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Honeysuckle Hill (Merline Madagascar #2)

4.79 of 5 stars 4.79  ·  rating details  ·  14 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Daniel Rivers and his wife get more than they bargained for after they purchase a long-abandoned, ramshackle house on the outskirts of Shelton, Connecticut. This is a charming tale, revealed by the house itself, along with some help from a resident Pootatuck Indian spirit who is bound to the house and property until she can set straight the legend that history has erroneou ...more
Published February 14th 2007 by Xlibris Corporation (first published April 14th 2005)
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Marion Marchetto's Stairway to My Heart, the first book in her new Bridgewater Chronicles series, is sure to be an instant hit among historical fiction buffs. Beginning in 1890 and spanning across many decades, Stairway to My Heart will capture your attention and leave you asking for more. Marchetto is able to capture the feeling of 20th century America as she brings you the story of the Newkirk and Conner families.

Bostonian Kevin Newkirk is the heir to his prestigious family's business, Newkirk
While most of us wonder what we would hear if "these walls could talk," Marion Marchetto comes right out and tells us. Now maybe you think the idea of having a house narrate a story is a cute gimmick – for most writers, it would be just that, a gimmick, but for Marchetto, it's darn near an art form. 201 Atwater was a wonderfully refreshing surprise of a novel, offering ample proof that Marion Marchetto is a writer's writer, yet even I wondered – just a little bit – how well the house as narrator ...more
I think many would agree with the notion that houses have personalities, that there is something much more than wood, bricks, etc., in their makeup, something that takes on aspects of the lives of those calling it home. Why else does a perfectly solid house literally fall in upon itself within as little as a year after its owners pass away or move on and leave it empty? Houses also hold secrets – especially historic old homes that have seen a number of different families reside within their wall ...more
An Amazing Journey Back in Time

Stairway to My Heart by Marion Marchetto takes the reader of a remarkable journey back in time. She skillfully recreates the world of turn-of-the-century Boston and New York through vivid and crisp descriptions.

The story chronicles the lives of Kevin Newkirk and Cordelia Conner. Kevin, in need of a wife that will suit his family and society, marries Cordelia, whose sole ambition is to rise in social standing. With less than a spark of love between them, they turn
The 3rd in a series by this author that tells the story of a historical home from the house's point of view and a "house whisperer" of sorts Merline.

This story features a house in Derby, CT on Hawthorne Avenue across the street from Oak Cliff Cemetery. The house starts out with a happy couple Ilsa and Edwin whose marriage falters after he returns home from the Civil War and being held as a prisoner of war. She is buried alive in the basement by her deranged husband. Each of the subsequent famili
Chosen from the Book Club Reading List, “Stairway to My Heart” is an elegantly written saga about a family trying to balance the façade of their lives with that of their complicated and deeply private lives. As expected of stories set during the Edwardian era, the main characters have an abundance of wealth and prestige, and live in a world where mistresses and illegitimate children are commonplace. There were many glamorous parties, exotic jewels and lots of champagne. If Edith Wharton were to ...more
Jul 20, 2013 Jodi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Also a bookclub pick. I'm only a couple of chapters into it -- charming so far.
Oak Cliff: A Tale of Darkness and Despair was the first book I have read by this author, but it definitely won't be my last.

I was pulled in from the first page by the unique and intriguing way the author chose to weave this story. The story is told from the perspective of the Oak Cliff farmhouse.

Starting in the Civil War era and ending in the present day, I was carried throughout history with Oak Cliff's powerful and heart-wrenching stories of those who lived within it's walls. The accounts of
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Author of three unique historical fiction novels: 201 Atwater; Honeysuckle Hill; Oak Cliff - A Tale of Darkness & Despair. Together they comprise the Merline Madagascar trilogy.

My newest book is THIS JADED HEART, Book 2 of The Bridgewater Chronicles. This book follows the offspring of the Newkirk family. STAIRWAY TO MY HEART, Book 1 of The Bridgewater Chronicles, is a five generation family sa
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