunted by ghosts of Susannah Page, thought to be a Civil War spy for the North. These ghosts have been talked about for generations, but no one seems to have tried to find out if they were indeed real or just talked about. It wasn’t until many generations after Susannah’s life that Marielle marries into the family, moving in the house with her new husband, his two children and their great-grandmother. Moving into someone else’s house was difficult enough for Marielle, and all of the ghost talk made it even worse, so she strikes out to find the real truth about this ancestor that is believed to be still living at Holly Oak in the form of a ghost. Join Marielle as she starts her new married life in this huge mansion and digs until she finally finds what has been going on in the walls of the Holly Oak mansion for so many years.
This book starts off really good; I enjoyed the interaction between the Civil War era and the present and meeting Susannah as well as her family for generations to come. The characters created by the author were interesting to get to know and enjoy. The secrets made the plot flow smoothly in the first half of the book; but after the letters started, there were so many of them, I became a little bored. And I was expecting more excitement when the truth really came out about Susannah and the supposed ghosts; it was kind of a letdown for me just reading her letters to find the answers. I think it is also because the book looks and sounds like a ghost story, but...well I don’t want to give anything away. Overall, this is enjoyable and worth your read.