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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 (20 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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A haunting, suspenseful romance

Do Not read this at night. It is so suspenseful, I scared myself. It is also so intense, I did not sleep until I heard "the end". Callie has a gift and wants to help where she can. But this gift can be a curse too. She only goes to the farm to help figure out the hauntings, not to get mixed up in them. Like is not a firm believer in ghosts, but Callie is able to open his eyes to the possibility. I loved the interaction between Callie and Luke. The twists, and haunts were shocking. I truly did not see the twist coming. This is a sweet romance, underneath the suspenseful hauntings. Very well written, this book is a must read.

Kristin James narrates this story. She has a great voice to listen to. Her male characters were easy distinguishale from the female characters. Ms. James ghostly voice is more haunting than the story. The narration truly enhanced the suspense and experience of the story.

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Not a bad read at all

As a long time fan of Kathryn Knight, I will say that it's not the best of all her novels, but as always, she doesn't disappoint! You will easily connect with the characters and the story they are telling! The whole story behind it is both compelling and suspenseful. You can't help but wonder who is the one responsible for the Haunting of Hillwood Farm... and when the truth is revealed, you will definitely be surprised!

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Loved this PRN story

Callie has been contacted by the owner of Hillwood Farm...she feels that the house is being haunted by the ghost of her late husband, who died unexpectedly during a cruise. Callie can feel the presence but also senses something sinister. Now she just has to convince Mrs. Turner’s grandson, Luke, that she’s not a con artist. Soon enough though, even Luke is convinced that the farmhouse is inhabited by something more. As Callie continues her investigation, the chemistry between her and Luke grows...as does the episodes by a vengeful ghost. Will Callie survive the deadly attacks? What will become of her relationship with Luke since she’s sworn off love?
This is a gripping paranormal story, infused with romance, but scary enough to have be rethinking my decision to listen just before bedtime!!
Narration was perfect for this story. I recommend a read/listen.

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The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

After a near death experience Callie starts to experience things form the other side. She meets Mrs. Turner who wants her to find out if their is a ghost at the family farm. Mrs. Turner's grandson, Luke, is a total skeptic, but will soon learn that perhaps something is out their. I liked that this was a new thing for Callie and that she had to come to terms with things on her own. Perhaps if this becomes a series she will find a mentor. Kristin James does a fantastic job with the narration.

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Believable ghost story

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it grabbed my attention from the very beginning. The chills started within the first few minutes, and I probably shouldn't have been listening to it in bed with the lights out.

I liked that the events in the book seemed realistic, or as realistic as a ghost story can be. The progression of each supernatural experience progressed in a good way too. It didn't go from zero to 60 right away. It was nice to build up to the conclusion.

The love story line was good too. It felt natural and not forced. That said, I typically like a little more focus on the romance, so it could have had more of that.

The narrator was excellent. I normally like duel narrators, but Kristin James did a great job changing her voice for each character.

I definitely would recommend this story to any supernatural lover.

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Horses, love, and ghosts

While I found several aspects of this book to be a little flat or sketchy on detail, I enjoyed the listen. The characters were not the most interesting or unique I've ever come across, but they were pleasantly...normal, and several of the scenes were shiver-inducing. I enjoyed Ms. James's portrayal of the characters as well (especially Alice). All in all, " The Haunting of Hillwood Farm " was a nice palate-cleanser after a stretch of pretty focus-intensive work and a heavy reading list.

The plot centered around two things: a pair of ghosts at cross purposes to one another regarding the main characters, and the insta-romance between Luke and Callie. I have to admit that I found the former more appelaing than the latter, though Callie and Luke grew on me slowly. They seemed to just be straight-up good people who'd both been hurt badly in the past, and seeing them come together to heal each other's broken hearts was kinda sweet. Their mutual affection for Alice also broughtthem together on a different level--even if the sly old lady was subtly (and sometimes not so subtly) playing matchmaker. As an avid romance reader, I was a little disappointed when the consumation of their relationship was handled as a fade-to-black scene, but by that point I liked them and was so much more interested in figuring out the ghost thing that it was a minor issue.

And speaking of the ghost thing...

The author left a lot of the figuring-out to her readers. So much so that sometimes the events didn't make sense at first glance. All is revealed by the end, thankfully, but there were some points when I found myself asking "Why is this even happening to X? It doesn't make any sense!" Honestly, the whole thing kinda wrapped up like a Scooby Doo episode--which is not meant as an insult in any way! That's one of the things that made this a pleasant, low-investment listen. There was a pleasant rhythm and pace to the story, with the events that happened in Callie's apartment adding just enough fear and spice to keep the reader from getting bored.

Kristin James was a good choice of narrator for this story. She performs male and female characters with equal skill and is able to differentiate them without melodrama or exaggeration. I did have the speed on my book turned up just a teeny bit, which put her narration at the perfect pace. The audio recording was clean and professional, free of any skips, volume changes, or distracting ambient noise.

Bottom line: Not my favorite paranormal read by any means, but it came to me at the perfect time and ended up being just the book I needed in my reading-life. If you enjoy a little romance with your spooky happenings, but want something that doesn'trequire an intense amount of concentration to follow, then I absolutely recommend "The Haunting of Hillwood Farm".

** I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Kathryn Knight. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.**

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Great spooky read!

In The Haunting of Hillwood, Callie, an unlikely medium, is asked by Mrs. Turner to investigate a ghost on her farm. The ghost has some violent tendencies and once Callie shows up, the ghost seems to set its sights on her. Finally, I have found a book with some great spooky scenes in it. This was a lot of fun to listen to. It's a quick audiobook, so I won't give away any of the plot. I will say that there was one scene that had me on the edge of my seat and kind of freaked me out. This book would actually, if done right, make for a great horror movie. There is also a nice romance added into the mix. I enjoyed the characters and the twist in the end. The audiobook was done very well. I enjoyed the narrator's voices and the way she was able to draw me into the story. I definitely recommend giving this one a try!
*I received a copy of this audiobook from the author

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Wonderful combination of ghost story and romance!

I enjoyed this audiobook! I usually go into books as blindly as possible so I didn't know a whole lot about this one when I got started. I actually had missed the faces at the top of the book's cover so I didn't even guess that there would be some romance. It all worked out since I really enjoy romance and I loved the way that it was combined with the other elements in the books. I am really glad that I decided to give this one a try!

So this book did have a romantic element but it really was so much more than that. Mrs. Turner has been experiencing some strange things at her farm since her husband's sudden death a few months prior. She calls Callie to help figure out what is going on. Callie can talk to ghosts and really just wants to help if she can but she is not surprised when Luke, Mrs. Turner's grandson, doesn't trust her motives.

I really liked the characters in this story. Callie had a really interesting past and I really enjoyed learning how she acquired her gift. It was obvious right away that she really had good motives and just wanted to help. Luke was pretty open-minded once the story really got going. He cared about his family and their farm and wanted to make sure that everyone was safe. I liked watching Luke and Callie come together and thought that they had great chemistry.

I believe that this was the first time that I have had the chance to listen to the narration work of Kristen James. I thought that she did a great job with this story and really brought the story to life. There were some pretty intense scenes and I think that her delivery added to the impact of the story. I liked the voice that she used for the characters. She had a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time.

I would recommend this book to others. I thought that this was the perfect combination of romance and creepy ghost story. I wouldn't hesitate to pick up more from this talented author!

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Kathryn Knight as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions.