Review – The Secrets of Hawthorne House by Donald Firesmith

I received a copy of this ebook from in exchanged for my honest review.

When Matt’s mother dies in a freak car accident, his grieving father moves the family from the ocean town they love to Hawthorne, Indiana. They movie into a house next to a mansion, Hawthorne House, rumored to be the home of a witch. In order to make some spending money, Matt approaches the owner of the mansion and asks to do her yard work. Mrs. Hawthorne agrees on a trial basis. She suspects that Matt is planning to prank her, like the all the other kids in the area. When he does a good job, she hires him.

Summer ends and school starts. Things get rough when the town bullies decide to make Matt their next target. When he tries to defend himself, he in fact, gets into trouble. Matt is miserable.

One day, Mrs. Hawthorne asks Matt to do some extra work because she has company coming. Her niece and her three children are coming to live with her after the death of her nephew-in-law. Matt and the eldest boy, Gerallt, become fast friends and, unfortunately, even more of a target for the bullies. While dealing with the bullies, Matt learns about Gerallts’ family secret and it is a doozy.

I really enjoyed this book and hope that there are more to come.

Get yourself a copy from Amazon.

Thanks for reading!


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Kathy Harriott

My husband, Mike, and I moved from NJ to Southwest Florida in September 2006. I currently work for the local county Facilities Dept. and fill my free time with crafts, reading and my experiments in the kitchen.

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