Nine Steps to Sara
This book was honestly really about the protagonist and her love interest. Seriously. It was a lot of narrative about the two flirting back and forth and not much else. By the time the story starts unraveling, one starts to feel as if th ...more
This novel was so poorly written and conceived that I was actually laughing while reading the very silly dialogue, filled with cliches. The premise was totally not credible! Cartoon-like story with cardboard characters. Earned one star in my book, then just before t ...more
Yes it does feature an old estate, with it's very own ghost but the main part of the story is about Sara who inherits the estate, the alleged curse and everyone around her who comes to help her and protect Jack.
I did find some of the language used strange and a bit off for something written in modern times, almost like the entire estate was stuck in a different era, but I would have expec ...more
Sara Darling is living the dream when she discovers that she is now heir to the Darling family estate in England. While the estate is in a bit of disrepair, she is excited to fix things up and make a life in the English countryside with her son. Of course, it doesn't hurt when the handsome an ...more
The unintresting and undevloped charcters left me bored and rolling my eyes. Speaking of rolling my eyes, "an eye roll was given" just does not flow well. Have you ever heard of show, not tell. This book never brings you into the story at all.
The dialog was just stupid most of the time, I kept wondering who would ever ta ...more
The characters are flat and poorly written. The story is not eerie and only mildly interesting. Most of the book is just the characters talking at each other.
At first, things seem okay t ...more
When we meet Sara, she, her best friend, and her son are headed to their new home in a remote English village Apparently, Sara’s son is the only remaining male heir to an English Baronet. Everything seems quaint and picturesque until some strange goings on happen. In all the craziness, Sara finds herself relying on Will, the local jack-of-all-trades. Will makes himself indispensable to her.
I’m going to stop there with the description. ...more
This is pretty much a modern take on the classic gothic novel. So the premise of the story is that Sara and her eight year old son Jack inherit a huge estate and Royal title from some long lost relative in England. She ups stakes and moves there to collect dragging her BFF Joanie along for the ride.
She arrives to find that the estate is quite delapidated, but there is plenty of dough to fix it up and to live high on the hog while doing it. Only proviso is that she h ...more
Prepare to be whisked away to an England that isn't quite so jolly as Sara's been lead to believe. Newly minted Lady Sara Darling has just gotten the news of a lifetime; she's inherited a lavish country estate in the south of England. It's no surprise when things aren't all as they seem, and soon they've got all the earmarks of a genuine haunted mansion. Instead of heading for the hills, plucky Sara decides to find out more about the ghostly relative who haunts the halls of Darling Park, invisi
I haven't read a ghost story in years and thought I would take a chance with this. So glad I did, I loved it.
Beautifully written, relatable characters, wonderfully atmospheric and I was instantly transported in to the heart of the story as if I was actually there.
The story itself unfolds with a mix of romance and the spectre of the unexplained. Sara and Jacks good fortune sets in place a chain reaction of events changing their life as they knew it in more ways than one.
Lisa builds layer ...more
Anyways, this is my first ghost-related book I've read and I've made a good choice with this being my first one. And Lisa Olsen just has a nice writing style you can easily slip into. At first I thought this story would be your typical mansion-haunting-ghost right after Sara inherited it, but there' ...more
While it was pegged as a ghost story, it never got too creepy.
The American girl inheriting a massive British fortune didn't go nuts with the money. But it was still fun to consider.
The romance part was clean and sweet.
The best friend was obnoxious.
I'm sounding negative, but I have to say over all it was a fun read that I really enjoyed. No masterful work, but it did the job of entertaining.