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April 9, 2018

Review: The House on Harbor Hill by Shelly Stratton #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts

Set in the past and present, The House on Harbor Hill is a murder mystery that tackles the issues of racial prejudice and spousal abuse in the lives of two very different women...
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The House on Harbor Hill
March 2018; Dafina; 978-1496711175
ebook, print (368 pages); women's fiction
I started The House on Harbor Hill with only the above information from the blurb and found that the book was way more than just the story of two women. Yes, it is about abuse and prejudice but it is also about two women who learn to be strong and live again after going through these issues. To me, the main character was Delilah. She was a 70ish black woman who owned Harbor Hill. She took in women, one at a time, that were down on their luck and needed help. She took an exception with Tracy because there were also 2 kids involved. Tracy was on the run from an abusive husband and trying to protect her children when Delilah asked her to live at Harbor Hill.  Will Delilah's helping hand be able to pull Tracy to a better place in her life and will she be able to protect her from her abusive husband?

This novel has a dual timeline. One is present day and one is the 60s when Delilah is a maid and has to live through the prejudice of that time period as a maid to a very rich family. Through the story of the 60s, we learn why Delilah has become the person who opens her home to other women in need.

This was a fantastic book about love and family - not just the family we were born with but the friends we learn to love as we go through our lives.

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Other books by Shelly Stratton: Between Lost and Found

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads,  or Twitter.

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  1. Stories about building your family of choice always give me a good feeling. :)

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!