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The Haunting of Brynn Wilder

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  7,927 ratings  ·  727 reviews
After a devastating loss, Brynn Wilder escapes to Wharton, a tourist town on Lake Superior, to reset. Checking into a quaint boardinghouse for the summer, she hopes to put her life into perspective. In her fellow lodgers, she finds a friendly company of strangers: the frail Alice, cared for by a married couple with a heartbreaking story of their own; LuAnn, the eccentric a ...more
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published November 1st 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Kindle First - October

Everyone is haunted by something. A road not taken. A hurt, carried deep inside. Harsh words that echo long after the sting of them is carried away on the wind.

Some of us are haunted more literally. We’ve seen and felt and heard what simply cannot be, but is. A low moan coming from the corner of a darkened room. A glimpse of an ethereal shape. A tangible encounter with... something. A passer-through.

As I sit alone with my thoughts in this empty house, in the dark, a fi
Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay, this one truly surprised me a lot! After seeing the name of the book and eerie, heart pounding cover I thought some thrilling and chilling ghost story will give me nightmares and haunt me down! But it started like soft chic lit and gave me Debbie Macomber meets Nicholas Sparks novels taste.

This is a paranormal, bittersweet story with a twist that I cannot blurt out and that emotional ending made my poor heart felt like stabbed by small glass pieces but overall the deeply layered, well cr
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brynn travels to Wharton, Lake Superior for the summer following a series of losses. She hopes to recharge, re-evaluate and get her life back on track to resume her post as Professor of Literature. She rents a room at colourful LuAnn’s boarding house and quickly immerses herself in the lives and mysteries of the occupants of the house.

This book is not quite what I expected as it’s more a smorgasbord of themes. It begins with a really mysterious, creepy, gothic vibe with a sequence of odd events
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved every word, and every page. This ghostly tale is not scary at all, but will tug at your heartstrings and may cause a tear or two. It has a great Gothic suspenseful feel, a must read for Gothic lovers.
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
When you start a book with "The Haunting" in the title and such a creepy cover, you expect a scary or at least suspenseful story and definitely something to do with ghosts. Not here. This was a cheesy romance with strong Nickolas Sparks vibes that yes, had a ghost or two but they were harmless, didn't speak or interact much and, honestly, were completely useless in the plot. You could have skipped them completely and nothing would change. Such a waste of time!
Theresa Alan
Oct 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel is a partially a paranormal romance, partially a mystery, partially a woman trying to regroup after taking time off from being a professor of English lit to tend to her dying mother. Brynn goes to a small town on Lake Superior where an old friend lives. She stays at a boarding house with two married men and a woman with Alzheimer’s they look after, a handsome tattooed man, and a room that’s locked up after a woman died there.

It’s accepted by the bartender and proprietor of the house
Shari Ring Wolf
Oct 10, 2020 rated it did not like it

I do not know where to start. First Reads are usually pretty good, so that tricked me into reading the WHOLE book. The idea of the book was amazing. But it didn't flow or fit at all. There were so many pieces and ends that I thought would come together and did not. Inconsistent! Who was Dominick? Angel for sire? Silly. It got good when the chief of police suspected him of...? What? Then it was just dropped!
He was the great love of her life? Yet he wasn't fully human? Who and why was Alice?
Renee (The B-Roll)
What a gorgeous piece of gothic fiction in the classic Wendy Webb style. Ghosts, haunted houses, mysterious pasts...what more could you want!?! Honestly, I was curious to see how it was going to wrap up so quickly when I just had a few chapters left but I will say that the ending was excellent and the twist at the end got me. I loved reading this, just as every other book she has written, and enjoyed being back in Wharton.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I was excited to have the opportunity to read another book by Webb, especially as I enjoyed as last one so much. However, I don’t think this was as gripping because there were too many genres embedded within the narrative.

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Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Leisurely paced, character-driven chick-lit & women’s fiction mashup, but with many other genres.

2.5 stars

In October I seek books suitable for Halloween, so this gothic fiction with a haunting seemed perfect. But I found myself reading chapters filled with character introductions—whilst trying to find a plot. I also hunted for horror, haunts, frights, etc. but only found wimpy nightmares.

