Title: The House at the End of the Street
Author Name & Publisher: Stephanie Kusiak (Sapphire Books Publishing)
Publication Date & Length: August 1, 2016 – 201 pgs
Natalie Hargrove, a previously accomplished artist, and Caitlin Cassidy should never have met. After all, Caitlin was only a twelve-year-old girl when Natalie was already dead and gone. But they did meet, and it was that dramatic encounter in the house at the end of the street that changed their lives forever. The moment was so powerful, so important, that it drew Caitlin, now a renowned novelist, back to her hometown twenty years later to seek out Natalie’s ghost. Taking up refuge in the dark, broken house, Caitlin believes that getting back to her roots and to the bottom of her experience with the ghost will somehow help heal the wounds her life has brought her.
Against the backdrop of a Victorian mansion, a story unlike any other unfolds between Caitlin and Natalie, and leaves them with one lingering question: even if love is enough to bridge the gap between life and death, is it enough to keep a ghost from passing on?
Caitlin is saved from certain death by a ghost when she was twelve years old. Years later she buys the house it all happened in and hopes against hope that she’ll see the ghost again. Natalie died in an accident years before but never found peace and moved on. She is furious that Caitlin is messing with herhouse and her things but comes to see that she is a good person. Once they meet again they slowly fall in love but it all seems impossible.
This was an interesting book about a sweet love story between two women who can never be together – but can they? I liked Natalie as she was a tortured soul that I just knew could eventually find love and peace if she was open to it. Caitlin was caring and patient and was willing to do anything to be with her. I enjoyed the pace of the story as it allowed the characters to reveal a lot about themselves. The author succeeded in keeping me interested and I grew to care for her characters.
Stephanie Kusiak grew up in an idyllic neighborhood in Orange County, California. She spent her formative years watching after her brothers, rescuing stray animals and learning all she could about the supernatural from her grandmother over Sunday brunches. As a writer, she realistically captures the humanizing elements in life and focuses on the characters that live in her worlds. She is known on the internet for her steamy erotica and her poignant emotional twists. Her interests include, playing the piano, karaoke singing, online gaming and perusing local farmers’ markets. She currently works in the financial sector and resides in Aliso Viejo, California with her wife and their tortoiseshell cat, Sydney.