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The Widow of Pale Harbor

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Maine, 1846. Gideon Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife's death, so he moves to Pale Harbor, Maine, where there is a vacancy for a new minister. Gideon and his late wife had always dreamed of building their own church, and Pale Harbor is the perfect opportunity.

But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town of Pale Harbor.
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Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 17th 2019 by Graydon House
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    Book of Secrets
    Feb 19, 2019 marked it as wish-list
    I need this book right now! I'm swooning over the blurb and cover. I. Can't. Wait. Until. September. ♥
    Hester Fox
    May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
    My second book will be available September 17, 2019 (October for the UK), and I'm so excited for you to meet Sophronia and Gabriel! Everything they say about the second book being the hardest to write is true, so while it was sometimes a struggle, I'm so pleased with how it came out and really hope that you enjoy it. A great big Thank You to everyone who read The Witch Of Willow Hall and have come back for The Widow Of Pale Harbor- your support means everything <3

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    Karen
    May 15, 2019 marked it as must-read
    GUESS WHO JUST GOT THIS BOOK ON NETGALLEY.

    I loved The Witch of Willow Hall so I am PUMPED.
    Irene
    May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I enjoyed The Witch Of Willow Hall by this author so I was excited to get an advance copy of her latest work. This was a historical fiction/mystery with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure.
    Sophronia Carver was never made to feel particularly welcome by the people of Pale Harbor Maine after settling there with her cold and cruel husband. Upon his death, the locals began to speculate and gossip that she may have murdered him, either by her own hand or some sort of witchery. Some even clai
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    Mfedore
    May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I read an early draft of this book and really enjoyed it. The author combined several interesting cultural phenomena (Transcendentalism and Poe-mania) to develop the setting and historical context for this story. I also read her first novel and noticed how she was able to skillfully expand the world she created to incorporate a larger cast of characters and multiple points of view. I found the characters to be interesting and nuanced with unique motivations driving their actions. Definitely remi ...more
    Ninoshka
    May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    With Hester Fox’s first novel The Witch of Willow Hall, she became one of my favorite authors. From her writing, to the books atmosphere, I knew that she was someone I had to pay attention to. The Widow of Pale Harbor blew my away and captured my attention just as quickly. Fox just has a way of making her writing flow so easily, that it doesn’t feel like I’m reading a book anymore. The best books are the ones that don’t feel lik
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    The Widow of Pale Harbor
    Hester Fox
    Publisher: Grayson House Books
    Release date: September 17, 2019
    Pages: 384
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    This book was received as an ARC from the publisher and Edelweiss, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

    Maine, 1846. Gideon Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife's death, so he moves to Pale Harbor, Maine, where there is a vacancy for a new minister. Gideo
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    Jill
    May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    The Widow of Pale Harbor is gothic historical fiction at its best. Set in 19th century Maine, the book winds through an intricate mystery involving a shadowy widow, murder allegations, and the quest for truth. Sophronia Carver is rumored to have murdered her husband so she shuts herself away from intrusive village life until frightening events, clues involving the writings of Edgar Allen Poe, and a duplicitous minister draw her out to expose a maniacal predator. I loved everything about this boo ...more
    Susan
    Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I enjoyed Fox's debut, THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL, so I was excited to read her sophomore novel. Unfortunately, I didn't like THE WIDOW OF PALE HARBOR quite as much. I definitely dug the book's broody, atmospheric setting as well as its creepy Gothic vibe. The main characters are likable, if not very original. Although I guessed the murderer about 3/4 of the way through the story, I didn't see all the plot twists coming. Despite this, the tale seemed a little disjointed and, in some ways, it becam ...more
    Jeannie43
    May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I loved everything about this book! The nuanced characters, lush setting, slow burning romance, and deftly plotted mystery kept me up late turning the pages. I already can’t wait for this author’s next book.
    Toni Fowell
    Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Can't wait for this one. If it's anything like The Witch of Willow Hall then I'm sure it will be great.

    The star rating is only based on the blurb but I wanted to write something too so had to do a star rating.
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    Shelves: mystery, romance, horror
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    At first, I thought that I would not like this book. I received "The Widow of Pale Harbor" through a giveaway under the Paranormal genre; however, I realized while I was starting to read it that the book was not paranormal, but romance and mystery mixed with historical fiction. As I was reading it, I was afraid that it was going to be strictly a romance novel with the mystery taking a backseat to budding romance of Gideon Stone and Sophronia Carver. But, as the story unfolded be
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    Hester comes to writing from a background in museum work and historical archaeology. She loves the Gothic, the lurid, the dark...so long as the ending is a happy one. She has never seen a ghost, though she remains hopeful.

    Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband. THE WITCH OF WILLOW HALL is her first novel.