The Book Worm: Review: The House on Blackberry Hill

Monday, April 4, 2016

Review: The House on Blackberry Hill


Abby Foster is a fish out of water in the Maine coastal town of Jewell Cove. The crumbling Foster estate, left to her by a relative she never even knew, has everyone's eyes on her―an eerie reminder of the long-buried family secrets that have haunted her…forever. Single, stunning, and sometimes too strong-willed for her own good, Abby's plan is to sell the house and hightail it back to Nova Scotia. But another part of her is intrigued by the idea of starting over somewhere new―and finally learning the truth about her heritage.

Enter Tom Arseneault. The best contractor in Jewell Cove, Tom is determined to restore the beauty and prestige of the Foster mansion―and maybe even work his charms on its beautiful new heir. The attraction between him and Abby is undeniable, and the more time Tom spends on the house the more he wants to be in it with her. But Abby's not sure she can trust him―or anyone in Jewell Cove who seems to know more about her family history than she does. Home: Is it really where the heart is after all?
Genre: contemporary romance

Publishing date: April 2014

Mature content: yes, but pretty much subdued

Review: This was the first book I read from my Spring Reading List and I loved it. If has the right dose of romance and suspense to keep you hooked from page one right until the end. 

Abby inherited a house she does not want from a relative she never met. While the house is beautiful, it is also in desperate need of renovations before it can be sold. And so enters Tom, the best contractor in Jewel Cove, at least in his opinion, though the fact that he was the only one available may have weighted on Abby's decision to hire him. Still, Tom is a wonderful man and I was rooting for the two of them right from the start.  Together Abby and Tom will renovate the house, but also uncover log lost family secrets, and fall in love in between. The fact that the house is haunted is an interesting twist. Though in never gets to be downright creepy, I can tell you for sure I would not be sleeping in that huge house alone, haunted or not. 


The House on Blackberry Hill is a lovely romance novel, perfect to read this spring (or on any other season). It will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling, and with a desperate need to read the two other books in the Jewel Cove series. I've downloaded book two, Treasure on Lilac Lane already!

Totally recommended!

Have a wonderful week, and happy readings,


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