Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Hold on Me by Pat Esden





Review on Goodreads
 
 
 
 
She never wanted to return.
He wants nothing more than for her to leave.
But the fire between them is as strong as the past that haunts them.


Annie Freemont grew up on the road, immersed in the romance of rare things, cultivating an eye for artifacts and a spirit for bargaining. It's a freewheeling life she loves and plans to continue--until her dad is diagnosed with dementia. His illness forces them to return to Moonhill, their ancestral home on the coast of Maine--and to the family they left behind fifteen years ago, after Annie's mother died in a suspicious accident.

Once at Moonhill, Annie is shocked when her aunt separates her from her father. The next time Annie sees him, he's a bizarre, violent shadow of his former self. Confused, she turns to an unlikely ally for support--Chase, the dangerously seductive young groundskeeper. With his dark good looks and powerful presence, Chase has an air of mystery that Annie is irresistibly drawn to. But she also senses that behind his penetrating eyes are secrets she can't even begin to imagine. Secrets that hold the key to the past, to Annie's own longings--and to all of their futures. Now, to unlock them, she'll have to face her greatest fears and embrace her legacy…
 
 
 
 Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;
But the silence was unbroken, and the darkness gave no token. -Edgar Allen Poe-
 
I don't want to give too much away. But this is a book with a strong plot but there are so many spooky things happening. Shadows, a spooky mansion, secrets and lies everywhere.
I loved the main characters of the book, Annie is strong, loyal and very curious, some might say too curious.
 
Chase is mysterious and has a very secretive past. But there is a strong attraction between Annie and Chase.
 
I was turning page after page as this is such an interesting and unique read what with this plot and there was not one time where I thought, wow and that I thought I'm bored. The questions just kept on coming and in the end they we're all answered. 
I didn't know that when I requested this book that it is part of a series. I wasn't that keen on reading it. But the second book will be out later this year. There is no cliffhanger as such but it is a continuation and extention of the plot.
 
There is hardly any romance and do you know what? That was not a problem at all actually it was kind of refreshing.