Okay so I don’t normally include a synopsis with my reviews, but with this one I feel as though it is necessary given my feelings towards this novel. For the record this is the synopsis as written on Goodreads:
Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It’s a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue–until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine–and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie’s mother died in a suspicious accident.
Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he’s a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support–Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can’t even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie’s own longings–and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she’ll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…
So when I first requested this book for review from Netgalley, this is how I perceived it: A contemporary romance about a girl who deals with her father’s dementia, falls in love and uncovers some scandals. I don’t know why this is what I expected but it was. And to be honest the first chunk of the book gives this impression and then all of a sudden the paranormal punches you in the face. I was caught so unaware that it threw me completely. It took me the rest of the book to come to grips with the fact that it was paranormal.
To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. HOWEVER I was disappointed that the book was not as I expected. Had I expected a paranormal novel I would have been very pleased. Once I separated my expectation from the reality I really enjoyed it. The relationships were complex and often full of suspicion which I loved. Annie’s strength and perseverance were commendable.
Pat Esden did a fantastic job creating the paranormal element. It was different and nothing was what I expected. The historical nature she gave Moonhill was breathtaking. The little things that happened in the beginning and felt like nothing became something important later on and made so much sense that I started to wonder why I ever thought this wasn’t a paranormal book!
I know that this review started of negative, but I really did enjoy it 🙂 I can’t wait to read the next book in the series <3
(This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review)