The Funeral Home: Book 2 of Series

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
Dark forces lure Victoria back in time where she is no longer herself, but Mistress Dorian, a member of upper class Victorian society. Struggling to find her way home, she assumes the identity of Dorian who is bored and restless with rigid aristocratic life. The moral choices she makes from her attraction to her footman to the horrors of the smallpox epidemic test her Christian faith. More

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About Joyce Freese

Selling real estate for the past 35 years, Joyce Freese believes that all homes have a persona, including the secrets that are often harbored in them.

Previously published, she has written real estate books, screenplays, and thrillers. Along with her 3 dogs, she and her husband reside in Phoenix AZ.


The Funeral Home
Dark forces lure Victoria back in time where she assumes the identity of Dorian, an aristocratic Victorian lady, who is bored and restless with rigid aristocratic life. Dorian rebels by having an affair with her footman. Unprepared for his betrayal and the smallpox epidemic, Dorian loses all that she holds dear but in the process discovers her true identity as Victoria finds her way home.

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Review by: Bill Shepard on April 18, 2011 :
This is a real page turner. The smallpox epidemic theme is compelling and appears to be well researched. Her Victorian era characters (Dorian, Dylan, Emma, Edmund, Quinn) are vividly presented and memorable.

Although the wrapper story of ghosts and time travel provides an interesting context, I'm not sure that it is necessary to the period story which can easily stand on its own.

Joyce Freese's The Funeral Home is skillfully crafted, nicely paced, and is highly recommended.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wendy Scott on April 02, 2011 :
30% read, so far I'm impressed with Joyce Freese newest novel. It is well-researched, placing the reader solidly in a lively Victorian setting once the heroine Victoria becomes Dorian. Joyce creates good suspense and mystery through pacing, deliberately brief references and parallels between the two worlds -- modern and Victorian -- she creates.

I'm also intrigued by Joyce's use of both 1st person and 3rd person omniscient POVs to tell the story, moving deftly from Victoria/Dorian to the other characters(Megan, Emma, Quinn, for eg) who populate her story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: John Faresi on April 01, 2011 :
It is an exciting story, captivating my interest with its fast pace and intriquing twists. Well written and easy to read. I recommend it to every one.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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