Reader's Comments

5 Stars  Wonderful   07/24/2006  Reviewer:  Paula

I just love this book, I hope there is a  sequel to it? When I got the book I couldn't put it down, I wanted to  know what was going to happen next. I thank the author for sharing such a  wonderful story, I'm going to let my daughter read it, and I know she's  going to love it.                             


5 Stars   Wow!  A Powerful Read of Fact/Fantasy  07/24/2006  Reviewer:  Phillip Troy

 By  all means, the best book I have read since the last Clive Cussler.  A  hauntingly poignent story about a young woman, the Civil War, a  desperate search, her namesaked great-grandmother, time travel, her  physician husband and a spiritual journey that compels you to keep  turning page after page, and the paradox that is solved in the end...or  is it?       


5 Stars  Slocum Road  08/12/2006  Reviewer:  Maryann Rigby

 WOW!!!  and double WOW!  Your book is great.  I was sad when I finished reading  it because I wanted to read more and more of it.  The recipe at the end  was a real treat.  I'm glad you left the ending open.  When is the  sequel coming out? 


5 Stars Like taking a warm bath...  09/14/2006  Reviewer:  S.E. Land 

I loved it.  This is a rainy-day,  dog-at-your-feet, cup of cocoa kind of book.  Start reading it early –  because before you know it, time will have slipped by and if you’re like  me, you’ll have problems getting up for work the next day.  It’s a  suspenseful story with goose-bumpy elements like time travel, psychic  abilities and all the synergies of events that lead up to Lottie’s  ultimate discovery of what’s been bothering her all these years – but at  the same time, the story is about real people with real issues that we  all grapple with.  Love, loss, rejection, confusion, jealousy, illness.     The House on Slocum Road is suitable for anyone; I’m sharing my copy  with my mother.  No violence for violence’s sake, foul language, or  thoughtless cruelty, and the value placed on family, friendship and  fidelity make it a good choice for readers tired of  flash-and-no-substance stories.  And, the ending looks promising for a sequel!                              

4 Stars  A Treat in Store  11/13/2006  Reviewer:  Judith

 The  House on Slocum Road is at once the story of a (somewhat reluctant)  present day heroine, and an eventful trip back into a long-ago time.   Lottie Winslow has fought a silent battle for most of her life against  frightening memories, visions and dreams.  Even though it threatens to  destroy her present “American Dream” life, she finally decides to  surrender to the nagging force within her, and keep a "date with  destiny".    I was amazed at how Dahris Clair manages to alternate between the 1800’s  and the present day with surprising skill and ease.  If the reader is  able to suspend reality for just a short while, a treat is in store,  especially for Civil War history devotees.    This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, and refreshingly, a clean read.  I  hope to hear more from Dahris Clair. 

5 Stars  An Awesome Page Turner!  03/19/2007  Reviewer:  Katie

 "The  House on Slocum Road" is, by far, one of the best works of fiction I've  read to date!  The pages literally turned themselves.  From the first  page I was hooked & I even had trouble forcing myself to stop  reading & go to bed (smile) - it is that good!  This story surrounds a woman named Lottie Slocum who, after recently  being diagnosed as diabetic, begins having odd/frightening dreams -  someone is beckoning her to another time, but who?  and why?  At the  same time, she also begins having visions where she's able to see events  before they happen - yet her husband (with whom she has a beautiful  & close relationship with) doesn't believe her - or worse yet, he  thinks she's beginning to lose her mind.  The answers to what is going on lie in Lottie's vacation home - a house  that has been in her family for many, many generations.  While searching  for these answers, you get to follow Lottie on her journey to  self-discovery & acceptance of her psychic "powers" - and what a  journey it is!  Through hidden journals re: her ancestor's Civil War  experience & actually travelling back in time, Lottie finds her  answers - & they are both shocking & wonderful at the same time.  I don't want to give too much of the story away - so I'm going to leave  it at that.  This is a beatifully written & researched book.  In fact, there were  times when I actually lost myself in the storyline - able to visualize  in my mind the events as they unfolded.  There are so many twists &  turns that's difficult not to get caught up in this book!       Overall, I HIGHLY reccommend "The House on Slocum Road" to anyone who  enjoys paranormal suspense/mystery books.  It's truly an awesome read! 

