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Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite
Allie Morton is living on her own for the first time in her life after proceeding with a divorce from her emotionally abusive husband in The Landlord by Hannah Ross. Arriving at a lakeside cottage which she has agreed to rent sight unseen, Allie is concerned but quickly falls in love with the setting and the majesty of the lake and surrounding mountains, as well as the quirky inhabitants of the nearby town.
Ross provides the historical elements of the story through the appearance of The Lady of the Lake, the 200-year-old ghost of Lizzie Williamson, a farm wife who had lived nearby. Lizzie’s story comes out in the form of dreams that Allie uses as the basis for writing a book that fulfills a passion her husband had belittled and crushed. Allie makes important discoveries about herself and the direction she wants her life to take as she learns more and more about the struggles Lizzie had to face in a time when there was no recourse for the whims of the local nobleman. A strong woman in her own time, Lizzie needs Allie to tell her story and set the record straight about the tragedies that shaped her life and caused her death.
Hannah Ross captivates you with rich descriptions and wonderfully portrayed characters in The Landlord. It is interesting that both women have some type of relationship with their landlords, but under extremely different circumstances and with significantly dissimilar outcomes. The writing is clear and easy to follow with distinct styles for the two women, and you will be anxious to see what happens next as the story progresses and Allie makes more and more connections between the people from the past in order to tell Lizzie’s story. The Landlord by Hannah Ross is a delightful yet deeply moving story that holds your interest and makes you feel for the problems women face, both past and present. Well done and quite entertaining!