Book Review

‘Hargrove House’ by Allie Harrison

hh ahSTORY: 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.

REVIEW: When she was 11-years-old, Victoria (Torrie) Reynolds accepted a dare to enter the empty and supposedly haunted Hargrove House located in her hometown. Bravely, she went inside, picked up a crystal she saw lying on the floor and put it in her pocket. When she heard a voice say “Victoria,” she fled from the house and ran all the way home. Now, 15 years later, finds her as a struggling decorator in the same town. The new owner of Hargrove House approaches her and asks her to refurbish and decorate the house. The owner, Will, gives her the authority to decorate the house the way she would like to see it. While Torrie is surprised at this, she is also pleased and as she has such wonderful ideas for making the house perfect.

The story of the house is that the family that lived there many years ago vanished on the wife’s birthday and were never found. It is also rumored that someone the family knew killed them and buried them in the basement. No reason for that was ever found.

As Will wants the work on the house completed in time for him to host a holiday party in December, Torrie immediately starts ordering things and arranging for workers. She is amazed at how readily available workers and furnishings are so that things start coming together quickly.

When Will insists that Torrie set up her office in one of the rooms in the house rather than run back and forth to her office, that makes sense and works for her. However, this constant togetherness sparks an attraction between them.

When Will’s children start to show up in the house, Torrie is surprised that he never mentioned them before. They are sweet children and soon themselves to Torrie. There are times that certain things in the house don’t make sense but Will always seems to have an explanation for them. But one thing that never gets explained is that strange swishing sound coming from the dark basement that sounds like someone digging.

Come read this really good spooky story. I’m betting you won’t want to put it down until you solve the mystery.

Connie for b2b

Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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