Hargrove House Review (The Haunted #1)

Book Cover for Hargrove House by Allie Harrison

As a child, Torrie Reynolds entered the haunted Hargrove House on a dare. Terrified by what she’d heard while inside Hargrove House, she avoided it since. Now fifteen years later, Torrie is an interior decorator. When Will Dalton buys the infamous Hargrove House and offers Torrie the job of refurbishing it, she has no choice but to take the offer to keep her business afloat. As the house is restored and rooms come alive with character and color Torrie brings to them, her fear of the house fades. Hargrove House begins to even feel like home to her. With each finished renovation project, it is harder for Torrie to leave. It is even harder for her to leave the comfort of Will Dalton’s arms. But she discovers there are things more terrifying than ghosts when she learns why Will is digging in the dark, frightening cellar. – Goodreads Synopsis



Hargrove House Review

This piece was a pleasant mix of a haunted house tale and a romance that spans ages. It was mostly well-written, flowing smoothly from start to finish. It’ll appeal to anyone who just wants to read a cozy story with no major surprises and a family’s reunion. It was a refreshing break from my normal reading.4 Star Rated Hargrove House Review

However, Hargrove House flowed a little too smoothly. What was going on from very close to the beginning was so obvious that it actually detracted from me enjoying the story a bit. There was no real mystery. No thinking involved. No real tension. Torrie’s acceptance of the situation, whilst an argument can be made for it, made her utterly uninteresting. Just when you thought she’d discover something / get riled up properly about something, etc, everything would suddenly calm down and flow like honey again.

A nice fluff piece that I don’t regret reading, but will never re-read. I know it will have mass market appeal to people who like their ‘horror’ on the fluffy side. For what it is, it’s excellent. I don’t get the sense that it tries to be anything more than a ‘cozy’ story. Allie Harrison is definitely a smooth story-teller. My unenthusiastic reception of this story is likely through no fault of hers. It’s just not my type of read.

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Title: Hargrove House | Series: The Haunted | Author: Allie Harrison (site) | Publisher: New Concepts Publishing  (site) | Pub. Date: 2015-10-2 | Pages: 216 | ASIN: B0164J7XOQ | Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating:  4 out of 5 | Date Read: 2015-11-16 | Source: Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.