Secrets of Hallstead House
Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Hallstead House is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls...more
I think the reader should experience the mystery for thems ...more
When Macy went to work at Hallstead House as a personal nurse to Alexandria Hallstead she was trying to come to terms with her parents death in an horrific accident which caused both of their deaths. But Macy discovered more than just being there as a nurse.
I cannot say what else she discovered or that would be giving one heck of a spoiler.
What I can say is, this book had me gripped from cover to cover and I had to stay with it until the end.
Some did not welcome Macy into the Hallstea ...more
(Naturally my personal favorite is Boldt Castle--so imagine my excitement when Macy and Pete get a private tour!
Family ties, deceit and a murder mystery, ‘Secrets of Hallstead House’ becomes a “who dunnit” story as readers follow Macy in her search for answers. With a bit of romance and plenty of characters to suspect, I found myself pointing the finger of blame towards many of the cast.
That being said, I did hope that there would be a bit more substance to the mystery that Macy is trying to solve. True, I did not predict the ending but the red herrings became quite obvious as the plot deve ...more
The Secrets of Hallstead House was a great read. Well constructed mystery and lovely characters.
Macy is a nurse who is running away from the sadness that her life had became. Thanks to that, she accepted a job as a private nurse to the wealthy Alexandria Hallstead, but when she arrived in the house, weird things started to happen and danger ...more
This author is operating under the misconception that endless pages of ornate description equals good writing. She relies on strings of adjectives to set the tone, and over-uses adverbs to color the sparse yet banal dialogue. Every tiny, nitpicking detail is faithfully relayed. As a result, the plot crawls forward with all the momentum of a dehydrated snail.
Some areas of the book are little overly dramatic and very contrived. I did guess the plot and the perpetrator, so the story held very little surprises for me.
I did enjoy reading about the mysteries of the house. Hallstead House is the perfect setting for thi ...more
Secrets of Hallstead house is almost like a Gothic cozy mystery with plenty of red-herrings and sleight of hand. It is the perfect afternoon read with touches of Daphne Du Maurier and Mary Stewart. As well as being a kind of who done it, there is a charming romance too. Secrets of Hallstead house is set around the Thousand Isles an ...more
This is not a fast paced story, but is well written with many facets to the characters and the story ...more
Secrets of Hallstead House is an engrossing mystery taking place at a river island home . . . not just a rustic cabin, but an elegant home among the castles nestled on the neighboring Thousand Islands. Well written, well characterized, and a skillfully crafted plot.
I Read this book because it was described as a Christian mystery. God and religion are not in the plot at all. What is missing from this enjoyable novel are the obligatory sex scenes. Seems a shame that a novel without graphic sex was advertised as a Christian novel, which could narrow its audience.
It's the story of Macy Stoddard who has accepted a job as the pers ...more
I liked the idea behind this novel. The fact that the characters were on an island rather than just at some creepy old house added an element of originality. The standoffish housekeeper and her husband and the other interesting guests that showed up throughout the ...more
As time goes by, secrets begin to show themselves and Macy finds herself in a turmoil as to weather she should leave for another job or stay to solve some of the mysteries that surround Halstead House.
This is t ...more