Title: The Haunting of Timber Manor
Author: F.E. Feeley Jr.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 9, 2017
Page Count: 230
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
While recovering from the recent loss of his parents, Daniel Donnelly receives a phone call from his estranged aunt, who turns over control of the family fortune and estate, Timber Manor. Though his father seemed guarded about the past, Daniel’s need for family and curiosity compel him to visit.
Located in a secluded area of the Northwest, Timber Manor has grown silent over the years. Her halls sit empty and a thin layer of dust adorns the sheet-covered furniture. When Daniel arrives to begin repairs, strange things happen. Nightmares haunt his dreams. Memories not his own disturb his waking hours. Alive with the tragedies of the past, Timber Manor threatens to tear Daniel apart.
Sherriff Hale Davis grew up working on the manor grounds. Seeing Daniel struggle, he vows protect the young man who captured his heart, and help him solve the mystery behind the haunting and confront the past—not only to save Daniel’s life, but to save his family, whose very souls hang in the balance.
Beware of Ghosts
Do you like a good ghost story? Well, this story doesn’t just have a ghost story it has a whole lot more. It has a wonderfully dark mystery, a beautiful love story, wolves, a psychic, and a gorgeous mansion.
The beginning starts slow. Daniel is driving to the mansion to meet his aunt, the current resident. I basically skipped this part because it was way too detailed. Due to that, it took way too long to get to the mansion. Hold on though, because the story gets a whole lot better once he gets there.
Life at the big house is great, except for the noises that Daniel hears occasionally. He spends a lot of time with Hale and their relationship really takes off. He gets to know his Aunt Carol and grows to love her.
Things change after Hale and Daniel get home from a County Fair. Daniel finally learns about the family curse and what’s really been happening at the mansion. He learns about his father and the wolves and a lot more. The book gets really exciting, which leads to a dramatic, fantastic and action-packed ending.
I loved the relationship of Hale and Daniel. Hale is really an alpha male who protects the one he loves. Daniel is brave in his own right and really smart. He accepts his supernatural life easily. They fall in love pretty quickly, but they were really made for each other – soul mates. You really got to see the love between them. A beautiful thing.
The Paranormal aspect of this story is pretty great. I have not read anything like this before, so it’s unique and very creative.
The pacing of the story, in my opinion, is a bit slow. Throughout the book there is a scattering of too much detail. I feel that could have been cut back, which would have improved the pacing.
The ending brings a climactic conclusion, some final goodbyes and a new beginning. Very action-packed and surprising. Danny’s bravery comes out as well as Hale’s protectiveness. The good guys win.
I do highly recommend this book. Press through the beginning and ignore the too much detail and the rest of the book is really great. If you love a really excellent ghost story with wolves and a huge mansion then you’ll love this book. Go and get yourself a copy. Add it to your reading list.
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