Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Claire's House by Linda Heavner Gerald

Claire's House: Spooky Louisiana Tales
by Linda Heavner Gerald

 
Publisher: Lime Pie Publishers (October 24, 2016)
Publication Date: October 24, 2016
Genre: Paranormal | Urban Fantasy
Print Length: 392 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
 
Local folklore in the bayous of Louisiana states that Claire’s House once stood on a special plot of land. Many men perished trying to own it. The Gautier family obtained the cherished place. Beloved members of this French family finally decided to build a second home there. The beautiful antebellum home which they designed won everyone’s heart in the New Orleans area.

Eventually, tales of strange occurrences resulted in fear for the locals. Was it true that it even became a "House of Ill-Repute" by the Madame Savannah? Such strange stories circulated. Many stated that House could feel emotions of those who inhabited her.

This noble structure stood for many decades until the death of the most beloved owner, Savannah. Upon her death, it is said that Claire’s House self-imploded. Although she was named Claire’s House, someone else won her heart.

This is the story of Claire’s House and her most beloved character, Savannah Smith. Be prepared to read non-stop. It is impossible to lay Claire’s House aside. Is it possible that a house can feel emotions of the owners? The folklore of the New Orleans area promises this is true of Claire's House. The consequences of this ability are frightening!

 
Claire's House by Linda Heavner Gerald

Claire's House: Spooky Louisiana TalesEver look at an older home and think, “…If the walls could talk…what would they say?” Be one of the few privileged people who know what this legendary historical home would say. Enter CLAIRE’S HOUSE and follow its life, loves and hates through generations of homeowners, loving care, gross neglect and discover who it loved best, who it learned to love and who it helped nurture in its own special way. Far from a tale of horror, this is a tale of time, joy, sorrow and what the walls WOULD say if they could talk. From page one, Linda Heavner Gerald will capture your imagination, peak your interest and awaken your mind to a truly wonderful read!

House loved the family who built it with love in the early nineteenth century. The lady of the house was gracious, warm and loving. It was to her children that House first revealed itself as an entity. They all loved house, but one day they went away and never returned. House did not understand until later that they were killed in an accident, and it never forgot.

Families came and went, some House did all it could to scare off, some it did all it could to let the owners know it loved them, but no one came close to the original owner and the mansion’s namesake, Claire, until Savannah came along. Together House and Savannah morphed from tired and used up to vibrant and colorful beings with a love of learning, growing and becoming the best they could be. They learned to live again, together, to find joy, but no one and nothing lives forever, but the story of CLAIRE’S HOUSE has become something folklore thrives on.

I tip my bookmark to Linda Heavner Gerald, a very talented author who has proved once again that she knows charismatic storytelling that feeds one’s imagination with rich descriptions, characters that almost float through the pages and an old antebellum mansion that will burrow into your heart. There is no fast-paced action, this tale glides through each gentle twist and the ever-changing turns of time. Very highly recommended and another sparkling gem to be dazzled by!

I received this copy from Linda Heavner Gerald in exchange for my honest review.

2 comments:

  1. Adding this to my must read list! I love the southern setting and haunted houses!

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    1. YES! This is a fabulous read! I started talking with my house, just in case...so far, it hasn't cleaned itself, though...

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