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Can a Legacy of Sadness be Broken at the Menger Hotel? Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance. Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which Can a Legacy of Sadness be Broken at the Menger Hotel? Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance. Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which she hopes will be long enough to meet, charm, and attach herself to a new, rich husband. Her plans are derailed when a ghostly apparition lures her into a long, dark hallway, and Hedda returns to her room to find her precious jewelry has been stolen. She falls immediately under a cloud of suspicion with her haunting tale, but true ghost enthusiasts bring her expensive pieces of jewelry in an attempt to lure the ghost to appear again. In 2017, Dini Blackstone is a fifth-generation magician, who performs at private parties, but she also gives ghost walk tours, narrating the more tragic historical events of San Antonio with familial affection. Above all, her favorite is the tale of Hedda Krause who, in Dini’s estimation, succeeded in perpetrating the world’s longest con, dying old and wealthy from her ghost story. But then Dini meets Quinn Carmichael, great-great-grandson of the detective who originally investigated Hedda’s case, who’s come to the Alamo City with a box full of clues that might lead to Hedda’s exoneration. Can Dini see another side of the story that is worthy of God’s grace?


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Can a Legacy of Sadness be Broken at the Menger Hotel? Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance. Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which Can a Legacy of Sadness be Broken at the Menger Hotel? Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance. Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which she hopes will be long enough to meet, charm, and attach herself to a new, rich husband. Her plans are derailed when a ghostly apparition lures her into a long, dark hallway, and Hedda returns to her room to find her precious jewelry has been stolen. She falls immediately under a cloud of suspicion with her haunting tale, but true ghost enthusiasts bring her expensive pieces of jewelry in an attempt to lure the ghost to appear again. In 2017, Dini Blackstone is a fifth-generation magician, who performs at private parties, but she also gives ghost walk tours, narrating the more tragic historical events of San Antonio with familial affection. Above all, her favorite is the tale of Hedda Krause who, in Dini’s estimation, succeeded in perpetrating the world’s longest con, dying old and wealthy from her ghost story. But then Dini meets Quinn Carmichael, great-great-grandson of the detective who originally investigated Hedda’s case, who’s come to the Alamo City with a box full of clues that might lead to Hedda’s exoneration. Can Dini see another side of the story that is worthy of God’s grace?

30 review for The Lady in Residence

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    EXCERPT: Only later would I mark how he watched my approach with both sadness and trepidation. 'Oh!' I exclaimed, dragging up some vestige of coquettishness. 'A late Christmas present for me?' 'Yes,' he said, refusing to meet my eye. 'Take it as such. I won't be charging you. Truth be told, I don't know if I should give it to you at all.' And then he was gone, disappeared like a puff of dark dust. Upon closer inspection, I saw the package had been wrapped, sealed and tied with the string circled t EXCERPT: Only later would I mark how he watched my approach with both sadness and trepidation. 'Oh!' I exclaimed, dragging up some vestige of coquettishness. 'A late Christmas present for me?' 'Yes,' he said, refusing to meet my eye. 'Take it as such. I won't be charging you. Truth be told, I don't know if I should give it to you at all.' And then he was gone, disappeared like a puff of dark dust. Upon closer inspection, I saw the package had been wrapped, sealed and tied with the string circled three times around. Unable to open it with my own power, I walked to the desk and asked Mr Sylvan to lend me his letter opener. Silver and sharp, it weighed heavy in my hand as I sliced through the string and along the sealed edges. 'It's my Christmas portrait,' I said as much to myself as to Mr Sylvan. I unwrapped the layers and uncovered the image printed on heavy paper. I felt myself frown at first. Haley had promised a tint, but I saw nothing but ordinary black and white. Then the image blurred in my trembling hand. 'Mrs Krause?' Mr Sylvan's voice lurked beyond the roaring of the rush of blood in my ears. I dropped the image to the desktop and braced my hands beside it. A sob caught in my throat, perfectly timed to Mr Sylvan's un-Sylvan-like gasp. The Christmas tree it seemed, had failed in its spell to protect me from the ghost of Sallie White. For there she was, in the photograph. Right behind me. Her hand resting on my shoulder. ABOUT 'THE LADY IN RESIDENCE': Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which she hopes will be long enough to meet, charm, and attach herself to a new, rich husband. Her plans are derailed when a ghostly apparition lures her into a long, dark hallway, and Hedda returns to her room to find her precious jewelry has been stolen. She falls immediately under a cloud of suspicion with her haunting tale, but true ghost enthusiasts bring her expensive pieces of jewelry in an attempt to lure the ghost to appear again. In 2017, Dini Blackstone is a fifth-generation magician, who performs at private parties, but she also gives ghost walk tours, narrating the more tragic historical events of San Antonio with familial affection. Above all, her favorite is the tale of Hedda Krause who, in Dini’s estimation, succeeded in perpetrating the world’s longest con, dying old and wealthy from her ghost story. But then Dini meets Quinn Carmichael, great-great-grandson of the detective who originally investigated Hedda’s case, who’s come to the Alamo City with a box full of clues that might lead to Hedda’s exoneration. Can Dini see another side of the story that is worthy of God’s grace? MY THOUGHTS: An enjoyable read, but not a particularly gripping or memorable one. I guess I was expecting more 'gothic' atmosphere. The Lady in Residence is a combination of romance and a 'paranormal' mystery set over two timelines. I enjoyed the characters of Dini and Quin, but I found Hedda to be quite cold and calculating. Although I guess that had I found myself in her circumstances in that time, I might be much the same. I have to admit to skimming large tracts in the second half of the book when my interest began to wane and it seemed that we were just rehashing old ground. So I may have missed it, but I can't recall seeing any reference to 'true ghost enthusiasts bring her expensive pieces of jewelry in an attempt to lure the ghost to appear again'. If there are indeed references to this, please don't hesitate to correct me. I found the author's notes at the end of the book most interesting. 'There's a Russian nesting doll structure to The Lady in Residence. Sallie haunts Hedda, Hedda haunts Dini,' which explains the central theme of the novel perfectly. That and obsession. 'The story of Sallie White is true, and the details of it depicted in The Lady in Residence fall in line with the newspaper accounts of the time.' Pittman also talks about the beauty of the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, calling it 'historically exquisite, but there is a sense of heaviness to it too.' So please do read the Author's note, but not before the book as it contains at least one spoiler that I can think of. ⭐⭐.8 #TheLadyinResidence #NetGalley #contemporaryfiction #historicalfiction #christianromance #mystery #paranormal 'She fixated on the idea that a man who had sisters knew how to be kind to a woman.' - I snorted at this! I have three brothers and they spent most of our days enjoying making mine miserable! THE AUTHOR: Allison Pittman is the author of For Time and Eternity, Stealing Home, the Crossroads of Grace series, and her nonfiction debut, Saturdays With Stella. A high-school English teacher, she serves as director of the theater arts group at her church. She is also the co-president of a dynamic Christian writers group in the San Antonio, Texas area, where she makes her home with her husband and their three boys. DISCLOSURE: Thanks to Barbour Publishing for providing a digital ARC of The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, Amazon, Instagram and my webpage https://sandysbookaday.wordpress.com/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    The Lady in Residence is a time-slip novel about Hedda Krause who is convinced that a ghost stole from her and the inability to prove her innocence and her sanity. 2017: Dini Blackstone a fifth-generation magician is obsessed with Hedda Krause doesn't believe that she could maybe be telling the truth. Someone did, in fact, steal her jewelry just not a ghost. She meets Quin Carmicheal the great-great-grandson of the detective, Irvin Carmicheal who investigated the case regarding Hedda Krause, and The Lady in Residence is a time-slip novel about Hedda Krause who is convinced that a ghost stole from her and the inability to prove her innocence and her sanity. 2017: Dini Blackstone a fifth-generation magician is obsessed with Hedda Krause doesn't believe that she could maybe be telling the truth. Someone did, in fact, steal her jewelry just not a ghost. She meets Quin Carmicheal the great-great-grandson of the detective, Irvin Carmicheal who investigated the case regarding Hedda Krause, and together they discovered what really happens, and in the process, they find love most unexpectedly. I liked the character of Dini Blackstone, I felt her character was real and sad, but I was able to feel a connection to her. She felt a connection to Hedda through her own loss of her parents years earlier, and the author uses this to connect her loss to that of Hedda, who first loses her husband and all that she loved, to a life of obscurity. This novel had an air of bittersweetness that never quite left me. But it wasn't until the end that I saw how essential this nostalgia was integral to Hedda's story but also to Dini's as well so that we could experience this heart-rending and fitting ending. My gratitude to Barbour Fiction and Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jaime Jo Wright

