The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox @Harlequin @hesterbfox #review #historicalfiction #mystery


A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?

Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor.

But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband.

As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.


Sophronia is a reclusive widow. The towns people of Pale Harbor are sure she is a witch and she murdered her husband. Enter Gabriel. He is the new minister in the small town of Pale Harbor. He and Sophronia meet and become good friends…and of course this leads to a love affair…with the preacher no less! However, Sophronia is being blamed for all the odd activities around Pale Harbor. She knows she didn’t do it and she is determined to find out who is.

Give me an old house and weird happenings and I am hooked. This story bewitched me from the start. I enjoyed all the odd scenes from Edgar Allan Poe stories. And of course the mystery kept me guessing. Add in a little love affair and you have a good read! Don’t miss this one! Perfect for Halloween!

I received this novel from Harlequin for a honest review.

About the author

Hester Fox comes to writing from a background in the museum field as a collections maintenance technician. This job has taken her from historic houses to fine art museums, where she has the privilege of cleaning and caring for collections that range from paintings by old masters to ancient artifacts to early-American furniture. She is a keen painter and has a master’s degree in historical archaeology, as well as a background in medieval studies and art history. Hester lives outside Boston with her husband.

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About fredreeca

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2 Responses to The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox @Harlequin @hesterbfox #review #historicalfiction #mystery

  1. Ooooooo…sounds so good.

    Thanks for the great review, reeca.

    GREAT photo too.

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