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The Wedding Gift [Kindle Edition]

Kathleen McKenna

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Leann wasn't good enough for her upper-crust in-laws, so they gave her the mansion none of them wanted. Years ago, something or someone in the house killed Leann's brother. Will its violent secrets kill her next?
" . . . a spine-electrifying supernatural tale where a huge Southern States mansion contains one of the most terrifying, violent and indeed psychopathic ghosts to haunt any town. It is also a murder mystery--why did Robina Willets apparently kill all five of her young children, and her husband, before stabbing herself to death? And, if you are in the camp of believing that 'Justice . . . just is not,' then this will have you frothing at the mouth with righteous social fury."
--Tim Roux, author of Missio and The Dance of the Pheasodile

Kathleen McKenna is a former adolescent social worker who holds a degree in Sociology. She is from Alaska and, after relocating to New Mexico, began writing. An admitted aficionado of a good scary tale, she began The Wedding Gift following a visit to New Orleans, where she saw a beautiful antebellum house and began imagining what if there were a beautiful young girl from the wrong side of the tracks who married her way in and then what if there was already a ghost there . . . . She shares her home in New Mexico with a morbidly obese, alcoholic Old English Sheepdog and is presently working on a new novel.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 558 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 246 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1611940524
  • Verlag: Bell Bridge Books (7. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005TXZ6XE
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Aktiviert
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #1.056.147 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Your opinion of the main character will make or break the book for you 18. Februar 2012
Von Cathy G. Cole - Veröffentlicht auf
First Line: Well, if I didn't want to cry, I guess I would be laughing.

High school senior Leeann Worthier is a girl from the poor side of town who's learned to trade on her good looks to get the things she wants. One of the things she wants is a life on Easy Street, which she obtains by marrying the rich boy in town after graduation.

As a wedding gift, Leann's new in-laws give the couple the Willets House. On the surface, being given a mansion to live in sounds like a good deal, but the Willets House has a history. You see, one day about twenty years ago, Robina Willets killed her husband, her five children... and then committed suicide in that very house. A few years later, two boys dared each other to go in the house. One of the boys died-- Leeann's brother.

Leeann's not crazy about moving into the house, but it is beautiful, and it does have a nice big swimming pool.... It's not until Leeann learns that she and her new husband are living with a very unhappy and very dangerous spirit that Leeann becomes afraid.

Most readers are going to know within the first few pages whether or not they're going to like the book. Leeann tells her own story, and if you like her, you're going to like the book. McKenna nailed Leeann's character. In many ways, she's a typical teenage girl, obsessed with her looks, her clothes, and boys. Her father likes to drink, so the family's never had much, and Leeann learned at an early age that folks are usually quite nice to pretty girls. In turns she's ignorant, hateful, devious, laugh-out-loud funny, and has an honesty about herself that ultimately won me over.

Another element of the book that the author gets just right is what I call the Creep Factor. I don't scare easily, but the ghost in the Willets House had my flesh crawling and had me listening for faint, unusual noises in the house as I read. What's even better, readers learn that the ghost's story is actually heartbreaking, so there's a fundamental emotional shift from fright and repulsion to understanding and compassion.

A feisty, flawed narrator who's not afraid to speak her mind. A downright scary ghost worthy of compassion. And a big surprise when the identity of the person who caused it all is revealed. Leeann may turn some folks away at the door, but for those who are won over by her sass and honesty, there are genuine chills and thrills to follow.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Didn't like the characters; writing got annoying 24. Dezember 2011
Von Janet Samuels - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I know that I am in the minority here, but I just could not get into this story. The main character, Leann, is 17 but acts more like 14. She just seems too immature and slutty for me to care about. She agrees to date George (10 years her senior, unattractive but very rich). On their first date, he takes her to Neiman Marcus, buys her over $30,000 of clothes and shoes so she sleeps with him. They proceed to keep having sex (and he gives her gifts each time) until she gets pregnant (this is NOT a spoiler as you find this out almost immediately in the book!). Fairly quickly after their wedding, she has sex with another man. Her true love, Donny, up and married a women he had just met.. and when things are revealed about him, I couldn't stand him much either. George was written more as a pathetic character - although, he was a 26 or 27 year old man having sex with a 17 year old (statutory rape!). Her dad hates George's family and has for years and years. But somehow the dad flips around and becomes friendly with George and starts drinking with George because George agreed to marry his pregnant 17-year old daughter.

Besides the unlikeable characters, the writing style was not to my taste. The book is written in first person from Leann's point of view but it tries too hard to be "folksy". Here is a sample that is pretty representative (grammatical errors and all): Well to be strictly honest, I had mixed feelings about what he had said. I did like the presents, and sure, hearing that this perfect coat wasn't my "big" gift got me real excited too, because by then I knew enough about the costs of fancy clothes to know it might be ten thousand dollars just for the coat alone. And shoot yes, I liked hearing that I looked like an angel and nice compliments of that sort, but I strictly did not like being told what color to wear all the time." (and certain phrases like "strictly honest" were used numerous times throughout the book).

I ended up giving up about 50% into the book as I just couldn't make myself read any more of it. I did give the 2 stars as I thought the concept of the haunted house was interesting and I liked the "newspaper" excerpts that were at the start of the story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly recommended for fans of ghosts, gothic horror, southern fiction 5. Januar 2012
Von K. Sozaeva - Veröffentlicht auf
Leanne Worthier is a beautiful, young woman - the most beautiful girl in Dalton, OK, - so no one one is terribly surprised when she snatches George Willets, the richest bachelor in town. However, George's mother doesn't think Leanne is good enough for her boy, and is intent on making Leanne miserable. Originally the young couple was going to live in a townhouse since Leanne flat refused to live in Bethany House with her in-laws, but George decides that he wants to live in Willets House, the ancestral home of his family - a beautiful, huge, old-fashioned mansion. However, tragedy struck there in the 1970s when George's uncle Roger and his five children were apparently murdered by Roger's wife, Robina, who then committed suicide - ever since then, the house has been considered haunted, the kids of the town daring each other to go onto the grounds or into the house, leading eventually to the death of Leanne's oldest brother, who, it was determined, died after falling out of a tree into the empty pool after a Halloween prank gone awry. Leanne at first doesn't want to live there, but once she sees how beautiful it is, she changes her mind. Until the day she sees Robina herself ...

This book was a real page-turner. Written in an engagingly dialectic style, the book is written like a journal by Leanne, so it is filled with less-than-grammatical sentence structures and lots of slang, but the essential sweet nature of Leanne shines through even through her vanity and self-absorption. The characters as seen through Leanne's eyes really come alive, and I really enjoyed the style. This is Ms. McKenna's third book (although I think it might be the first one to be published), and I am very impressed with it - I hope to see many more wonderful stories coming from this new author's talented pen. It is also the first in a planned trilogy, which I really hope she continues. Highly recommended for fans of southern fiction and/or gothic horror and ghost stories!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Not one to put you to sleep 27. Dezember 2011
Von B. Jay - Veröffentlicht auf
From start to finish this is a book you will not want to put down. Comedy, paranormal, love, mystery, and lifelike characters all together make up a book that is not one to read if you just read to get sleepy. This one will keep you awake and reading. If my dog didn't keep on insisting on being fed I would have read it through in one sitting. It has a few twists and turns that surprise the reader. I loved it
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Love it.! A must read 9. März 2012
Von Amazon Customer - Veröffentlicht auf
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I got this as my first kindle book. I COULDN'T PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.!! This is a must read. I will read it again can't wait for her new book later on this year.
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