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The House on Slocum Road

by:
D. H. Clair (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-3334-6 ©2006
Price: $18.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 345 pages
Category/Subject: FICTION / General

Visions and voices—a secret place—a wedding dress—a diary—the first steps in a journey to the past.

Abstract:
Lottie Winslow doesn’t remember the crash that orphaned her or that she foresaw the crash in a dream. Her memory never came back, but the dreams and visions did. When a chance meeting with a psychic reveals that she has a mission, Lottie must choose between her husband’s American dream formula for their lives and the undeniable force within her. Her determination to forge ahead, despite his opposition, sparks a chain of events that begins with a discovery in The House on Slocum Road—a discovery that jumpstarts her inevitable date with destiny.

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Customer Reviews

  Wonderful , 07/24/2006
Reviewer: Paula
I just love this book, I hope there is a sequel to it? When I got the book I couldn't but it down, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I thank the author for sharing such a wonderful story, I'm going to let my daughter read it, and I know she's going to love it.

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  Wow! A Powerful Read of Fact/Fantasy , 07/24/2006
Reviewer: Phillip Troy
By all means, the best book I have read since the last Clive Cussler. A hauntingly poignent story about a young woman, the Civil War, a desperate search, her namesaked great-grandmother, time travel, her physician husband and a spiritual journey that compels you to keep turning page after page, and the paradox that is solved in the end...or is it?

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  Slocum Road , 08/12/2006
Reviewer: Maryann Rigby
WOW!!! and double WOW! Your book is great. I was sad when I finished reading it because I wanted to read more and more of it. The recipe at the end was a real treat. I'm glad you left the ending open. When is the sequel coming out?

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  Like taking a warm bath... , 09/14/2006
Reviewer: S.E. Land
I loved it. This is a rainy-day, dog-at-your-feet, cup of cocoa kind of book. Start reading it early – because before you know it, time will have slipped by and if you’re like me, you’ll have problems getting up for work the next day. It’s a suspenseful story with goose-bumpy elements like time travel, psychic abilities and all the synergies of events that lead up to Lottie’s ultimate discovery of what’s been bothering her all these years – but at the same time, the story is about real people with real issues that we all grapple with. Love, loss, rejection, confusion, jealousy, illness. The House on Slocum Road is suitable for anyone; I’m sharing my copy with my mother. No violence for violence’s sake, foul language, or thoughtless cruelty, and the value placed on family, friendship and fidelity make it a good choice for readers tired of flash-and-no-substance stories. And, the ending looks promising for a sequel!

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  A Treat in Store , 11/13/2006
Reviewer: Judith
The House on Slocum Road is at once the story of a (somewhat reluctant) present day heroine, and an eventful trip back into a long-ago time. Lottie Winslow has fought a silent battle for most of her life against frightening memories, visions and dreams. Even though it threatens to destroy her present “American Dream” life, she finally decides to surrender to the nagging force within her, and keep a "date with destiny". I was amazed at how Dahris Clair manages to alternate between the 1800’s and the present day with surprising skill and ease. If the reader is able to suspend reality for just a short while, a treat is in store, especially for Civil War history devotees. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, and refreshingly, a clean read. I hope to hear more from Dahris Clair.

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  An Awesome Page Turner! , 03/19/2007
Reviewer: Katie
"The House on Slocum Road" is, by far, one of the best works of fiction I've read to date! The pages literally turned themselves. From the first page I was hooked & I even had trouble forcing myself to stop reading & go to bed (smile) - it is that good! This story surrounds a woman named Lottie Slocum who, after recently being diagnosed as diabetic, begins having odd/frightening dreams - someone is beckoning her to another time, but who? and why? At the same time, she also begins having visions where she's able to see events before they happen - yet her husband (with whom she has a beautiful & close relationship with) doesn't believe her - or worse yet, he thinks she's beginning to lose her mind. The answers to what is going on lie in Lottie's vacation home - a house that has been in her family for many, many generations. While searching for these answers, you get to follow Lottie on her journey to self-discovery & acceptance of her psychic "powers" - and what a journey it is! Through hidden journals re: her ancestor's Civil War experience & actually travelling back in time, Lottie finds her answers - & they are both shocking & wonderful at the same time. I don't want to give too much of the story away - so I'm going to leave it at that. This is a beatifully written & researched book. In fact, there were times when I actually lost myself in the storyline - able to visualize in my mind the events as they unfolded. There are so many twists & turns that's difficult not to get caught up in this book! Overall, I HIGHLY reccommend "The House on Slocum Road" to anyone who enjoys paranormal suspense/mystery books. It's truly an awesome read!

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  Echoes of the past , 05/15/2007
Reviewer: Kathryn van Heyningen
“THE HOUSE ON SLOCUM ROAD,” by Dahris Clair, is a must read for lovers of the esoteric. The title and cover perfectly encapsulate the mysterious aura of this tale of the supernatural, reincarnation, and time travel. The protagonist, nurse Lottie Winslow, is propelled backward in time after her curiosity prompts her to search family records and photos. The discovery of an ancestor’s chronicles of the Civil War, including the Battles of Bull Run and Antietam, add extra depth to the story. Lottie becomes obsessed with digging through her past in search of familial connection despite her strait-laced husband’s objections. Her reward is an encounter of the ghostly kind. The image entices her to “Come home.” Though at first she discounts the vision as low blood sugar, she learns otherwise. When a violent storm assaults the old house, Lottie seeks refuge in her great, great grandmother’s bed. She awakens to a different world where she meets Caroline Patterson, best friend of the first Lottie. As a team, the two experience and treat unexpected medical emergencies without benefit of modern medication or technology. The author has done a creditable job of historical research of the Civil War period and subsequent years. The story, set in the Adirondacks, exudes warmth and gentility. Ms. Clair cooks up a tasty mystery and ends on a positive note with the inclusion of an old family recipe for Cinnamon Walnut Scones. Yummy! Kathryn van Heyningen, author of The Whitebridge Web" http://kathrynvanheyningen.com

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  Drama, tragedy, romance, suspense , 06/13/2007
Reviewer: Rebecca Buckley
D.H. Clair's "The House on Slocum Road" has so many twists and turns you won't want to put it down for a moment in fear of losing track of the story. The author has successfully created a labyrinth of characters and a storyline that are strung together and wrapped around the novel's heroine - Lottie Winslow. You will fall in love with Lottie at the get-go, and at first you'll be impatient when the story veers away from her temporarily, but never fear, when it comes back, you're in for a ride. Ms. Clair's clever weave begins to strengthen about a fourth of the way into the book and doesn't let go of the reader till the end. The story is jam-packed with scenes of the personal effects of the civil war between the North and South: of Lottie's family then, and of Lottie's family in the present. At first it feels as if two stories are running parallel, but in a different manner than what you would expect. Ms. Clair has written a drama, a tragedy, a romance, a para-normal - all rolled into one, and her comedic sense shines through in Lottie's dialogue in Part Two. You will be intrigued, surprised, and will experience a satisfying read in "The House on Slocum Road." I certainly did. I recommend it highly. Rebecca Randolph Buckley Wizards of Words - National Writers' Organization Rebecca Buckley, CEO www.rjbuckleypublishing.com

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  Sensitive and Thought Provoking , 06/14/2007
Reviewer: Susan C. Haley
The House On Slocum Road is all encompassing. It's well written, well researched, timely, and entices the reader into the story on page one. Yet, it's one of those books which tends to slow the reader down as the end approaches in the hopes that it will go on. I found it especially endearing as the tenets often referred to as 'paranormal' are, to me, quite normal. I found myself relating to Lottie and wanting to embrace her. Susan C. Haley, Author "Rainy Day People"

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  A page turner , 06/14/2007
Reviewer: Randi Odierno
This riveting story is also wonderfully readable. It centers around Lottie Slocum, a young woman with the capability of knowing things before they happen. Severely injured in the crash that orphaned her, Lottie suffers from retrograde amnesia. Her memory never came back, but the dreams and visions did. Twenty-five years later, the visions have resurfaced along with a persistent, repetitive dream she can't explain. Lottie is consumed with an irrepressible desire to connect with her roots and believes her ancestral home, the house on Slocum Road, holds the key. Frustrated by her husband's inability to accept her gift, she vows to "go it alone," despite the stumbling blocks along the way. This is also a story rich in history. of love and fidelity and one of enduring and timeless friendship. With uncanny flair, DH Clair transports her readers from the present to a well researched 1886 through a variety of twists that keep one turning the pages! Randi Odierno

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  Drama, suspense, paranormal all in one , 07/01/2007
Reviewer: Rebecca Randolph Buckley
D.H. Clair's "The House on Slocum Road" has so many twists and turns you won't want to put it down for a moment in fear of losing track of the story. The author has successfully created a labyrinth of characters and a storyline that are strung together and wrapped around the novel's heroine - Lottie Winslow. You will fall in love with Lottie at the get-go, and at first you'll be impatient when the story veers away from her temporarily, but never fear, when it comes back, you're in for a ride. Ms. Clair's clever weave begins to strengthen about a fourth of the way into the book and doesn't let go of the reader till the end. The story is jam-packed with scenes of the personal effects of the civil war between the North and South: of Lottie's family then, and of Lottie's family in the present. At first it feels as if two stories are running parallel, but in a different manner than what you would expect. Ms. Clair has written a drama, a tragedy, a romance, a para-normal - all rolled into one, and her comedic sense shines through in Lottie's dialogue in Part Two. You will be intrigued, surprised, and will experience a satisfying read in "The House on Slocum Road." I certainly did. I recommend it highly. Rebecca Buckley, CFO/Founder - WIZARDS OF WORDS. www.wizardsofwords.org

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  Can't Wait to Read Another Dahris Clair Book! , 01/01/2009
Reviewer: Lois W. Stern
I can't imagine any reader NOT enjoying this book! Clair shifts us effortlessly from 21st century to Civil War vintage events, from psychic phenomenon and out of body experiences to the cozy warmth of a family with cherished values, who support and care deeply for one another. Yet the pieces flow together as smoothly as a gentle stream on a breezeless day. Beautifully written, seamlessly crafted, The House on Slocum Road keeps the reader involved from beginning right through until that final page is turned. Lois W. Stern Author of: SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY and TICK TOCK, STOP THE CLOCK

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