    Visions of a spirit that reside in a historic hotel are always on the top of my list for haunting heaven. A Lady in Residence will leave the reader turning pages faster than they can drift away into the darkness of the Menger Hotel. The vivid mystery is delicious and even a few goosebumps might find their way onto the reader’s arms. A high recommend from me! **I was given an ARC from the publisher. All opinions are 100% mine.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Time-slip novel fans? You’re in for a treat with The Lady in Residence. This is a well written story. I must start by gushing about the historical portion. I loved it! The characters jumped right off the page for me and the setting created a perfect atmosphere. It played like a movie in my mind. There was plenty of romance and just the right amount of creepiness. The contemporary side kept my interest right to the end. I did dock a star, however, due to the spiritual aspect of this story. This ha Time-slip novel fans? You’re in for a treat with The Lady in Residence. This is a well written story. I must start by gushing about the historical portion. I loved it! The characters jumped right off the page for me and the setting created a perfect atmosphere. It played like a movie in my mind. There was plenty of romance and just the right amount of creepiness. The contemporary side kept my interest right to the end. I did dock a star, however, due to the spiritual aspect of this story. This has nothing to do with the ghost theme. It was handled well, and I will not include any spoilers, so you’ll just have to read it to see how that all works out. What I wanted to see more of was a stronger biblical perspective when it came to the characters themselves. They generally started lukewarm and ended that way. I don’t expect fiction novels to preach, but I do care about the messaging a reader receives, often implicitly, from a story (particularly one labelled as Christian fiction). There were certain attitudes and perspectives that I did not agree with and was hoping to see resolved by the end. Overall, I still recommend this novel, but I challenge you to think about these characters and how they face (or should face) their challenges at a deeper level. Done my preaching ;).

