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In Central NJ, there is a building named The Union Hotel. Located in downtown Flemington, NJ, The Union Hotel was constructed in 1878 and was a town centerpiece as a stagecoach stop. It became a national destination during the 1934 trial of the Lindbergh Baby death. Journalists and jurors stayed at the Union Hotel as Bruno Hauptmann was tried for his heinous crime at the county courthouse directly across the street.
The Union Hotel stopped taking guests around the 1950s, but it continued operating as a bar restaurant. During this run, there were many reports from workers and patrons of hearing unearthly voices and humming out of nowhere. One person reported seeing a disembodied pair of a child’s patent leather shoes walking up the steps. The restaurant manager reported sensing a presence while being alone in his office.
There were many attempts to revive the Union Hotel, but talks always fell in circles, and the building fell into disrepair. The Union Hotel closed for good on 2007.
Since that time, the town committee goes back and forth discussing the fate of the Union Hotel. Two years ago, there were plans to tear down the building and create a shopping center, parking deck, and a college building. On 2017, A decision was made to preserve the hotel structure, and the back and forth proceedings as to how to revive the downtown area of Flemington resumed.
Last year I was reading ‘Daughters of the Lake’ by Wendy Webb. I was in the mood to read something paranormal for October, and when I read the sypnosis for Webb’s book in the Kindle First Reads section at the time, I was immediately interested. Stories that involve paranormal activity always intrigue me. I was hooked after reading the first few chapters! It had everything I was searching for in a story: mystery, suspense, and eerie tie-ins to the past. I haven’t read Wendy Webb’s other works, but I plan to!
Synopsis (from Goodreads): After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents’ home on Lake Superior to pull herself together—only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman’s curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She’s seen her before. In her dreams… One hundred years ago, a love story ended in tragedy, its mysteries left unsolved. It’s time for the lake to give up its secrets. As each mystery unravels, it pulls Kate deeper into the eddy of a haunting folktale that has been handed down in whispers over generations. Now, it’s Kate’s turn to listen. As the drowned woman reaches out from the grave, Kate reaches back. They must come together, if only in dreams, to right the sinister wrongs of the past.
What stories were you reading at this time last year?
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‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab 2nd Book in the Cassidy Blake series 287 pages Scholastic Press Release Date: September 3, 2019 Genre: Middle Grade
Synopsis: Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual. She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs. When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger. And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.
If there was anywhere in the world I would love to visit, it would be Paris! Going to the Eiffel Tower? Absolutely! Sitting at a cafe with my favorite reads? I’m so there!
Touring the Catacombs and search for ghosts?
Well…you only live once!
Cassidy Blake and her family do just that in ‘Tunnel of Bones’, Victoria Schwab’s second book chronicling Cassidy’s summer vacation with her famous ‘paranormal-on-screen’ parents The Inspecters. She’s also learning about her budding abilities as an ‘in-betweener’, venturing into the Veil (the world of the Dead) to send spirits back in peace, with the help of her ghost-best-friend Jacob.
In this installment, Cassidy unknowingly awakens a powerful entity while stumbling into the Veil within the Catacombs ( the perfect location for ghosts!). A series of mishaps and dysfunction ensues, and it’s up to Cassidy to figure out how to stop this mischievous spirit before Paris falls into complete disarray!
Cassidy is someone who’s truly learning her skills as an ‘in-betweener’, and we’re taken along for the ride during every discovery, misstep, and confrontation. Schwab perfectly portrays Cassidy in the throes of innocence, while confronted with forces that she’s not completely ready for. She’s a twelve year old girl struggling to balance the need to be a tourist in a new country, while getting sucked into the paranormal realm to solve the puzzle of the spirit in question.
Thanks to Lara’s periodic guidance and Jacob’s own secrets of his past (which provide its own level of intrigue), Cassidy becomes aware of an entire new layer of the paranormal world…yet all that Cassidy longs for is the simple joys of trying a crepe for the first time, and visiting the Eiffel Tower with its stunning views.
The chemistry between Cassidy and Jacob continues to grow. Jacob’s truth about his previous life is a constant weight hanging over their heads, yet they also enjoy the pleasure of maintaining the rules of their bond. The tension is maintained by Cassidy have more social encounters, which brings the loaded question of how much of her private life should she disclose.
‘Tunnel of Bones’ by Victoria Schwab was a very engaging story. If you enjoy stories that involve the paranormal and strong friendships, then this is the story for you!
Halloween is usually the best holiday, since it’s an amazing time to dress up as a different personality, and be at one with the paranormal. It’s said that Halloween is the time where the veil between the living and dead is thinnest. While I don’t run my life by following superstitions and paranormal activity, I feel that there’s a lot of validity to ghost stories and hauntings. It’s helpful to be aware of your surroundings, wherever you go.
I’m hopeful that today will be a quick day at work, and I can leave a little early. I can find the time to watch Halloween specials. And watch ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’! It’s a tradition to view the special on this holiday.