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The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor

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"Do you know what stories Sarah could tell you about the things that happened in these little cabins? They’d curl that pretty red hair of yours."

Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, beyond hanging curtains of Spanish moss, at the end of a shaded tunnel of overarching oaks, stands the antebellum mansion of Peppernell Manor in all its faded grandeur. At the request of her
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Published April 28th 2015 by Lyrical Press (first published April 27th 2015)
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Judy Collins
A special thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

THE GHOSTS OF PEPPERNELL MANOR, by Amy Reade is a light contemporary mystery suspense with a mix of historic flair, design, and heavy southern family drama.

As the novel opens, readers get a quick glimpse in the prologue of Sarah a fifteen year old slave, requested to stay late in order to take care of Philip and Gertie (owner’s children) during a party held in the grand ballroom at the main house
Donna Maguire
I was delighted when I was given the opportunity to read and review this book. I thought the writing style was beautiful and I enjoyed every page as the story progressed. The main female character, Carleigh is great and I really enjoyed joining her on her journey which takes place around the restoration of the historic Peppernell Manor which she has been asked to restore back to its original glory by an old school friend's family. The descriptions in the book of what the manor and its estates lo ...more
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Amy Reade's writing reminds me so much of Phyllis Whitney's. This story sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. Once I started, I didn't want to put it down. I enjoyed reading about Carleigh restoring Peppernell Manor to it's original glory. This book was not boring in the least. It kept my attention he whole through. I liked most of the characters, of course some of them weren't meant to be liked. It was very well written and flowed so well that you can finish it in one day. If you are looking for
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Carleigh Warner and her young daughter Lucy have come to restore the plantation house to its former glory. The ghost of a former slave is said to haunt the home. And beneath the polite hospitality of the Peppernell family lie secrets that culminate in a murder.
Kristi | Hidden Staircase |
Read the summary provided by Goodreads above. Sounds good, right? Plenty of mystery, a little of the supernatural, and all set in my favorite city of Charleston, South Carolina. If someone writes a book with these elements, please let me know. This book did not live up to it’s summary.

1. Mystery? Not really. Yes, there are a few murders, and even some other random crimes here and there. But there is no active investigation by any of the main characters to determine who is committing these acts.
Angel Hatfield
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, thriller, reviews
Highly Recommend Carleigh was a restoration specialist. Evie was a friend Carleigh had in college. She'd told her grandmother about Carleigh and she'd been hired to restore Evie's grandmother's home. Carleigh had a daughter named Lucy that would be going with her to Peppernell Manor. Carleigh owned Warner Restorations and lived in Chicago. Brad was her ex-husband and Lucy's father. Cora/Camille was Evie's grandmother and her daughter was Ruby, who had anxiety issues. Evie's brother was Heath, wh ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted to like this so badly as it sounded errie and had potential to be spooky as heck. Instead it was more of a light read and while there were supernatural moments, it wasn't enough to engage me. I always feel with hauntings or anything mysterious, you either go full on or don't bother. I liked the setting and the restoration but this is not what I was expecting. It isn't so much a ghost story as a woman finding herself to make a better life for herself and her child. The writing is good, h ...more
Carmen Blankenship
Having read so many books about books about this very subject it was very hard to keep my interest. I didn't connect right away which it hard to want to put it down and get back to it.
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I first started The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor I thought that I would be getting spooky gothic ghost story. Nope.

Then I thought that maybe I was in store for a cozy mystery with the main character, a home restoration specialist, playing amateur sleuth. Nope again.

I thought that I was going to be horribly disappointed with neither of these scenarios being true. Yet again, a big nope.

