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The House that Adelia Built By Mya O’Malley – Review by Emily Brockschmidt

The House that Adelia BuiltThe House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! Where to start?! I just love Mya O’Malley’s books! This is the fifth book by her that I’ve read and they all have been so wonderful! In “The House That Adelia Built” we meet Adelia in 1876 and Hope in 2017, two women who love the same lighthouse and live to care for it. Hope is a shy, soft spoken woman who always had trouble making friends besides her roommate, Tracy. Adelia is a lonely woman with only her gin swilling husband to talk to, who is desperate for a real friend. Mya O’Malley beautifully blends the stories of the two women with alternating chapters, giving us a glimpse forward and back to weave the story together. I absolutely devoured this book in a few short hours as it is packed with a great story and even some romance. Mya O’Malley is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine and I’m always excited when a new book comes out and this book did not disappoint! This story has some ties to “Lillie”, another Mya O’Malley gem and I love that she does those little story touches for the people who have read a lot of her other books! If you like romance and a bit of the paranormal then Mya O’Malley’s books will be right up your alley! I give “The House That Adelia Built” five stars!!
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The House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley ~ Review by Liz Vrchota

The House that Adelia BuiltThe House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mya O’Malley is not a new author to me, but I must confess this has to be my absolute favorite novel she has published so far, and I have read all but two of her others. That is really saying a lot coming from me as I am not normally a fan of historical romances of any sort. The dates and things jumping back and forth from present day to the past often is just not easy for me to follow and therefore makes it hard to enjoy the book. O’Malley really does this transitioning effortlessly and smoothly. I had no troubles following what was going on and I was quite engrossed in the entire story. So much so that I found myself staying up well past my bedtime to finish this novel. I had to know how the story was going to work out.

Adelia MacGregor lived with her husband, Augustus beside a lighthouse. Augustus is not the man that Adelia married. He has become reclusive and distant, even a bit jealous. Ultimately Adelia was now living in fear of her husband.

Fast forward to 2017 and we meet Hope and her bestie Tracy. They now inhabit this house that is beside the elusive lighthouse. Hope is pulled towards this lighthouse. So much so that she often has a very difficult time leaving it for very long. There is just something about this lighthouse that is nagging at her. She decides to look into its past and in the process she meets Cloony. Cloony is a local bartender and also pulls at the attention of Hope. What Hope ultimately discovers will be far from anything she could have ever imagined.

I had no idea what to expect with this novel, and the ending threw me for a loop, but made sense in the end. Overall the story flowed beautifully and was a gripping mystery I found myself deeply engrossed in from the very beginning to the end. I look forward to seeing what else is to come from O’Malley in the future, and to going and reading the other two that I have not read yet from her available now.

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The House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley – review by Anna Hirsch

The House that Adelia BuiltThe House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley
4 Stars

This is not the first book that I have read from Ms. O’Malley but I have to say it is one of the better ones. The story takes place on an island mainly in a lighthouse. The book flips between the 1800’s, with Adelia and Augustus to present day with Hope and Clooney.

Adelia tells her story of love and betrayal from her husband Augustus. They moved to the island as newlyweds excited to start their new lives together. The isolation of the lighthouse on the island brought Augustus to the brink of insanity. What should have been a beautiful time for Adelia turned into a stressful life full of lies.

Hope is the young woman who lives in the lighthouse now and has a serious case of agoraphobia. She has nightmares connected to the lighthouse. With the help of her friends Tracy and Clooney, she tries to unravel the mystery plaguing her.

Like in all of her books, the author throws in a cool twist to the story. It took me a lot longer than usual to figure it out. I tip my hat to her, she did a good job writing this book.

Review by @Anna Hirsch
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The House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley – Review by Heather Bahm

The House that Adelia BuiltThe House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The House that Adelia Built, by Mya O’Malley, was a reading pleasure. This story has elements of the past/present intertwined together. The layout of this story was solidly written with the right mix of descriptive detail. Add in the bit of ghostly features, the author has created an in depth story that will capture your imagination and thoughts as you proceed in both the present and what has already passed. The lighthouse that is the center of this story is definitely the main drawing point of this story. What is truly going on? Why are these events occurring? What is laying ahead for each of these characters? The pace and style of writing, by Mya O’Malley, was on point and provided a thorough and well written story.

