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Charlotte's Story (Bliss House Novels #3)

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The fall of 1957 in southern Virginia was a seemingly idyllic, even prosperous time. A young housewife, Charlotte Bliss, lives with her husband, Hasbrouck Preston “Press” Bliss, and their two young children, Eva Grace and Michael, in the gorgeous Bliss family home. On the surface, theirs seems a calm, picturesque life, but soon tragedy befalls them: four tragic deaths, wit ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 15th 2015 by Pegasus Books
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Laura Hi, Connie! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Bliss House. It means so much that you would take the time.
I'm delighted that you've asked your…more
Hi, Connie! Thanks so much for reading and reviewing Bliss House. It means so much that you would take the time.
I'm delighted that you've asked your library to order Charlotte's Story! Yes, I confess that Charlotte's Story has plenty of strange occurrences, at least one tragic death (maybe more!), and ghosts. Lots of ghosts! It's a gothic, for sure, told in the words of Charlotte Bliss (the mother of Randolph + Michael from Bliss House) herself. I hope you love it, too! --Laura (less)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I think what makes this book so splendid is the fact that it all seem so normal, the house the family. And, then people start to die and suddenly nothing is normal anymore. This is not a ghost story with an old creepy house with creepy people. This is a happy family, and then something happens that starts everything and suddenly the normal life doesn't seem that normal longer. And, slowly the house doesn't seem that idyllic anymore.

I found the book is especially good because of the slow introdu
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Sheila
Jan 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ghosts, read-in-2017
3 stars--I liked the book.

I'm reading the Bliss House novels backwards (which, ironically, is the correct chronological order). I liked this installment, but not as much as The Abandoned Heart: A Bliss House Novel. This one was slow and repetitive, and all the horror elements seemed very rushed at the end. If I hadn't read the "first" (well, third) book before this one, I'd likely have been confused about what was going on.

Still, I enjoy Bliss House's history, and appreciate the female-centric v
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Becky
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Charlotte Bliss has everything: a loving husband, two perfect children, and a generations-old house filled with light and space. But everything comes crashing down around Charlotte on the day her daughter dies.

Charlotte had been alone in the house with the children, sleeping off an afternoon of champagne, when Eva drowned in the bathtub. She knows it was her fault. She knows if she hadn't indulged that afternoon Eva would still be alive. Her husband, Press, says he doesn't blame her but in the
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Lucinda Gunnin
Jul 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Laura's books are the type that are best read in broad daylight with a good and comforting cup of tea. And each time I think she can't possibly impress me more than she did the last time, she surprises me.

If you ever met the author, you can't imagine that dark and twisted things that come out of her mind. That's why she surprises. She seems like a Midwestern soccer mom, but don't let the great smile and kind heart fool you, she's a master of writing haunting tales that leave you wondering how mu
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Wanda
Oct 15, 2015 rated it liked it

This was a difficult book for me to review because of possibly revealing too much. I don’t want to spoil it for future readers.

Randolph Bliss had built Bliss house in 1870. It was unlike the other grand houses in the area, having both a ballroom and a full theater on the third floor. It was a house that seemed to show more preference for stateliness than comfort. The house was tall and ungainly, but had a touch of romance to it, with its formal and lush gardens. Bliss house had a reputation for
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Reader's Hollow
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**We received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review via TLC Book Tours**

Horror? Ish. Actually, seeing that tagline almost had me inching away. Whenever I've seen that warning the gore, sex, and violence is gratuitous, and this book was soooo not that. But, I did find it was an excellent mystery! There were paranormal elements that punched through Charlotte's daily life and some heinous deeds did happen, but the horror elements weren't in such detail that it would gross anyone out.
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Andrea Guy
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Charlotte's Story is a book that you shouldn't judge by its cover. At first glance you might think this is a family saga, perhaps some light reading. If you go by the blurb, you still might not get the whole gist of this story. It is anything but light reading.

