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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

Narrated by: Kristin James
Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted - the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear - the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist. While she’d prefer to just ignore him, her heart beats a little faster every time he’s nearby.

Luke Turner doesn’t believe in spirits. He’s moved back to restore the family farm, but living on the property serves a dual purpose - he can watch out for his grandmother. He’s not happy about the sudden appearance of a self-described psychic, or his inexplicable attraction to her. His initial suspicions crumble as evidence points to an actual haunting, but he’s still determined not to fall for Callie - the past has taught him it’s best to avoid relationships.

As Callie is drawn deeper into the mystery, she becomes the target of a vengeful spirit, and Luke can no longer fight his feelings for her. Unable to resist their desire, passion ignites…even as the paranormal activity escalates to a final deadly confrontation.

This title previously published in the USA Today best-selling Love Under Fire Romantic Suspense Thrillers Box Set.

©2018 Kathryn Knight (P)2019 Kathryn Knight

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A haunting paranormal romance.

I really enjoyed the intense haunting and the various ways that contact was made during this well written paranormal romance. Many of these haunting events were frightening and some were downright horrifying. I cannot go into too many details of The Haunting of Hillwood Farm without giving spoilers but the story was an edge of the sea, nail biting one exciting one with a great ending.Ms James' narration was outstanding. There were many characters to voice and each voice was easily recognisable and showed the emotions of the characters.  The story was an intense one and this was reflected in the narration. The mixture of Kathryn Knight's writing and Ms James' narration came together to produce a fabulous audiobook. 

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Creepy Ghost Mystery/Romance

Cassie did not want to seek out ghosts, but sweet old Alice was insistent that she come to her house and see if she can communicate with the ghost of Alice's recently passed husband. But Cassie soon realizes that it is not Alice's husband haunting the house, but instead it is another spirit with much sinister motives. Luke does not believe in ghosts and wants Cassie to leave his grandmother alone, but when he gets to know Cassie he realizes that she intrigues him, even when he thinks she is lying. But soon things are happening that Luke can't explain and the two need to team up to really understand what is going on.

This is the second audiobook I have listened to/read by Kathryn and I appreciate her stories. She creates scary atmosphere and great character dynamics, making her books really enjoyable and fast reads. This story was roughly 5.5 hours in length, allowing this to be perfect to listen to in a single afternoon. Kathryn makes her ghosts scary, building my tension and keeping me on the edge of my seat, while at the same time the scenarios are realistic, as if this story could really happen. I appreciate her storytelling qualities, while at the same times reminding the reader that this is still very much a romance too. Kathryn walks a nice line between a horror ghost story, a surprising mystery and a sweet romance- all three genres I love and mesh so well together. I am pretty sure that I am sounding like a fan girl at this moment but I really enjoyed this story and I can't wait to get my hands on another scary romance audiobook written by her.

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator, Kristin, was fantastic, keeping me engaged in the story and the drama the entire time. The view point switched between both Callie and Luke and the narrator was able to give them individual voice and personality. I am sure that this would make a great read in general, but listening to this story really made me feel like I was watching it all unfold in front of me, as if I was part of it. I highly recommend picking this one up as an audiobook.

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  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 05-23-19

A sweet romance buds while looking into a haunting

*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I love listening to Kristin narrate. Her voice feels so relaxing, even when things are strained between characters or in the setting, and the strain is in the characters when they speak. She makes it easy for me to hear the difference between characters by giving them different tones and sounds to their voices. I love this! It helps me keep who's speaking separate as the story moves along. Her pacing is easy to follow as well, no rush to any of the words.

The story has me interested with events that are happening, directing us to what we are to think. I'm kept curious as to the haunting and why. I began to suspect who I thought the ghosts were, and I was thrilled to learn that I placed all the clues properly.

There is a brewing romance here too. It's a short time for the two characters to fall for each other, but I found I accepted the growth of their love. It fits and feels natural for them as the story goes. Lovely writing of their emotions.

Callie is an interesting character as after an accident she could hear the dead speak. This is a special case for Callie as now she's feeling, hearing, and seeing the ghosts! Callie doesn't know much about her ability to hear the dead, but she is willing to help Alice Turner with what she feels is a haunting at her farm. Callie's instincts are right.

I found I liked, very much liked, the style of writing Kathyrn has. Her descriptions tell much, rather than using a generic words. For instance she used "his words rang with quiet determination" instead of simply saying 'said.' I love this! No adverb, no generic word. She used something that described so much more than his words.

I was so pleased with all the elements in this story. Yes there is a haunting, but I didn't feel like it was scary or be a horror piece. I loved this take on the story. It also is a beautiful start to a lovely romance. Totally a winner for me and it makes me curious about more of Kathyrn's works.

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finding the ghost was not expected ...quick clean

Can you fall in love with characters just from what they are willing to do for someone else? Callie was selfless, sweet, understanding, and wiling to do what it took to make sure that she did her all to help. Luke was the skeptical grandson of the sweet older lady that needed answers. Grandma, Callie, and Luke find that they each have some part to play in the haunting going on at the Hillwood Farms and sometimes not all stayed in place.

Kristin James did a good job of allowing you to feel part of the story from beginning to end. Finding a balance and getting the the culprit was a little suspenseful.

