Book Review for THE WIDOW OF PALE HARBOR by Hester Fox
THE WIDOW OF PALE HARBOR by Hester Fox
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A beautifully atmospheric and mysterious story centering around Edgar Allan Poe’s prose.
THE WIDOW OF PALE HARBOR is the type of book I love. It has wonderfully engaging characters, a mystery needing to be solved, a touch of romance, and a dash of the supernatural to make things that much more enjoyable.
What I really love about this book is the way the story unfolds. Through Fox’s eloquence and craft, the reader becomes immersed in the village of Pale Harbor. Instantly we are brought to a place in time where superstition and accusations of witchcraft are flying around, which is only made worse by the eerie occurrences in the town. The tension is high, and with every incident, the people in the village are getting more worried. As the author brings Gabriel and Sophronia closer together, the reader learns there is a link between Edgar Allen Poe’s dark tales and what is going on. And let me tell you this is where it gets even better.
With secrets, haunted pasts, and the fear of moving forward, THE WIDOW OF PALE HARBOR has it all. The emotion brought to the page by our characters, along with the mystery linking all those in this small village, caused me not to want this story to end.
Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?
Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.
But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.
As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.
About the Author: Hester Fox has a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has cleaned and cared for collections that range from paintings by old masters to ancient artifacts to early American furniture. She is a keen painter and has a Master's in historical archaeology, as well as a background in medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside of Boston with her husband.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Graydon House; Original edition (September 17, 2019)
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