Audiobooks

5 Reasons to Read The House on Foster Hill

Dearest Readers,

It’s been quiet around here and for good reason. I am a planner and a year ago when I was putting together my blogging schedule, I intentionally chose to keep December very low-key. Everyone is busy this time of year; to-do lists are long and our focus rightly shifts to celebrating the birth of our Savior. I have a Christian suspense and a Bible review coming your way before the New Year, but today’s post is a rare show of spontaneity on my part. On December 6th, author Jaime Jo Wright (@jaimejowright) tweeted, “The House on Foster Hill – now available on AUDIO BOOK!” Quickly, I headed over to my library’s website and they just happened to have it available through their Hoopla app.

{ Thank you, Central Arkansas Public Library System! 😘 }

I’ve spent every moment conducive to listening to an audiobook with this book playing in my ears.

✔Parent pick up line
✔Driving to the bookstore
✔Feeding the hens
✔Folding laundry
✔Scrubbing floors
✔Loading the dishwasher
✔Organizing his side of the closet

So not only am I finished, I also have a very clean house. I want to encourage you to buy or borrow this audiobook! Christianaudio.com is running their twice yearly sale or you ask your library to purchase a copy (you should do this anyway).

THOFHAbout the Book

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

5 Reasons to Read the House on Foster Hill

  1. As a reader, I’ve experienced the whole range of emotions, but never have I had an author give me goosebumps. I was driving and listening to a scene midway through the book where Kaine is sitting in her car outside of the Foster Hill house. While imagining myself in the car with her, a full body, head-to-toe chill came over me.
  2. In a recent Facebook chat, another reader described this book as haunting. I had to ask for clarification because I am not a fan of paranormal or horror stories. She assured me it was not horror and after reading the book I agree with her assessment–this story is hauntingremaining in the consciousness; not quickly forgotten
  3. Often in a time-slip novel, one period will outshine the other. This is not the case with Ivy (early 1900’s) and Kaine’s (present day) storyline. In the beginning, you may gravitate towards one or the other, but as Wright unpacks their backstories and fleshes out what drives them I found their lives so intertwined that it was difficult impossible to choose a favorite.
  4. For this to be Wright’s debut full-length novel I am astounded by the intricacy of her writing. Her characters are deep, the dialogue is rich, and her writing style engages all of your senses.
  5. When you click on my about page you will find a list of the types of Christian books I enjoy the most. #1 is Books with strong Christian themes. Although neither protagonist ever spoke with Gabriella, the testimony of her hope in Christ played out in her actions before death and the words she scrawled in the margins of a novel. Jaime Jo Wright handles, what is to me, the most essential element of her story with subtle boldness. This is to say that unbelievers who read this book are not going to feel like they’ve been taken to church, but the hope believers cling to for this life and the life after is boldly presented.

All around a great read and to Top Pick for book clubs!

Before you go, I want to mention that I’ve already been looking ahead to 2018. Please take a moment to see which guest authors will be visiting Christian-Shelf Esteem in the coming year.

2018 To-Read List

Also, if you are still looking for a last minute gift for a book lover on your list, I’ve pulled a few ideas together in this Pinterest board.

Bookish

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