Daily Review: Countenance by Joy Ross Davis
October 25, 2019
A heart breaking tale of the unimaginable horrors of losing your family in a horrendous crime, and the day by day survival in the aftermath.
Countenance is a suspenseful yet heartfelt story full of intrigue and unexpected revelations, where magic is made in the kitchen and angels can fall in love.
Memorable characters inhabit a home that is more than it seems, and unwittingly prepare for a final showdown where forces battle for the souls of both those who reside there and the dead who cannot move on to the next realm.
Thirty-eight-year-old Nealey Monaghan’s life is turned upside-down one night when her sister’s estranged ex-husband kills nearly everyone she loves in one fell swoop.
Numb to the world, Nealey is taken in by her charmingly eccentric Aunt Sylvie, cookbook author and proprietress of the Playhouse Inn Bed and Breakfast in the hills of Tennessee.
Hoping to help her niece find purpose and meaning in her life again, Sylvie makes Nealey a co-owner and begins teaching her the tricks of the trade…and the secrets of the house.
Unbeknownst to either of them, nor to the ghost relatives who have lived there since they were murdered in 1889, there is a common thread running through their veins, and a deep secret that is dying to come out…
By JudyAnn Lorenz
COUNTENANCE — the author has worked this story over into an extra good read. The story was a good read before, but now it is even better. Be ready for the paranormal early on.
Some people know what others are thinking; some are long term evil attempting to disrupt and destroy a family for generations while others are heroic with a goal of overcoming the evil.
All is set in the beautiful mountain country of Tennessee…we drive through that country and the mist in the deep hollows and canyons or wrapping around the trees makes me feel that The Playhouse Inn must be right around the next curve.
I recommend this book to other readers.
Author Joy Ross Davis weaves a heart breaking tale of the unimaginable horrors of losing your family in a horrendous crime, and the day by day survival in the aftermath.
Main character Nealey’s struggle to get on with her life is lovingly narrated in this tale.
Will the strength of family, ghostly beings and angelic intervention be enough to save Nealey and protect her from additional tragedy from an evil family nemesis?
Some great characters that will fill you with hope, tears, and laughs, and yummy recipes too! A charming, poignant read indeed.
By Carla S
COUNTENANCE by Joy Ross Davis is a heart-warming mystery filled with love, family and unexpected events. It is set at the Playhouse Inn Bed and Breakfast in the hills of Tennessee where Nealey Monaghan is taken in by her eccentric Aunt Sylvie after a devastating tragedy befalls Nealey’s family.
The engaging cast of characters and the vivid descriptions of the setting kept me intrigued from beginning to end. There are plenty of twists and turns to the story.
There are angels and ghosts that reside in this magical inn and keep things lively with their antics. I loved the descriptions of the food and was thrilled to find a recipe at the end.
COUNTENANCE is a charming and delightful book and I highly recommend it!
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