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Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives—including her own—are lost?

364 pages, Paperback

First published November 21, 2017

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Jaime Jo Wright

17 books1,471 followers
Daphne du Maurier and Christy Award-Winning author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing suspenseful, mysteries stained with history's secrets. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at jaimewrightbooks.com!

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2,050 reviews2,105 followers
November 26, 2017
EXCERPT: It was long rumored that the Foster Hill oak tree was not only the largest but also the oldest tree in Oakwood. While its top rose to a marvelous height, it was still dead and its branches never blossomed. The trunk was very wide at the base and split open to reveal a hollow inside. Many a child had hidden there during a rambunctious game of hide-and-seek. They wouldn't hide there any more. Not after today.

The petite body was curled into the position of a babe, inside the tree's womb. Blonde hair hung free over her cold, bare shoulders and floated out on the wind. Her torso was covered in a paper-thin dress of grey calico. It was nowhere enough to keep her warm, but it was more than the cold that tinted the young woman’s skin blue. It was death.

THE BLURB: Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--including her own--are lost?

MY THOUGHTS: 3 stars for The House on Foster Hill from me.

I was excited by the first few chapters of this book. Their tone was insidiously creepy and hinted at great things to come, but for me, they never quite materialised.

I loved the character of Ivy, author of the book of deaths, where she recorded her thoughts and memories of the people of her town who passed away so that they would not be forgotten. She is a strong willed, unconventional young woman who has not recovered from the tragedy that robbed her of her beloved brother Andrew.

I found it harder to relate to Kaine, whose story is interspersed with Ivy's, but occurring a century later. I could not warm to her and found her decisions and actions hard to understand.

Ultimately, I think that the author of The House on Foster Hill tried to make this book too many things, all being given equal billing, and as a result it all becomes slightly muddied. We have in Ivy's story, a historical, Christian, romantic-suspense, people trafficking, murder mystery. With Kaine, we have a contemporary, Christian, romantic-suspense, stalker, murder-mystery. And then there is the family connection between the two women, voila! A genealogical mystery to boot!

I applaud Jaime Jo Wright's intentions in her debut novel. If I have one piece of advice for her, it is this. Make one aspect of the novel the main thread, the star if you like, and the other aspects become side stories feeding into and supporting the main story, acting as the supporting cast, instead of all battling with one another to reign supreme.

Thank you to Bethany House Publishers via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the 'about' page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my blog sandysbookaday.wordpress.com https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...
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2,446 reviews1,337 followers
September 16, 2017
Oh, a new author to follow! :) I wasn't sure what I was getting into, with the spooky tones, but I really, really loved the mystery that is strewn through the story, parallel in the two time frames as each character (Ivy and Kaine) probes into the mysterious secrets surrounding the deserted Foster Hill house. A murdered girl was found in a hollow tree a hundred years ago. Ivy, in the early 1900s, is the doctor's daughter and the keeper of the book of deaths, her way of writing obituaries for townspeople.

Ivy is considered odd after her brother's early death leaves her pensive and quiet. Her quick intuition leads to town rumors of a "second sight" and leaves her even more alone. At the young woman's mysterious death and unknown identity, Joel re-enters her life: her brother's best friend who disappeared years before and left her to face her grief alone. He's just returned as the new sheriff's deputy and is soon in the midst of the attempt to solve the crime.

Kaine, the modern-day heroine, is also doubted by her community after no real evidence shows up for a stalker she knows she has. The person who caused her husband's fatal car accident, she's sure, must still be after her. Problem is, the death was ruled accidental. Only her sister believes she's telling the truth, and isn't simply overly forgetful or suffering from some form of PTSD. Unable to stand the sinister tricks any longer, she quits her job, buys a historic home in her ancestors' hometown, and heads off to an adventure. Trouble is, the realtor's pictures were overly kind, and she finds herself in a world of hurt trying to make her new home livable. And things begin to happen there...things like what her stalker did, only more aggressive than before.

There are quite a number of creepy passages, melodies from an abandoned house, "ghosts" in the halls...but it's not sensationalized. The focus remains on the house's mysterious past rather than the creepy phenomenons. I liked having an engaging mystery with a touch of the shiver-y to keep it compelling, and I actually enjoyed both timelines equally.

