Thursday, January 26, 2012

Guest Review: House on Plunkett Street by Lorena Bathey

House on Plunkett StreetHouse on Plunkett Street
by Lorena Bathey 
ebook, 178 pages
Published December 18th 2011 by Lorena B Books
Courtesy of Author/Publicist 
Phoebe Bertram is boring, bland, and unexciting. She works a job that is inadequate of her abilities. She has a boyfriend that is a dud. She is on the treadmill of her life and doesn’t know how to get off. 
With changes in her job and her apartment going condo, she must find a new place to live. Her friend Meghan brings her to the perfect apartment and the moment Phoebe steps in the door she knows there is something atypical about this perspective residence. 
What she never expects are the three ghosts that arrive on her couch to teach her how life is really meant to be lived. 
Author of Beatrice Munson, Lorena Bathey, has brought us another great example of character study combined with a moral at the end of the story. This book will make you laugh, cry, and look at your world with new eyes.
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Missie’s Description :

     This Story is about the Life of a young girl named  Phoebe Bertram, who grew up in a small town outside of Chicago. She was just a plain young lady, nothing special,  who was the only girl in a family of five brothers. She had a very lack luster life who never drew attention to herself, and always faded into a room. Phoebe worked at an office with her only best friend Meghan and  had a boyfriend named Brad, that was as plain as she was.
     One day everything in her life started to change. First the apartment she lived in decided to go condo and she was going to have to come up with the money to buy it or move. Then her company was going to be restructuring, and that left her wondering if her job was going to be in danger, and she didn't know what she was going to do next.
     Meghan had a friend that was moving from  her apartment and they gave Phoebe the chance to look at it. She instantly feel in love with it and took it immediately.  As soon as Phoebe moved in, she started seeing and hearing odd noises and shadows in and around her apartment. Then one night she has a dream about 3 women. All are different ages, from different time periods, trying to tell her something. Then she gets visited by these ghosts one by one. They each offer to teach her something that she needs to help change her life for the better.
     Are they really just trying to help her? Will she take their advise? Can they help her become something more than plain old Phoebe?

Missie’s Thoughts :  

     This book is a Paranormal with a little Romance thrown in. I read this book in about a day and a half. It took me a little while to get use to how it was written because of the perspective or point of view. It goes back and forth from being told to you, to Phoebe's point of view or one of the 3 ghosts. Honestly I haven't come across this style before. When you read it, you will completely understand what I am talking about. But once I got use to it, I loved this story.
     It's well written and believable. The characters interact well and you can easily follow along. Soon after starting I couldn't wait to find out what happened next.  I loved how she reacted to each of the 3 ghosts : Isolda, Polly and Hazel. They each try to teach her something that she needs in her life. Knowledge passed down from one generation to another is very special and this is a unique way to do do it.  At times I really felt like I was reliving their past right along with the ghosts,  while they retold their stories.  The pain, the heartaches,  and the lack of respect for women just to name a few.
     The story keeps your attention all the way through.  You actually feel for all the characters and at times I wanted to smack Phoebe, but thats only because she reminded me of myself in many ways.  I think each woman who reads this book will find a piece of herself here.
     It is a really good book. It reminded me of what women have actually been through, over the years. The Women’s Rights moment, how we are treated in society, and actually how we see ourselves and take these things for granted. I think that every woman needs to be reminded of this and this book is a great paranormal read to do it in a fun way. I definitely recommend this book.

Missie’s Rating :  4 Wine Glasses

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great 4 merlots. I might just have to go have 4 to celebrate! The support that book bloggers give is undeniable. Thank you again.

    Lorena Bathey
    Author, House on Plunkett Street


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