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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

With the varying stories told about ghosts, how would you know where to start if you had one haunting you and your family? How would you know who it was unless they revealed themselves? Obviously, a haunting would typically mean an evil, unwanted, or angry ghost...but what if they aren't meaning to harm you and maybe just can't move on without closure? Knight has a curious paranormal suspense novel with a light touch of romance that will leave readers enticed until the very end. 

Alice doesn't want to believe that her recently deceased husband is trying to reach out to her from the beyond. With the sudden paranormal clattering of dishes, wall fixtures, and drawers, the frigid breezes occasionally trailing her skin, and misplaced objects around the house, she is forced to come to the realization that something is trying to make their presence known. Is it good or evil though? Alice isn't sure what to think, so she contacts someone who might be able to help. Callie comes with a lot of baggage of her own, but her heart is in the right place and she knows that she can get to the bottom of this ghost haunting business at the farm. Maybe helping Alice will also help Callie move on with her own life and finally force her to stop living in the past...where the love of her life was still alive. Upon arrival at the farm, Callie immediately feels an irresistible connection to Alice, the farm, and Alice's nephew...Luke. Not ready for a relationship anytime soon, Callie knows that if she doesn't keep her heart guarded, Luke may very well steal it forever. And...if they don't watch their step, the ghost could latch onto them. 

Knight does a beautiful job with her story-telling. The scenes are vividly described, the pace is steady and the flow is just right. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, James' narration is a wonderful rendition of the characters and the story that Knight wants to relay to her readers. It appears that the story is well-written due to the effortless narration. If you are a reader of paranormal suspense, you may want to look into this one. 

A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to The Haunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight.

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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm is my first introduction to Kathryn Knight’s writing. I now want more of her work. I enjoyed this creepy, mysterious, suspenseful and romantic book. I enjoyed the concept of Callie and her talent of speaking to those from beyond the grave. I loved it when she met Luke, the grandson of Alice Turner, whom she is trying to help. Luke does not believe in her abilities, but the chemistry between the two is undeniable. They soon find out the danger they are in.

I give The Haunting of Hillwood Farm four stars. I had the pleasure of listening to the audio version of this book and enjoyed the performance of the narrator, Kristin James. She did an amazing job bringing this story to life. I can not wait to hear more by her, as well as, reading more books by this author. This one is most definitely worth a read.

I received the audio version of this book from the author. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.

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Paranormal Romance

The book started as a ghost story and then it slowly moved into romance before it finally settled down to scary, paranormal mystery.

I like the narration because Kristin James managed to switch voices easily and effectively. I was really hooked particularly every time a suspenseful event was about to happen - it felt like I get transported into the book/scene as I could almost feel the intense emotions and the drama.

It's just amazing how a well-written book combined with a good narration can pull you into the story. This was the first Kathryn Knight book I have listened to and I am definitely looking forward to listen for more from her.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Sara
  • Next Book Review Blog
  • 05-16-19

Good paranormal suspense romance

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight is a pretty good paranormal, suspense romance. I’ve never read this author before but I enjoyed her slightly creepy storyline. Callie speaks with ghosts. It’s not always a present connection. This is just what happens when Callie walks into Hillwood Farm. She feels a malevolent force at the farm. There she meets Luke and Mrs. Turner and wants to help them. Slowly, she develops an attraction to Luke and he to her. However, Luke doesn’t believe in the paranormal. But as odd things continue to happen, he can’t deny what is happening. Once we hit the halfway mark… the story quickly flies through and things happen upping the ante for everyone.

The narrator Kristin James played her part fantastically. I think she did a fantastic job. She was able to portray her different voices for different characters. I really enjoyed her feelings and the softness of her voice.

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Romance, suspense and intrigue...and a ghost!

I am not a huge paranormal fan, but when it comes to ghost stories, I love them!Kathryn Knight can write a story that sucks me in and keeps me listening. This gem starts with Callie. She was in an accident and now has the gift to be able to talk to the dead. But is this really a gift? She is willing to help Alice Turner, recently widowed try and talk to her husband. Strange things are happening at their house, and if she can only talk to him, maybe it will calm down. What she finds out will blow your mind! Luke, Alice's grandson doesn't believe in all this paranormal stuff, but that does not stop his attraction to Callie. When things heat up, life at Hillwood Farm gets a little scarier! I love all the characters in this one. Knight gives Callie and Luke a slow burn to their relationship, which fits the story perfectly. But my standout is Alice. I love her. She is a sweet lady and with the things happening around her, I just want to hold her close and keep her safe! What a great grandparent. All in all, the high suspense, the finding the bottom of the mystery and the budding relationship will keep you entertained til the end.

Kristin James knocks this book out of the park. She is a voice I love to listen to, Her voice is smooth, and her distinguishing characters all come to life as she reads. She can go from the 25 year old Callie to the senior citizen Alice flawlessly and keep the story flowing. Her ability to inflect the suspense is perfect and gave a very enjoyable performance of this book.

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Amazing Paranormal Romantic Suspense!

The Haunting of Hillwood Farm by Kathryn Knight is a great Paranormal Romantic Suspense. The story is suspenseful, intriguing, mysterious, and fast-paced. Both Luke and Callie are great characters. Callie is so strong! I love the ending. Kristin James did an amazing job with the narration. She has a great voice, and all characters were easy to distinguish. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook, and I totally recommend it! I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily written this review.