Title: The House on Foster Hill
Author: Jaime Jo Wright
Publish Date: December 5, 2017
Genre: Christian, Mystery & Thrillers
Obtained: Netgalley eARC
Synopsis: Kaine Prescott has lived through the traumatic death of her husband, which she believes was a murder. She’s even been stalked by a man she believes is her husband’s killer. She decides to get away from it all and buys a historic house in her grandfather’s hometown in Wisconsin. But this house has a dark history of its own, one that is connected to Kaine’s own ancestors.
Note: Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for offering me this eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Okay. So I got the chance to read this novel before its release. Guys, this is my first ARC EVERRR! I’m super excited that Netgalley offered this spotlight eARC for all Netgalley users. It seemed like a really good read, so I decided to just go for it!
Normally, I wouldn’t really go near a Christian novel. It’s not that I don’t believe in God or a higher power, it’s just sometimes Christian novels can be ostentatious, but the fact that this is historical fiction and involves genealogy I wanted to try it out. Overall, it was an interesting story but just wasn’t my style.
What I Liked
Kaine doesn’t intend on discovering her own family connections to the small Wisconsin town she decides to run to, but it ends up happening anyway. I really enjoy stories that involve multiple generations, and The House on Foster Hill flipped back and forth between the present (Kaine) and the past (Kaine’s great-great-grandmother, Ivy). These two points of view went seamlessly from one to the other, and the two storylines complemented each other.
I also liked that, although it is a Christian novel, it wasn’t TOO heavy on the God is Great mantra I so commonly see. There is a lot of mention of hope and faith in God, but this really brings out a lot of great themes in the story.
What I Didn’t Like
Based on the title, I thought this would be more of a haunted house kind of story, but it never grew to that. There was a worldly explanation for everything that happens in the novel, and I was left without that fear factor I was hoping for. I also didn’t care for the added romance aspect of The House on Foster Hill. I’m all for romance, but it felt shoved in there for little to no value to the storyline. A lot of the writing also felt a bit forced as well.
The House on Foster Hill had a great concept story, I just wish it was executed a little bit better. It wasn’t bad, but it just wasn’t exactly for me.