Charlotte loses her mother in law and then her daughter and then two other people that were friends of her best friend Rachel. There's a lot of depressing stuff here, but that's what makes it a great gothic style read, especially as there
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Brandee
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was eagerly awaiting this prequel to Bliss House. I love a good "house" story. When I discovered that this delved deeper into the earlier residents of Bliss House, I loved the idea and having just finished it I discovered that there is another prequel coming next year as well. What a fascinating idea to tell the story of a particular house, its biography, backwards while never losing sight of what happened most recently. Again I had strong emotional reactions to almost all of the characters. T ...more
Scarlett Pierson
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely thought this book was amazing. It was even better than the first in the series! I kept feeling the heat slowly turn up every chapter. It was incredibly dark and so not the normal book I read but it sneaks up on you. Get ready for a creepy ride!!!
Carole
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OMG! Sick, twisted, dark, and perverse. And you don't realize the extent of all of it until the end.
Kim
Oct 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very original. Nice twists and a mystery that keeps you reading. I will be reading "Bliss House" soon.
Kari
Oct 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015, ipad
2.5 stars
Charlotte's Story is the second book in the series. The story actually takes place before the events of Bliss House. In this installment, Charlotte has married into the Bliss family. Soon after her mother in law Olivia dies, her young daughter Eva dies tragically. Lost in her grief, Charlotte begins to see Olivia and Eva in the house. Olivia begins to show her events that happened years before. Charlotte begins to suspect she and her son Michael aren't safe.

I can't say that I liked thi
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Eve
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read Bliss House, and liked it better. Charlotte's Story was disappointing for me because I wanted more paranormal activity regarding the house itself. Orgies, cruelty, and murder do not constitute a good haunted house story unless the main characters are more interesting and believable. For instance, Charlotte's husband did not work, even though he was a lawyer, nor did Charlotte question any of his activities, namely his theater group or his long absences from home on any given day. Most wiv ...more
Bonnie
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaway
"A rare accomplishment, a novel that works as a mystery, a ghost story, and a touching family drama." Many more reviews give a more complete overview of this novel, but I thought the above quote gave a synopsis I couldn't compete with! A compelling drama that reveals more of the mystery that is Bliss House. Thanks to Pegasus Books for the opportunity to read & review the Bliss House Triology.....
Carol
Jun 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Charlotte's Story by Laura Benedict
Bliss House Series Book #2
3 Stars

From The Book:
The fall of 1957 in southern Virginia was a seemingly idyllic, even prosperous time. A young housewife, Charlotte Bliss, lives with her husband, Hasbrouck Preston “Press” Bliss, and their two young children, Eva Grace and Michael, in the gorgeous Bliss family home. On the surface, theirs seems a calm, picturesque life, but soon tragedy befalls them: four tragic deaths, with apparently simple explanations. But nothi
...more
Heather
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, giveaways
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Sandra King
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bc
Good writing--enjoyed the character and setting development. I did not like how the books are out of order, but that would be too predictable. I did not like the sexual violence and children's death.
Peggy
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Bliss House so much, but this book left me a bit disappointed. Everything was somewhat predictable, like I had read it before. It's not a waste of time by any means, especially if you intend on reading all of the Bliss House novels.
Janet
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
I enjoyed Bliss House but was disappointed with Charlotte's Story. Bliss House kept me on edge but Charlotte's Story was not as creepy. Instead, it was full of twists that were just weird. I will read the third book with hope that it is comparable to Bliss House.
Phyllis
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great book, but I could have done without the graphic sex descriptions.
Janice
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
There were some creepy parts in this story, interesting characters. The only trouble I had was the ending, I felt it was rushed and the Epilogue I felt really did not need to be there.
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Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
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Charlotte’s Story
A Bliss House Novel, Book #2
By Laura Benedict
ISBN#9781605988788
Author’s website: www.Laurabenedict.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

Synopsis:

