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Review: Newport

November 12, 2015


Attorney Adrian de la Noye is heading to Newport to update the will of one of his wealthy clients, Bennett Chapman.  Bennett is a widower who is planning to marry Catherine Walsh.  His children are opposed to the marriage (and the changing of the will) but Bennett insists his first wife has chosen her for him and has communicated her desires during regular séances.

His children express their doubts so he arranges another séance for them to attend.   Catherine’s niece conducts the séance and reveals many secrets, even some she shouldn’t know.  Could Bennett’s first wife really be communicating with them?

My book club read Newport by Jill Morrow for our October read.  It was a fitting book since it has a touch of supernatural element to it.  Just about everyone loved the book, except me – I thought it was good, but not great.  I found the fight among the family a little too predictable and wanted more from the book.  It’s told in the present tense with flashbacks to the past and it seemed to me that most of the action took place in the past.

I did find the portions about the séances fascinating and would have liked to read more about them.  I found the book to be atmospheric and I kept waiting for a shocking moment but when it finally came, I found it somewhat predictable.  Still, I enjoyed Newport but it won’t make my list of favorites for the year.

Review copy provided by Harper Collins and Book Club Girl Book Club.   I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
20 Comments leave one →
  1. November 12, 2015 4:09 am

    I read this myself though as you said predictable. I could not get the theory of his first wife choosing his second wife but it was added to the atmosphere!

  2. November 12, 2015 6:49 am

    I don’t think this is a book I’d read. Sorry you didn’t like it as much as the others did.

  3. Diane permalink
    November 12, 2015 7:00 am

    This ones on my shelf, I was hoping to get to it last month but that didn’t happen. Thanks for sharing the thought of you and the group.

  4. November 12, 2015 7:28 am

    I have this on my Kindle, but haven’t read it yet. It does sound a Halloween read.

  5. November 12, 2015 7:34 am

    I hate it when everyone in the book club likes a book more than me.

    • November 12, 2015 8:05 am

      It’s still preferable being the only one in the club to love it!

      • November 12, 2015 8:05 am

        ack! NOT what I meant… I make more errors editing than the original. I MEANT to say that I hate it worse when I’m the only one to love a book… Have a nice day.

  6. November 12, 2015 8:04 am

    I just this week paired this book with GILDED for a nonfiction look at Newport. I don’t think, however, it talked much about the supernatural stuff.

  7. November 12, 2015 10:17 am

    I liked the book but wasn’t really into it that much.

  8. November 12, 2015 12:12 pm

    This one is probably not for me, either….but I am fascinated by seances. Thanks!

  9. Patty permalink
    November 12, 2015 1:45 pm

    It sounds good and I wanted to read it but I haven’t yet.

  10. November 12, 2015 9:36 pm

    I was intrigued by the setting, but the subject matter doesn’t appeal to me.

  11. November 12, 2015 10:39 pm

    Kathy, thanks for your honest review.

  12. bookingmama permalink
    November 13, 2015 9:01 am

    I think this one sounds like it’s probably more up my alley than yours. I’ll have to give it a try!

  13. November 13, 2015 12:51 pm

    Sounds like maybe it would have been better to have this one told from the time things actually happened, in a more linear fashion than something in the present with flashbacks.

  14. November 13, 2015 9:21 pm

    I’m not much into the séance scene (except in Maybe This Time by Jennifer Cruise – funny!) so this one doesn’t sound appealing.

  15. November 14, 2015 12:01 pm

    I have this one on my shelf and still plan to try it. I’ll let you know. Sorry it wasn’t as enjoyable for you.

  16. Literary Feline permalink
    November 15, 2015 1:20 am

    This sounds like something I might like, even despite the predictability you describe. I like the séance angle and am curious about it. The widower marrying another woman and wanting to change his will . . . I know that story all too well. Or at least about second wives and the trouble dividing up estates can be with children from the first wife. He hadn’t changed his will, which turned out to be fortunate for the kids. My husband’s grandfather was in his 80’s when he remarried. When he died, his second wife and my husband’s dad and aunt went to battle with her over his estate. It was quite a mess and a lot of feelings were hurt.

  17. November 15, 2015 4:39 pm

    I have this one on my TBR pile. I’m sorry to hear it’s a bit predictable, but it sounds interesting enough that I’ll probably still give it a shot!

  18. November 18, 2015 11:45 am

    As I read your plot summary I liked the sound of it. It could have been a great book.

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