After 50 pages, I almost gave up on the chick-lit, women’s fiction, and romance. However, I made a NY resol
Franny Burd
Oct 09, 2020 rated it did not like it
Oh, puleeze. Just finished this one a few minutes ago, and am so disgusted that if it was a physical book and not on my Kindle I'd hurl it across the room. No characters I cared about or could connect to. Absolutely the most ridiculous ending I've ever read. I honestly don't know what book the other reviewers read, but it can't have been this hot mess.
coty ⚡
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020
essentially, it's just a lifetime movie with a paranormal element.

which isn't exactly a bad thing. i can see the intention clearly, but the execution of the plot leaves a lot to be desired. the writing style is stiff and uninspired and the supernatural elements don't really seem genuine, but rather just an afterthought instead, despite their obvious importance. so much of the book seems to move at a glacial pace until you're suddenly at the end and so much of the plot is 'explained' within a few
Daisy Mae
Sep 15, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
DNF @ 35%

Yikes... I’m disappointed in how big of a let-down this was.

One thing I really did enjoy, though, was the narration. This was my first audio book since my early years in primary school, and I can say it won’t be my last. The voice was soothing, full of emotion when it needed to be, and it makes me want to hire Xe Sands as a perma-bedtime reader.

Sadly, Webb’s writing was just too tropey for me. It felt like every romantic fan-fiction tied into one plotline— oh, and let’s add a spooky pa
Farshana ❤️rainnbooks❤️
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Many Thanks to Net Galley, Lake Union publishing and the author for a chance to read and review this book. All opinions are expressed voluntarily.

Wendy Webb is one of my favorite authors, most of the books that I have read have a gothic element with ghostly presence centered around the very beautiful and peaceful Lake Superior. Now tell me, what would a reader expect with a haunting in the title and that cover image?

So that is my BIGGEST problem with this book. I went in expecting something and
Basic B's Guide
Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts + Love + Small Town = A enjoyable and comforting fall read.

“After a devastating loss, Brynn Wilder escapes to Wharton, a tourist town on Lake Superior to reset. Checking into a quaint boardinghouse for the summer, she hopes to put her life into perspective.”

Wendy Webb whisks you away to a small cozy town where you immediately feel at home. I just wanted to live right in this book where I meet up for happy hour with my good friends; LuAnn, Gil and Jason and have time to grieve the loss of
Heather (
This review is so tricky for me. Is it possible to like a story and be pretty confused by it at the same time? Because that’s how I feel. I liked the writing style, I liked the characters, and I got the creepy and mysterious vibes I was hoping for. Parts of it gave me chills. Generally, I liked this book. All was going well for most of the story and then I got to what I believe was supposed to be a twist and I was just confused. In the end I didn’t know what to think. Do I just not understand? I ...more

Are you looking for an atmospheric, gothic read with romance and supernatural suspense? Well have I got the book for you! The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb is all of those things and more, and I loved the experience I had reading it. It has been really hard for a book to hold my attention lately, but this book did it and for that I am grateful. I loved Webb's writing style, and the setting on Lake Superior (in Wisconsin of all places), was incredible. The town is fictitious, but sh
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Omygoodness, what a story! It took me completely by surprise!

First, it isn't scary, but it sure is very atmospheric. There's an element of mystery and the supernatural that's ever-present but it actually doesn't go where I thought it was going. I actually cried at the end, it was so beautiful!

Brynn comes to Wharton on a sabbatical from her teaching position at a university, trying to recover some semblance of normal after her father's death. The boarding house where she settles for the summer is
Ivonne Rovira
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: paranormal mystery lovers
Recommended to Ivonne by: Amazon Prime First Reads
The Haunting of Brynn Wilder combines a little bit of romance, a little bit of a mystery and a little bit of the paranormal into a serviceable novel. About one-third of the way through, I had already figured out — more or less — Dominic James’ secret. He’s the unearthly handsome love interest for our heroine, the titular Brynn.

