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Mass Market Paperback The Carriage House Book

ISBN: 0778315185

ISBN13: 9780778315186

The Carriage House

(Book #1 in the Carriage House Series)

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Fun and a little hard work. That's all Tess Haviland has in mind when Ike Grantham pays her for her graphic design work on the run-down nineteenth-century carriage house on Boston's North Shore.

Then Ike disappears and Tess finds herself with much more than a simple weekend project to get her out of the city. It's not just the rumors that the carriage house is haunted--it's the neighbors: six-year-old Dolly Thorne, her reclusive babysitter,...

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Ms. Neggers books keep getting better and better. The Carriage House is a wonderful. Its packed with suspense,humor and romance. Ms. Neggers writing style brings the characters vividly to life.Tess Haviland, is an independent woman looking for answers. Andrew, is her neighbor, with a 6,going on 20,year old daughter, who knows it all. Throw in a few shady(?)characters and you're hooked.If you're looking for a good read, you can't do any better than The Carriage House.

Ghost, skeletons and a "hottie" next door!

What more could a woman ask for? Actually, when Tess Haviland is handed a deed instead of a check for payment of design work she does for a rich, arrogant, disliked client in the form of a run-down, lakeshore home, she's unprepared for more then fixing up an old carriage house. What she gets is a historical house with an interesting background and next door neighbors that consist of a Adam, a handsome widower with a 6 year old enchanting daughter, and Harl, the Vietnam vet and former police officer with a crusty exterior that hides a marshmellow heart. Those are the pluses. On the minus side, she has rumors of ghost in her house and a skeleton that is here one minute and gone the next in her cellar. Ms. Neggers weaves a story of mystery and suspense around the compelling characters she writes about. The outcome was fairly predictable, but an interesting read from start to finish. I loved this book!

Good story, mystery, characters, and great read!

Carla Neggers is one of my favorite authors. She makes you feel like you belong with her characters, in their lives, loves and mysteries. This one reminds me alot of Finding You. The leading characters, Tess & Andrew develop quickly, are attached to the supporting members of their families, and have to solve a mystery. I like it best because you concentrate on the people involved, not worrying about "who done it" because you usually figure it out early on in the book. And, of course, I love the happy endings... I highly recommend all of her books, but love the New England one's (which most of them are) the best.

Another winner for Carla Neggers

I love a fast-paced, well-written romance with believable, engaging characters, humor and an engrossing plot, and Carla Neggers' latest kept me reading way past my bedtime. The emphasis here isn't on guess-who-dunnit nail-biting suspense, but compelling characters who draw you into their world. Graphic artist Tess Haviland is a strong-willed heroine more than a match for sexy, independent Andrew Thorne. His daughter, six-year old Princess Dolly, is a scene-stealer, and her unconventional babysitter, Harl, kept me chuckling. Even the charismatic, narcissistic Ike, who's disappeared and is seen only through others' eyes, is vivid and well-drawn. Every character also suffers a loss. Tess lost her mother to cancer, and Andrew his wife--and Dolly's mother--to an avalanche. Harl lost his innocence in Vietnam. This adds depth and poignancy to the story. Carla Neggers scores again.

This author always gives a great read

All her life Tess Haviland wanted to live in the North Shore Yankee community of Beacon-by-the Sea, but knew it was an impossible dream to attain. However, her fervent wish becomes true when rich, devilish Ike Grantham hires her Boston-based graphic design company to work on a restoration project. However, instead of receiving cash from her client, he gives her the deed to a cottage on the Thorne estate located at Beacon-by- the Sea.For the next year, Tess fails to do anything with her new property because she expects Ike to demand its return to him. When Tess receives her property tax bill, she realizes she must decide what to do with her cottage. Her first night in her new home, Tess stumbles over a skeleton in her basement that simply disappears a few days later. Tess tries to persuade herself that she imagined the remains, but her neighbor Andrew Thorne refuses to allow her to lie even to herself. While they struggle with their attraction for one another, a killer will do anything, including murder again. to keep the truth buried.Carla Neggers is renowned for her romance novels that capture the essence of New England living. The author does that quite well in her newest romantic suspense, THE CARRIAGE HOUSE. Although the suspense seems tepid because the culprits appear obvious early in the plot, the romance is quite heated, as the audience will adore the lead characters.Harriet Klausner
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