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Literary Fiction Catnip: The House on Harbor Hill by Shelly Stratton

Posted 27 March, 2018 by DLWhite in Reviews 0 Comments

Literary Fiction Catnip: The House on Harbor Hill by Shelly StrattonThe House on Harbor Hill by Shelly Stratton
Published by Dafina Books on January 1st 1970
Genres: Literary Fiction
Source: Amazon
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She's generous, kind, and compassionate--yet Delilah Grey will forever be an outcast in the small seaside town of Camden Beach, Maryland. She takes in women shattered by abuse, poverty, illness, or events beyond their control. But no matter how far she's come or how many she's helped find their way back, there is no safe place for Delilah. Acquitted of her rich husband's mysterious death decades ago, she lives in her beautiful mansion consumed by secrets--and mistakes she feels she can never atone for. . . . Until she takes in desperate mother Tracey Walters and her two young children.

Tracey won't say where she's from or what sent her into hiding. But her determination and refusal to give up reminds Delilah of the spirited, hopeful girl she once was--and the dreams she still cherishes. As Tracey takes tentative steps to rebuild her life, her unexpected attraction to Delilah's handsome, troubled caretaker inadvertently brings Delilah face to face with the past. And when Tracey's worst fears come brutally calling, both women must find even more strength to confront truths they can no longer ignore--and at last learn how to truly be free . . .

Resonant, moving, and unforgettable, The House on Harbor Hill paints an unforgettable portrait of two women struggling to forgive themselves, take a chance on change, and challenge each other to finally live. Praise for Between Lost and Found "Moving, thoughtful, and entirely original."--Taylor Jenkins Reid

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the cover to the blurb to the story inside, The House on Harbor Hill is my TOTAL Literary Fiction catnip from an author that I adore and always trust to take me on an emotional journey. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, and after begging to read this book, then being granted an advance copy from NetGalley, I devoured it in just a couple of days.
I never know what to say in reviews… I’m not auditioning for the NYT book review here. I don’t want to rehash the blurb, nor go through all the events of the book, not because I am lazy but because I like it best when I can discover the nuances and nooks and crannies of a story myself.
This was… simply a good read. A mix of a murder mystery from the past and a current tale of a woman in between the stages of her life, who takes a helping hand when she really needs it… and how that benefitted her and her children immensely.
Secondary characters filter through and fill out this story so well. I loved Delilah’s fellow maids. That part of the story scratched my historical fiction itch.
There’s so much to take in, when reading this novel. One thing that stands out is that a) sometimes no one understands what you’ve been through except those who’ve been through it to and b) history repeats itself, and like hindsight, you recognize things because you’ve seen it before.
I highly encourage everyone to grab this book, put it on your list, and then sit back and relax and enjoy the read. This isn’t a fast paced wham-bam-zoom storyline. This is a beautifully drawn-out tale that’s finally able to be told.

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