Winna returns to her Colorado hometown and her father's last residence, an 87-year-old mansion built by his father, to settle his estate. As Winna shares memories with her married daughter, reconciles with her disinherited sister Chloe, and becomes reacquainted with old classmates, the old house gives up its secrets. A handwritten will, old love letters, an unfinished story in a notebook, and a diamond ring hidden among her childhood marbles call into question everything Winna knows about her beloved grandmother. Then come footsteps on the stairs, numerous break-ins, her car's brake failure on a mountain road, a fall down the basement stairs. Someone is trying to kill Winna. She can't begin to think it is her sister or Todd, Chloe's handsome new husband. Could it be her high school boyfriend John or the local handyman she's hired?
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KAREN VORBECK WILLIAMS is author of My Enemy’s Tears: The Witch of Northampton, a historical novel based on the life of her eleventh great–grandmother, who was accused of witchcraft in 1675. She is a prize-winning photographer and Master Gardener living in Rumford, Rhode Island.Review:
I loved being able to curl up with "The House on Seventh Street." Ienjoyed getting caught up in the old and the new mysteries that weretaking place at that address. The author does an excellent job ofbuilding suspense into the story. She also ties up all the loose ends so that by the last page, everything is answered. The characters are welldeveloped, yet they continue to evolve as they gain answers to questions that help them heal from the dysfunctional issues caused by the familyissues. I cannot imagine anything being added to this story that wouldhave made it more perfect. I highly recommend "The House on SeventhStreet" by Karen Vorbeck Williams...
-- Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (12/15)
"Looking back on the past to his failures made him uncomfortable,butsometimes those things rudely pushed into his mind and before heknewit, he would linger there for a time. Henry knew he had not beenmuch of a father to those girls."
An engaging story with afascinatingmystery and metaphysical insights, we are taken through thelives offive generations, with the focus on Winna, the granddaughter ofJulianaand Edwin, the daughter of Nora and Henry, the mother of Emily,thegrandmother of Isabelle, and the sister of Chloe. Winna returns hometoColorado from New Hampshire after the death of her father to settlehisestate, for Chloe was written out of her father's will. Working herwaythrough her grief of a divorce, the loss of her father, and abuddingrelationship with her estranged sister, Winna has a sense offorebodingin Henry's house. She discovers secret letters which relate to a mystery regarding Juliana, a secret love, and unexplained jewelry.Winna, whois now quite wealthy, is being stalked, experiencing oddevents andaccidents, and is unsure of whom to trust except for herdaughter, asold and new friends and family members are suspects.
This is anexquisitely written novel, both in the story line and in the depth andcreativity of the writing. Utilizing historical information asabackground along with the numerous twists in the facts and memories of a lifetime for each of the characters, Williams writes a novel thatisunique, troubling, and outright spell-binding. It slowly amblesthroughthe stories of love and hate and fear and faith. The authordemonstrates a passion within the ebb and flow of the prose. The depthof thecharacters, the beauty and awe-inspired descriptions, and themysterieswithin this mystery will engage the reader from the beginningto end.The ending is a surprise on more than one level and is astartlingrevelation and conclusion to the story. This is a novel thatshould notbe missed.
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