By Anita Bartholomew
Publisher: Bartholomew&Co, Inc.
Released: October 5, 2011
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Paranormal
The Midget's House is a tale of two women (one alive, and the other long dead), each mourning lost love and struggling for control of the one place that feels like home.
Marisa Delano is thrilled when she unexpectedly inherits the fairy-tale like cottage on the bay—until she learns that Lucinda Lacey, a sideshow midget who died on the property in 1924, still inhabits it. As Marisa searches for answers about the unwelcome presence in her new home, all the clues lead to one conclusion: on the day Lucinda died, she murdered her lover, circus owner Cyrus Parker.
Alternating between Lucinda's and Marisa's perspectives, The Midget's House takes readers from the carnivals, circuses, and freak shows of the early twentieth century, to the boom-and-bust of today's Florida.
Haunting in every sense of the word, this genre-blending tale will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Review: Let's just start by saying if you're a reader who doesn't like a lot of jumping around then this book isn't for you. But if you are a reader who likes ghost stories, circuses, tales of love and struggles to hold on to something you care about, then sit down because I have the book for you.
When I received The Midget's House I thought I was in for a good old fashion ghost story with bits and pieces of history thrown in. What I really got was not one but two amazing stories, that end up blending together so seamlessly that you are taken from one to the other without confusion or a break in the flow. The book starts off in the present Marissa inherits an old house from her relative. As a little girl she'd lived there with her mother and cousin, she loves the old house. Yet no one can understand why, except her friend Kelly. Who by the by happens to be all into the occult and paranormal. Everyone else wants her to sell. As the story goes on you learn that Marissa has been dealt her share of blows and I really started routing for her. I wanted her to keep the house and be happy it in.
The other story in the book is about Lucinda, I actually found Lucinda's story a little more interesting. The circus life being one of hustle and bustle. Taking place at the turn of the century, with a war going on. It's a whole other world from today and the contrast is there. Ms Bartholomew did a great job with the descriptions, pulling me in so I could almost smell the popcorn and animals. Lucinda's tale of struggle and just trying to figure out where she fit in was heartbreaking at times and thrilling at others. I also liked Ms Bartholomew's portrayal of what it was like to be a ghost. Just being, there but not. This really isn't a scary ghost story, because you see it from Lucinda as well as Marissa's points of view. Which I felt gave you insight and ability to know what was going on at all times, which in turn helped you understand the story and moved the plot along.
All in all I have to agree with the blurb, this book is "Haunting in every sense of the word..."