Tuesday 15 October 2019

The Girl At The Window by Rowan Coleman @rowancoleman @EburyPublishing #TheGirlAtTheWindow

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...

A hauntingly beautiful story of love and hope, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book and The Summer of Impossible Things

The Girl At The Window by Rowan Coleman was published by Ebury on 8 August 2019. My thanks to the publisher who sent my copy for review. 
This review was originally published in the Daily Express, Books on Friday feature. 

Trudy Heaton has returned to her childhood home Ponden Hall. She is shattered and devastated after the sudden and tragic loss of her husband.
Trudy ran away from Ponden Hall many years ago, her relationship with her mother was always strained and troubled, yet she is determined that her young son Will should learn about his Yorkshire heritage.
Ponden Hall has always been a house of secrets; entwined with the story of the Bronte sisters who lived nearby in the Parsonage at Haworth. The budding authors spent time at Ponden Hall and it is rumoured that Emily based her one novel; Wuthering Heights at the house.
Trudy is determined that Ponden Hall will be brought back to its original state and enlists the help of a local restoration expert. Whilst working on the house, Trudy discovers something that could potentially be the most thrilling discovery in the history of English literature for hundreds of years.
Rowan Coleman has expertly and hauntingly brought Ponden Hall to life. Mixing fiction with fact, she’s created a beautiful story of love, hope and ghosts.

Moving seamlessly from the present day, back to Emily Bronte’s lifetime, and then further back to discover the story of a young servant girl Agnes, the reader is treated to a story that passionately and sensitively told.

There’s romance, history and ghosts woven between these layers, with a touch of treachery and obsession to darken things up.

Completely enthralling and utterly spellbinding. A must read for fans of the Brontes; of Yorkshire;  of old houses and of stylish writing.

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.
You can find out more about Rowan at www.rowancoleman.co.uk or follow her on Facebook or Twitter @rowancoleman

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