Book Review: Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss

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Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss opens with Caroline Kline couch surfing in New York City due to her no longer having a job and her fiance breaking up with her. The cherry on top is when Caroline finds out her father is not doing well and has to go home to New Jersey to help out. She finds one thing she didn't expect . . . true love. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest review.  The synopsis of this book was intriguing, and I absolutely love baseball, so I couldn't wait to dig in to this story. Unfortunately, the story started off a bit slow and continued to be slow at points throughout the book. The slowness of the plot made it difficult to stay interested in the characters and their fate.  At one point, I didn't really care if I finished the story or not. With that being said, I'm glad I stuck with the book because the last 15% of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline started to

Book Review: The Doll in the Garden, A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn

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The Doll in the Garden, A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn is a ghost story about ten year old Kristi and her mother moving into the upstairs apartment of Miss Cooper's house. Miss Cooper is an elderly woman who dislikes children and warns Kristi to stay out of the garden or there would be consequences. When a white cat that casts no shadow appears in the garden and a little girl crying could be heard coming from there, Kristi decides to investigate.

I discovered Mary Downing Hahn's books at my middle school library and decided to check one of them out when I couldn't find any books I wanted to read. The Doll in the Garden was one of the first books I read by Mary Downing Hahn and contributed to my love of reading books in the horror, suspense, and thriller genres. In my quest to reread my way through my childhood, I decided it was time to find out if this story was as good as I remembered. Although I remembered the basic storyline of the book, I didn't recall all the details, and I'm glad that I didn't remember everything.

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What I loved about this book as an adult is that it deals with some heavy themes in a way that younger children can grasp. These subjects include death of a parent and a friend, cancer, consumption, and friendship. The depth of these topics for such a short book was phenomenal, and by the end of the story, I was actually crying. As a child, I remember The Doll in the Garden being very spooky but not scary and not being able to wait to read more spooky books. There are no negative things I can say about this book, even as an adult.

Five out of five stars is what I rated The Doll in the Garden, A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend Mary Downing Hahn's Wait Till Helen Comes, A Ghost Story.


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