With the start of school and new commitments outside of the home this fall, I have struggled to make time to read. Most nights, I crash into bed between 9pm and 10pm, unable to keep my eyes open for even one chapter. And honestly, we’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to miss it… much.
But the last week of September, we made a decision that suddenly freed up a large chunk of my time and energy. We sent the kids back to school. (You can read more about our decision to stop homeschooling here.) And knowing I had several books due for reviews this month, I began to make the most of my “in the car waiting” time (bus stop, piano lessons, football practice, etc.).
By the way… have I ever told you how much I love being able to read books on my phone through the free Kindle app?!? It’s so great to be able to have a handful of books with me at all times. And I don’t have to “lug them around” like Rory did in Gilmore Girls… as long as I have my phone, I can read!
Sneaking in a few chapters here and there, and having enough energy to stay up late reading again, I’ve been able to knock out a few books in the last week or so…
This book reminded me so much of Jane Austen’s novels without the old English language. The courtships and mismatched relationships were fun to watch unravel as the main characters found their true mates.
I had no idea this was book four in the Hawthorne House series until I reached the author’s notes at the end. It was written as a stand-alone piece, but I can see how it fit into the overall series as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, and I’m eager to locate and read the previous books in this series. This is a great book to curl up in a chair and read on a cool fall afternoon!
I struggled with this book. While the initial storyline looked intriguing, I found the writing to be very choppy and the story to be less than interesting. I kept waiting for it to get better – for there to be a climatic moment – but it never got there. I was relieved when the book finally ended.
Sometimes multiple years would pass between sentences, and there was no “here’s what happened.” The author just kept pushing forward. It was like reading a personal diary where the writer only remembered to record the events of the day a few days a year.
While I received an advanced copy for my review purposes, I was shocked at the number of typographical errors throughout. I truly hope this book was re-edited before going to print.
My experience with this author is that her books can be hit or miss for me. But this particular title intrigued me, so I gave it a chance, and I’m so glad I did!
“These Healing Hills” captured my attention from chapter one and kept me looking for opportunities to pick the book up again all day long (even staying up late to finish it).
The main characters were relatable. The storyline was believable. The setting was historically accurate. And the twists and turns of the plot all came at just the right moment throughout the book.
If you enjoy historical fiction with a touch of romance, I highly recommend this book!
I enjoyed this story and was actually a bit surprised at the amount of suspense built into the plot. It added intrigue and helped the story to move along without dragging.
I did struggle with the ease of which the two main characters connected. Their “social classes” should have been problematic, but it didn’t seem to be an issue, and that was odd to me. I understood the author’s attempt to bridge the social gap, but it seemed too simple in this particular story.
The historical aspects of the story were quite fascinating – from the telegraph to the newspapers to the debate over the Panama Canal. I enjoyed learning about these historical events from a new perspective.
Every time I thought I knew who had “done it,” I found myself having to second guess my suspicions as new evidence came forward. That right there is the sign of a great suspense thriller.
Add a little romance to the suspense, and you’ve got yourself a book that will keep you turning the pages, captivated until the very last page, as you wait to see how all the pieces come together and how it all plays out.
Justice Buried did a great job of capturing my attention and holding it, drawing me into the story and the lives of the characters.
Definitely whet my appetite for this series!
While a shorter (and thus more compact) book than the others in the Hawthorne House series, this novella captures my attention and drew me into the world of the characters.
I also enjoyed reading the first several chapters of the first book of the series and look forward to reading the rest soon!
*Disclosure: I received access to pre-release digital copy of this titles in order to write my unbiased reviews.