House Of Echoes Mass Market Paperback – Aug 25 1997
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From Publishers Weekly
Supernatural chills and romantic sighs are Erskine's (Midnight Is a Lonely Place) stock in trade, but this outing finds her deficient in both categories. She concludes her latest romance-cum-spook story with a book review praising a first novel by protagonist Jocelyn "Joss" Grant for "leaving the reader clinging to the edge of his chair," but that's wishful thinking as far as this novel is concerned. Adopted as a baby, Joss tracks down her biological mother and learns she has inherited an ancient house in Essex. Ignoring the villagers' superstitious warnings, she moves into Belheddon Hall with her husband, Luke, and her two-year-old son, Tom. Unfortunately, the ensuing strange phenomena?roses left on pillows, and ghostly giggles?frighten Joss more than the reader. Then bruises appear on Tom's arms. Joss suspects ghosts, but Luke suspects Joss. Determined to discover the house's secrets, Joss researches her blighted family tree only to find that no male heir has ever inherited Belheddon. The problem, it turns out, stretches back to the 15th century, when a powerful witch, who lived in the house, cast a spell on King Edward IV that caused him to fall in love with her daughter, Katherine. Over 500 years later, the spell still binds an armor-clad King Edward, who spends eternity making love to all of Katherine's descendants (including Joss), while the bitter Katherine menaces the men of Belheddon. Just when Joss is on the verge of losing her sanity, a village psychic conveniently breaks the ancient curse with surprising ease, forcing an ending that is as illogical as it is happy. Literary Guild/Doubleday Book Club featured alternate.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Faced with financial ruin, Jocelyn and Luke Grant at first view the surprise inheritance of an Essex manor house from Joss' birth mother as a godsend. But who really sent the centuries-old house where boyish voices echo, drifts of icy rose petals appear and then vanish, and a chilling shadow threatens the safety of Luke and his toddler son? When Joss' second child is born, also a boy, it becomes apparent that only the males in the Grant household are threatened, and suspicion falls on Joss. To clear her name and save her family, she must confront and defeat a powerful, ancient presence. Without being overly graphic or ghoulish, Erskine's third novel of the supernatural provides a sensual, shivery thrill ride through a classic English country house. Roberta Johnson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Her husband Luke and sister, Lyn, called her "obsessed" for gleaning any ounce of information. Who would begrudge learning one's heritage and ensuring her living family isn't in peril? Thirdly, Lyn made inappropriately critical and possessive remarks about Jocelyn's care for her children and immaturely accused her of not loving her adoptive family; parents she begged to stay at her mansion. Lyn was a bitch whose help was not worth it. Lyn and Luke disrespected Jocelyn's beliefs and acted like jail wardens, when she took her children for walks, or shared closeness with three open-minded friends: Janet, David, and the old pastor!
Compounded with such numerous examples of reprehensible behaviour: very stilted, factory-made dialogue and narration, along with extreme redundancy of vocabulary words I happen to detest; degraded enjoyment badly. "Gently" "stared", and "shook their head" occurred about ten times PER PAGE! Someone frowned about four times per page and <b>Barbara</b> kept using a peculiar expression: "stared around". What the heck is that?! How about looked around? Peered, glanced, gazed?Read more ›
Joss, a young woman with a new family, inherits an estate from her mother. She wants to make the fresh start and here is a place where she can learn about the family she never knew.
The only problem is that with the land and the house, Joss also inherits a legacy of revenge, passion and fear.
Erskine continues her usual fabulous writing to create scenes that jump out off the page and become so real you could swear you were there. Full of suspense, you won't be able to put this book down, so make sure you've got a free evening when you start this book!!
I ended up finding time to read it during the day, so I could concentrate on sleeping at night, rather than wondering what those 'creaks' and 'thumpings' were!
Most recent customer reviews
I am a great fan of Barbara Erskine, this book was the best to date. When Luke and Joss Grant face financial problems due to Luke losing his business and their home, they cant... Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004 by glenda taylor
I love ghost stories and this is no exception. I won't go into a plot synopsis, because that's been done already. Ms. Erskine began with an interesting plot. Read morePublished on July 21 2002 by J. Copeland
This is a beautifully written novel about a haunted manor in the English countryside. It is the story of a young, married woman, Jocelyn Grant, who inherits that country manor,... Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2001 by lawyeraau
After the other books by Ms Erskine, I did not think her writing could get any better but she has proven us wrong I thoroughly enjoyed House of Echoes from beginning to end. Read morePublished on Dec 2 2000 by Mrs. L. C. Manzione
I absolutely love ghost stories and this was a pretty good one. It was a little too long and drawn out but if you've got some extra time I would recommend it. Read morePublished on June 16 2000 by Kate
I have been addicted to Barbara Esrskine Books since the late 80's. Her best book so far (I think) is Child of the Phoenix, I was so captivated with this book as it incorporates... Read morePublished on Oct. 15 1999 by yvonne bamford