5 Stars  Echoes Of The Past  05/15/2007  Reviewer:  Kathryn Van Heyningen

 “THE  HOUSE ON SLOCUM ROAD,” by Dahris Clair, is a must read for lovers of  the esoteric. The title and cover perfectly encapsulate the mysterious  aura of this tale of the supernatural, reincarnation, and time travel. The protagonist, nurse Lottie Winslow, is propelled backward in time  after her curiosity prompts her to search family records and photos. The  discovery of an ancestor’s chronicles of the  Civil War, including the  Battles of Bull Run and Antietam, add extra depth to the story.  Lottie becomes obsessed with digging through her past in search of  familial connection despite her strait-laced husband’s objections.  Her  reward is an encounter of the ghostly kind. The image entices her to  “Come home.” Though at first she discounts the vision as low blood  sugar, she learns otherwise. When a violent storm assaults the old  house, Lottie seeks refuge in her great, great grandmother’s bed. She  awakens to a different world where she meets Caroline Patterson, best  friend of the first Lottie. As a team, the two experience and treat  unexpected medical emergencies without benefit of modern medication or  technology.  The author has done a creditable job of historical research of the Civil  War period and subsequent years. The story, set in the Adirondacks,  exudes warmth and gentility. Ms. Clair cooks up a tasty mystery and ends  on a positive note with the inclusion of an old family recipe for  Cinnamon Walnut Scones. Yummy!  Kathryn van Heyningen, author of  The Whitebridge Web" http://kathrynvanheyningen.com 

5 Stars  Drama, tragedy, romance, suspense  06/13/2007  Reviewer:  Rebecca Buckley

 D.H.  Clair's "The House on Slocum Road" has so many twists and turns you  won't want to put it down for a moment in fear of losing track of the  story. The author has successfully created a labyrinth of characters and  a storyline that are strung together and wrapped around the novel's  heroine - Lottie Winslow. You will fall in love with Lottie at the  get-go, and at first you'll be impatient when the story veers away from  her temporarily, but never fear, when it comes back, you're in for a  ride.  Ms. Clair's clever weave begins to strengthen about a fourth of the way  into the book and doesn't let go of the reader till the end.    The story is jam-packed with scenes of the personal effects of the  civil war between the North and South: of Lottie's family then, and of  Lottie's family in the present. At first it feels as if two stories are  running parallel, but in a different manner than what you would expect.  Ms. Clair has written a drama, a tragedy, a romance, a para-normal - all  rolled into one, and her comedic sense shines through in Lottie's  dialogue in Part Two. You will be intrigued, surprised, and will  experience a satisfying read in "The House on Slocum Road." I certainly  did.   I recommend it highly.        Rebecca Randolph Buckley Wizards of Words - National Writers' Organization  Rebecca Buckley, CEO  www.rjbuckleypublishing.com 

5 Stars  Sensitive and Thought Provoking  06/14/2007  Reviewer:  Susan C. Haley

 The  House On Slocum Road is all encompassing. It's well written, well  researched, timely, and entices the reader into the story on page one.  Yet, it's one of those books which tends to slow the reader down as the  end approaches in the hopes that it will go on. I found it especially  endearing as the tenets often referred to as 'paranormal' are, to me,  quite normal. I found myself relating to Lottie and wanting to embrace  her.   Susan C. Haley, Author  "Rainy Day People" 

5 Stars  A page turner  06/14/2007  Reviewer:  Randi Odierno

 This  riveting story is also wonderfully readable. It centers around Lottie  Slocum, a young woman with the capability of knowing things before they  happen. Severely injured in the crash that orphaned her, Lottie suffers  from retrograde amnesia. Her memory never came back, but the dreams and  visions did. Twenty-five years later, the visions have resurfaced along  with a persistent, repetitive dream she can't explain. Lottie is  consumed with an irrepressible desire to connect with her roots and  believes her ancestral home, the house on Slocum Road, holds the key.  Frustrated by her husband's inability to accept her gift, she vows to  "go it alone," despite the stumbling blocks along the way. This is also a  story rich in history. of love and fidelity and one of enduring and  timeless friendship. With uncanny flair, DH Clair transports her readers  from the present to a well researched 1886 through a variety of twists  that keep one turning the pages!  Randi Odierno 

