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Review: The House of Harbor Hill by Shelly Stratton

Going back and forth from the past and present, The House on Harbor Hill told the story of two women who found the courage to say enough and reclaim their freedom. This incredible story brings the reader through the eyes of two broken spirits on a path to stripping away guilt and residue from being emotionally and physically abused to taking a chance on life without being suffocated by fear.

After being abused by her husband for the last time, Tracy found the strength to run away to protect herself and her children. Falling on hard times, she finds herself with no place to live but stumbles upon an envelope with a note from a stranger giving her the hope that she desperately needed. Not sure what to make of it, she asked a friend about the mysterious woman and was sternly warned from the rumors that had been circulating over the years. Allegedly killed her husband but acquitted, she never seemed to escape the whispers or assumptions. The problem is, there is always another side of the story. In her case, many secrets remain in the past but one day when she sees Tracy and her children, she sees something in her that she recognizes from herself that she desperately wants to help.

As Tracy tries to begin to put the pieces of her life together, Delilah sees so much of herself in Tracy. As these two women find comfort in helping each other, something unexpected changes their calmness and both the past and present collide to force these women to confront the biggest fears and fight to hold onto everything that they worked hard to build. Through determination and resilience, they ladies on their own journeys find a way to conquer being victims to be free.

I can’t put into words how moving the strength and determination of these women really shaped the book. The duality of the story being told from the past (Delilah) and the present really gave the book some deep richness that pushed me more into her journey. I loved Delilah. Being ostracized by the town after being abused, where people didn’t believe her because of the status of her husband, she had no one to help her. I loved how she sought out the people who needed someone and opened her heart and home to give them a place to heal. Then for those women out there like Tracey who are married to rich guys that they feel they can’t get a way, found the strength to say enough is enough and through determination and the love of her children, found a way to stop the cycle of abuse. 

There is so much more to this book that brings it all together that was such a moving, heartfelt read. This was a great read that I hope you will add to your TBR pile! 

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