The House on Seventh Street

The House on Seventh Street

by Karen Vorbeck Williams


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When Winna returns to settle her father’s estate, she knows she’s heading into an emotional maelstrom. Estrangement, nostalgia, old wounds, and a rekindled love pull her in every direction. The she finds a diamond ring hidden among her childhood marbles – and suddenly nothing in that grand old Edwardian house is what it seems. She would do well to let it all go to the estate sale and move on. As she delves deeper into her family’s past, Winna makes a dangerous discovery: the house on Seventh Street is hiding an 80-year-old secret – and someone is desperate to keep things buried.

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ISBN-13: 9781945419164
Publisher: Fawkes Press, LLC
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Pages: 324
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

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The House on Seventh Street 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took a little while to get into the book but once I did it was good and then it just ended - unfinished. So much potential abandoned, I kept trying to turn the page thinking there had to be more. The epilogue was confusing and unimportant compared to everything else that was just left hanging.
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Rayleigh More than 1 year ago
I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own. The House on Seventh Street is a special read that reveals two separate stories intwined with one another. Its mystery is subtle and creative, and the characters are very well made. Though the synopsis is enticing and sure to grab the interest of any suspense and thriller fans, the actual story is considerably slow in actually getting to the mystery. Most of the whole first half of the book is just feel-good memories without any action and too many descriptive scenes about what something looked like. I know this sounds a bit harsh, but in all honesty I became extremely bored with the storyline to the point that I didn't even finish it. In addition to the book not living up to it's synopsis; there were several mild cuss words and a few scenes were a young couple were making out in which it got decently detailed. Overall, I really wasn't as impressed with The House on Seventh Street as I thought I'd be, and can only give it 2 out of 5 stars for not holding my attention and having content that I really didn't care to read. This review was originally published on Literature Approved. (
judyx3 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Few too many common sense gaps, but overall an enjoyable read.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Winna Jessup is a woman of maturing years who returns to her hometown to close the estate of her recently deceased father. There she is reunited with her former high school sweetheart, the best friend of her youth, her estranged sister, and her grown daughter – all while tying up loose ends in the home once ruled by her grandmother. As Winna begins her clean-up efforts, she discovers clues that lead her to believe that her grandmother may not have been the paragon of virtue she once believed. She first discovers a very expensive diamond ring, followed by a handwritten will and the beginnings of a novel — which appears to be an attempt on her grandmother’s part to fictionalize events in her own life, maybe as a way to understand them herself. And then the weirdness starts: a late-night break-in, someone has tampered with the brakes on her car, and even an attempt to poison her. Someone apparently wants Winna dead – but who? As you can already see, "The House on Seventh Street" may be a stately old mansion, but it’s anything but quiet. Told in third person and switching constantly from the 1990s to the 1940s, and then the 19-teens, the author takes the reader through the lives and thoughts of Winna and her grandmother, and even through her father, as slowly the story unfolds to explain the mysterious appearance of jewels found in the present day. As a reader, I enjoyed this book and kept coming back to it; but I found the constant time shift a bit confusing. I loved trying to guess who the culprit was that kept threatening Winna’s life, but was then a bit disappointed when the culprit was revealed. And, sadly, I found the reveal at the end confusing – I’m still not quite certain what I read, and I’ve read it three times. For me, there was just too much going on at one time to simply fall in love with this book. With that said, I really did like this book overall. The writing was compelling and the main characters were well-developed. And, for all that it just “wasn’t my thing,” I would definitely try another book by this author because, overall, it was an interesting read and I think there will be many readers who simply fall in love with it.
RIBookClubMember More than 1 year ago
Our book club really enjoyed this book! It was a treat to read something written by a local author, and I enjoyed the references to Providence and Newport, RI and Portsmouth, NH. Most of the book takes place in Colorado, and the author also does a wonderful job of painting a picture of the very different landscape there. This is a fun read, an interesting story, and a page turner. I highly recommend it!
LiveLaughandLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
The House on Seventh Street is a fine mystery with great characters. I liked very much that she mixed past with present, a lot of times when that is done I get confused but I didn’t with this one. HOWEVER I didn’t like that even after how John treated her in the past, Winna was okay with a relationship. That urkes me just a bit because I hate Assholes…just saying. The end came as a surprise to me, but it was very very good! Overall, I very nice mystery read and I look forward to reading more from the author. *I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
HelloChickLit More than 1 year ago
I read this book in just under two evenings and was sucked in right from the very first chapter. Winna's father mysteriously dies and after a hunt turns him up in an 'odd' situation she decides to head back home to help her sister settle his estate. Her father was distant from the family and an alcoholic that Winna tried to avoid as an adult so Winna is unsure what the house may hold. Winna and her sister Chloe couldn't be more different if they tried. Winna is down to earth while Chloe lives her life with her head in the clouds. The relationship between these two is enjoyable and fun to follow. They love each other as sisters but drive each other insane. Chloe seems to be interested in material things and money while Winna is more interested in the family stories that the house holds. I gave this book 5 stars. The characters that Karen throws into the story are exactly that, characters. An old high school boyfriend of Winna's, a handyman that's agreed to help fix up the house to sell, Chloe's new love and Winna's daughter. They each play a part in the story and their characters all evolve through-out the book, which is very nice to read. Winna is stuck in what at first appears to be a 'haunted house' but as things go wrong it's obvious that someone knows something about the house that she possibly doesn't. Finding her Grandmother's old letters and hand written stories just adds fuel to the fire and now there really is a mystery to be solved (or three!). What I Loved: -The story jumps around in years from the 90's all the way back to her grandmother's childhood. I loved that. I got to be involved in not just 1 but many storylines from Winna's family and it was really enjoyable how each one added to another. -I loved how I honestly suspected at least 4 people before I actually found out who was trying to hurt Winna. -I loved Winna's grandmother's story, so interesting and mysterious. What I didn't Love: -Once I found out 'who the culprit was' I was a tad disappointed... not enough to not love the story though. -I want a book #2 focused on the Grandmother! Her life was SO interesting and I feel like her and her husbands life could be an entire other book. What I thought of the Cover: I really like the cover. It's so fitting for the story with the old house and the two sisters as young girls. It fits the genre, and the storyline. To read my entire review go to
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
Winna has come back to her old hometown the sole heir after the death of her father of an 80 year old estate. Unaware of the many secrets that are hidden about her family that are hidden in this estate. Along with many riches. With several attempts on her life, several break ins into the estate, an old high school boyfriend who seems intent on rushing her to the altar and a sister who out of the blue suddenly gets married, there are a lot of strange happenings going on on Seventh Street. I found this book to be a little slow at first, but once it picked up and I got into it, I was screaming at Winna "No, get away from him" several times. Of course, my main suspect changed like six times, but I did have the right one at one time during those six guesses. I really think this was a well written book and fear that it won't get the attention it deserves. I highly recommend it and hope a lot of others will try it out. Thanks Booktrope and Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
debwill74 More than 1 year ago
I received this copy of The House on Seventh Street by karen Vorbeck WIlliams from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. And I have to say, that I am so glad I did read it. When I'd started to read this book I had expected the usual mystery. Instead I found a book that immediately drew me in and didn't let go till I had read the final page. It is well written, with rich and warm characters.