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Stories for His Glory

The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman February 9, 2021

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Can a Legacy of Sadness be Broken at the Menger Hotel?

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which she hopes will be long enough to meet, charm, and attach herself to a new, rich husband. Her plans are derailed when a ghostly apparition lures her into a long, dark hallway, and Hedda returns to her room to find her precious jewelry has been stolen. She falls immediately under a cloud of suspicion with her haunting tale, but true ghost enthusiasts bring her expensive pieces of jewelry in an attempt to lure the ghost to appear again.

In 2017, Dini Blackstone is a fifth-generation magician, who performs at private parties, but she also gives ghost walk tours, narrating the more tragic historical events of San Antonio with familial affection. Above all, her favorite is the tale of Hedda Krause who, in Dini’s estimation, succeeded in perpetrating the world’s longest con, dying old and wealthy from her ghost story. But then Dini meets Quinn Carmichael, great-great-grandson of the detective who originally investigated Hedda’s case, who’s come to the Alamo City with a box full of clues that might lead to Hedda’s exoneration. Can Dini see another side of the story that is worthy of God’s grace?

My thoughts:

I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first. It seemed strange to read a Christian book about a ghost. But I kept going. I don’t want to spoil anything but trust me, there is a logical explanation for everything.

I enjoyed Dini’s quirky, awkwardness and Quinn’s nerdiness. They made an unlikely, yet perfect, match.

The author did a wonderful job and tying up all the loose strings, and there were a lot. My brain kept scrambling to try and make sense of everything and Allison put it all together beautifully.

I am excited that this is a new series Barbour Publishing is putting out. I already plan on reviewing the next book. Can’t wait!

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley. All opinions are my own.