House on Harbor Hill

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…
What the book is about
The House on Harbor Hill is the setting for the intersection of two women’s lives – Delilah, who is in the habit of taking in destitute women, intent on being a good person, despite the past sins that the voice in her head keeps reminding her of; the other is Tracey, who is escaping her husband and struggling to raise her children without his help, even if it puts her at the mercy of people she isn’t entirely sure she can trust.
Opening Line
When Tracey first saw the envelope taped to her front door – a four by six inch yellow square set against blue paint made gray by decades of unrelenting sun – she instantly thought it was an eviction notice.
What I thought

Nothing about this unassuming cover prepared me for the flight of Stratton’s characters off the pages or the depth of emotion this writing delivered. I enjoyed the way the author explored the difficult subject of domestic abuse from multiple perspectives through the experiences of very varied characters – the radial comparison provided fodder for a very interesting discussion. Her alternating timelines, but also the way she used the memories invoked by the mysterious voice that speaks to Delilah, and thus to the reader, proved informative and harsh, but was a great tool for revealing things the character herself might not have wanted to share. While some of the situations were a little cliche, like a woman in a supermarket not having enough money to pay and therefore, asking to put items back, which isn’t as typical as one might think since people who are counting their pennies, often calculate how much their groceries will cost before they get to the register, otherwise there wasn’t much wasted in these 353 pages and ultimately, even those awkward moments are forgiven as the characters endear themselves through their challenges and how they survive them.

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Shelly Stratton’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, March 26th: The Sketchy Reader and @thesketchyreader
Tuesday, March 27th: Clues and Reviews and @cluesandreviews
Wednesday, March 28th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip
Friday, March 30th: @LadyoftheLibrary
Monday, April 2nd: Patricia’s Wisdom
Tuesday, April 3rd: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, April 4th: Lit Wit Wine Dine
Thursday, April 5th: @bookishconnoisseur
Monday, April 9th: Girl Who Reads
Tuesday, April 10th: @beccasbookishlife
Thursday, April 12th: @girlsinbooks
Friday, April 13th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, April 16th: Kritter’s Ramblings
Tuesday, April 17th: @_literary_dreamer_
Wednesday, April 18th: @whatmeganreads
Thursday, April 19th: Run Wright
Friday, April 20th: View from the Birdhouse
Monday, April 23rd: Write Read Life
Tuesday, April 24th: @booknerdnative
Wednesday, April 25th: Thoughts on This ‘n That
Thursday, April 26th: Broken Teepee
Friday, April 27th: What is That Book About
I received an ARC from TLC Book Tours to complete this review but this did not influence my opinions of the novel. 

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I love it when a book surprises me in a good way like this one did with you! Thanks for being a part of the tour.


    1. Run Wright says:

      Absolutely. Thanks for reading, Heather.


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