It’s been a few months since I last did any blog tours, and now this is my second one this month! Huge thank you to Harper Collins for my review copy and for inviting me to be apart of the tour. Make sure you also check out the other stops on this tour too.
So the blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
A town gripped by fear. A woman accused of witchcraft. Who can save Pale Harbor from itself?
Maine, 1846. Gabriel Stone is desperate to escape the ghosts that haunt him in Massachusetts after his wife’s death, so he moves to Maine, taking a position as a minister in the remote village of Pale Harbor. But not all is as it seems in the sleepy town. Strange, unsettling things have been happening, and the townspeople claim that only one person can be responsible: Sophronia Carver, a reclusive widow who lives with a spinster maid in the eerie Castle Carver. Sophronia must be a witch, and she almost certainly killed her husband. As the incidents escalate, one thing becomes clear: they are the work of a twisted person inspired by the wildly popular stories of Mr. Edgar Allan Poe. And Gabriel must find answers, or Pale Harbor will suffer a fate worthy of Poe’s darkest tales.
There’s a haunting history behind both the main characters, Sophronia and Gabriel, and I loved finding out more about what led them both to this moment in Pale Harbour. Sophronia begins receiving notes and dead/almost dead ravens at the door but has no idea who could be behind them. As things begin to escalate, and murders begin in the small town, Sophronia and Gabriel work together to try and uncover who is behind it all. I had suspicions on who I thought the person was terroising Sophronia from about a quarter way through the book, there were two possible people at the beginning and I narrowed it down to one by halfway through and I’m so glad I was right.
I also love Gabriel’s character and how he struggles with the grief of losing his wife and how he blames himself, even though he is reminded a few times that it was not his fault. Also books tend to focus on the woman acting like a love sick teenager, but this is the first book that comes to mind where it’s the man acting that way. But also that he never once forces himself on the woman he is falling for, and he accepts her boundaries – this is such a rare occurance, that it is always a shock to read (definitley in a good way).
Make sure you check out all the other stops on this blog tour (full dates are below)