Reviewed by @hbahm

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The House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley – Review by Cynthia Ayala

The House that Adelia BuiltThe House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What an unprecedented delight. The House that Adelia Built it not only a fast-paced read, it’s also an eerie one, one that is simply delightful and creepy. Part of what makes this novel so good is the atmosphere it holds is so eerie. Taking place in a lighthouse above the bluffs creates an isolate atmosphere that is reminiscent of Stephen King. It has this tone that makes it eerie without adding much to it. O’Malley lets the story speak for itself, she lets the description build upon itself and create the mystique that lures the reader into the mystery of it all It’s captivating how the story functions in that way, to focus on the use of language to captivate the reader. O’Malley knows how to show and not tell, and she does it so well.

On top of that, there is the 200-year gap that goes into the storytelling. The story shifts from the 1800s to 2017 to focus on two separate women in who both live in the lighthouse. Hope from the year 2017 is having visions of something terrible happening at the lighthouse, except she’s having trouble with it, reconciling these visions with her life. Hope has never tried to make sense of her visions or the pull the lighthouse has on her, but once she meets Clooney, everything becomes stronger for her, making it harder for her to live day by day. It’s interesting how the story goes, how it creates Hope and makes her persona and narrative so different from Adelia. These are two very distinct voices that drive the story, and what’s more, the flashbacks, the way they build the history also serve to build the mystery.

The novel goes back and forth effortlessly between the two narratives, keeping the reader from losing interest and losing their place. The story is clearly written and uses misdirection so well. It’s unpredictable how these two characters relate to one another, leading to a mind-blowing resolution. That’s what makes it so good. Yes, the narratives maintain their own tone and distinctions, but the fact that the tension and pace enthralled the reader, keeping the reader on their toes it what makes the piece as a whole so accomplished. As a ghost story, a paranormal story, it keeps the reader at the edge, it maintains the mystique. That’s what’s so powerful about this novel and why it’s so good.

The story flows, it has an enthralling setting and captivating characters and this air about it that makes the reader just want to curl up and read. The pace keeps it moving, keeps the edge on the tension so that builds just so perfectly. Honestly a great read.

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The House That Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley – Review by Angela Hayes

5 Stars

 

The House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley is so much more than a paranormal romance. There is so much going for this fascinating tale of love, lies, loss, betrayal, heartache, mystery, suspense, nightmares, discovery, surprises, isolation, madness, confusion, conflict, drama, adventure, happiness, tragedy, unravelling the truth, trust, and finding closure. The story had so many interconnected elements and character details that I really was glued to the pages and paying close attention to what I was reading- so I wouldn’t miss a thing. The story had my mind racing, trying to piece it all together and figure out where Ms. O’Malley was taking the storyline- I had so many scenarios running through my head, but never managed to pin down exactly where the story would lead, such was the unpredictable nature of this fantastic read. I really didn’t see that ending coming!! Ms. O’Malley proves once more that she excels at weaving compelling and captivating paranormal stories.

The storyline switches back and forth from past to present perspectives quite seamlessly and allows the reader to really get a feel for the story and characters. I was emotionally invested in the story and the wonderful character- and I definitely shed a few tears through this book, because I was just so immersed in the story and felt for the characters and what they had been/were going through.

The characters are really unique, well crafted and somewhat quirky individuals who came to life with Ms. O’Malley’s clever wordsmithing. I loved all the interconnected details of the story and how seemingly small elements/connections were later found to have much greater meaning/importance.

I really recommend this book to anyone who loves a great paranormal storyline, with some supernatural elements, some mystery and suspense, wonderful characters, some romance, and surprises that will keep you on your toes. I really can’t wait to read whatever Ms. O’Malley does next, she never disappoints!

 

Thank you, Ms. O’Malley!

The House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley – Review by Jenni Bishop

The House that Adelia BuiltThe House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The House that Adelia Built by Mya O’Malley is a haunting tale of love and loss, lies and betrayals. There are ghosts and mysteries with lots of twists and turns. The story is told as two different stories one from the past and one in the present, one more sinister than the other. Mya is good at what she does, paranormal romance.

Adelia and her new husband find themselves on an adventure to a beautiful place to start their married life. Both full of dreams in the beginning only to find those dreams drifting away, but why?

Hope is having dreams but are they really dreams and what do they mean? Is there something that she needs to know? Can she unravel the mystery before it’s too late or has time already run out? What will Hope find?

This story is full of heartbreak and sorrow and will keep you guessing at what will happen next. I was a bit unsure about the ending but this story is full of suspense and intrigue and bound to give you a thrill.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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