Thanks to the publisher for a free ebook for review. A positive review was not required.
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Author 30 books1,316 followers
October 27, 2018
Riveting! With its dual storyline connected by a single house and the women it touched, Jaime Jo Wright delivers double the suspense, double the romance, and double the reasons to keep turning the pages far into the night. The House on Foster Hill has it all: robust characters, twists I didn’t predict, sky-high stakes, and a strong thread of hope hemming it all together. An outstanding novel from an author to watch.
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1,568 reviews506 followers
November 20, 2017
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

This might actually be more of a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫, but I decided to go with a solid 4.

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The House on Foster Hill was a SUPER fast read and I was so engrossed in it that I stayed up until 2 AM of the same day to finish reading it. I literally couldn't go to sleep without knowing how it was going to end.

I really enjoyed that this book is told from dual perspectives and dual time periods. You get Ivy and Kaine, plus the 1900s and present time, respectively.

Kaine's story had me hooked a lot more than Ivy's did at first even though Ivy's story begins with the dead girl found on the property. For some reason Kaine's viewpoint was more mysterious for me at the beginning, but of course that quickly changed. I don't know if action-packed is exactly the right way to describe this book, but there is plenty going on, and TONS of mystery.

I didn't really connect to any of the characters, but that was OKAY. I still think you found out plenty about everyone and everything tied together nicely. I was also completely shocked by the ending, I definitely did not see THAT coming.

I think this will be great for those who love a good twisty mystery, and enjoy a fast read. Plus, the cover is 😍

Final Thought: This is a great book and I highly recommend it. One thing that I would like to note is that I was really surprised that this book had an underlying Christian theme. I don't think you often find very many creepy mystery/thrillers that blend God in so seamlessly.

*The paperback version of this book is set to be published on 11/21/2017*

*Special thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for providing a "Read Now" electronic ARC of this book. My review is completely honest and unbiased
Profile Image for Kate.
118 reviews9 followers
January 11, 2018
What a great book! If you are looking for a romantic thriller with some history behind it that ties up beautifully in the end, then this is the book for you! I am so glad I chose this for by Bookbum read for January because not only was it amazing but the whole purpose of the January read was to discover a new author and I definitely succeeded with that! Now lets get down to business...

The House on Foster Hill is an extremely well written thriller that is written from two perspectives in two different time periods. One perspective is that of Ivy Thorpe, who is telling her story from the early 1900's. Ivy is a brave woman who has endured quite a few struggles in her life. The other perspective is that of Kaine Prescott, who is telling her story from a present day perspective. Both of these women on the surface have one thing in common, and that is The House on Foster Hill. As the story progresses, the reader discovers how much these two women really have in common and how intertwined their lives are with one another. It was really incredible how Jamie Jo Wright made these two women so connected from two completely different time periods. Wright truly has a knack for story telling and the ending answered every question and more. I did not feel that this book was predictable whatsoever which I really enjoyed and you really had to read until the last page to get a full understanding for the lives of both Ivy and Kaine. I look forward to reading more books by Jamie Jo Wright and highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a different type of thriller that is a true page turner!
3,026 reviews1,730 followers
December 14, 2017
Mesmerizing. I'm just nigh on speechless at a how truly captivating this debut novel is. There is this powerful thread of hope that is intricately woven into the very fiber of both Kaine's and Ivy's stories that ministered to me in an incredible way. I am so grateful to the author for creating that kind of inspirational thread -- it transcends time and easily leaps from fiction to real life. Truly uplifting.

And now on to the whole Gothic vibe that thrilled me to my toes. Both in 1906 and 2017. I think this is the first time I've read a dual timeline Gothic romantic mystery. Spine-tingling good! This book is full of gems like this - Kaine's first glimpse of Foster Hill House: "Cavernous windows opened in a silent scream on the face of the Gothic house tilted on the crest of Foster Hill." (p 22) If that doesn't set the mood, I don't know what will. This house is steeped in mystery both past and present and Wright expertly weaves both stories to a crescendo of a climax. Simply stunning. And she ends every scene on a gasp-out-loud-you-can't-leave-it-there high.

The kind of novel that begs you to read faster and slower at the same time! Because you want to have all the answers right now but you also want to savor the exquisite journey along the way. Such a lovely reader conundrum!

Book provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.
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Author 1 book60 followers
April 20, 2023
Jaime Jo Wright gets it right. What the House on Foster Hill holds is a clean read for people who like suspense and dual timelines. I like both.

