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The House

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  163 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Can a house keep secrets?

1840’s – When Lord Edward Armstrong builds the house for his bride, Anna, the family is at the climax of its power. But its world is threatened when no heir is born. Anna could restore their fortunes, but it would mean the ultimate betrayal. Then the Great Famine grips the country.

1910s – Clara finds life as lady of the manor is not what she expec
Paperback, 504 pages
Published 2013 by Poolbeg Press (first published December 12th 2012)
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Sharon Coleman
Dec 08, 2015 Sharon Coleman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't, I just can't.

In all honesty I was only able to get to the 2% mark before saying shoot me now.

The dialogue had me laughing out loud and not so much in a good way, more in an OMG did she really just tell her husband (whom she is--pleasantly and happily, mind you--in the process of divorcing) what it is that they both do for a living? Didn't he know? "We both work in good professions –you’re a journalist and I’m an architect,” said Nico.

And that is the only time a character says anything.
Oct 31, 2013 Aoife rated it it was ok
Recommended to Aoife by: I won a copy from The Bord Gais Book Club
Shelves: 2013-completion
This is a hard one to rate. In my mind it's a 2.5 star book and struggling to decide whether to mark up or down.
The book is very easy to read and the story isn't too bad. However it's very predictable and the writing itself is only ok. What the book lacks is any real depth of character and a lot less of the abrupt jumps that take place in terms of character changes and plot progression. It just doesn't have the feel of a book written by a fully fledged author but give him/her a few years and wh
Cath Stannard
Sep 30, 2015 Cath Stannard rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book.
I love historical fiction and this book took you through 3 different centuries which each told a fascinating story. All the characters were very real and believable and I didn't want the book to 3nd. Can't wait to read the next instalment
Dec 29, 2015 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't have loved this anymore. It was ssssooo brilliant and I was so ragging when it was over, I feel in love with ALL characters and ALL stories and I am still thinking of them as I read anothr book and wondering how they are all getting on and what they are getting themselves up too ha
Feb 04, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
I love a great family saga through the decades. This story had me hooked from chapter one! This is my first time reading this author and come to find out, there is a second book in this series!

(Side note: this author needs to find a better editor. There were lots of page breaks missing. So when scenes change, it makes it hard to follow along. It's like that through the entire book. But you can't fault the story for the editing!)
May 19, 2016 Jan rated it really liked it
It's always fascinating to learn the history of a house. This book takes you through the lives of people who lived in the house, then we discover the house all over again through piecing puzzles together and making guesses of what might have happened in the house.

Interesting perspectives. Enjoyable read.
Dec 29, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this on my kobo and quite enjoyed it. It's unfortunate that on each page were several words printedtogether likethis. I would hope the real book is easier to read. It's a love story through the generations of those who lived at Armstrong House in Ireland. It's also a good history lesson for Eire.
Rosemary Lauryn
Aug 08, 2016 Rosemary Lauryn rated it it was ok
I don't understand why modern storylines have to have so much profanity. She's clearly a gifted author as she proved with the first two historical tales, but the foul characters in the last one completely ruined it.
Jul 12, 2016 Louise rated it liked it
I found the story line interesting but the writing was awkward. First, having people who lived over a hundred years ago say modern movie cliches didn't work. Also, having two characters speaking in the same paragraph made it confusing.
Jul 18, 2016 Ashley rated it really liked it
I loved this novel. I loved that the author uses three different periods of time to show the lives of the people who lived there. It shows us that it doesn't matter who you are or when you lived, everyone has happiness, secrets, misery…
Sharon Brewer
Dec 11, 2015 Sharon Brewer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The House

I loved this book! Although this story is told through three generations of the same family, the author connected each story. This story grabbed me right from the beginning. Highly recommended!
Dec 15, 2015 Jess rated it really liked it
takes a while to get started and the editor missed some serious grammatical errors which was disappointing but a fantastic read
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