5 Stars  Drama, suspense, paranormal all in one  07/01/2007  Reviewer:  Rebecca Randolph Buckley

 D.H.  Clair's "The House on Slocum Road" has so many twists and turns you  won't want to put it down for a moment in fear of losing track of the  story. The author has successfully created a labyrinth of characters and  a storyline that are strung together and wrapped around the novel's  heroine - Lottie Winslow. You will fall in love with Lottie at the  get-go, and at first you'll be impatient when the story veers away from  her temporarily, but never fear, when it comes back, you're in for a  ride. Ms. Clair's clever weave begins to strengthen about a fourth of  the way into the book and doesn't let go of the reader till the end.     The story is jam-packed with scenes of the personal effects of the  civil war between the North and South: of Lottie's family then, and of  Lottie's family in the present. At first it feels as if two stories are  running parallel, but in a different manner than what you would expect.  Ms. Clair has written a drama, a tragedy, a romance, a para-normal - all  rolled into one, and her comedic sense shines through in Lottie's  dialogue in Part Two. You will be intrigued, surprised, and will  experience a satisfying read in "The House on Slocum Road." I certainly  did. I recommend it highly.     Rebecca Buckley, CFO/Founder - WIZARDS OF WORDS.  www.wizardsofwords.org 

5 Stars  Can't Wait To Read Another Dahris Clair Book!  Reviewer:  Lois W. Stern

 I  can't imagine any reader NOT enjoying this book! Clair shifts us  effortlessly from 21st century to Civil War vintage events, from psychic  phenomenon and out of body experiences to the cozy warmth of a family  with cherished values, who support and care deeply for one another. Yet  the pieces flow together as smoothly as a gentle stream on a breezeless  day. Beautifully written, seamlessly crafted, The House on Slocum Road  keeps the reader involved from beginning right through until that final  page is turned.   Lois W. Stern Author of: SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY and TICK TOCK, STOP THE CLOCK                          

 4.0 out of 5 stars  Must read for lovers of esoteric
By J. vanheyningen on June 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
"The  House on Slocum Road" is a must read for lovers of the esoteric. The  title and cover perfetly encapsulate the mysterious aura of the  supernatural and time travel.

The protagonist, i search of  familial connection, is propelled backkward in time to the Civil War  period. The discovery of an ancestor's chronicles including the Battles  of Bull Run and Antietam, add extra deph to the story.

Obsessed  with digging through her past, she is rewarded with an encounter of the  ghostly kind. The image entices her to "Come home." When a violent storm  assaults the old house, the protagonist seeks rfuge in her great  grandmother's bed. When she awakens, it is to a different world and new  people.

The author has done a creditable job of historical  research of the Civil War period. Set in the Adirondacks, the story  exudes warmth and gentility.

Ms. Clair cooks up a tasty mystery  and ends on a positive note with the inclusion of an old amily recipe  for Cinnamon Walnut Scones. Yummy!

Kathryn van Heyningen

author of "The Whitebridge Web"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  The House on Slocum Road
By Joan Vander Putten on May 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
This  story captured my imagination and interest from page one.  It was like  reading two books at once -- the flashbacks to the Civil War period and  the characters the author created there are just as wonderful, realistic  and interesting as her main characters.  It's a book that's well  written, presenting  family ties and ancestral lives in a way that makes  them come alive and wish that they were yours!  Ms Clair's writing is  reminiscent of a gentler time, one that brings home the values of love,  friendship, faith and hope.  I'm so pleased with this book that I'm  passing it on to my friends and family.

Joan Vander Putten, writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars  A WONDERFUL ESCAPE
By J. Amadiz on June 10, 2010
Format: Paperback|

STORY BRIEF:
Lottie  Winslow used to be an OR nurse until she married Dr. Paul Winslow, the  man of her dreams. Kind, gentle and understanding, she spends her time  doing volunteer work, fundraising for Paul's clinic and managing her  newly diagnosed illness: diabetes. At night, she dreams of things that  make little sense, things that point her in the direction of the Slocum  estate, the house that has been in her family for two hundred years.

Her  husband loves her deeply but worries of Lottie's seemingly unnatural  obsession while Lottie secretly wonders whether she's suffering from the  ill effects of her illness or she's simply going insane. She knows  things before they happen; sees things that aren't really there until  she discovers a hidden room while visiting the family home and finds  evidence that the woman who has appeared in her `imagination' did exist.  Now she's intrigued, particularly when she also finds a series of  diaries dating back to the Civil War that gives insight from varying  points of view of her family's unique history.

While Lottie  oversees a charity ball, things begin to heat up. As she finds herself  more and more embedded in the past and the life of a Union Soldier, she  navigates the present, including the declining health of her beloved  uncle. In the midst, a startling revelation is unveiled - the traumatic  childhood event, long buried in her mind, that took her parents' lives.  With that comes the unexpected encounter with a psychic that propels her  to follow her heart and embrace the echoes of a past that bridges then  and now. On her quest for answers to her mind's questions, Lottie ends  up not only uncovering a few more startling revelations but `living  through' her family's historic beginnings.

