House on the Forgotten Coast // Ruth Coe Chambers
Synopsis [taken from Goodreads]
Secrets, lies, and murder haunt The House on the Forgotten Coast, a magical novel set in Apalachicola, Florida, in the late 1980s. The novel begins with the beautiful Annelise Lovett Morgan, who, powerless in the face of her southern heritage, is forced to marry the mature Coulton Morgan instead of the young man who has captured her heart, artistic Seth Mitchell. But seventeen-year-old Annelise dies on her wedding day in 1879, never to live in the remarkable house built as a wedding gift from her father--and her story ends there, until Elise Foster's parents buy the historic house in 1987. When this happens, the house becomes a portal whereby Annelise and Elise, two young women from very different centuries, meet to solve a murder that occurred 100 years earlier.
Thoughts // Review
House on the Forgotten Coast was a fun read! There was a mysterious, whimsical touch to the plot line that made for a very engaging reading experience. I was not particularly blown away by the writing or the prose; however, sometimes you simply need a book that will keep you entertained, and this book definitely did just that.
I thoroughly enjoyed the small town, cozy feeling of this book. Although this book is marketed as a mystery, I found the "twists," very predictable. But, I didn't mind this at all! The characters were well fleshed out, and the dialogue believable, and I found that the general easy flow of narrative made this a perfectly pleasant read.
I enjoyed the protagonist, Elise, very much. She comes to this new town on the expectation of her own misery, and instead finds comfort in exploration and observation of this new fascinating town. It was sweet to remember my childhood through her curiosity.
I haven't seen this book floating around bookstagram much, and it really doesn't have many reviews on Goodreads either, but I think that it deserves more attention. It was by no means a favorite book of mine, but it was a cute book (with a touch of tension and mystery), that I think is worth a read.
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars