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Official Review: The House on Camp Ruby Road by Twyla Ellis

Post by Prisallen » 31 Oct 2019, 14:09

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The House on Camp Ruby Road" by Twyla Ellis.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Eden is devastated when her mother died as she was her only known family. After finding out shortly afterward that a large, two-story house and property in Two Rivers, Texas, has been willed to her, she is mystified. Subsequently, she journeys there to find out why. Not long after arriving at the house, Eden starts seeing and hearing unusual things but stubbornly refuses to allow it to frighten her off.

Eden meets Nub and Miss Alma upon arrival. Miss Alma is an elderly, black woman who has been told she can live in the house for the rest of her life. She took care of the previous mistress and knows the history but has promised not to divulge the secrets. Soon afterward, Eden meets Afton, a young, white woman who has been hired to help take care of the house.

Eden searches for information that will tell her where she came from and why the house belongs to her. Her property is on the edge of the Big Thicket, a wild area where the “bottom landers” dwell. These are poor people who live off the land and hate the “towners,” the people living in town. There are members of both groups who are very dangerous, including Afton’s father. Eden keeps getting warned to stay out of the Big Thicket as it is hazardous. However, she doesn’t consistently do as she is advised and has to be rescued by J.D. soon after arriving.

The House on Camp Ruby Road by Twyla Ellis is the first of a series entitled Ghosts of the Big Thicket. These are standalone novels set in the Big Thicket of deep East Texas, which is where the author grew up. This book takes place in 1963 and is a combination of a mystery, thriller, romance, and ghost story. It deals with prejudice toward people of another color and between the rich and poor as well. The novel captured my attention on the first page of the prologue and held it until the last page of the epilogue. The tale was riveting, moving quickly from one fascinating scene to the next, and this was my favorite aspect of the story. The author’s writing style is easy to understand and is descriptive without being overly verbose.

The reader encounters a wide assortment of interesting characters in the story. These are just a few of them: strong-willed Eden, who is determined to fight discrimination, which often gets her into trouble; smart and affectionate, but frustrated Wynn (Eden’s boyfriend); strong and protective J.D.; self-centered, vindictive, and beautiful Paige (J.D.’s girlfriend); mysterious Nub, a “bottom lander” feared by both his people and the townspeople; warm-hearted and likable Miss Alma; sweet, shy, and physically abused Afton; as well as sadistic and controlling Carl Donner (Afton’s father).

Unfortunately, I wanted the romance to be developed a little more, and this was my least favorite aspect of the story. I won’t go into detail because I don’t want to disclose a spoiler. However, when the couple who were supposed to be in love were apart, they didn’t seem to long for or even think of the other individual as people enamored ordinarily do. This made it a little hard for me to believe they were in love. Because there were so many other pleasing things in the book, it did not bother me enough to justify lowering the overall rating.

I thoroughly enjoyed this captivating story, and since there were just a few minor errors, The House on Camp Ruby Road achieves a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. Readers who like mysteries, thrillers, and romance novels, with some paranormal events thrown in, should appreciate this tale. Other than a few kisses, no sex scenes were encountered in the book, and there was only one borderline profanity. However, violence and murder were seen in the novel, so readers sensitive to that, including children, might need to look elsewhere.

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Post by Sarah Tariq » 04 Nov 2019, 01:43

The plot is undoubtedly interesting. Plus, you wonderfully captured the details of each character. Thanks for this thorough review! :)
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Post by La Cabra » 04 Nov 2019, 01:56

I like retro fiction, especially the way the characters talk, I find it fascinating how language changes over time. How did you find the dialogue and writing in the book? A problem a lot of historical fiction novels have is that the language doesn't match the setting. Did you find any such discrepancy? It's one of my pet peeves as a reader, haha.

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Post by Ever_Reading » 04 Nov 2019, 03:13

I always thought it would be cool to suddenly find out some distant relative of mine left me a huge inheritance. After reading your review, I think I'll just stick to what I have. :lol2: Anyway, I am glad that the undeveloped romance did not take away from your enjoyment of the book. Great review!
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Post by Letora » 04 Nov 2019, 05:22

An interesting story and divide between different types of people. I'm not one for romances so I don't think the lack of development with the relationship would effect my enjoyment of the book. You've done a great job with your review, thank you!
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Post by jeminah28 » 04 Nov 2019, 05:28

Wow, what a captivating review! I'm happy that you enjoyed reading it, but ghost stories is one of my least favorite. I'm also intrigued about Eden's family life, but the story seems so scary. Thanks for the review.
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The book cover is very appealing and it drew me to reading the review. Am happy that I judged the book by the cover and was not disappointed. Great review, the book is a must-read.

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Post by spluficvictory » 04 Nov 2019, 10:39

I like the way you described the characters in the book. When I saw the book cover, I knew this book was going to be captivating and I wasn't wrong. Superb review 👌
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Post by Prisallen » 04 Nov 2019, 11:19

Sarah Tariq wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 01:43
The plot is undoubtedly interesting. Plus, you wonderfully captured the details of each character. Thanks for this thorough review! :)
It was a wonderful book. I hope you get a chance to read it. Thanks for the comments!

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Post by Prisallen » 04 Nov 2019, 11:26

La Cabra wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 01:56
I like retro fiction, especially the way the characters talk, I find it fascinating how language changes over time. How did you find the dialogue and writing in the book? A problem a lot of historical fiction novels have is that the language doesn't match the setting. Did you find any such discrepancy? It's one of my pet peeves as a reader, haha.
Yes, I felt like the dialogue suited the character and the year the story took place. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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Post by Prisallen » 04 Nov 2019, 11:39

Ever_Reading wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 03:13
I always thought it would be cool to suddenly find out some distant relative of mine left me a huge inheritance. After reading your review, I think I'll just stick to what I have. :lol2: Anyway, I am glad that the undeveloped romance did not take away from your enjoyment of the book. Great review!
Thank you! I still hope for that!

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Post by Prisallen » 04 Nov 2019, 11:49

Letora wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 05:22
An interesting story and divide between different types of people. I'm not one for romances so I don't think the lack of development with the relationship would effect my enjoyment of the book. You've done a great job with your review, thank you!
I hope you get a chance to read it. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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Post by Prisallen » 04 Nov 2019, 11:51

jeminah28 wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 05:28
Wow, what a captivating review! I'm happy that you enjoyed reading it, but ghost stories is one of my least favorite. I'm also intrigued about Eden's family life, but the story seems so scary. Thanks for the review.
I understand. Thanks for the nice comments!

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Post by Prisallen » 04 Nov 2019, 11:53

Gathoni1991 wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 07:08
The book cover is very appealing and it drew me to reading the review. Am happy that I judged the book by the cover and was not disappointed. Great review, the book is a must-read.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Thanks for stopping by!

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Post by Prisallen » 04 Nov 2019, 12:00

spluficvictory wrote:
04 Nov 2019, 10:39
I like the way you described the characters in the book. When I saw the book cover, I knew this book was going to be captivating and I wasn't wrong. Superb review 👌
Thank you so much! I hope you get a chance to read it!

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