I chose this book to read over Halloween, not knowing it was set on the Jersey Shore. While I love a good pun, the title of the book doesn’t make sense until deep into the story, but don’t let that stop you if you like cozies, like ghosts, like old homes with plaster walls, like single moms who can renovate an old home almost single-handedly, etc.
It’s more than a little ironic that the setting is also still in the national news, as the region attempts to recover from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy. I’m a ponderer, and I can’t help but wonder if this book was inspired by a real house in a real “down shore” town, and if so, are house and town still standing?
This is going to shock some of you, but Melissa, the 9-year-old daughter of the main character, is a pretty cool kid. And the mom drives a Volvo, so if only they had a dog…
Oh, and there’s something in there for history buffs too. Arguably one of the most famous painting of our first president is set near Trenton, NJ, where Washington crossed the Delaware. While my heart belongs to Virginia history, I do have a special fondness for all things Colonial, Revolutionary, and the Civil War, regardless of the state.
Virginia begins her claim of being the home of Presidents with General George Washington, but he didn’t just sit at Mount Vernon… and if you want to know how he fits into the book, read it!
Speaking of presidents, don’t forget to vote tomorrow if you haven’t voted already. Virginia believes in old-fashioned voting in person, so we’ll be doing our civic duty tomorrow in the gym of the elementary school the Knight and I both attended. There are all kinds of swing states, depending on who’s talking, so please know that your vote counts!