Sunday, 29 September 2019

The Girl at the Window

Another great book by Rowan Coleman. I love it when the strands come together like this.

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Book description

A house full of history is bound to have secrets...
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...

My review 

This is definitely one for you if you love a ghost story. It’s got a historical thread and a present day one, and in between, one concerning Emily Bronte. I enjoy the author’s style and the tension built throughout the book as we realised what had happened in the past and how it impacted on Ponden Hall in the present. There were occasions when I tried to read faster to find out what was happening – always a sign of a good page-turner. I found I cared about the characters which also makes it a good read for me. I don’t believe in ghosts but I do love a ghost story and this is definitely up there with the good ones.

About the author

Rowan Coleman’s first novel Growing Up Twice was a WHS Fresh Talent Winner. Since then, Rowan has written fifteen novels, including The Memory Book which was a Sunday Times bestseller. It was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub and awarded Love Reading Novel of the Year, as voted for by readers.

Her latest novel, The Summer of Impossible Things, is a Zoe Ball TV Book Club selection.

Rowan lives with her husband and their five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire, juggling writing novels with raising her family. She really wishes someone would invent time travel.
Just a thought
An unread book does nobody any good. Stories happen in the mind of a reader, not among symbols printed on a page ― Brandon Mull

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