Author Wendy Webb’s tale of a haunted hotel on Lake Superior improves in the final third, making me glad I’d read it. You won’t mistake this book for something by Barbara
Abigail Singrey
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This wasn’t as creepy as I expected, but that made me like it even better. If you’re looking for a book to make you afraid to sleep at night, this isn’t it.

What it did have: general spooky vibes, an exploration of love and loss, and great characters that you wish you could get more of.

The book had a sweet ending. I teared up a little.
Amy Phelps
It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. A story about Alzheimer’s, true love, and the veil between then and now.
“People get so caught up in themselves and their dramas, or they get ensnared in their own sorrows and tragedies, they forget to appreciate the beauty around them.” (from 'The Haunting of Brynn Wilder')

'The Haunting of Brynn Wilder' isn't a thriller by any means, but it is a hauntingly atmospheric, gripping, romantic, mysterious, gothic fiction that explores love & loss & w/ a little bit of paranormal added in. It takes place in a touristy town off one of the great lakes, & guess who lives in a
LianaReads blog
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very interesting story as I don’t usually read time travel book but this one caught my attention and hold on to it til the last page.
At the beginning I thought it’s more of an obsession love or lust but it’s so much more than that.
The suspense and twists kept coming up with each chapter and I really wanted to know what actually happened and how everything will unfold.
It’s a great story that I highly recommend but bare in mind that it’s heavy on the romance side so don’t start trashing it be
Caroline Bertaud
Oct 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I think I read a different novel than the one all these people rave about here. Mine seemed filled with people from Care Bears; all very nice, very caring, very loving, “completely lovely” (actual quote), very happy, very smiling, very altruistic—long story short, here’s what I read: “We gazed at each other, and I lost myself in the beauty of his face. The perfection of creation, right in front of me.” (Also actual quote) *Cringing* I’m usually one to wear rose-tinted glasses, but la vie is a bi ...more
Darcia Helle
This book was listed as "Gothic Fiction" in Amazon's First Reads choices for October. That label is a stretch, at best. What we have is mostly a love story, along with an intense exploration of loss and grief.

I couldn't buy into the instant connection with all the characters, who go from being absolute strangers on vacation to being best friends who confide all their secrets within a matter of days. These people are a Lifetime movie cast, all way too nice, with their sunshine-bright personalitie
Norma McCall
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the e-ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Haunting of Brynn Wilder was a subtle take on a paranormal romance.

Wendy Webb had an amazing concept and a beautiful writing style. However, I truly wish that this novel was significantly longer. I found myself wanting more from the plot flow and character development.
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it
After a devastating personal loss, Brynn Wilder escapes to the small tourist town of Wharton where her friend lives. She has had help finding some accommodation in a boarding house and we meet the characters of LuAnn, Dominic and Alice that all become a part of her break there. This was an eerie and intriguing read and while I enjoyed the supernatural elements of the novel less, it was still an enjoyable mystery.
Laura Peden
It’s been a while since I’ve come across a book I couldn’t put down. This one drew me in & sunk its teeth into me. The book takes place in a small lake town in Northern Minnesota, off Lake Superior. I grew up in a town like this so it was extra special for me. Happy hour at dive bars where the bartenders know your drink; Friday fish fries and waterski shows on Saturdays. I’m too lazy to explain the plot but this is basically a love story with gothic vibes. There are some spooky parts but it’s de ...more
Eve (Between The Bookends)
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. Was it perfect, no. There were a lot of loose ends, and things that needed to be fleshed out more. However, it kept me turning the pages. I liked the characters and the setting, so overall it was a decent read for me.

**Arc Via NetGalley**
Michelle Only Wants to Read

Hmm. I’m not sure how to rate or classify this one. I mostly liked it, but not for spooky or haunting reasons. It had its moments. Not horror, for sure. The cover is absolutely misleading. It was intriguing for a while, and then it got weird and all over the place in a genre mash-up.

I liked the supporting characters. The conversations were funny and entertaining. A bit too “This is Us” for me, but I was ready to embrace the cheese. I was okay with it...until the end. That’s when al
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