“Do you know what stories Sarah could tell you about the things that happened in these little cabins? They’d curl that pretty red hair of yours.”
Outside of Charleston, South Carolina, beyond hanging curtains of Spanish moss, at the end of a shaded tunnel of overarching oaks, stands the antebellum mansion of Peppernell Manor in all its faded grandeur. At the request of her friend Evie Peppernell, recently divorced Carleigh Warner and her young daughter Lucy have come to the plantation house to refurbish the interior. But the tall white columns and black shutters hide a dark history of slavery, violence, and greed. The ghost of a former slave is said to haunt the home, and Carleigh is told she disapproves of her restoration efforts. And beneath the polite hospitality of the Peppernell family lie simmering resentments and poisonous secrets that culminate in murder—and place Carleigh and her child in grave danger…
Carleigh is offered a job to refurbish Peppernell Manor. This job takes an unexpected turn or two. With a ghost and a jealous husband, Carleigh must fight for her life.
The story is ok. I expected more of a ghost story and less of a jealous husband. The characters, however, are one dimensional and overly dramatic. There are several places they state the obvious…I even rolled my eyes on a few.
The setting is wonderful and the house on the cover is not at all what I pictured in my head as I was reading. I pictured a more traditional southern plantation home.
This book fell a little short for me. I wanted so much more.
I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.