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  • The past best left behind

    Edie& Joe lost everything when their young son died. She always blamed her mother in law Anna and her hate & bitterness destroyed so much. Now she has to travel to Sicily to meet her ex so they can decide what to do with the family house. Edie wants to sell so she can go back to her life. Joe doesn't know how to act around her she hurt him so badly by just walking away from their marriage. Maybe it is for the best sell and move on but then Edie changes her mind. She wants to keep the house and make it a place to heal but someone wants them gone and they will make sure that they are gone. They are hiding a secret that no one can find out about. The past is best left where it is but that all changes when Edie reads the diary she understands what Anna went through as a young girl and she knows that she has to let go of all the bitterness. But can they really move on from the hurt of losing their son? A good read. I was lucky enough to receive a copy from NetGalley and the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.

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  • A fab read

    My first book by author Louise Douglas, I was hit by the emotions of a grieving mother who had not moved on, right from chapter 1. Every page I turned hushed me to go about slowly, reading every word. There was a hint of timelessness in the house left behind, daring me to discover its secrets. The house was captivating in its descriptions, I was awed by the words chosen by the author. The writing flowed like a gentle brook stepping over the stones, yet giving me powerful imagery. There were elements of suspense too in it. Haunting descriptions, lyrical prose, and characters which touched my heart along with the underlying mystery made this a beautiful read.

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  • Beautifully written

    The House by the Sea is another beautifully written book by Louise Douglas. The description are so vivid you can almost feel the wind blow, taste the salt air and you feel like you are at the villa with Joe and Edie. The House by the Sea has it all: mystery, ghosts, threats, family , characters you love and those you like to hiss at . Joe and Edie reunite ten years after their son dies, at a villa left to them by his mom. Things unfold slowly but perfectly. Who is trying to get rid of Joe and Edie, what really happened to their son Daniel. I am a big fan of Louise Douglas and this book does not disappoint. Thanks to NetGalley and Boldwood Books for the opportunity to read The House by The Sea.

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  • A story of loss and forgiveness

    Thank you to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion, This was a great read. Edie, lost her son ten years ago, she never forgave the woman she held responsible, her mother in law, Anna. Her and her husband Joe separated soon after and she has led a quiet life since, never really coming to terms with Daniel’s death and never speaking to Joe or Anna again. Suddenly Anna is dead and has left Edie and Joe as the owners of her family villa in Sicily. Edie wants to get the place sold and out of her hair as fast as she can. She is so bitter she doesn’t even appreciate the beauty around her. Something changes as she settles into the villa to sort things out; she can feel someone watching her and cannot shake the feeling that something is off. A buyer, an old childhood friend of Anna’s, wants to buy as soon as possible but Anna starts wondering if maybe they should keep the villa, strange things start to happen. Joe and Anna must keep their wits about them and get to the bottom of whatever is happening, including strange neighbours and strange happenings, but will these things finally reunite the couple or destroy everything.

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  • House by the sea

    Very enoyable easy read kept me interested the whole way through

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