REVIEWER'S OPINION:
This  was a very engaging read. The author tells a good story with strong  characters that you either love or hate. The book is intriguing because  it inter-splices Lottie's present-day life and the series of conflicts  she faces with herself, her colleagues and her husband with a strong  male character in the midst of the his own battle of conscience as a  Union soldier, who enlisted against his wealthy father's wishes and a  young woman who will end up showing her things she never thought  possible.

The paranormal element is credible without being cliché  and the historic references are intriguing. I enjoyed the bond between  Lottie and Paul, even in the midst of their arguments. The author did a  great job capturing the elements of isolation that Lottie felt with her  gift as well as with her illness. The descriptive elements drew me in  moment one. My heart pounded threw some scenes and though I am not one  of much sentiment (I'm from NY, it comes natural), tears did well at  some very poignant moments. My only criticism was that I felt the author  could have made Paul, Lottie's husband, a tad bit stronger in his  character development. I felt he was supportive but in some instances,  somewhat weak especially during his encounter with an ex-girlfriend.

Overall,  it was a nice escape, a strong stew of suspense, action, conflict and  romance. Perfect for a lazy weekend in front of a fire or on the beach,  it, in my opinion, was a worthwhile purchase which I would happily read  it again.

BEST LINE
"Ferris wondered why they called it a Civil War when there was nothing civil about it."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  Great entertainment!
By Randi Odierno on November 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
This  riveting story is also wonderfully readable. It centers around Lottie  Slocum, a young woman with the capability of knowing things before they  happen. Severely injured in the crash that orphaned her, Lottie suffers  from retrograde amnesia. Her memory never came back, but the dreams and  visions did. Twenty-five years later, the visions have resurfaced along  with a persistent, repetitive dream she can't explain. Lottie is  consumed with an irrepressible desire to connect with her roots and  believes her ancestral home, the house on Slocum Road, holds the key.  Frustrated by her husband's inability to accept her gift, she vows to  "go it alone," despite the stumbling blocks along the way. This is also a  story rich in history. of love and fidelity and one of enduring and  timeless friendship. With uncanny flair, DH Clair transports her readers  from the present to a well researched 1886 through a variety of twists  that keep one turning the pages!
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4.0 out of 5 stars  Echoes of the past
By Russ Heitz on July 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
It  all started with a warning from a carnival gypsy many years ago: a  little girl named Lottie Winslow has a gift; she can look into the  future.  As years passed, this prediction was pooh-poohed by most of the  girl's family.  But the prediction was true nonetheless.  And many  facets of this gift were revealed through mysterious happenings that  occurred in and around an old family home in Sacandaga, New York.

A  letter edged in black, with blood dripping from a corner.  Screeching  tires as a car careened out of control.  Dreams and nightmares that  never seemed to go away.

This is not, however, a horror story.   Nor is it a story about fantasies and mental aberrtions.  Far from it.   This is a story of multi-generational family love and warmth as seen  through Lottie's eyes, emotions and experiences.  Her story includes  gentle reminiscences, a persistent resilience, and the kind of  resolutness that all can admire.  Her life is also spiced with strange  occurrences, vague impressions, and haunting visions.

Throughout  this book, D. H. Clair provides sketches of the past and the present  that are both authentic and colorful.  Historical accounts of the Civil  War era are blended with the blunt realism of everyday life today.   Sensitive descriptions of the natural world are juxtaposed with the  harshness of accidents and medical emergencies.  The mysteries, however,  are still there--in the center of it all.  So, too, are the mystical,  psychical parts of life that many readers have experienced in their own  lives at one time or another.

All of these threads are woven  together with skill and tenderness by the author.  This is the kind of  book that can warm you on a snowy afternoon or cool you on a sweltering  August hammock day.

Russ Heitz
russheitz.com
myspace.com/russheitz


5.0 out of 5 stars  An Awesome Page Turner!
By Katie on March 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
"The  House on Slocum Road" is, by far, one of the best works of fiction I've  read to date!  The pages literally turned themselves.  From the first  page I was hooked & I even had trouble forcing myself to stop  reading & go to bed (smile) - it is that good!

This story  surrounds a woman named Lottie Slocum who, after recently being  diagnosed as diabetic, begins having odd/frightening dreams - someone is  beckoning her to another time, but who?  and why?  At the same time,  she also begins having visions where she's able to see events before  they happen - yet her husband (with whom she has a beautiful & close  relationship with) doesn't believe her - or worse yet, he thinks she's  beginning to lose her mind.

