The House by Sebastiana Randone

the houseBlurb from goodreads.com, please scroll down for my review.

The House is an adult fairy tale, time travel romance mystery.

Clad only in a torn night-dress, a woman finds herself, late one afternoon, in an ancient forest. How she arrived there remains a mystery, both to her and the reader. Finally a frightful looking house arrives in view. Night is moving in and faced with the prospect of remaining in a wood, where only wolves and predators revel, she reluctantly seeks refuge in this unwelcoming house.

Once inside, and taken aback by a most unexpected interior, she soon discovers a room where a magic portal laying in wait transports her to a Georgian estate. A baleful altercation with a beastly, drunkard Lord of the estate (archetype to the evil wolf in traditional tales) sets the tone for this narrative. Unable to find an escape route, she remains confined in this somber historical setting for many months, interacting with a curiously dysfunctional household.

Finally she finds her way back to the enigmatic house from which a journey to Regency London follows, where she meets with an interesting cast of individuals. Although it soon emerges that there is a relationship between the characters from both periods, the mystery surrounding her presence continues to confound all.

One foggy eve, a down cast man arrives and is introduced to the time traveller. When their eyes meet, an inexplicable sense of familiarity is felt by both. Returning home after a large stretch in Florence, the poet is instantly taken with this mysterious beauty, a meeting of which promises restoration for the heart broken man. Frustratingly however, there are obstacles hindering this unusual love match. Soon a past life connection emerges, and by the last pages, many pieces of the puzzle form a startling picture.

Upon the final curtain, the biggest surprise of all is revealed. With a conclusion, that, although bizarre is positive, like all good fairy tales

Wonderful descriptions that draw you into the world that The House is in. This is wonderful writing, with some great words, descriptive words and written in old british English, as it takes place from the late 18th century and mid 19th century, with some typical phrases that some may not understand and even some words that I had to look up. Written in a third person almost as if we were looking down on her but from a distance. Mysterious, time travel, romance, (well a little), and I really enjoyed reading about the background of the characters.

I also enjoyed that fact that the author took ages to tell you the name of the main character, at least this is a little different from most books, and enjoyable.

There are loads of characters in the book, but from different time frames an dwell introduced so as not to get them muddled up or confuse them.

Scura handles the whole situation rather well, after all imagine being transported to another time frame without the means to return, she settles well into her new roles.

It is a difficult book to put to describe in terms of genre: paranormal, time travel, fiction, a little romance. I was drawn to the cover, I loved it and the colour and the title is also very apt.

I finished it in only one sitting as it is not all that long, only 150 pages and it kept me engaged and I loved it. It is a little different from the books I would normally read but I am really glad to have read it.

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