Stained with heartache and cursed with vengeance, a stone well lies on a nineteenth-century estate, waiting for the Stockton line to wish again.
When seventeen-year-old Lila Wayde’s father loses his high-paying job in Las Vegas, the family relocates to a Pennsylvania estate bequeathed by an estranged aunt. Lila begins a new life there, one not corrupted by wealth and fake friends. She soon meets Ben, the groundskeeper’s gritty grandson, and experiences the kind of happiness her life’s been missing. But as she settles into the ancient house, she learns information about her ancestors and the old stone well that may make her wish she’d never come.
Ben Shadows has lost enough in life. So when Stockton Estate’s owner, Janine, wills the land to her great-niece Lila, Ben fears for the fate of the property. He decides to find out Lila’s intentions as the new owner, but his grandfather wants him to protect her from Stockton Estate’s alleged curse. As Ben helps Lila dig through the estate’s history, they grow closer than he ever intended. Now, along with concerns about the property and the reality of the curse, he struggles with feelings he can’t ignore.
Will the secrets of Stockton Estate bring them together or will knowing the truth rip them apart?
**Recommended mature YA for mild language and mild sexual content**
Firstly I would like to thank Miller for kindle providing me with a copy of The Line That Bends to read and review, this certainly won’t be the last.
Lila and Ben are two different yet the same, teens that inherit an estate which belonged to Lila’s estranged aunt.
When Lila, her brother and her dad move into the estate after unfortunate events, its a dark, dismal and a foreboding feeling, like there is darkness is looming.
Ben works as a groundsman on the estate with his Grandfather, this is home to him, and nothing will take it away from him.
Not even some snobby rich kid….or is she?
I loved the short poem that Miller wrote in the beginning:
“No light shines the same,
No shadow conceals the ache.
Once was passion, now is pain.
The touch of skin, the smell of rain.
Eyes like fire have burnt to ash. Vacant. Gone.
Cold and Frail.
The secrets, the whispers, a broken trust.
Forever it will stay, crippling until I break.”
After discovering her Aunt’s painting collection of a well, Lila sets out on a adventure to find it, to check out its beauty, little known to her, Ben is also in search for the well, but for a different reason.
After an unfortunate event and a run on with the well, this sets off a chain of event which result in Ben & Lila searching the estate for anything that they can find on a “curse” Ben’s grandpa spoke of on Lila’s bloodline.
As these two teens conspire to figure out this curse together, they both wasn’t expecting to have the feelings that they have for one another, and with time, there growing stronger and stronger the more they spend time together.
Once the secret that Ben’s been harbouring comes out, will the two be able to keep their blossoming relationship going or will the cracks cause it to crumble and fall?
This book is full of mystery and excitement and I really did get caught up in it. The writer did an awesome job with the Characters and the story line.
I can’t wait to read more and read the next instalment that Miller has lined up for us in the sequel “The Line That Breaks“
About The Author:
J.M. Miller currently consumes her coffee in Florida. When she isn’t busy being distracted by social media sites, she writes Young Adult and New Adult love stories. Sometimes those stories mingle with paranormal and mystery, and sometimes they lean a little toward suspense.
Aside from spending time with her family, she loves to travel and will jump at the chance to go anywhere, whenever life allows.