#FiveBlushReview #MustRead ~~ Fallen by Mia Sheridan
Steph’s 5 Blush Review
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Would Fallen be paranormal? That is not my thing but Mia Sheridan is a “1 click” author for me so I dove in. The prologue had me on the edge of my seat. What an introduction! The story alternates between the past and the present.
Scarlett Lattimore is looking for a fresh start. She purchases Lilith House, an abandoned mansion, and once a school for troubled girls, with plans to turn the estate into a wedding venue. It is a new adventure for her and Haddie, Scarlett’s seven-year-old daughter. She soon discovers that things aren’t always what they seem. Scarlett feels a connection, a pull to Lilith House as if it is calling to her. The connection is personal for her because she had a friend who attended Lilith House and escaped, never to be seen again.
“Houses have history. People have history too, some of it unpleasant. It doesn’t make any of us less valuable.”
Scarlett’s heart is heavy as she wonders if there was something she could have done to stop her friend from spiraling downward and eventually being placed at Lilith House.
“You’re stronger than you think you are.”
I was anxious as I devoured the words. My heart raced and I actually had to put the book down a few times. My emotions were all over the place – anger, shock, uncomfortable, sadness. The story is woven like a vine climbing a tree. It is wound tight, getting heavier over time until the weight starts to break branches and then breaks free! Up and away from the tree. Fallen climbs and climbs until its weight come crashing down!
Fallen is complex and has many characters both good and evil. Although at times you will wonder who is good and who is evil. The heroines are so strong! There is a surprise cameo as well. But don’t worry, it does not impact Fallen. It was a “whoa” moment for those of us who know this character.
My heart went out to the girls of Lilith. Without spoiling there are direct consequences for them, to them, and because of them which you will understand as the story progresses. I loved Haddie’s character. She was sweet and unique.
“It’s just a memory, Mommy”
“What do you mean, Haddie? My memory?”
“Lilith House’s memory.”
Mia Sheridan has stretched her writing wings again! She is known for her moving romance stories and states “Romance novels give me hope because they reinforce the belief that love (of all varieties) is the reason we’re all here…” Ms. Sheridan is once again proving that she can write so much more than a traditional romance. As I write that I realize that her last several books including Where the Blame Lies and Where the Truth Lives have also been out of the romance genre.
Intriguing, creative, and twisted! Fallen is an amazing ride! I loved it and can’t wait to see what is next!
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But between the nearby town with the strange, disconcerting feel, the deputy sheriff who is equal parts intriguing and suspicious, and the discovery that their new home holds a dark and violent past, Scarlett soon begins to question her rash decision.
She is shaken and afraid by the screams that echo in the walls and the drumbeat that arises from the surrounding woods where the ghost of an indigenous man is said to roam, seeking vengeance. Her fear is also personal, because Scarlett knew one of the girls who attended the school, a friend who escaped into those woods and was never seen again. They all thought she was a rebellious runaway who later encountered foul play, but perhaps the truth is far more sinister.
As Scarlett’s extraordinary daughter Haddie becomes consumed by the eerie figure who weaves and beckons through the forest fog, and a legacy of secrets reveal themselves, it becomes clear both Scarlett and Haddie are in grave danger. When the past intersects with the present, they will come face to face with the true evil of Lilith House. An evil that has lasted for more than a century.