  5. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    1915 and 2017 San Antonio, Texas Engaging start to the Doors to the Past Series! This novel is set primarily in the historic Menger Hotel. In 1915 a young widow, Hedda Krause, is distancing herself from her step sons and is nearly destitute. She has enough means to keep herself afloat and living at the hotel. In 2017, magician Dini Blackstone makes a living doing magic shows and giving ghost tours. She is obsessed with Hedda's story and finds a kindred spirit in the great, great grandson of the inv 1915 and 2017 San Antonio, Texas Engaging start to the Doors to the Past Series! This novel is set primarily in the historic Menger Hotel. In 1915 a young widow, Hedda Krause, is distancing herself from her step sons and is nearly destitute. She has enough means to keep herself afloat and living at the hotel. In 2017, magician Dini Blackstone makes a living doing magic shows and giving ghost tours. She is obsessed with Hedda's story and finds a kindred spirit in the great, great grandson of the investigator that worked on Hedda's theft case. While both threads kept my interest, I enjoyed the contemporary thread just a bit more. Loved the musical nods to the 70s, snippets of humor and references to San Antonio icons. My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    A riveting start to a whole new dual time series from Barbour. With a name like Marilyn Houdini Blackstone, Dini could not have chosen a better vocation than magician. She is also a tour guide in San Antonio, Texas. Part of her tour is the Menger Hotel and the legend of Hedda Krause. Dini does research and is caught up in the story of Hedda and the ghost of Sallie White based on the history of the Menger. Ms. Pittman tells a fabulous story of the present and Dini meeting Quin Carmichael on her t A riveting start to a whole new dual time series from Barbour. With a name like Marilyn Houdini Blackstone, Dini could not have chosen a better vocation than magician. She is also a tour guide in San Antonio, Texas. Part of her tour is the Menger Hotel and the legend of Hedda Krause. Dini does research and is caught up in the story of Hedda and the ghost of Sallie White based on the history of the Menger. Ms. Pittman tells a fabulous story of the present and Dini meeting Quin Carmichael on her tour. Quin just happens to be the great great grandson of the detective who investigated Hedda’s long ago robbery. The author takes a ghostly story and gives us further intrigue by having Dini and Quin pour through artifacts from the case. I enjoyed the present day sections for the way the characters recognize God’s hand. “ Coincidence and fate are random. I’m a math person. I don’t do random. God is purposeful. We live in an equation of His design.” The banter and budding romance were great, as was the setting with Dini’s quaint apartment and music choices. The past was deftly crafted using the memoirs of Hedda. Then the whole was brought together to a satisfying end. * I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    This split-time novel is set in San Antonio at the Menger Hotel. The contemporary time line features Dini Blackstone a young magician who grew up with touring magician parents leading her to be independent, self-sufficient and a loner along with Quin Carmichael, a descendant of a main character in the historical time line. The story focuses on the self-published journal of Hedda Krause that is in Dini's possession. Hedda was a widow who lived at the Menger Hotel where murdered Sallie White was s This split-time novel is set in San Antonio at the Menger Hotel. The contemporary time line features Dini Blackstone a young magician who grew up with touring magician parents leading her to be independent, self-sufficient and a loner along with Quin Carmichael, a descendant of a main character in the historical time line. The story focuses on the self-published journal of Hedda Krause that is in Dini's possession. Hedda was a widow who lived at the Menger Hotel where murdered Sallie White was said to haunt. Hedda becomes involved with Quin's 5th great grandfather, Detective Carmichael, because of several events involving Hedda and the supposed ghost of Sallie White. I thoroughly enjoyed this story based on true events as I have visited the Menger Hotel several times. It still maintains its historic feel and you can well imagine a visiting ghost. My favorite relationships were those between Hedda and Bert, the hotel bartender, and Dini and Quin. Both Bert and Quin seemed to keep Hedda and Dini grounded. The explanations as the story progressed dealing with the idea of "ghosts" from a Christian perspective was wonderfully developed. Based on Psalm 146:4 When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them." and from the story: "God brings people in and out of a life. Or in and out of a place. Guess He wanted you and me to stay." The twist in the ending definitely supports this. An enjoyable and intriguing read. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    4.5 stars I love the old stories that are often connected to old landmarks. Allison Pittman pens a captivating tale filled with ghosts, jewel thieves and romance in this split time story surrounding the historic Menger hotel in San Antonio. While there are a few goosebump moments in the story, the author's reference to ghosts merely being the memories and stories from the past formed the story. Present day Dini has always been intrigued by the century old mystery of the mysterious lady in residen 4.5 stars I love the old stories that are often connected to old landmarks. Allison Pittman pens a captivating tale filled with ghosts, jewel thieves and romance in this split time story surrounding the historic Menger hotel in San Antonio. While there are a few goosebump moments in the story, the author's reference to ghosts merely being the memories and stories from the past formed the story. Present day Dini has always been intrigued by the century old mystery of the mysterious lady in residence, Hedda Krause, and the supposed haunting that shadowed her and changed her life. While I enjoyed Dini's story, it was Hedda's voice and story that entranced me and kept me eagerly turning the pages until I reached the end. The author expertly ties the two stories together in a satisfying conclusion. Highly recommend! I am looking forward to reading more books in this new series published by Barbour. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    The Lady In Residence is a dual time line story set in historic San Antonio Texas. This is a fascinating story that kept me turning the pages. You'll find this tale to be a mystery in history with magic and romance!! The characters jump off the page and into your heart. The author did a beautiful job segueing back and forth from modern time to the early 1900s. This is the first book I have read by this author and will be making a goal of working on her back list for the upcoming year. I thorough The Lady In Residence is a dual time line story set in historic San Antonio Texas. This is a fascinating story that kept me turning the pages. You'll find this tale to be a mystery in history with magic and romance!! The characters jump off the page and into your heart. The author did a beautiful job segueing back and forth from modern time to the early 1900s. This is the first book I have read by this author and will be making a goal of working on her back list for the upcoming year. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be telling my friends to put it on their TBR immediately. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    Allison Pittman is one of the most versatile authors I know. Whether she's writing about The French Revolution, the Dust Bowl, Mormon pioneers, a baseball story, or a contemporary Christmas novella, she always crafts unique, three-dimenstional characters and layered storylines. The Lady in Residence is no different, and with its haunting theme, it will appeal to fans of Jaime Jo Wright. At only 239 pages, it's a quick read and delivers exactly what this new series from Barbour promises: time-sli Allison Pittman is one of the most versatile authors I know. Whether she's writing about The French Revolution, the Dust Bowl, Mormon pioneers, a baseball story, or a contemporary Christmas novella, she always crafts unique, three-dimenstional characters and layered storylines. The Lady in Residence is no different, and with its haunting theme, it will appeal to fans of Jaime Jo Wright. At only 239 pages, it's a quick read and delivers exactly what this new series from Barbour promises: time-slip fiction based on mysteries surrounding American landmarks (in this case, the San Antonio's Menger Hotel near the Alamo). I enjoyed the historical thread the most, as the voice of Hedda Krause was especially vivid. Be sure to read the Author's Note in the back of the book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    I decided this book just wasn't for me. It didn't catch my attention, and when I got about 25% into the story and I was still bored, bogged down by the modern setting and not yet convinced that I could be made to care about the historical ones, I decided to not add a low rating to this book - which is just not my thing! - and move along. No reason to just finish it so I can be negative! I need to get better at reading blurbs, too, as somehow I just ... entirely forgot that it was time slip! Which I decided this book just wasn't for me. It didn't catch my attention, and when I got about 25% into the story and I was still bored, bogged down by the modern setting and not yet convinced that I could be made to care about the historical ones, I decided to not add a low rating to this book - which is just not my thing! - and move along. No reason to just finish it so I can be negative! I need to get better at reading blurbs, too, as somehow I just ... entirely forgot that it was time slip! Which is a frustrating genre for me, and now one I should be trying without first hearing a LOT of good things about it from other people.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I do not normally read this genre. I was not sure what to expect. Furthermore, I felt good about reading this book after finding an author interview where Allison says, “A confession. I love a good ghost story. Do I believe in ghosts? No, at least not in the restless spirit of the dead variety. Ghosts are memories. Stories. When I hear stories about a haunted house, I don’t care about the current bumps in the night; I want to know the story of the person behind those bumps and why the story has I do not normally read this genre. I was not sure what to expect. Furthermore, I felt good about reading this book after finding an author interview where Allison says, “A confession. I love a good ghost story. Do I believe in ghosts? No, at least not in the restless spirit of the dead variety. Ghosts are memories. Stories. When I hear stories about a haunted house, I don’t care about the current bumps in the night; I want to know the story of the person behind those bumps and why the story has lived long after the soul.” I also enjoyed hearing about her stay at the Menger Hotel and all that she gleaned there. After that, I was ready to plunge into reading about adventures which took place in the hotel. I was surprised on many levels at the depth of character, the richness of the story and the time-slip style in which the author penned this novel. Readers meet Dini Blackstone in San Antonio, Texas in 2017. She is a magician comes from a long line of them and works odd jobs to make ends meet, like magic shows for birthday parties, where she shows off her many talents such as performing card tricks. One of her favorite jobs is giving ghost tours at the Menger hotel. She is obsessed with Hedda Krause and delights in telling people about poor Sallie White who was murdered at the hotel and of a widow, Hedda Krause, who is robbed after moving into the hotel with all her worldly possessions. Dini meets a man on a tour that has the same obsession with Hedda Krause and Detective Carmichael. Just so happens this man’s name is Quin Carmichael, he is the great, great grandson of Detective Carmichael who investigated the theft at the hotel. He wants to get the facts straight hoping to get to the bottom of the mystery around Hedda’s valuables. In 1915, Hedda Krause moves into the hotel. Her robbery story is hard to believe, since she says it was done by the ghost of Sallie White. Hedda writes her experiences down in a memoir type book, she calls it, The Haunted Life of Hedda Krause Published by the Author Herself.” Quinn and Dini read the book and join forces in hopes of solving this case once and for all. I liked how the author gave readers a heads up about listening to the details of Sallie White’s murder. One character says to the other they could stop reading right now if they are squeamish and don’t want to know about the murder. It gives the reader a chance to skip over that part too if they do not want to know. Even if you read that part it is not so detailed and/or gruesome you have to stop reading. Grin! I recommend reading the note to readers first to help set the stage for this intriguing story based on true events. I enjoyed both story lines and how they are connected. I liked the surprises the author has for readers in both timelines, combined with just the right amount of clean romance and a splash of creepiness, and suspense that keep you turning the pages trying to discover what happens next. This novel would work well for your book club pick. There is so much to discuss. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  13. 4 out of 5

