Ridley House by Willa Jemhart
Author: Willa Jemhart
Published: 27th February 2013
Source: E-copy from the author for an honest review
For as long as she can remember, nineteen-year-old Kay has been unable to stay in one place for long. With no recollection of who she is or where she came from, plagued by nightmares she doesn’t remember upon waking, and the torturous feeling that her one true love was lost to her, she is unsure whether she is searching for or fleeing from something.
When she accepts a summer job at the Ridley House Inn, it feels like a nice change of pace. The country setting and old-fashioned feel are comfortable, homey, and even familiar.
Shortly after her arrival, she finds a wall filled with Ridley family portraits, where one picture in particular grabs her attention - a late 1930s photograph of a young woman with a face identical to her own.
Between the warnings of a scary old man telling her she should not have returned, and the magnetic pull towards a familiar and handsome young man, Kay is determined to find some answers. Is Ridley House the place she has been searching for, is it the place she has been running from, or is all of the familiarity simply contrived by her desperation to finally belong somewhere?
I loved the idea for this story. A girl who never ages, haunted by the past she doesn't remember and the restless urge to find somewhere to belong.
Kay is nineteen and is haunted by the ghosts of memories she can't remember. She moves from one place to another, trying to discover her past and find a place to belong. When she takes a summer job at Ridley House, she has no idea the mysteries she'll uncover. The people of Ridley House are intimately linked to her past and Kay is determined to find out who she is.
This book was nice and I enjoyed the story but it didn't really grab me in the way that I'd hoped. There was a bit of mystery there that I enjoyed but I think everything unravelled too quickly in the end. I was able to keep up but the strong magical elements and secrets that were dumped on you were a little overwhelming and didn't really fit with the feel of the rest of the story.
I liked the little flashbacks that Kay had. The little looks into some of the memories she'd forgotten. They really added to the book and made me feel really connected to the main character. They also gave a real sense of warmth and life to the story.
The characters were nice, though a little temperamental, and they played their parts well. The story was lovely and easy, it was a breeze to read and before I knew it, I'd read it all. It was easy to fall into and easy to come out of and while I was reading it, I had a lot of fun. A good romantic mystery.