All posts tagged: old homes

Behind the walls of an old house, lie secrets that generations have kept hidden from one another. Helen Klein Ross talks about obsessions, motherhood, and more in THE LATECOMERS

By Leslie Lindsay  Spellbinding historical fiction spanning five generations, plenty of secrets, richly researched, and highly detailed, THE LATECOMERS is perfect for fans of J. Courtney Sullivan, Christina Baker Klein, and even Jenny Worth of CALL THE MIDWIFE. Helen Klein Ross has outdone herself. Several years ago, I read her stunning and compelling WHAT WAS MINE and immediately fell in love; that story stuck with me and I raced to the climatic ending. THE LATECOMERS (Little, Brown November 2018) is a completely different kind of tale–but it’s just as good and showcases Klein-Ross’s historical writing–which absolutely shimmers. The author’s research is evident as much of the book features experiences of America and beyond through the years 1908-2018–and isn’t overdone. We start off in 1908 Ireland–Bridey is 16 years old when she runs off with her beau, Thom to America. Thom dies suddenly of ship fever on their ocean crossing and Bridey finds herself alone and pregnant in NYC. Forced to give the baby up for adoption, Bridey then takes a job as a housekeeper at a lavish estate, Hollingwood. But that child continues to haunt …

Wednesdays with Writers: Is there a difference between justice and revenge? New York Times bestselling author of psych thrillers Lisa Unger talks about this, but also dreams, reality, starting the next project, renovating homes, and so much more in THE RED HUNTER

By Leslie Lindsay  One house. Two very different women. A history of abuse. THE RED HUNTER discusses the differences between justice and revenge in a way only Lisa Unger can do. I can always count on Lisa Unger’s books to propel me to the depths of the dark and twisted minds of…well, just about anyone. She has a knack for reaching into the tangled mess of one’s life and extracting the bits that make it dark and brittle. But be aware: if rape and violence are triggers for you, then select this book with caution. Therein lies the crux of THE RED HUNTER. It’s deep psychological suspense at it’s best. Lisa’s characters are well-drawn, multifaceted, flawed, and oh-so-relatable.  Claudia Bishop’s perfect life with hubby in NYC fell apart after she was brutally raped in her own home. She’s worked hard to rebuild that life, and is now looking for a fresh start at an old farmhouse in New Jersey, one that’s been in her family for some time. Zoey Drake—young and hip–but carrying around a …

Write on Wednesday: Creating a Buzz

By Leslie Lindsay Last night I attended my local writer’s group.  It’s been awhile–but hey–it’s a new year, an I am recommitting myself to be there every month.  Instead of bringing snippets of my novel-in-progress, I brought something entirely new and different: a contest prompt from Writer’s Digest magazine.  The prompt goes something like this: “Write that you go back to your childhood home and it has been condemned.” “Hummm….I can do something with this,” I thought.  And so I put pen to paper.  Literally.  I actually handwrote my thoughts as I drew upon some images of what that must feel like.  It took all of twenty minutes to jot down about 300 words about  a decriped home.  But the constest allows up to 750 words.  Do, I write more?  Do I just stop because it feels “done?” Seems my fellow writers had other thoughts: “Go in!”  one person urged. “No!  Don’t go in.  Stay outside.  Don’t go any further than the stairs,”  chimed in another “Why are you there?” wanted to know yet another member of …