My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Author: Elizabeth Meyette
Narrator: Amy McFadden
Length: 10 hours 35 minutes
Publisher: Elizabeth Meyette⎮2016
When Jesse Graham unlocks the door to the deserted house she inherited from her Aunt Helen, she doesn’t realize she’s unlocking secrets that had lain dormant for years. Reeling from a broken engagement to acclaimed musician Robert Cronmiller, Jesse wants to leave the city where her name is linked to his in all the society pages. Her best friend Maggie, aka Sister Angelina, convinces her to take a job at a private girls school in the pastoral Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.
Anticipating a quiet, revitalizing life in her aunt’s deserted house, Jesse is instead thrown into a maze of danger. Questions about her aunt’s death lead Jesse to investigate events surrounding it and the people involved, but she uncovers a web of deceit that reaches far beyond the occurrences of over two decades earlier. Still dejected from her broken engagement, Jesse finds it difficult to trust anyone, even her self-absorbed mother. Joe Riley is irresistible, but secrets obstruct involvement with him until Jesse can solve the secrets of the Cavanaugh House.
Someone doesn’t want those secrets unearthed and will stop at nothing, even murder, to keep them hidden.
Upon retiring from teaching, she dusted off Love’s Destiny, polished it and submitted it to Crimson Romance, who published it in June 2012. Unlike her first novel, the sequel, Love’s Spirit took only seven months from inception to submission, and was published in April 2013.To coin a friend’s phrase, she didn’t retire, she “refired” and loves her second career as a writer. Elizabeth’s mysteries are set in 1968 in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. An Amazon Bestseller, The Cavanaugh House, and its sequel, Buried Secrets, are available as audiobooks. She has also published poetry and freelance articles. Elizabeth is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America, a member Sisters in Crime, Capitol City Writers Association, Greater Grand Rapids Writers Group and Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators.
She and her husband Richard live in the West Michigan. They made an agreement that she cannot cook on writing days after he had endured burnt broccoli and overcooked chicken. Fortunately, Richard is an excellent cook.
Amy McFadden has narrated over 250 titles in many different genres with a focus on Comedic Fiction, Romance, and not-super-violent Thrillers. She is an Earphones Award winner, and a four-time Audie Award finalist in Humor, Mystery/Thriller and Literary Fiction.
I was intrigued by the description of this book. If there is something I really like is it haunted houses and I hoped that this book would entrance me.
One thing I really liked is that the story takes place in the 60s. It was a nice change from the usual contemporary settings that I'm used to (or books that take place late or early 19-century). I love to read books where the story takes place during 50-70s and this book reminds me that I should try to do so more often. It's so nice to go back just a couple of decades, and read about a time without the technology benefits we have now.
The story starts with Jesse Graham, after having broken up with her cheating boyfriend, arriving at The Cavanaugh House that she inherited years before from her aunt. She is after a change in her life and when her best friend Sister Angelina (Maggie) tells her of a job at a private school isn't she late to jump on the chance to get away and get a new start. What she doesn't know is that The Cavanaugh House is said to be haunted by her aunt. But, why would her aunt hunt the house, she died in care accident, didn't she?
The Cavanaugh House is an engrossing book to listen to, I quite liked both Jesse and Maggie, their humor and their close friendly relationship made the book both funny and endearing to read. I love the fact that Maggie is a nun, it's not often I read about two best friends in a book where one of them is a nun. This is probably the first time. I also liked the budding romantic relationship with Joe Riley. I was worried that the book would turn into a triangle drama when Jesse started to hang out with the local deputy sheriff, but it never got that way. I also liked that she did keep it cool with Joe, she has just left a relationship and was not interested in a new one soon, despite the butterflies in the stomach that Joe gave her.
The mystery of her aunt's death and the haunted house intrigued me and I loved the twist and turns the story took. As a fan of mystery books was it a pure joy to read about Jesse discovering then the truth about her aunt. Even when I suspected things that turned out to be true where I more thrilled about being right than annoyed that it could figure it out before anyone else did in the book.
Elizabeth Meyette has really written a fabulous book and I can't wait to listen to Buried Secrets the sequel to this book!
As for the audio version of this book was I very pleased with Amy McFadden performance. She shifted between the voices with ease and I liked that she didn't exaggerate the male voices. I'm also pleased to know that she voiced the sequel in this series.
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