IndieWritersReview’s review of A NIght At THe Bishop’s House by Ronda Caudill


Hello Fam:) Just wanted to share my review of A Night at the Bishop’s House by Ronda Caudill.

It was a stormy June night and Victoria Long was forced to spend the night in the spooky Bishop house on the outskirts of town. It is a night that will haunt her the rest of her life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ronda L. Caudill grew up in the small rural town of Glade Spring, VA and married her high school sweetheart. They have been happily married for 23 years. She has two wonderful daughters. Ronda earned her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University.  She is the author of Birthright (A Nobleman Novel), and short story A Night at the Bishop House. Ronda is currently working on the sequel to Birthright entitled The Choice.

REVIEW

A Night at the Bishop’s House, was a perfect read for a rainy, dark day(which was the type of day it was, when I read this story:) A throwback to the Gothic novels that I used to love growing up, you know the ones, where the heroines, ended up in a old spooky house, either because they were the new governess or family members taken in by their estranged  kin folk. I used to love not only the story line of those books, that authors such as Daphne du Maurier and Victoria Holt, to name a couple, but the atmospehere would be a major presence in the story. A Night at the Bishop’s House had that same quality!

The story followed Victoria May Long(see, she even has a great Gothic name! **see me squeal with excitement***). Victoria is basically roped into going to a office party which she doesn’t particulary enjoy. So after being there for what she believes is an appropriate amount of time, she leaves and makes her way home. That morning called for clear skies, and it was a clear night when leaving, and with her only living approx 3 miles from where the party was held, then there should not have been a problem. But once leaving and when she had not gone too far, Victoria runs into a storm of mega proportions, and the road that she usually takes home is closed, and she is forced to take the road by the abandon Bishop’s House, which for the majority of her life had terrified her, and that except for one or twice before, she has never gone near the house. So she is forced to go, and she believe if she can make it only those last few miles then she will be fine. But the storm becomes so intense, Victoria can barely see! Then of all things to happen, her car shuts down! Victoria, is terrified, she remains in her car for close to an hour, but eventually has no choice but to go in.

Once in the house Victoria, while simulatenously repulsed, frightened and also intrigued by the house; she is drawn in to a search and discovers the house’s secrets. Strange things happen, and she begins to see visions of the former inhabitants of the house, Sarah Bishop and her husband the handsome John Bishop. (I do not wish to spoil the story ) so, I will say that Victoria discovers a terrifying truth regarding who she really is, and that knowledge will change her life forever!

I truly enjoyed this novel, as I stated previously, it was a perfect throwback to those novels, similiar to the greats such as Victoria Holt and Daphne du Maurier! Ms. Caudill’s descriptions were so superb that it draws the reader into the story, the description of the house, made it almost a living, breathing entity, one that became a central character itself, and not simply the setting. My favorite scene, was when Victoria, was going down the long corridor(there HAS to be a long corridor in these great gothic tales, well any worth its salt!:O) Anyway,as she checked the multiple rooms, she would leave the door open, room, after room, but when she turned around the doors would be closed!

Awesomely creepy:) I enjoyed watching Victoria discover the secrets of the house and the startlung truth at the end! This is a wonderfully entertaining, hauntly fun read!

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