What I had was a compelling story of Carleigh Warner not only restoring her friend Evie's family home, Peppe
May 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Charleston and the South Carolina, how I wish I could visit Peppernell Manor or an old plantation house like this. This novel has been an exciting journey into the secrets of this house and its owners.
Carleigh Warner lives in Chicago, is recently divorced and is in love with her daughter, Lucy. She's a very good restorer and her Warner Restorations is a famous and respected society. She is trying to bounce back after the abandonment of her husband for a younger woman and is offered the pe
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All right, so for some reason, I expected The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor to be a ghost story. Jeez, could it be… I don’t know, the title? Or the synopsis that focuses so much on ghosts! And with ghost story, I mean remotely creepy. It’s not. It’s a romantic mystery (with not even that much of a mystery), and only a limited amount of suspense. There is a ghost, yes, but she’s mentioned so scarcely she may as well not be
Oct 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Another good read by Ms. Reade. Carleigh is hired by her college friend to renovate the old family home near Charleston,(a place I love). A good plot, plenty of interesting characters and I really enjoyed learning about renovating historic homes. Too many bodies to be believable, but still an enjoyable read and I recommend Ms. Reade's books.
Mary Ann
Sep 20, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Too sedately written

I read the first nine chapters then skimmed to the end. boring characters. sorry, I found all the renovations too detailed and dull.
Iris Chacon
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all ages; contains no offensive material
Rated 5 out of 5 stars by Iris Chacon.
The reviewer received a complimentary download of the novel in exchange for an objective and honest review.

When Carleigh and her 3-year-old daughter, Lucy, take up residence temporarily in Peppernell Manor near Charleston, South Carolina, Carleigh thinks of it as an exciting new restoration project and a break from her jerk of an ex-husband and his stripper girlfriend back in Chicago. Carleigh never imag
May 15, 2017 rated it liked it
The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor by Amy R. Reade
3.5 Stars

From the Book:
"Do you know what stories Sarah could tell you about the things that happened in these little cabins? They’d curl that pretty red hair of yours."

Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, beyond hanging curtains of Spanish moss, at the end of a shaded tunnel of overarching oaks, stands the antebellum mansion of Peppernell Manor in all its faded grandeur. At the request of her friend Evie Peppernell, recently divorced Carleigh Warn
An intriguing read.

Someone does not want Carleigh Warner to restore Peppernell Manor to its former glory. Just who that person is turns out to be a more complicated question than the reader initially supposes.

Set in an antebellum mansion outside of Charleston, surrounded by old money, old blood and old memories, Peppernell Manor is full of mystery and intrigue that develop steadily as the story progresses. The reader does feel as though they are transported to the south, and as though the house
Judith Lucci
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I purchased several of this author's book to read over the Christmas break and this purchase was one of the better book purchases I've made in months. I dearly loved the Ghosts of Peppernell Manor. I'm a daughter of the south and I joyed the setting, just outside of Charleston in the deep South. The attention architectural detail was appreciated as was the reality of the fear of hurricane's in coastal towns. The story was well-constructed and the author clearly knows her craft. There's a little ...more
Rebecca Neely
Almost like a cozy mystery.. enjoyed it. Read like an adult Trixie Belden story. I love ❤ Trixie Belden. ...more
Patricia Gligor
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor" by Amy M. Reade is another fantastic book by this author. I have now read all four of her published novels and I was happy to see that she has a fifth coming out in September of this year. Each of her books (including this one) has all the elements of a good mystery: characters I quickly came to care about, settings that drew me into the story and made me feel as if I were really there and plots that kept me guessing.
I highly recommend this book!
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, cozy-mysteries
The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor by Amy Reade is a story of mystery. I thought that this story would have ghosts, but it did not really (I have to admit I was a little disappointed). Carleigh restores old homes. Her friend, Evie (a friend from college) has asked her to come to Charleston and restores their family home, Peppernell Manor. Peppernell Manor is from the 1800’s and even has the old outbuildings. Carleigh agrees to the job. So Carleigh and her daughter, Lucy head from Chicago to Charlest ...more
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
Carleigh Warner is hired to restore an old Southern Plantation house near Charleston, SC. In college, she was friends with the Peppernell's daughter, Evie, so it feels like coming home to be in the house again and to meet all the family members once more. As soon as she starts restoring the home though, Peppernell family members begin dying. Two unexplained deaths, threatening phone calls and vandalism soon have Carleigh thinking something sinister is going on at Peppernell Manor.

