Book tour stop! Today I’m delighted to be the host for The Farmhouse at Peace and Plenty, a southern gothic written by L. B. Stimson.
First thing first, let me thank Zoé and the publisher, Question Mark Press, for providing me with an e-copy of this book. Much obliged *hat tip*
MEET THE BOOK
The house, for all of its solitude, seemed incredibly noisy.
The Farmhouse, having stood against time and history for nearly 160 years in the Virginia countryside, was forgotten and abandoned until Kyle and Jenny Dowling moved in during the summer of 1972.
The Dowlings, married just a year, were struggling to repair their broken marriage. It was to be the perfect place, away from it all, to heal their relationship. Jenny would write and Kyle would tend to minor renovations. The rent was cheap.
The realtor warned them, however, against staying beyond the final days of fall.
Publication date: 20/06/21
Question Mark Press
READ MY REVIEW
Cover: It gives out a cool creepy vibe. The title color doesn’t do it justice, however.
Yay Southern Gothic! It’s one of my (many) favorite genres, so I couldn’t pass up the chance to read The Farmhouse at Peace and Plenty.
Said Farmhouse is the place where Jenny and Kyle, a couple who’s trying to fix their own marriage, rent for the summer. Clear-cut, right? Well, not really, no. The Farmhouse has been the theater of a huge tragedy in the past, and everybody knows ghosts exist.
Intriguing plot aside, this is an interesting book. It’s easy to sympathize with Jenny and care about her struggles; it happens a little less with Kyle, but I suspect it’s a deliberate choice, so thumbs up here. The part that interests me more, however, is a little further in the story, and it has to do with the duality expressed by Jenny and Mary. There is no character growth here, but character— deterioration? Jenny unravels under the reader’s eyes, bit by bit, page after page, until only her core remains.
Kudos to Stimson for keeping the secondary characters to a minimum. It takes a lot of talent to create a believable story with few of them – I’m going against the mainstream here, but less is more works in almost every field, and literature is no exception. The length of The Farmhouse at Peace and Plenty adds to it for the same reason: 125 pages are more than enough to tell a pleasant story.
What could have been done better? Two things: the POV switch and some grammar issues. The Farmhouse at Peace and Plenty is a nice book; a stronger editing would have made it further stand out.
MEET THE AUTHOR
L.B. grew up in a one stop-light town in central Idaho. After earning a Bachelor of Art’s degree in cultural anthropology from California State University-Chico, she uprooted herself to begin a new life in Washington, D.C., where she began a varied career in professional communications in private business and education.
“I’ve always had a passion for photography, travel, writing, and history. I am thrilled to now be creating works of fiction that allow me to share these passions with others. One of my favorite parts of the writing process is the historical research required to bring authenticity to my characters’ lives.”
This is her fifth book and the second in her standalone series: Tales from the Parlor Room–a collection of gothic and ghostly tales.
She currently resides in Virginia where she enjoys cemetery walks, visiting abandoned and haunted places and working on more ghostly tales.
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