    Raechel Lenore

    Not really sure what rating I should give this...I would put it somewhere between two and three... After reading this book, I am left with a lot of conflicting thoughts and feelings on it, and am honestly not quite sure how to address it all. To put it shortly, this book was not really my cup of tea. I don't read a lot of ghost stories as it is, but it wasn't even that aspect that was the problem for me. The writing style itself was good, and I could appreciate how the modern time's heroine was u Not really sure what rating I should give this...I would put it somewhere between two and three... After reading this book, I am left with a lot of conflicting thoughts and feelings on it, and am honestly not quite sure how to address it all. To put it shortly, this book was not really my cup of tea. I don't read a lot of ghost stories as it is, but it wasn't even that aspect that was the problem for me. The writing style itself was good, and I could appreciate how the modern time's heroine was unique and had her own quirks. But there were a lot of views that while subtle, I didn't really care for. And the faith thread was extremely weak, bordering on the non-exisitant side. I'm actually rather surprised that this was published by a Christian Publisher at all - it wasn't what I would expect from the publishers. Definitely more like a general market novel.I don't want to fill my review with negative things, but for the benefit of looking back at my review myself and giving a bit of a content warning, I will try to briefly mention what I didn't care for. I obviously don't care for ghosts, as I believe that they are demons, not spirits that are to be messed around with. (view spoiler)[ In the end, it was at least semi-resolved that there wasn't a real ghost. However, it was so heavily presented as if it was real, that I did find that unsettling. It wasn't my favorite thread. (hide spoiler)] I had more of a problem with the lack of Christian content and how the character's lived - I was flabbergasted when it was revealed at the very end that Dini was supposed to be a Christian. Nothing portrayed of her life throughout the book suggested anything of the sort. The only mention that the hero character was a Christian was that he went to church. I was also unsettled by how Dini dressed (very skimpily) but more so how she was so proud of that. And yet made the distinction that she wouldn't dress that way for the kids magic shows she performed...Both heroines of the past and present timelines were very self-confident in their looks which doesn't have to be negative, but it struck me as a very flesh-driven aspect. Dini dressed in a very provacative manner, and was proud when she made guys stumble, basically. So that was disappointing and frustrating to me. I might expect that from mainstream characters, but when she was supposed to be a Christian...it just wasn't shown in any of her actions. I didn't deeply connect to either storylines. I was interested to see how it was resolved, but admit I had to force myself to finish it. Again, I'm sorry to not have been able to give it a positive review. The cover is lovely and attention-grabbing. The story just wasn't for me. Maybe if it had been published by a general market publisher, I wouldn't have been expecting more. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leslie M.

