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The House on the Forgotten Coast

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Secrets, lies, and murder haunt The House on the Forgotten Coast, a magical novel set in Apalachicola, Florida, in the late 1980s. The novel begins with the beautiful Annelise Lovett Morgan, who, powerless in the face of her southern heritage, is forced to marry the mature Coulton Morgan instead of the young man who has captured her heart, artistic Seth Mitchell. But seven ...more
Published September 19th 2017 by She Writes Press
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Belinda Hulin
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The House on the Forgotten Coast filled several of my recent nights with longing....for a sleepy Southern town, for a historic grande dame of a house, and for love that reaches across time and space. For every young awkward young woman who has found the path to adulthood littered with obstacles, dreams and sometimes sadness...this book is a valentine. No spoilers, but I'll just say there are enough twists to keep you turning the pages late into the evening.
Steven Saltzberg
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Plot surprises in an historic mystery have always delighted me. What makes this novel so entertaining is that the twists and turns, unlike so many other novels, are so internally consistent; even the most surprising events are well thought out and delivered. So sit back and expect the unexpected as we get to know the well-rounded characters of this story.
Erica Metcalf
Like the synopsis mentions, the novel begins with a chapter set in 1879. I really enjoyed this quick glimpse into Annelise's life, as dark as it was. When it ended as quickly as it did, I was a bit bummed. However, I was very happy to see that more bits and pieces of the year 1879 were sprinkled throughout the book from time to time.

The way that this book was organized was really interesting. I enjoyed that we focused on the main character, Elise, for the most part but that we jumped to see what
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When eighteen-year-old Elise's parents decide to move from their comfortable lives in Atlanta to a small fishing village in Apalachicola, Florida, Elise becomes anxious. Her mother has asked Elise to put off going to college for a year in order to help them settle in. Elise has always been an outsider, even to her parents, she decides that the move may mean a new start for her as well. When Elise first sets eyes on their new home, something inside her clicks. Finally, Elise feels like she belong ...more
Story Circle Book Reviews
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Ruth Coe Chambers has created characters that are complex, engaging, and unforgettable. The house on the northwest coast is perhaps the most complex and unforgettable character of them all. Chambers paints vivid pictures of the sleepy fishing village of Apalachicola as it grapples with a haunting past and an uncertain future.

Long time residents rarely speak of the house and the history it holds but they often speak among themselves about the onslaught of newcomers to a town that likes things "th
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts with the tale of an old love triangle. Lies told, murders past, and a very sad ending to a wedding. Answers are sought but none are found and so no one’s spirit rests easy in the small town of Appalachicola. In the modern day a family looks for a new start by escaping their problems in the big city with a move to a small town.

Elise, her mother and stepfather are looking to begin anew so they are leaving all they know to move to what Mrs. Foster calls “a fishing village.” She com
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it
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I give it 3 1/2 stars!

As the book begins it moseys along at the same pace as the sleepy Florida coastal town, Apalachicola, where the story takes place. However, it picks up speed the deeper into the tale you get. The core focus is mainly on Elise and the unusual circumstances that are happening to her coupled with the long-ago death of Annelise, occurring in 1879, that the town would prefer left alone. I thought the plot to be unique yet also peculiar. Why? T
Nov 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Elise is moving to Apalachicola with her parents and she is definitely not happy about it. But soon she becomes engrossed in the town, it’s residents, and it’s history. And then she gets the feeling that she is somehow connected to the house she’s living in and to the past of Apalachicola.

The author brings the story and the small town alive with her words, and makes this book very hard to put down.

This story is not like what I usually read, but it caught my attention because it takes place in
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This book was fantastic! I love ghost stories anyway but this was one of the best I have read. Like... WOW! It seriously kept me guessing till the end. And then my jaw just dropped. I honestly never expected that, didn't see it coming.

This story is so well done. The character development is excellent. The descriptions are great, I could vividly picture everything. And there is so much this book has to offer - its sad, heartwarming, a little romantic, and a lot creepy! I had trouble putting it d
Norma Parrish
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up in the Florida Panhandle and favor books like this set in places I know. I will not write a detailed review so you can quickly move to enjoying this and other books by Ruth Coe Chambers. I am a mystery buff and I absolutely could not put this down until I found the answer. In spite of my detective skills, the ending was totally unexpected!
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chambers' character development, the contrast of lives creates a page-turner.
Loraine Haynie
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
A page-turner. Suspenseful, intriguing and haunting. Well written and characters were interesting.
I felt a little let-down with a short summary-ending.
retronerd  Steinkuehler
Dec 30, 2017 rated it did not like it
Strange and home-townish, as Southern tales often are. Not for everyone and not for me.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy in a Goodreads giveaway. The characters were all wonderfully created. They were all very interesting and leave a deep impression on the reader. I loved the story and was completely drawn into the story.
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Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it

I got this book for a boosktagram tour and the cover instantly pulled me in. I mean, LOOK AT IT.

I don't read a lot of HF or really any mystery novels that aren't high in romance. So I decided it was worth it to dive into this.

I really enjoyed this change of pace. This novel had lots of twists and turns, and characters that endeared this mystery to me.

Thanks for the read, Ruth!

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