The House on 4th Street

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
291 Pages
Reviewed on 05/13/2022
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Author Biography

I once owned the actual house on 4th Street in Edmond, OK. While I was spending summers there I obtained a copy of the state abstract and read through the history of owners and sales. That is where I located the date it was built and some additional history. After I retired and began a two-year Creative Writing certificate program, the house stayed with me. I began a few short stories but two of my instructors insisted this should be a book. So over the next two years I obtained an editor, began tons of research into Oklahoma history and got permission to use a couple of actual residents of the the city and state. The book grew into what it is today.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Joy Hannabass for Readers' Favorite

In quickly trying to get her adoptive parents' house ready to sell after their deaths, Karen Johnson runs across an old trunk in the attic of the house. The trunk is full of old family historical memories Karen is eager to check out, and in doing so, she meets a host of strong women from the decades since the house was built. The House on 4th Street actually reads as if it is many short stories about different families, but in the end, they all connect with Karen in some way. This book is so well written that it flows beautifully from one story to the next.

This is a very good debut by author Connie Wesala. The book is well thought out and it's easy to notice her extensive research through the vivid details of each scene. Wesala created realistic and fabulous characters to tell her story in an interesting way. Karen is the character I connected with the most, because of the old trunk and all the history. What a find that would be. There are a lot of characters to keep up with, but in truth, all the characters were necessary to tell the story and made me dig deeper into the book.

I like the way Connie Wesala weaves everything together -- the characters, the findings in the trunk, and the historical as well as the modern-day details -- and comes up with an ending that everyone will love. All in all, The House on 4th Street is truly an amazing read for anyone loving historical fiction as well as split-time novels. I think this is a wonderful women's fiction novel so for all of you fans of the genre out there, check this one out. You will very much enjoy it!