Here's a quote from the pages of this novel: "Wow. For a counselor, he didn’t tiptoe around." Counselors DO tiptoe around. When I was in grad school to become a rehabilitation counselor we learned how important it is to let a client's story unfold. Counselors are not journalists goading someone into a quotable response. We are not looking to make names for ourselves by getting a story. And the stories are private, not broadcast material. So I love the character Grant, a counselor. And although he is direct in this instance, he is not in the role of a counselor. He is a friend to someone who needs one. He is my favorite character in the book.

Skillfully told, I had to quit another of Wright's books because I have lived through axe murders. Gainesville, Florida. My neighborhood was terrorized by Danny Rolling. This book contains some violence, but in a manner I could easily tolerate.

I read this story while in the middle of moving from a rental townhome into our real home. Often I fell asleep after reading two paragraphs. It wasn't boring, but I was so terribly tired.

A beautiful story reminding us that healing and hope are part of God's plan for each one of us.
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876 reviews83 followers
October 7, 2017
This was an intriguing dual mystery, though I had hoped for a bit more suspense. It's told from two points of view. In the present day we have Kaine, still grieving the loss of her husband and looking for a new start away from old memories and a stalker. Her husband's death had been ruled an accident but in her heart she knows it was a murder. The police ignored her suspicions, and her stalker even though she could have made several enemies while helping to get other women out of abusive situations.

On the other hand we have Ivy. A century ago Ivy had assisted in the autopsy of a murdered woman whose body was found near what would later become Kaine's home. When it became apparent that the murdered woman had recently given birth, Ivy was willing to risk her own life to find the baby, and the murderer. As the mystery of the past unravels we slowly learn how it pertains to Kaine. I did enjoy the way the stories intertwined these two strong female characters.

I received an advance copy for review.
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Author 36 books754 followers
September 10, 2017
This book kept me riveted! I love mysterious stories that are tied in with old houses, and this one had some amazing plot twists. Also, as an aside, I really loved the character of Grant Jesse. Wright has a really fresh way of writing that enabled me to "see" the setting and characters and I was really rooting for both protagonists (since it's a dual-timeline story). And speaking of dual-timeline, this one was impeccably done and I love how events in one era would kind of segue into the other.

Excellent and UNUSUAL novel from a Christian publisher--I liked that it dealt with some heavier issues, but not in a graphic way. I really hope we see more books like this from Wright!
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1,907 reviews74 followers
February 7, 2018
Suspense is not my go to genre when reading but do enjoy a good suspense once in a while. I have read Jamie Jo Wright's novellas in collections with other authors but this is her debut full length book and I would never know it's a debut by her writing. Very intense scenes and the mood was really set up well. Beautiful faith filled elements kept the book on track and running well.I am very impressed and look forward to reading the next coffee fueled book by this author.
Pub Date 21 Nov 2017
Thank you to NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Author 2 books48 followers
March 9, 2017
Guys, this book is so amazing (I was so honored to be able to read snippets of it in its baby stage—can't wait to get my fingers on a real, deal hard copy). Romance TONS of suspense and a mystery that will have you up all night until you're finished! This is one that you need to put on your TBR and pre-order lists!!
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2,298 reviews147 followers
January 14, 2018
This novel! Wow! The House on Foster Hill was, without a doubt, one of the best suspenseful tales that I have read in ages! It was decidedly spooky and thoroughly engrossing, with storylines that kept me captivated.

The events that plagued the women in this time-split story were ones that I would never wish on another human being. However, both stories were ones that I couldn’t turn away from. The author did an absolutely amazing job of tying the past and present together. I truly cared for both stories equally.

I kept turning back to the fascinating cover of this book as I was reading the story. It captured the feel of the novel and of the eerie house perfectly.

I couldn’t get enough of The House on Foster Hill. I loved it from beginning to end!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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Profile Image for Staci.
1,788 reviews542 followers
November 25, 2017
What a mysterious debut!

This time slip novel told the story of current day Kaine Prescott and early 1900's Ivy Thorpe. The story was set in Oakwood, Wisconsin and primarily at the eerie House on Foster Hill.

The author does a nice job of connecting the two women's stories and I was equally engaged in the present day and yesteryear stories. Once the mysteries were solved, I found the outcomes to be plausible as well as the ending for both Kaine and Ivy.

