This review is based on a reviewer copy received from the author's publicist but reflects my own personal opinion.
Brad and Julie are a young couple trying to make money by "flipping" houses. This is where the buyer purchase a house that needs some work, fixes the house real fast and sells it for a profit. They have done several of these, each time looking for a slightly more expensive house. Brad is the handyman doing all the work himself, while Julie works in an office earning money for their day to day expenses.
Everything changes when they purchase the old Hemmings house. This house is a small mansion, about 150 years old and in total disrepair. Julie is intrigued with the house thinking that they can turn it into a bed and breakfast (it has about 20 rooms that can be rented), while Brad sees it as a big headache needing much more work then they can handle.
The house is also inhabited by two spirits, Gerald and the very "fiery" Tessa. Tessa was always a very flirtatious soul and has an immediate attraction to Brad. Weird things keep happening to Brad and then to Julie, some quite dangerous. Brad and Julie, who were soulmates before, seem to clash constantly over the house as Brad wants to get rid of it and Julie wants to keep it. Also, the spirits seem to influence their moods.
As the story unfolds the author does an excellent job of keeping the reader engaged and having two main characters that the reader really cares about. The author also provides some excellent history about Long Island, New York that most people, even those in Long Island probably don't know about. There are also some very tense moments.
I was able to get through this book in about two sittings. All in all I give this book a solid four stars and look forward to more work by this author.
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Julie and Brad Evans are house flippers. They buy low, clean out the old occupants junk, and try to make a profit. Enter Hemmings House on Bedlam Street in scenic Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island. Too good a deal to pass up, but with an ominous secret. The old Victorian Mansion has dwellers that do not want to be dispossessed. As the house reveals it's past, will the couples marriage survive The Flip?