📚#Mystery The Forever House by @LindaAcaster Reviewed by @GeorgiaRoseBook for Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT

Today’s team review is from Georgia.

Georgia blogs here https://www.georgiarosebooks.com

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Georgia has been reading The Forever House by Linda Acaster

Book cover for women's fiction The Forever House by Linda Acaster
The Forever House by Linda Acaster

Carrie and her husband, Jason, renovate houses that other people make into homes. But this property Carrie wanted to make into their forever home rather than sell it on. Sadly, Jason died early on in the renovations but rather than sell up Carrie carries on doing all the work herself.

The opening of this book is rather taken up with the task of removing wallpaper which is made more interesting by what is revealed underneath. It is this that becomes an obsession for Carrie. One she is determined to see right through to the bitter end.

I enjoyed the characters in this book, particularly Louise, Carrie’s sister-in-law, who has her own issues, and I thought the relationships were well done. I found Carrie’s leaps to certain conclusions sometimes rather quick but otherwise thought the plot came together well and I did like the outcome. The story was also very well-written and flowed throughout. Recommended for those who like a well-told tale.

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A chilling discovery. A sense of foreboding. They say I’m obsessing. I’m not.

Resisting family pressure to sell the too-big house Carrie and her late husband began to renovate, she is determined to carry through their shared project to prove she can manage alone.

And she can, until a discovery beneath old wallpaper chills her to the bone.

As her need to know more becomes all-consuming, Carrie’s family fears she’s tipping into irretrievable obsession. Can she be dissuaded, or must she take that final step?

How far is too far to right a wrong?

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🕵️‍♂️#Mystery. Sherry reviews The Forever House by Linda Acaster, For Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT

Today’s team review is from Sherry.

Sherry blogs here https://sherryfowlerchancellor.com/

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Sherry has been reading The Forever House by Linda Acaster.

Book cover for women's fiction The Forever House by Linda Acaster
The Forever House by Linda Acaster

This book was interesting but a little confusing.  The main character seemed to leap to many conclusions without much in the way of evidence before she did. AS I read, I actually said out loud a few times, “This woman is whackadoodle.”

I enjoyed the story for the most part, but there were things left hanging at the end that I wanted explained. As a reader, I want all the questions answered especially if it seems there is not going to be a sequel.

The premise of the story was intriguing and the fact that the main character was so strong in her opinions and actions made the tale pleasurable. The beginning was slow. The character spent a lot of time removing wallpaper and drywall and inspecting the room she was renovating. I got a little annoyed at how long that took and the amount of detail conveyed. Some readers may enjoy that kind of slow build, but personally, I am all about getting to the action. 

Once we got to the action, things moved quicker and I enjoyed the pace of the story from about chapter four or five on. The way the protagonist made leaps of logic was interesting and when she went to the police after visiting one particular man made me scratch my head as to how she came to the conclusion that led her there. It was precipitate at the least and a bit crazy at the most. I confess, I was kind of stunned—which may be what the author intended. LOL

I’d have liked the writer to give us closure on the sister-in-law and what was going on there. We got good closure on the main story, but I was disappointed at the plot points left hanging.

This one has me torn.  They were a lot of good points in the story but there were also a number of things that bothered me.  I am going to have to give it 3.5 stars.

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Book description

A chilling discovery. A sense of foreboding. They say I’m obsessing. I’m not.

Resisting family pressure to sell the too-big house Carrie and her late husband began to renovate, she is determined to carry through their shared project to prove she can manage alone.

And she can, until a discovery beneath old wallpaper chills her to the bone.

As her need to know more becomes all-consuming, Carrie’s family fears she’s tipping into irretrievable obsession. Can she be dissuaded, or must she take that final step?

How far is too far to right a wrong?

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📚’A nicely rounded-out novel with complex relationship dynamics. @TerryTyler4 reviews The Forever House by @LindaAcaster, For Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT

Today’s team review is from Terry.

Terry blogs here https://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.com/

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Terry has been reading The Forever House by Linda Acaster.

The Forever House by Linda Acaster

4 out of 5 stars

Carrie and husband Jason spent their time buying, renovating and selling houses – but this one Carrie wanted to make their ‘forever house’.  Alas, Jason died shortly after work began, leaving her in an emotional wasteland, unsure how she felt about anything at all.  Their only son lives in Australia; she Skypes with Dominic and his family, but it’s not enough.  Then there is Louise, Jason’s magazine-perfect, high-flying sister, who is suffering too … but she and Carrie are worlds apart.


The plot unfolds when Carrie finds drawings beneath the plaster in one of the bedrooms, that make her want to find out more about the house’s owners of possibly a hundred years ago.  Her obsessive interest in them is surely a means of filling the gap in her life, though she doesn’t see this.


I did enjoy this book, and read it in just three days.  It’s so well-written; for a while at the beginning it moves slowly, with much detail about Carrie’s uncovering of the clues to the family long departed, but I was still engrossed.  The story did not develop as I was expecting it to – it turned out to be something completely different to what I thought I was reading.


This is a nicely rounded-out novel with complex relationship dynamics; the character of Louise I found particularly interesting (though her life depressed me!).  I would recommend it to older readers who like to read about a main character of a ‘certain age’ representative of older women in the 21st century, and who enjoy a decent mystery and solid, absorbing storytelling.

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Book description

A chilling discovery. A sense of foreboding. They say I’m obsessing. I’m not.

Resisting family pressure to sell the too-big house Carrie and her late husband began to renovate, she is determined to carry through their shared project to prove she can manage alone.

And she can, until a discovery beneath old wallpaper chills her to the bone.

As her need to know more becomes all-consuming, Carrie’s family fears she’s tipping into irretrievable obsession. Can she be dissuaded, or must she take that final step?

How far is too far to right a wrong?

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