I look forward to what the author will offer next.

My gratitude to the publisher for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own.
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Author 64 books1,655 followers
December 1, 2017
I loved this book, the mystery surrounding the home, and the intertwining timelines.

With dual plotlines that collide in the spooky house on Foster Hill Jaime Jo Wright has created a story that will delight historical and contemporary mystery readers. There are hints of romance, suspense, and intrigue that kept me engaged with a story that had characters I quickly cared about. I needed to know how Ivy's and Kaine's stories connected and how they would be resolved. A really engaging read.
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568 reviews57 followers
September 18, 2017
Gripping! This book held me spellbound. The only thing that kept me from reading this in one sitting was the obligations of work and family.

Debut author, Jaime Jo Wright, demonstrates skill one usually finds in a more experienced author. Her ability to tell a story with dual timelines is remarkable. The suspense skillfully builds in both story-lines, keeping this reader invested in both Kaine and Ivy's stories. The common link between both stories was not forced, unfolding naturally. Two strong women find their lives in danger as they seek to solve the mysteries hidden in Foster House in their respective time periods. Not only does this book provide a great mystery, it is also a story of hope, a hope that heals, a hope that God's promises will be fulfilled in spite of our circumstances.

Be prepared for a few spine-tingling moments as you immerse yourself in this mystery. I will definitely be watching for more releases by this author.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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1,144 reviews638 followers
November 9, 2018
Rating 4.75

This is a debut novel? What a talented new author in my favourite genre. I picked this book because I needed to read it for a challenge, and I'm so glad I did - I already bought the second book by this author.

Filled with mystery, action, suspense, twists and a scene that actually made me jump, this was an eventful ride. Some of the twists I was able to guess, and part of the end reveal I guessed but some things was surprising.

The dual-time story was executed brilliantly - the voices of the two eras were tangible, the stories flowed beautifully and the author had a way to describe each story in such a way that it felt that I was in 1906 or current time. The characters were lovable and the heroes dashing and add to that 2 adorable dogs.

Definitely a new author to watch.

*This book won the Christy award for suspense and totally understand why.*
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1,078 reviews258 followers
September 15, 2020

“Sé que vengo de un linaje de mujeres fuertes, que lucharon por sus familias, por aquellos a quienes amaban, y que creían en el futuro. Y sé… Sé que soy una de ellas.”

La casa de Foster Hill es un libro con un misterio que te mantendrá pegad/a a sus páginas hasta el final. Dos mujeres protagonistas fuertes y valientes, dos épocas distintas y una casa con muchos secretos.

-Reseña completa: http://addicionaloslibros.blogspot.co...
Profile Image for Krista.
443 reviews1,059 followers
January 10, 2021
This was my first JJW book and I really enjoyed it. I loved the two timelines and the thrillery/intense parts. It was just the right amount of creepy for me. There's a mystery surrounding Foster Hill house that connects two women - Ivy and her great great grandaughter, Kaine. Both have experienced the loss of a loved one and in the midst of their grief have to face the main mystery of the book. I appreciated the parallels in the story and how it was all tied together. Can't wait to read more from this author.
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Author 14 books993 followers
August 16, 2017
In her debut novel, Jaime Jo Wright invites readers on a chilling journey buried in secrets, murder, and a mystery shrouded in a century old house.

I could not wait to get my hands on this story. Not since Agatha Christie have I read a haunting mystery that's left me rattled enough to keep turning pages in spite of the fear of what was coming next. I had to know. If only so I could sleep at night (fitfully and with a nightlight).

Ms. Wright mirrors two stories of two women entwined in a shared history that spans a century and promises death. Split time novels often fall short of their goal to encourage readers to fully embrace their characters because just as soon as you develop a relationship with one character the reader is pulled out of their history to join another and in my opinion, the reader is left wanting. Not so for The House on Foster Hill. Ms Wright delivers a compelling puzzle that pieces together seamlessly with each character's point-of-view.

The story is rich in detail and I found myself easily drawn into the enigmatic town of Oakwood, Wisconsin. Whether I was traveling back to the 1900's with Ivy Thorpe, or suspended in the present day fear stalking Kaine Prescott, Ms. Wright took hold of my imagination and refused to surrender it until the very last page.

