Wonderful book and wonderful story. Kept me guessing what would happen next as you get drawn into the two families and their building friendships. Recommend for all readers!
This is my first book by Donald Firesmith but it definitely won't be my last. The Secrets of Hawthorne House is not just one adventure but many and I didn't want the book to end. The characters are defined and complex and it draws you in so subtly that I found myself talking to the characters! I would love to see these characters again. (hint, hint Mr. Firesmith)
I'm extremely impressed with The Secrets of Hawthorne House, which was gifted to me. But unlike other books I've won or been given for an honest review, I genuinely loved this book! It begins quickly, draws you in, but never slows, so that once you finish one chapter, you're on to the next. It's the story of fifteen year old Matt Mitchell, who after losing his mother in a tragic accident and is forced to move far from his former home and life,finds a new life and a strong interest that begins next door. He's intrigued by the"haunted" Hawthorne House next to his own, a house who's inhabitant is said to be an old witch. Once he hears the true story of the mansion from his teacher, however, he's compelled to meet the owner himself. What follows is his delightful relationship with the white haired Lady Hawthorne or Mrs. Carter (ex) and when her extended family comes to stay...with Geraltt. The rest is a mixture of magic and interesting experiences that allow him to get over his nightmares of his mother's death and the sadness that had threatened to send him spiraling into a depression. I couldn't wait to reach the end and find out the mysteries of the old house and it's inhabitants! It's such a delightful story and the first one I've read by this author but if this is any indication of his other works or if he continues to write more great books; he has found a fan in me!