Review: The House on Blackberry Hill by Donna Alward

Abby Foster is a fish out of water in the Maine coastal town of Jewell Cove. The crumbling Foster estate, left to her by a relative she never even knew, has everyone’s eyes on her—an eerie reminder of the long-buried family secrets that have haunted her…forever. Single, stunning, and sometimes too strong-willed for her own good, Abby’s plan is to sell the house and hightail it back to Nova Scotia. But another part of her is intrigued by the idea of starting over somewhere new—and finally learning the truth about her heritage.

The House On Blackberry Hill

Enter Tom Arseneault. The best contractor in Jewell Cove, Tom is determined to restore the beauty and prestige of the Foster mansion—and maybe even work his charms on its beautiful new heir. The attraction between him and Abby is undeniable, and the more time Tom spends on the house the more he wants to be in it with her. But Abby’s not sure she can trust him—or anyone in Jewell Cove who seems to know more about her family history than she does. Home: Is it really where the heart is after all?
I decided to read The House on Blackberry Hill after I read a few of Donna Alward's books. I enjoyed other series by her so I knew I had to go back to this one. 

I really love the idea of this story. To grow up and never really know part of your family. To wake up one day and learn that you had this family in Jewell Cove that you know nothing about has to be shocking at the least. 

I know I would be surprised. 

Then to inherit a home from said family and money, has to blow the mind. 

Abby shows up in Jewell Cove to more or less get the house ready to be sold. She doesn't live there and doesn't want to stay there. I don't blame her but come on, wouldn't you want to learn more about who you are and where you come from? I would. 

I will tell you that I wasn't sure what Abby was going to do for most of the book. I'm not going to ruin anything for you but she had me wondering. 

I really enjoyed her and Tom. They make for a good couple. Of course, I did feel that most of the book was about Abby and her family and Tom and Josh. It really needed more Abby and Tom. The romance lacked a bit. It was still a good story I just wish I had more of them. 

It did set up the series and I do want to read more of them so it did its job well. As a whole, this is a good story that might drag at times but you'll enjoy it. 

Have you ever read Donna Alward? If so, what's your favorite book or series? 



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