It's not often that I find myself unable to figure out the WHO in a mystery but again, Ms. Wright masterfully concealed her secrets in a plot full of suspenseful twists until... checkmate. Well, played, Ms. Wright, well played.

Not to be forgotten are the characters of THOFH. I loved Ivy Thorpe. She's unique, smart, and unashamedly driven with a spirit that will not step aside just because she's a girl. Her doggedness to discover the answers to Gabriella's murder lead her into some witty-yet-tension-filled scenes with Joel Cunningham. Ms. Wright nails this relationship creating a palpable yearning between Ivy and Joel that had me chewing my lip in anticipation for that moment when their love would prove to strong for them to deny any longer. Each character demonstrates a myriad of personality that come to life on the page and prove Ms. Wright's impressive skills at bringing depth and dimension not just to the main characters but to secondary characters as well.

In its authenticity THOFH appears dark in theme but the redemptive light throughout the mystery shines on the truth that grief can give way to life and new beginnings can emerge from the depravity of humanity. I cannot wait for Ms. Wright's next book!!

**I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Author 1 book366 followers
January 23, 2018
The House on Foster Hill, Jaime Jo Wright’s debut novel, is a riveting twist on the gothic novel, and it’s deliciously intense! The dual timelines add to the intensity, and the writing is vivid and multi-dimensional. The layers in both eras, centered around the abandoned house and an old book, are skillfully drawn and powerfully connected.

What I loved most of all is how Ivy’s story connects with Kaine’s. Not just as it relates to their mutual connection to each other & to Foster Hill House but in the way they both inadvertently are affected by – and end up championing – the same cause. It’s something very close to my own heart, and I really appreciated that the author chose this underlying theme. Yes, it’s gritty and raw and emotional sometimes, but it doesn’t hang so heavy over the plot that you feel suffocated by it. It’s presented with lots of grace, not to take the edge off the pain so as to minimize the heartbreak… but to remind us Whose holy heart breaks over it too. And despite the horrors connected to the house, despite the horrors that Kaine herself has witnessed, a voice from the past gently speaks hope into the darkness:

“I choose to believe… I know God’s presence here. Even in darkness, He is here… Someday I will see His face and all of this will wash away… I choose hope.”

And we can’t forget the main character of this novel – the house itself. Wright does such a phenomenal job of setting the scene with delicious descriptors like, “Cavernous windows opened in a silent scream on the face of the Gothic house tilted on the crest of Foster Hill. Its gables towered as if to mock her, and balconies curved in permanent, evil grins.” You will want to devour this in one sitting, if possible, because once this house – and Wright’s effective mood-setting – gets a hold of you, you won’t be able to put it down.

Bottom Line: The House on Foster Hill is a stunning debut from Jaime Jo Wright! Its gothic feel and intriguing characters wrap around the reader like an old quilt, begging them to read this novel while curled up near a warm fire. The dual timelines are handled with skill, seamlessly connected and yet distinct. Both Ivy and Kaine are relatable and compelling heroines, while Joel and Grant nicely complement their respective female counterparts. (Joel grew on me faster than Grant but I ended up really liking both of them.) Grace and hope permeate these pages, even in the middle of the intense suspense and the darkness that has cloaked Foster Hill for too long. If you’re a fan of Carrie Stuart Parks, Sandra Byrd, or Mike Nappa, you need to read The House on Foster Hill.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)

see my full review at Reading Is My SuperPower
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489 reviews93 followers
July 28, 2018
This is the first book I have read by Jamie Jo Wright. I stepped out of my comfort zone, I usually don't go for suspense or mystery BUT I really enjoyed this story. I am also not a big fan of dual story lines BUT again this was a wonderful and intriguing novel. I love the cover. It really drew me in. The plot is complex and well written. The message of hope is beautifully captured throughout the chapters. I will be reading Jamie Jo Wrights other books as soon as I am able.
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54 reviews6 followers
March 18, 2023
This is my third book by this author and I have loved everyone😍 each of the books I have read by her were great but I think this one might be my favorite. The story was so captivating and I loved the characters and there stories so much. This is Dual timeline and the way the author weaves the characters stories and lifes together is amazing😊 loved it so much, would totally recommend😁
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88 reviews5 followers
March 18, 2021
I loved this book! It is kind of creepy. Because just imagine: your husband is killed but nobody believes you, you are stalked by someone, and then you buy an old house that has a connection with one of your ancestors. Who by the way helps investigate the death of a woman found in a big oak tree. How do these things ever connect? And you are still stalked of course. Really creepy. The story goes back and forth in time divided in different chapters. It took me almost to the end of the book to find out what really happened.
After reading it a second time, i find this book even better. And now my focus was more on the deeper meaning of the book. In the fact that when you have faith and hope in the One that is greater than we are ( meaning God), then you will find rest, purpose and healing
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Author 25 books523 followers
July 21, 2019
This is a hard book to review. It was a difficult book to read. It’s on the verge of... I wasn’t exactly reading parts of this for entertainment, but for awareness, as it dealt with human trafficking. It was well done in that it revealed how age-old human trafficking is as well as the repercussions of keeping it secret. I also appreciated the modern face of today’s women who suffer abuse.