    This took me a few chapters to get into the story, and it was a bit confusing at times. But overall, it was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the time slip and gothic angles to the story. The characters were well-crafted. I didn't quite understand the cover, as it doesn't seem like the best fit for the story. I've never read anything from Pittman before, but I'd be willing to check out future books, as well as the other books in this "Doors to the Past" series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary This took me a few chapters to get into the story, and it was a bit confusing at times. But overall, it was an enjoyable read. I enjoyed the time slip and gothic angles to the story. The characters were well-crafted. I didn't quite understand the cover, as it doesn't seem like the best fit for the story. I've never read anything from Pittman before, but I'd be willing to check out future books, as well as the other books in this "Doors to the Past" series. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erin Laramore

    This book was absolutely enchanting. This was my first book by Allison Pittman, but will not be my last. When Barbour reached out to recommend this one to me, I almost didn't take it as I had several others that I needed to read, but the premise sounded interesting enough for me to try it and I'm so glad I did! I was sucked in from the very beginning and stayed enraptured until the very end. This book follows Dini, a ghost tour leader and magician, who has trouble letting people "in". She is obs This book was absolutely enchanting. This was my first book by Allison Pittman, but will not be my last. When Barbour reached out to recommend this one to me, I almost didn't take it as I had several others that I needed to read, but the premise sounded interesting enough for me to try it and I'm so glad I did! I was sucked in from the very beginning and stayed enraptured until the very end. This book follows Dini, a ghost tour leader and magician, who has trouble letting people "in". She is obsessed with the "victim" of one of her ghost tour stories (Hedda Krause) and so when the descendant of the detective who worked on Hedda's case shows up with a box of items that he doesn't understand that came from his great-grandfather's home, she can't resist working with him to learn even more. Interspersed in chapters of Dini and Quin, are the writings of Hedda detailing her experiences 100 years prior. While not a traditional dual timeline novel (as the past timeline is a book being read in the present timeline), it still has the feel of a daul timeline novel, which are among my favorites. Both story lines are engaging and have wonderful characters who are deep and likable. The overall plot-line drew me in and kept me interested throughout. The romances were super fast, but not at all cheesy and so they didn't feel ridiculous like some quick romances do. The faith thread was a bit subtle, but definitely present as Quin stated frequently that he didn't believe in coincidence or fate, but that God brought them there at that time. And the ending was sublime. I loved how the mystery was solved and how their relationship progressed. Even the author's note at the end was enlightening. It was cool to know that there were elements of the story that were factual and now I want to visit the Menger hotel someday. This is a story that will stick with me awhile. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would strongly recommend it! Special thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "I am known, affectionately, as the Lady in Residence." Like the characters themselves, this book has a mind of its own, taking readers deep into unknown territory while maintaining an atmosphere of authenticity and tenderness that is both unexpected and altogether endearing. For instance, consider Hedda Krause; young, widowed, trying to navigate a new existence; fleeing the home of her deceased husband and his mangy sons, ending up as a resident of the glamourous Menger Hotel in San Anto 4.5 stars "I am known, affectionately, as the Lady in Residence." Like the characters themselves, this book has a mind of its own, taking readers deep into unknown territory while maintaining an atmosphere of authenticity and tenderness that is both unexpected and altogether endearing. For instance, consider Hedda Krause; young, widowed, trying to navigate a new existence; fleeing the home of her deceased husband and his mangy sons, ending up as a resident of the glamourous Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas with a trunk full of clothes, valuable jewelry, and a reasonable amount of cash. Perhaps lured into thinking way too much about the local lore surrounding the horrific death of an hotel employee Sallie White, (whose unfortunate demise by the hands of her lover took place in front of the Menger), she begins to feel Sallie's presence in more ways than one. Years later, a lovely young illusionist moonlights as a tour guide for the Alamo Haunting Spirits Ghost Tour. She too is a bit obsessed with the cruel details encircling the spirit of Sallie White and the widow who supposedly lost all of her earthly possessions to the wraith. When an unassuming high school math teacher crosses her path carrying a box full of his great-great-grandfather's memorabilia about Hedda Krause, Dini Blackstone sits up and takes notice, for Quin Carmichael's ancestor was none other than the detective who was assigned Hedda Krause's case. Quite frankly, the uniqueness of both timelines is stunning. Each and every character, whether real or imagined, exudes depth. They impressively maintain their individual ambience; adding rich flavor, clever provocation, and raw emotion, literally making the story come to life. Never mind trying to figure it all out, I am not even certain they knew what was going to happen next until, like their readers, the final page was turned. "I am simply waiting for that which I have lost to be found and to make its way home . . . . . "

