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The Girl At The Window By Rowan Coleman

The Girl In The Window‘The Girl At The Window’ is the exciting new book from Rowan Coleman.

Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from. Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead. While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, she must also attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother. And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present.

Rowan is back with another romantic and historical story that is perfect for all Brontë fans and is seen primarily through the eyes of Trudy, who has returned to her homestead after the tragic disappearance of her husband. Alone with her little boy called Will, she goes back to Ponden Hall to live with her mother, an outspoken and robust woman who never quite forgave her daughter for leaving and getting pregnant at such a young age.

Ponden Hall was the home of the Brontë Sisters and is now a national treasure, it’s rundown and in need of repairs and Trudy is hoping to raise funds the to repair the family home, she’s also hoping that this will distract her from thinking about her husband called Abe who disappeared whilst working in Brazil. But whilst sorting through the repairs for Ponden Hall, Trudy comes across some new material about the Brontë Sisters and the secrets contained within the house. But as Trudy begins to uncover the mystery of Ponden Hall, it seems that there’s a presence that wants to make itself known.

I loved this book, it’s the perfect story to curl up with. It’s a heartwarming and magical tale that really hooks the reader in. The setting is so atmospheric with the old and brooding house which is the main character in the story. It’s history had such a strong presence, as well as the turbulent relationship between Trudy and her Ma which makes for funny and poignant reading as the pair of them work together to solve the mystery of Ponden Hall.

There’s also the sub story of the mystery that Trudy is trying to solve, of a young woman trying to get back with her love and this makes for fascinating reading.

Wonderfully researched, this book is a fantastic story with a stunning cover, ‘The Girl In The Window’ is a story of grief, new beginnings and a haunted house with a perfect combination of history and romance, another stellar story from Rowan.

Mummy Needs A Break Book Tour – Extract

Mummy Needs A BreakOn the book tour for Susan Edmunds new book called ‘Mummy Needs A Break’, here’s a taster from the taster.

It had been a long time since he had said anything that flirty to me. And what if there was more to it than just messages? On the one hand, the idea was preposterous. This was my clueless Stephen. He once tied himself in guilty knots when a woman at a party gave him her number.

Later, we discovered she only wanted him to advise which type of steel she should use for her fence. But on the other, he wasn’t the type to message anyone for the fun of it. I had had to show him how to set up reminders to reply to his work emails, and it had been months since he bothered to respond to any of my texts.

Thomas had finally fallen silent in his bedroom, and I could hear Stephen plodding back down the hallway towards me, blinking like he’d returned from a disappointing all-night dance party. He rubbed his eyes as he emerged into the white LED light of the kitchen but stopped in the doorway when he clocked his phone in my hands. He looked at the illuminated screen, then my face and back again. ‘What are you doing?’

‘Who is this?’ I rose to my feet.

I had to grip the cold floor with my toes to keep myself upright.

‘Who are you texting?’

He spluttered, a mottled flush spreading over his face. He looked as if he’d just swallowed something rancid. ‘What?

No one.’

I thrust the phone at him. He snatched it from my hand and looked at the open conversation.

‘What is going on?’ My words were harsh in the balmy evening air.

He pushed the phone away, his hazel eyes sparkling.

‘Nothing is going on. I can’t believe you’re going through my phone.’

You can buy ‘Mummy Needs A Break’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 19th September 2019.

Skin Deep By Liz Nugent

Skin Deep‘Skin Deep’ is the latest book by Irish author, Liz Nugent and has recently been awarded the award for The Cancel All Plans Award for the Book You Can’t Put Down at the Dead Good Book Awards and I wholeheartedly agree that it was totally worth the award.

The book is set in rural Ireland and is seen through the narrative of Cordelia. As a child she was idolised by her father, the prettiest girl on the island, she believes that she is special and deserves to have everything her way, but life tragically changes for her when her family are killed in a fire. Now an orphan, she finds herself moved from pillar to post and determined to get things her own way, no matter the way. The story then flows from the past tense to present tense when Cordelia finds a body in her room.

I found Cordelia to be an absolutely fascinating and hateful character that shocked me so much throughout the story. From a young age, she was led to believe that she was the prettiest woman alive and deserved to be treated like a queen, but Cordelia was a horrible, emotionless person that left a trail of heartbreak behind her without a hint of remorse. She was cold towards everyone and didn’t care how she jeopardised other lives.

The story travels around Europe and gives a hint of exotic to the claustrophobic Irish story. There were some folklore stories that made for unsettling reading as well as perspectives from people who had interacted with Cordelia and this gives an insight into her behaviour and the drama that she leaves behind her.

Atmospheric from the first page, this book is cleverly written with an outstanding lead, ‘Skin Deep’ is a brilliantly brutal and dark story, filled with drama and deceit, this book is a must read for all.

You can buy ‘Skin Deep’ from Amazon and is available to buy from good bookshops.

The Family Upstairs By Lisa Jewell

The Family Upstairs’The Family Upstairs’ is the latest book by Lisa Jewell.

You thought they were just staying for the weekend. They looked harmless enough – with only two suitcases and a cat in a wicker box. But soon things turn very, very dark. It happens slowly, yet so extraordinarily quickly. Now you and your sister must find a way to survive.

Was it any surprise that the minute I started Lisa Jewell’s latest book, I was unable to put it down until I reached the final page, thrilling with unlikable and unreliable characters, this book had gripping written all over it.

The story is seen from multiple perspectives and flows in past and present tense, giving the reader a feel for the drama that is being unfolded.

Libby always knew that she was adopted and when she reaches her 25th birthday, she’s given a house that was in a trust for her. Shocked and bemused, she starts to investigate her family and is unprepared for the secrets that she discovers. As well as the narrative from Libby, there’s also the narrative from another person who’s set in the past tense and tells the reader about the cult that Libby’s family were embroiled with and how their family was consumed and fell apart. There is also one other voice called Lucy, a broke single mother who is trying to make a better life for her three children, but is struggling in another country with no security and hiding from others.

‘The Family Upstairs’ is another gripping story from Lisa, with a clever and intriguing plot and interesting characters, this book is an additive story that was impossible to put down. The different narratives gave a fascinating insight into the story into the mystery of the family and what happened in that infamous house. Masterfully crafted with twists and turns that kept the reader engaged throughout, ‘The Family Upstairs’ is another shining example of how seamlessly transitioned from female fiction writer to thriller.

You can pre-order The Family Upstairs from Amazon and will be available to buy good bookshops from 25th July 2019.

Katerina Diamond Reveals New Book – Woman In The Water

Woman In The WaterHaving loved her last book called ‘Truth Or Die’ , I’m excited to see that Katerina Diamond has already revealed her new book for 2020 called ‘Woman In The Water’ and it’s the return of Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey.

What the back cover says –

I’m alive. But I can’t be saved . . .

When a woman’s body is found submerged in icy water, police are shocked to find she is alive. But she won’t disclose her name, or what happened to her – even when a second body is discovered. And then she disappears from her hospital bed.

Detectives Adrian Miles and Imogen Grey follow their only lead to the home of the Corrigans, looking for answers. But the more they dig into the couple’s lives, the less they understand about them.

What’s their connection to the body in the river?

Why have other people they know been hurt, or vanished?

Sounds absolutely gripping!

You can pre-order ‘Woman In The Water’ from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 9th January 2020.