There was a spiritual plot woven in both Ivy’s story of early 1900s and Kaine’s modern story. It fell a little short for me in that the ending didn’t have a very strong resolution. Both Ivy and Kaine were in points of their lives where their relationship with God wasn’t as strong as it should be or they weren’t praying like they ought to. And while someone else’s story provided an example of a girl wholly trusting in God, it ended (to me) where Ivy and Kaine were halfway taking the step forward they needed to.

The romance was woven throughout the story. Several subtle hints were given (as in, the temptation to go further). And then there was the whole human trafficking topic. *spoiler* The scene in the end where one girl is attacked had too much detail for me. Though she herself was not raped, the man’s advances were definitely detailed before she escaped. *end of spoiler* This definitely puts it at 21+ for my recommendation.

Now the mystery/suspense angle? Very well written. I loved how the story was solved both from the early 1900s and early 2000s. At first the dual storyline was rough, but it ended up flowing to where I had just enough from each story to keep me flipping pages.
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1,178 reviews141 followers
December 18, 2017
This is one debut book that you had better get a copy of right away!

I never put this book down until the very last page. I could not turn the pages fast enough. It was such a, I don't want to say creepy read that's not the word that I am looking for, it was suspenseful, no wait it was Riveting! I loved the characters, the storyline, the dialogue everything about this book!

I gave this book 4.5 stars and I HIGHLY recommend it. I can not wait for Wrights next book to be in my hand!

The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
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102 reviews36 followers
August 3, 2020
This is Jaime Jo Wright’s debut novel?! I now must read every one of her books because this was superbly written. The level of mystery intwined in both story lines that perfectly tie together by the end kept me turning pages late into the night. The level of creepiness in this story goes beyond that of most Christian fiction authors and I commend Wright for her boldness here because this was done wisely, in a way that reflects reality and incorporates biblical truth, without cliche. I will also add that I think the cover is perfection. So glad I read this book. I already purchased two more of her novels.
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16 reviews12 followers
February 17, 2018
Whew.... such an intense read! It gripped me from the start to the end, and I am just glad it all ended in good ways. I am exhausted after reading this book, but oh boy....what a great story! This book reminded me to always have hope (and faith) in Him, for His promises always fulfilled. Moving on... I will read something light, and comedic... or a very romantic sweet story next.
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958 reviews31 followers
December 11, 2017
The House on Foster Hill is by debut author Jamie Jo and what a read! Between plot twists, mystery, suspense and incredible details, this book will captivate you, while holding your attention between two time periods. Written in a dual plot lines with immense attention to detail, this book will keep you intrigued.

Kaine Prescott is grieving the loss of her husband who passed away two years ago. After begging in desperation to re-open the case after the suspicious death of of her husband, Kaine decides she needs to leave home and get a fresh start. Kaine decides to purchase "The Foster Hill House." Little did Kaine know what would be in store for her and the purchase of this abandoned property.
Painful memories are what Ivy Thrope has of Foster Hill a century earlier. When a woman is found dead on the property, she can't help but try to discover the identity of the woman. Of course, Ivy is lead on a course that is dangerous, risk-taking and possibly losing her life as she works to uncover the mystery.

Full of suspense, page turning and history, this book will draw you immediately as the characters have your attention. If you are a fan of suspense and mystery, this book is definitely one that you have to read! Just when you think you know who did it, it isn't who you think it is, or is it? You'll have a great time trying to piece this mystery together! I give this book 5/5 stars.
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