  17. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    This is a dual-time novel that alternates between 1915 and 2017 and it is a fascinating look at reality versus illusion. Was there a ghost of Sallie White who visited Hedda Krause during her stay at the Menger Hotel in 1915? Did that ghost steal Hedda's jewelry and then return to visit her again and again or was this an attempt for Hedda to benefit from the attention that it created? What part did the investigating detective play in this mystery? Hedda's story becomes a part of a present-day plot This is a dual-time novel that alternates between 1915 and 2017 and it is a fascinating look at reality versus illusion. Was there a ghost of Sallie White who visited Hedda Krause during her stay at the Menger Hotel in 1915? Did that ghost steal Hedda's jewelry and then return to visit her again and again or was this an attempt for Hedda to benefit from the attention that it created? What part did the investigating detective play in this mystery? Hedda's story becomes a part of a present-day plotline that involves Dini Blackstone, a magician and tour guide, and events that occurred in 1915. Her fascination with a written account, The Memoir of Hedda Krause, leads her to a discovery that is surely more than a coincidence. This memoir and a shoe box that belonged to Detective Irvin Carmichael may hold the truth of Sallie, Hedda, and the stolen jewels if....his great-great-grandson Quin is willing to reveal the contents. I enjoyed learning the true historical details about Sallie White and the Menger House and author Allison Pittman successfully weaves them into a fascinating story that kept me guessing until the very end. She creates a link between Hedda and Irvin's past and Dini and Quin's present that is truly a haunting connection! If you enjoy historical fiction mixed with Christian romance, you'll certainly enjoy The Lady in Residence. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I am surprised with how my interest waned by the time I read two thirds the way through. For some reason I felt a shift in the story, or rather an antimax that jolted me into not caring about knowing how the ending was going to be worked out. The romance didn't sound believable and seemed a bit formulaic. The Christian aspects were too obscure at least for me it was. I don't like overly preachy books but this was barely in the genre. A little confusing at times. I could easily have given the book I am surprised with how my interest waned by the time I read two thirds the way through. For some reason I felt a shift in the story, or rather an antimax that jolted me into not caring about knowing how the ending was going to be worked out. The romance didn't sound believable and seemed a bit formulaic. The Christian aspects were too obscure at least for me it was. I don't like overly preachy books but this was barely in the genre. A little confusing at times. I could easily have given the book two stars but I felt generous and gave it three. Apparently many people enjoyed the book and rated it highly. Sadly I was left wanting more.

  19. 5 out of 5

    sincerely

    4.5 SPOOKTACULAR. If you are at all into "ghost" stories or the legends of old buildings...pick this one up. This was so so so fun. I'm pretty confident in saying that sensitive readers won't have a hard time with this one. There is even a warning shot given before a chapter that has details that are a bit more aggressive in nature. I really appreciated that as I am a huge wimp. This is the first of a new series called Doors to the Past and you bet your bottom dollar I will be reading all of the 4.5 SPOOKTACULAR. If you are at all into "ghost" stories or the legends of old buildings...pick this one up. This was so so so fun. I'm pretty confident in saying that sensitive readers won't have a hard time with this one. There is even a warning shot given before a chapter that has details that are a bit more aggressive in nature. I really appreciated that as I am a huge wimp. This is the first of a new series called Doors to the Past and you bet your bottom dollar I will be reading all of them. Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for the free eARC.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nyla

    The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman is a time slip romantic mystery based on a true story. This book was unlike any I have read. About a third of the way through it, I almost put it down. I am so glad that I did not. This is the story of Hedda Krause in the early 1900’s and Dini, Marilyn Houdini Blackstone, of present day. How cute is it for a fifth generation magician to be named Dini, short for Houdini? It is set in San Antonio, Texas and based on the murder of Sallie White. The characters The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman is a time slip romantic mystery based on a true story. This book was unlike any I have read. About a third of the way through it, I almost put it down. I am so glad that I did not. This is the story of Hedda Krause in the early 1900’s and Dini, Marilyn Houdini Blackstone, of present day. How cute is it for a fifth generation magician to be named Dini, short for Houdini? It is set in San Antonio, Texas and based on the murder of Sallie White. The characters are intriguing. Hedda reminded me of an old movie actress. I loved her spunk and attitude. Dini was a different character with a lot of issues. She was obsessed with Hedda. I had difficulty relating to her. Dini works various jobs, most of them in the magic field. She also narrates ghost tours at the Menger hotel. This gives her a chance to talk about poor Hedda and Sallie. Gil, the bartender at the hotel, is a friend and shares this interest. This is where I almost quit reading. Granted, there is not a lot of Christian messages or lessons in this novel. There are some, but they are lightly sprinkled. It seemed odd to have a Christian book about ghosts, bars, cigarette smoking, and common-law marriages. It is based on a real life happening, so perhaps that is why it is gritty. I felt better about reading this book after seeing the author note at the back of the book. It says, “A confession. I love a good ghost story. Do I believe in ghosts? No, at least not in the restless spirit of the dead variety. Ghosts are memories. Stories. When I hear stories about a haunted house, I don’t care about the current bumps in the night; I want to know the story of the person behind those bumps and why the story has lived long after the soul.” She even had in the story that we are not supposed to believe in ghosts. Author Pittman has an inviting style of writing. Her stories grab the attention of readers quickly and retain it. This was no exception, I have long finished the book and am still pondering it. There are many twists and turns to make it exciting. The mystery begs for solving. I found myself going back to reread certain sections after I had finished the book wondering why I did not catch a certain thing. Everything get tied up nicely at the end of the book. I recommend this is adult readers that enjoy gothic, mysteries, and time slip novels. There is a light Christian message. I enjoyed both story lines. They are extremely well connected. This would make a great selection for a book club, although there are no discussion questions. It would be fun to talk about this in a group. I rated it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by Celebrate Lit, but these are my honest words.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Fiction Aficionado