The fall of 1957 in southern Virginia was a seemingly idyllic, even prosperous time. A young housewife, Charlotte Bliss, lives with her husband, Hasbrouck Preston “Press” Bliss, and their two young children, Eva Grace and Michael, in the gorgeous Bliss family home. On the surface, theirs seems
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Samantha
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
Summary from Goodreads:

"The fall of 1957 in southern Virginia was a seemingly idyllic, even prosperous time. A young housewife, Charlotte Bliss, lives with her husband, Hasbrouck Preston “Press” Bliss, and their two young children, Eva Grace and Michael, in the gorgeous Bliss family home. On the surface, theirs seems a calm, picturesque life, but soon tragedy befalls them: four tragic deaths, with apparently simple explanations.
But nothing is simple if Bliss House is involved. How far will Charl
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Laura Carter
Dec 17, 2015 rated it liked it
There are many things I do not understand about this book.

But let me begin by saying that the book was haunting and captivating. I could not put it down. I read it in 7 hours during the day in between taking care of kids, making dinner, etc. I couldn't stop reading it. When I finished I felt like time had stopped. Right then and there I was ready to give it five stars. But I always feel overly connected to a book that I actually get to finish, so I knew to just wait and let the story sink in.

I
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Dale
Oct 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Charlotte’s Story by Laura Benedict

Bliss House is a palatial estate nestled into the farmland and orchards of Old Gate, Virginia. The home was built in 1878; it is the home of the Bliss Family. And the house is definitely haunted…

Into this world and this family comes Charlotte, wife of the current master of Bliss house, Preston Bliss. The home’s tragic past was explored in the novel Bliss House by the same author. The home isn’t just simply haunted. The house is dangerous!

Already Preston’s mothe
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Stephanie Jacques Powell
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Another suspenseful mystery from Laura Benedict! Charlotte's Story, the second novel in the Bliss House series, answered many questions that I had from the first novel. The first novel partly covered Charlotte's sons as grown men. I wondered why the brothers acted they way they did (No spoilers. Read Bliss House). Charlotte's story goes back in time to the 50's when Charlotte's children are very young. The story provides a background of some of the key characters, such as Charlotte's husband and ...more
Bernadette Long
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a story of a normal family (mother, father, and two children) living in a big mansion in the fictional Old Gate, Virginia and how their lives unravel and become all twisted up by evil, death, and mysterious events.

The opening line of the novel foretells and warns the reader of events to come. "We came to the end of time on a bright October afternoon." I found it foreboding and continued reading until I finished the book and I will admit that the ending did surprise and shock me a bit. I
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Kelli Jo
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!! I went into this story knowing I would love it - I loved Bliss House and everything else I've read of Benedict's. But I had no idea just how much I was going to love it, how drawn in I would be - unable to put it down. Her ability to weave the supernatural into every book, and especially this one, is amazing! You may never feel safe in an old house again! When you get ready to read this, put aside the time you'll need because you will not put it down. AND, leave the ligh ...more
Melanie Jacques
Nov 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was excited to read this follow up story to Bliss House the first book in this series. I found this book even more interesting than the first.
The story does answer some questions that you may have had after reading the first book in the series. It also leads you down an exciting path to even more characters.
I liked this story even more than the first. When I was told that this series is a Gothic ghost type story I was kinda cynical since I don't usually read much super natural type stuff. How
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Lisa Mcbroom
Dec 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Almost a modern day Yellow Wallpaper... Charlotte is a 50's housewife married to a rich husband with two beautiful children. While sleeping one of the children comes to a tragic end. Charlottefeels guilt for she was napping ehen th tragedy occurs. She begins to see ghostly apparitions.... is it really in her head? Very well written. I love how the author tells about Charlotte's 21st year and the way one feels at 21.
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Laura Benedict is the Edgar- and ITW Thriller Award- nominated author of seven novels of suspense, including the forthcoming The Stranger Inside (February 2019). Small Town Trouble, her latest book, is a cozy crime novel. Her Bliss House gothic trilogy includes The Abandoned Heart, Charlotte’s Story (Booklist starred review), and Bliss House. Her short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen’s Myster ...more
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