This story had
Janis Hill
My copy of this book was received via Netgalley for an open and honest review.

This story had potential and in places did become a page turner. But overall I just couldn’t enjoy it. I found it rather two dimensional… as if the writer knew the story really well, but was only sharing notes about it and so if you didn’t know it that well, it was rather flat.

I also found the mother/ daughter parts of this story more smothering than mothering. Sorry, but I have three kids and one has had issues since
Mary Brown
Jul 10, 2015 rated it really liked it

"Do you know what stories Sarah could tell you about the things that happened in these little cabins? They’d curl that pretty red hair of yours."

Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, beyond hanging curtains of Spanish moss, at the end of a shaded tunnel of overarching oaks, stands the antebellum mansion of Peppernell Manor in all its faded grandeur. At the request of her friend Evie Peppernell, recently divorced Carleigh Warner and her young daughter Lucy have come to the plantation h
Katherine P
Apr 24, 2015 rated it liked it
There's something about an old house being restored to it's former glory that I can't resist and Peppernell Manor did not disappoint. The house was beautiful, rich with history both good and bad, and with a number of outbuildings including the old slave quarters. I would pay serious money for a few hours to poke around the house - especially in the basement and attics. The restoration talk was fascinating and I loved learning about not only the grand ballrooms but the slave quarters as well. I e ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it

This has lots of drama, history, romance, mystery all rolled in one. It keeps you guessing on who was doing what to whom. It is fast paced book. I liked the characters. Especially how welcoming everyone was to Lucy and played with her.

Carleigh Warner came from Chicago to help her good friend Evie Peppernell and her family help restore their family antebellum mansion. Carleigh is divorced with a three year old daughter Lucy.

Cora-Camille Chadwick-Peppernell wants her house restored before
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too many errors to mention!

I choose this book because the title was intriguing. Was the book? Not at all. I found many grammatical errors, dull characters and not one ghost. Yes, there's mention of a slave ghost. However, Sarah, the ghost, doesn't do anything. She supposedly tells her opinions about the manor refurbishing to Phyllis, her great, great, great...blah blah granddaughter. Yawn.
This story line is 99% diary-style, poor DIY and 1% day to day tales with a toddler daughter. Another yawn
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I gave this book a reasonable chance (about 30 percent) before I started wondering if anything was ever really going to happen. The story in and of itself is not bad and the author is good with descriptions and dialogue, but this book just never managed to grab my attention and hold it.

It starts out rather slowly, and after reading the book blurb I guess I had high expectations for a spooky murder mystery that would make me afraid to turn out the lights. That's not what I found in these pages.
Reeca Elliott
Jun 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle-app
Carleigh is offered a job to refurbish Peppernell Manor. This job takes an unexpected turn or two. With a ghost and a jealous husband, Carleigh must fight for her life.

The story is ok. I expected more of a ghost story and less of a jealous husband. The characters, however, are one dimensional and overly dramatic. There are several places they state the obvious...I even rolled my eyes on a few.

The setting is wonderful and the house on the cover is not at all what I pictured in my head as I was
Mar 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Overall the book was satisfying. There is mystery and suspense with a sprinkle of romance. It was interesting to learn about the restoration process of a historical home through a novel, but I feel there could have been a little less focus on the restoration and maybe a little more focus on the history behind the manor. The title leads you to believe the story is about the ghosts, but there are only brief references to one ghost while the main focus is on the current residents and their disagree ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When Carleigh Warner gets the opportunity to restore an old South Carolina Plantation complete with tree-lined drive, slave quarters and a ghost, she moves herself and her three-year-old daughter into the house for the job. The Ghosts of Peppernell Manor is a romantic mystery with good pace that includes an old Southern family who can’t decide if they want to turn their plantation into a tourist attraction. Amy Reade does a great job with not just providing one villain, but several characters wh ...more
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