The answers to what is going on lie  in Lottie's vacation home - a house that has been in her family for  many, many generations.  While searching for these answers, you get to  follow Lottie on her journey to self-discovery & acceptance of her  psychic "powers" - and what a journey it is!  Through hidden journals  re: her ancestor's Civil War experience & actually travelling back  in time, Lottie finds her answers - & they are both shocking &  wonderful at the same time. I don't want to give too much of the story  away - so I'm going to leave it at that.

This is a beatifully  written & researched book.  In fact, there were times when I  actually lost myself in the storyline - able to visualize in my mind the  events as they unfolded.  There are so many twists & turns that's  difficult not to get caught up in this book.

Overall, I HIGHLY  reccommend "The House on Slocum Road" to anyone who enjoys paranormal  suspense/mystery books.  It's truly an awesome read!


5.0 out of 5 stars  A Satisfying Read
By Rebecca Randolph Buckley on June 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
D.H.  Clair's "The House on Slocum Road" has so many twists and turns you  won't want to put it down for a moment in fear of losing track of the  story. The author has successfully created a labyrinth of characters and  a storyline that are strung together and wrapped around the novel's  heroine - Lottie Winslow. You will fall in love with Lottie at the  get-go, and at first you'll be impatient when the story veers away from  her temporarily, but never fear, when it comes back, you're in for a  ride. Ms. Clair's clever weave begins to strengthen about a fourth of  the way into the book and doesn't let go of the reader till the end.

The  story is jam-packed with scenes of the personal effects of the civil  war between the North and South: of Lottie's family then, and of  Lottie's family in the present. At first it feels as if two stories are  running parallel, but in a different manner than what you would expect.

Ms.  Clair has written a drama, a tragedy, a romance, a para-normal - all  rolled into one, and her comedic sense shines through in Lottie's  dialogue in Part Two. You will be intrigued, surprised, and will  experience a satisfying read in "The House on Slocum Road." I certainly  did.

I recommend it highly.


5.0 out of 5 stars  A Spellbinding Story
By Lois W. Stern on December 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
I  can't imagine any reader NOT enjoying this book! Clair shifts us  effortlessly from 21st century to Civil War vintage events, from psychic  phenomenon and out of body experiences to the cozy warmth of a family  with cherished values, who support and care deeply for one another. Yet  the pieces flow together as smoothly as a gentle stream on a breezeless  day. Beautifully written, seamlessly crafted, The House on Slocum Road  keeps the reader involved from beginning right through until that final  page is turned.

Lois W. Stern
Author of SEX, LIES AND COSMETIC SURGERY
TICK TOCK, STOP THE CLOCK
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5.0 out of 5 stars  A mystery of lost memories
By Carol McMillan on July 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This  book is a page-turning mystery.  It is a story of present relationships  and a puzzling lost memory with an unrelenting quest for answers.  This  is a story of love, determination, loyalty, and the power of the mind  to determine behavior.  Dahris Clair is a master of blending relatives  of the past with present struggles.  She displays a knowledge of the  Civil War tragedy.  She understands the complications of present  relationships.  Putting this all together in one book is a major  accomplishment.

Carol McMillan MS., writer and psychotherapist

 

5.0 out of 5 stars  Sensitive and Thought Provoking
By Susan Haley on November 25, 2006
Format: Paperback
The  House On Slocum Road is encompassing. It's well written, well  researched, timely, and entices the reader into the story on page one.  Yet, it's one of those books which tends to slow the reader down as the  end approaches in the hopes that it will go on. I found it especially  endearing as the tenets often referred to as 'paranormal' are, to me,  quite normal. I found myself relating to Lottie and wanting to embrace  her.

Susan C. Haley, Author

"Rainy Day People

"Fibers In The Web"


5.0 out of 5 stars  A Paranormal Suspense Which Enlightens a Heart!
By The One and Only on August 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
When  people read a great book they want to escape from reality and go  somewhere else. Author Dahris Clair invites a reader into a cozy home  setting which keeps one glued in literary creativity of a story that  whisks one away from stress of daily woes to enjoy a beautifully written  tale. With eloquent descriptions of history and nature, The House on  Slocum Road-Echoes of the Past, is an incredible journey taken with her  heroine, Lottie Slocum, who comes to terms with her own life and the  gifts that she has to offer. I loved Lottie and the way that this story  reflects on the remarkable talent of this notable author. Dahris Clair  writes with a loving spirit that captures the heart of the reader as to  where one never wants the story to end. Thank goodness for authors as  D.H. Clair. What a blessing it is to have her as an author in our world.
Fellow Author D'Maria Scaglione
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