    What a captivating beginning to this new series! I’m always on the lookout for stories that are going to give me interesting characters to become invested in, and that’s definitely what this story delivered, particularly in Dini and Quin. Not only did I become intrigued by the mystery they were seeking to unravel but I also became deeply invested in the development of their relationship, made all the more enjoyable for all the ways it departed from your typical garden-variety romance. Dini is no What a captivating beginning to this new series! I’m always on the lookout for stories that are going to give me interesting characters to become invested in, and that’s definitely what this story delivered, particularly in Dini and Quin. Not only did I become intrigued by the mystery they were seeking to unravel but I also became deeply invested in the development of their relationship, made all the more enjoyable for all the ways it departed from your typical garden-variety romance. Dini is not your average romance heroine, either in personality or circumstance, and that was as refreshing as Quin’s appreciation for everything that was uniquely Dini. The historical aspect of this story is told through excerpts from Hedda Krause’s self-published account of her life from the day she arrived at the Menger Hotel, and these excerpts are shared at the same time as Quin is reading them for the first time. There are Gothic overtones to the earlier parts of Hedda’s story as she recounts her encounters with the ghostly Sallie White, but as her story progresses the focus shifts to some of the mystery surrounding her personal circumstances and the relationship that is developing between herself and the detective investigating her theft. I have to confess I didn’t quite feel convinced about the way Dini and Quin eventually solved the mystery of Sallie White and the theft from Hedda; it seemed a little far-fetched to me that they managed to work out some of the things they did. But maybe I would understand it better on a second reading. Or maybe it’s simply that I have some unanswered questions—speaking of which, did we ever find out who Yolanda was? I feel like that was an important issue to resolve… But as I said, Dini and Quin’s romance was tender and authentic, and I enjoyed the author’s note at the end, which helped peel back an extra layer or two on the story and why she took certain characters in the directions she did. The Lady in Residence will appeal to readers who enjoy stories with an element of mystery, particularly fans of authors such as Jaime Jo Wright. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review, which is my honest and unbiased opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    THIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE I received this novel from NetGalley and Barbour Fiction in exchange for an honest review. The Lady in Residencec is the start to collaboration of the present and the past in The Doors to the Past series. I don’t know if it was divine intervention or just perfect time, but I started reading this while watching Alias Grace on Netflix. The story follows two women over a century apart: Hedda Krause, a young widow staying at the Menger Hotel, and Dini Blackstone, THIS REVIEW & MORE → SYNOPSES BY SARGE I received this novel from NetGalley and Barbour Fiction in exchange for an honest review. The Lady in Residencec is the start to collaboration of the present and the past in The Doors to the Past series. I don’t know if it was divine intervention or just perfect time, but I started reading this while watching Alias Grace on Netflix. The story follows two women over a century apart: Hedda Krause, a young widow staying at the Menger Hotel, and Dini Blackstone, a magician who gives ghost tours. The stories collide when Quinn Carmichael, a descendent of the detective in charge of the case of Hedda Krause’s robbed room, embarks on one of Dini’s ghost tours. Who doesn’t love a good ghost story?! Or an unsolved case?! Pittman seamlessly intertwines the lives of Hedda (1915) and Dini (2017), while walking readers through the solving of the mystery. The chapters alternate between Hedda and Dini. As the story advances, the reader starts to see similarities between Hedda and Dini. Both girls are slowly falling in love…and with men who happen to be related! While the case was never solved, Dini and Quinn believe with her knowledge of Hedda’s novel and his family heirlooms, they can solve the case of who Sallie, the ghost, really is, and why she stole Hedda’s jewelry from her late husband. The Lady in Residence is a story of two women who find themselves finding more than they ever wished and coming to terms with the truth of Sallie. Pittman expertly weaves together the past and the present in a story of love, mystery, and the paranormal.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    A haunting timeslip novel about the choices we make and the things we hold dear. In the present time, Dini Blackstone is a jane-of-many-trades working multiple jobs as a haunted tour guide, to birthday party magician, who has an obsession with the mystery of Hedda Krause. When a descendent of the detective who investigated the case comes to town, they work together to unlock the secrets of the past. The story also follows Hedda Krause, a widow plotting her next step after the death of her wealthy A haunting timeslip novel about the choices we make and the things we hold dear. In the present time, Dini Blackstone is a jane-of-many-trades working multiple jobs as a haunted tour guide, to birthday party magician, who has an obsession with the mystery of Hedda Krause. When a descendent of the detective who investigated the case comes to town, they work together to unlock the secrets of the past. The story also follows Hedda Krause, a widow plotting her next step after the death of her wealthy husband. Hedda is haunted by what is believed to be the ghost of Sallie White, but will her own secrets be revealed? I don't think that I knew what to expect with this book, I've been a longtime fan of Allison Pittman, but this one was quite different. The characters are well crafted, and the transitions between past and present day are well executed, as I found that I was intrigued both stories equally. The author does an excellent job of spinning a ghostly tale, and I must admit that I had no clue where this would go. Overall, while there were so many things done right, I have come to the conclusion that ghost stories aren't my thing. Also I will note that the Christian themes were lighter in this book, while the modern day main characters are Christians the book doesn't dig a whole lot farther than that, and there is a sensual scene that doesn't go all the way, but it is implied that it very well could have. So while I did find many things to enjoy about this book, as a whole this one just wasn't for me. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Betti

