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Review: The Orphan of Cemetery Hill

The Orphan of Cemetery Hill by Hester Fox
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Hester Fox (The Witch of Willow Hall, The Widow of Pale Harbor) continues her streak of writing evocative gothic novels with The Orphan of Cemetary Hill. Set in the 1850's, largely in Boston, the story centers on a young woman, Tabby, who possesses the ability to commune with the dead. Her adoptive father Eli, works at a graveyard and it is here that Tabby (short for Tabitha) first encounters Caleb in the year 1844 then again twelve years later in 1856, shortly after his father has died. He remembers her because of her striking eyes. Caleb, from a nice family that lives in comfort, is something of a ne'er-do-well, and as his father's heir is struggling to maintain his father's business. He is recently engaged to Rose, a beautiful young woman who is the daughter of a local newspaper publisher. Only Caleb is drawn to the ethereal Tabby. She is drawn to him as well but is wary because o…

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