Thursday, 30 June 2016

Review - The Secret of Hillcrest House by Melanie Robertson-King

Genre: Paranormal Romantic Suspense
Release Date: April 16, 2016
Publisher: King Park Press

Blurb: Sometimes there’s more to a house than bricks and mortar.

Hillcrest House is one such place. Perched on a cliff in the picturesque town of Angel Falls, there is more to this Victorian mansion than meets the eye. When referring to the house, the locals use the word haunted on a regular basis. Strange visions appear in the windows, especially the second-floor ones over the side porch. Even stranger events take place within its four walls.

Rumour has it, the original owners, Asher and Maggie Hargrave, never left their beloved home. They claim the couple and their family are responsible for driving people away. Over the years, Hillcrest House has changed hands numerous times. No one stays long. Renovations begin then stop and the house is once more abandoned. The latest in this long line of owners is Jessica Maitland.

Will Jessica be the next one to succumb or will she unravel The Secret of Hillcrest House?
Melanie Robertson-King's latest novel serves up a delightful blend of the supernatural and spicy romance, Lynn L. Clark, author of The Home Child, and Fire Whisperer & Circle of Souls: Two Novellas of the Supernatural, & The Accusers

Intrigue, dark buried secrets, hot romance and a neat twist in the tale make this riveting reading, Sheryl Browne, MA Creative Writing, Choc Lit Author
A fun read that keeps you guessing right up to the surprise ending, Dayna Leigh Cheser, Author of Janelle's Time, Moria's Time, Adelle's Time, & Logan's Time.

When Jessica Maitland, newly single and learning to live with a tragedy, buys a beautiful but rundown Victorian house, she expects to have a bit of work to do to the place. What she doesn't expect is to discover that there's far more to Hillcrest House than she'd expected.

She arrives in the picturesque town of Angel Falls to find that although her belongings have been brought to her new home, there is no way she can move in with it in its present state. 

She's helped by a local cop, Andre, who takes her to check in to Mr and Mrs Bell's guest house in the town. They kindly store her furniture for her in one of their out-houses leaving her to begin the enormous task of renovating her new home and make her very welcome.

The locals seem wary of the place Jessica was hoping to make her forever home and when strange things begin happening to her whenever she's at Hillcrest House, she soon begins to wonder if she's made the right decision to invest her money in this run-down property.

Jessica discovers that she's not the only one trying to overcome a loss and her past pales into the background when she begins the renovations on her house. She soon realises she's not alone but is there anything she can do to make Hillcrest House her own? Who were the previous tenants of the old Victorian house and what was their story? Has Jessica got the guts and determination to see this project through to the end, or will she decide that dealing with the secrets encased in this once beautiful home is too much of a challenge for her?

The most ominous thing for me was the insidious crow and its determination that Jessica shouldn't be moving into the house. I love a good ghost story and a romance and this book gave me both. I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret of Hillcrest House. Melanie Robertson-King keeps a good balance between the romance - loved Andre, the eeriness and downright creepiness with a wonderfully constructed ending.

5* from me and I look forward to reading her next book!


Melanie Robertson-King has always been a fan of the written word. Growing up as an only child, her face was almost always buried in a book from the time she could read. Her father was one of the thousands of Home Children sent to Canada through the auspices of The Orphan Homes of Scotland, and she has been fortunate to be able to visit her father’s homeland many times and even met the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) at the orphanage where he was raised.

Twitter: @RobertsoKing


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  1. Thanks for hosting me here today on your blog and for the fantastic review, Georgina! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed The Secret of Hillcrest House. :-)

  2. I love the cover and it sounds a really good read. Must put it on my TBR mountain.