Pickett House


Fiction - Womens
309 Pages
Reviewed on 06/06/2017
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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite

Almost two years ago, Laura Dole’s life and that of her two children, Cassie and Steph, were thrown for a loop with the untimely death of her husband, Steve, in an auto accident. Realising her inability to make ends meet and seemingly unable to gain employment in their city, Laura makes the decision to travel to the small, rural town of Bigby, Tennessee. Pickett House by Linda S. Browning tells us the story of an old family mansion in Bigby that was left to the town by its owner, Elizabeth Pickett, to be turned into a B&B for the benefit of the town and to increase tourism. Laura, through her sister, Stacey, is offered the opportunity to manage the B&B, but can she and her city kids adapt to life in the Tennessee countryside? What is special about Pickett House and especially the late Elizabeth Pickett? Is the house haunted?

Pickett House was a very gentle, sweet, and cozy story of a family’s return from loss and grief. The mysteries of the old house were slowly and carefully unraveled by Linda S. Browning, and I found myself easily and simply drawn into this sweet tale. It is so refreshing these days to read a lovely story, wonderfully written, that still espouses the true country values that seem to have been lost in the big cities. There’s no murder, mayhem, sex or violence in Pickett House, but rather a story of a woman and her children’s search for a new life, a new beginning, and a new purpose. The beautiful old house is the centerpiece of this tale, and the happenings within tie the whole story together wonderfully. I loved this book. Kudos to Browning for this work.

Vernita Naylor

Steve was killed in an auto accident, leaving Laura, a stay at home mom, and the two kids to fend for themselves. In Pickett House by Linda S. Browning, Laura finds herself relocating with her children to a small hick town. Pickett House was left by Elizabeth Pickett to the town of Bigby in Tennessee. To make a living for her family, Laura must be the caretaker of Pickett House. Until Pickett House can be turned into a bed and breakfast, Laura and the children must stay in the house to oversee and manage the renovation project. In Pickett House, there is one thing that Laura and the children are discovering; that the house is said to be haunted. Who are the ghosts? Is it the father that allegedly killed his whole family or maybe one of the children is haunting the house? Besides, the small town of Bigby is known for its ghosts, or is that merely an old wives' tale?

Pickett House by Linda S. Browning is a great story. Its backdrop in marrying an old, small town with the essence of mystery makes it an excellent read. I enjoyed Pickett House and here are some reasons why: Steph loves the house while Cassie wonders, by looking at the winding staircase, could the house be like those depicted in the early Harry Potter movies? As the children explore the house, they begin to discover new things about it. Once Elizabeth’s diaries are found, the family begins to understand the mystery behind Pickett House. These three points indicate that once we embark upon any types of changes, it's the unknown that we must adjust to, which can be both a positive and negative experience. If you like intriguing stories, make Pickett House by Linda S. Browning one of your choices.