“Do you know what stories Sarah could tell you about the things that happened in these little cabins? They’d curl that pretty red hair of yours.”
Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, beyond hanging curtains of Spanish moss, at the end of a shaded tunnel of overarching oaks, stands the antebellum mansion of Peppernell Manor in all its faded grandeur. At the request of her friend Evie Peppernell, recently divorced Carleigh Warner and her young daughter Lucy have come to the plantation house to refurbish the interior. But the tall white columns and black shutters hide a dark history of slavery, violence, and greed. The ghost of a former slave is said to haunt the home, and Carleigh is told she disapproves of her restoration efforts. And beneath the polite hospitality of the Peppernell family lie simmering resentments and poisonous secrets that culminate in murder—and place Carleigh and her child in grave danger…
Title: The Ghosts Peppernell Manor
Author: Amy Reade
Published: April 27, 2015
First Sentence: “Sarah you have to stay here tonight to take care of Philip and Gertie during the party.”
Last Sentence: “It was Delicious.”
Ma Rating: 3/5 <3<3<3
***I want to say Thank You to Netgalley and Kensington Publishing for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.*****
First I want to say I should have had this review up months ago but I got in a major reading slump and also got a new job. I am happy to say life is back to normal and my reading slump is over. Now on to how I felt about this book, I first want to say this book was very enjoyable. The characters were very easy to relate to and I liked it for the most part. The story is set outside of Charleston in South Carolina, which right there pulled me in. I went in expecting a ghost story and really got more of a mystery, which is fine but not what I wanted. The main character is a restoration specialist and is asked by her college friend to come and restore her family home in South Carolina. When the story first started you are introduced to Sarah, a 15 year old slave. I really loved the beginning and I was hoping it would go back and forth from past to present, but you honestly don’t see that much more from the past. I really wanted so much more from this book and it just fell flat for me. I will most likely pick up more books by Amy Reade because her writing is so nice and easy to get into.
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