    In truth is beauty and beauty is truth. That is all ye need to know - Yeats But what is the truth? 1915 finds Hedda Krause, a new widow, moving into the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Her stay there, originally to be a short one, becomes absolutely fascinating - what of this is true and what is an illusion? 2017 finds Dini Blackstone, a tour guide taking visitors from all over the world on ghost walks or thrilling folks with ‘magic’ at parties. Growing up in a magicians world she has a specia In truth is beauty and beauty is truth. That is all ye need to know - Yeats But what is the truth? 1915 finds Hedda Krause, a new widow, moving into the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. Her stay there, originally to be a short one, becomes absolutely fascinating - what of this is true and what is an illusion? 2017 finds Dini Blackstone, a tour guide taking visitors from all over the world on ghost walks or thrilling folks with ‘magic’ at parties. Growing up in a magicians world she has a special affinity to stories of great intrigue, like the Memoir of Hedda Krause. Quin Carmichael is the great-great-grandson of Detective Irvin Carmichael, an important part of the story of Hedda Krause. The detective’s old shoebox holds important clues to this mystery. What follows is a time-slip novel of discovery into the cold case of the missing jewelry and the possible clearing of Hedda’s name. This is a fabulous story that will keep you wondering right up till the end. An ARC was received through Barbour Publishing and NetGalley. The comments and impressions are my own and were in no way solicited.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    An incredibly intriguing ghost story that'll leave you turning pages as quickly as you can read the words. This time slip novel is wonderfully written with enough spook to give you goosebumps, enough mystery to keep you guessing, and enough romance to satisfy! Dini Blackstone, a modern-day magician, named after Houdini himself, gives ghost tours in the evenings to share her obsession with the story of Hedda Krause and Sallie White. When Quin, the Great-great-great grandson of Irvin Carmichael, t An incredibly intriguing ghost story that'll leave you turning pages as quickly as you can read the words. This time slip novel is wonderfully written with enough spook to give you goosebumps, enough mystery to keep you guessing, and enough romance to satisfy! Dini Blackstone, a modern-day magician, named after Houdini himself, gives ghost tours in the evenings to share her obsession with the story of Hedda Krause and Sallie White. When Quin, the Great-great-great grandson of Irvin Carmichael, the detective involved in Hedda's story, comes to town, the two spark up a friendship. They spend their time together learning, sharing, and filling in missing parts of Hedda's story. Their friendship turned more, is absolutely delightful. I enjoyed their shared story and attraction brought them together. Everything about this book is enjoyable and I am really looking forward to reading the next book in this new Doors to the Past series! I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Wow! Simply wow! This book kept me awake long into the night, a ghost story that I could actually feel good about reading, characters whose stories tangled themselves in my mind refusing to let me rest until I got answers. Was Hedda's early 1900s story of abuse, love, loss, fear, and determination wrapped up in Dini's contemporary story of being orphaned, living a life dominated by isolation, fear, and determination, or was it the other way around? Who was the most haunted, the most obsessed? I e Wow! Simply wow! This book kept me awake long into the night, a ghost story that I could actually feel good about reading, characters whose stories tangled themselves in my mind refusing to let me rest until I got answers. Was Hedda's early 1900s story of abuse, love, loss, fear, and determination wrapped up in Dini's contemporary story of being orphaned, living a life dominated by isolation, fear, and determination, or was it the other way around? Who was the most haunted, the most obsessed? I encourage readers who enjoy just a touch of the macabre alongside an old mystery and a bit of romance to read The Lady in Residence, preferably at a time when they've got several uninterrupted hours to immerse themselves in the tale. I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of The Lady in Residence from Barbour Books via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed her are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    The Lady in Residence gives the Doors of the Past series a strong start and sets the bar high for the authors who will follow. The characters are fascinating (although I was partial to Dini and Quinn’s storyline) and the two time periods, set 100 years apart, were seamless. While this book is about a supposed ghost haunting one of the characters, Allison Pittman handles the subject well while giving readers an engaging story that gets more appealing as you pull back another layer until the truth The Lady in Residence gives the Doors of the Past series a strong start and sets the bar high for the authors who will follow. The characters are fascinating (although I was partial to Dini and Quinn’s storyline) and the two time periods, set 100 years apart, were seamless. While this book is about a supposed ghost haunting one of the characters, Allison Pittman handles the subject well while giving readers an engaging story that gets more appealing as you pull back another layer until the truth is exposed. This story may have begun as a ghost story, but Pittman has put skin and bones on it and make it so much better than the few nuggets of fact you would get when walking the San Antonio ghost tours or visiting the Menger Hotel. And that is what makes The Lady in Residence one for the keeper shelf. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Valerie in Nebraska

    I was completely captivated by The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman! I knew nothing about it when I accepted the offer to review an early copy, but the cover intrigued me. I assumed the novel would feature a noble woman in a 17th century British manor house. I’ve never been happier to be very wrong! This dual timeline novel features the real historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. In 1915, Hedda Krause seeks refuge at the Menger after her husband dies and her stepchildren expel her from I was completely captivated by The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman! I knew nothing about it when I accepted the offer to review an early copy, but the cover intrigued me. I assumed the novel would feature a noble woman in a 17th century British manor house. I’ve never been happier to be very wrong! This dual timeline novel features the real historic Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas. In 1915, Hedda Krause seeks refuge at the Menger after her husband dies and her stepchildren expel her from the family and her stately home. Several shocking events happen to Hedda, and her stability and honesty are seriously questioned. In 2017, Dini Blackstone, a fifth generation magician, performs at parties and leads San Antonio ghost tours. She’s fascinated with the legend of Hedda Krause and has devoted years to researching her. When Dini meets someone with a direct connection to Hedda’s legend, the pieces of the story slowly come together. This novel releases on February 1st and is the first in the Doors to the Past series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Bochman

    Allison Pittman is always a delight to read. Her latest, A Lady in Residence, is the perfect book to hold you in suspense – a mixture of history, time slip, romance, and intrigue. I was kept guessing as the story progressed, details unfolding in ever darkening layers until the truth finally broke free. Pittman’s writing style quickly pulled me into the story and demanded my attention until the very end. Arresting characters, clever dialogue, and a spinning plot made this a fast read that thoroug Allison Pittman is always a delight to read. Her latest, A Lady in Residence, is the perfect book to hold you in suspense – a mixture of history, time slip, romance, and intrigue. I was kept guessing as the story progressed, details unfolding in ever darkening layers until the truth finally broke free. Pittman’s writing style quickly pulled me into the story and demanded my attention until the very end. Arresting characters, clever dialogue, and a spinning plot made this a fast read that thoroughly entertained. Pittman is an author I can count on to deliver a story that is slightly different than the standard mystery or romance. She has a way with her plot that sets her apart and never ceases to grip my imagination. I recommend this and all of her books! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    At first I struggled with the idea of ghosts in this story but reading later the authors note about ghosts being memories or stories made a little more sense. The story is a time slip between the present day Dini and the past of Hedda and the ghost of Sallie White. I enjoyed how all of the pieces came together in the end. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

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