This past week I started The House on Seventh Street audiobook. I don’t regularly listen to audiobooks and, in all honesty, this is only my second attempt at listening to a book. However, publishing company, BookTrope, offered me a free copy of the audiobook in honor of its recent release so I thought I’d give it a try.
I’m only part way through the book at the moment, but the story has captured my attention. Continue below for an “at-this-moment” review.
To celebrate the release, BookTrope is also having a sale on the ebook. For a limited time, you can purchased The House on Seventh Street ebook for only $0.99. Buy the book from Apple, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.
Winna returns to her Colorado hometown to settle her father’s estate and sell his last residence, the grand Edwardian house built by her grandfather. She shares childhood memories with her married daughter as they clean and sort through both trash and treasure. Winna hopes to reconcile with her disinherited sister Chloe, and resumes relationships with her best friend and her high school boyfriend.
As the house gives up its secrets—a handwritten will, old love letters, an unfinished story in a notebook, and a diamond ring hidden among her childhood marbles—Winna calls into question everything she ever knew about her beloved grandmother. Then in the dark of night come footsteps on the stairs and numerous break-ins. Valuable art and jewelry go missing, her car’s brakes fail on a mountain road. Winna has an 80-year-old mystery to solve and needs to stay alive long enough to do it.
Thoughts so far…
Karen Vorbeck Williams crafts a mysterious narrative focused on the women of a family from Grand Junction, Colorado. Williams draws you in with a death in the prologue, leaving you wondering if foul play was involved. Then she quickly introduces you to the main character, Winna.
Only a quarter of the way through this audiobook, I find the story to be engaging but slow. Hearing the perspective of different generations is thus far my favorite part of the book. Comparing Winna’s memories of her grandmother Juliana to Juliana’s view of her own life highlights how one story has many sides.
Juliana has proven to be the most intriguing character. She seems to be the most complicated person in the story, being idealistic and selfish at the same time. I’m looking forward to the other women in the story developing more depth as the story progresses.
The mystery portion of The House on Seventh Street is only beginning to unfold. Williams takes a great approach by centering the question on a single piece of jewelry — a diamond ring hidden in marbles — and a house. As Winna narrates she feels uneasy in the home, you can sense the family ghosts that must be clamoring to have their stories told.
It’s going to take me awhile to finish this book, but I anticipate it only getting better from here. When I do finish the audiobook, I’ll write a complete review and discuss my experience of listening to a book.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the audiobook for an honest review and to promote the ebook sale. All posts I write are my opinion and honest, fair reviews no matter how I got the book.