This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Can a house have feelings? Be emotional and have loving ties with those who live within? Strangely enough in the bayous of Louisiana, a certain house fondly known as Claire’s House, so named after the original owner and the Gautier family that built it, has powerful bonds with its family, first the Gautiers and then a woman considered to be of ill-repute, Madame Savannah. And, when these beloved people died and never returned, what then? Stranger things have happened, but some of the strangest happened at Claire’s house, or so the local folklore proclaims.
Linda Heavner Gerald’s novel, Claire’s House: Spooky Louisiana Tales, is a chilling story of a house and its unnatural bonds to the families who dwell within. The plot begins with some backstory on the Gautier family and their ties to a strangely haunted piece of land in Louisiana. When Claire’s house is built, it has a beauty that wins the hearts of all who see it or live in it. The unsettling occurrences begin with the young children hugging and kissing the walls of the house. Then the nanny does the same and soon Claire reaps the benefits of the loving embrace of the house. The eeriness of this unnatural bond vibrates throughout the story and beware to anyone who threatens the house’s beloved family. The plot is rich in Louisiana folklore and history and the chilling realities of the unexplained and unnatural. Told as a legend using a narrative format, this is a powerful story that will have the reader glued to the pages until the end.