🎄🎄 Delighted to host this Christmassy Publication Day Push 🎄🎄
|Crooked Cat Books|
4 November 2019
97 page Novella
My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel's Random Resources
for my ecopy of this novella and the invitation to this Publication Day Push
A time for spilling secrets...
Having refurbished her inherited house and upcycled her whole life in the process, Freya–now happily married to Patrick, and with a small child–hasto transform her tiny stone barn into a romantic hideaway for a mystery guest who is also looking for change. With Christmas only a weekaway, things don’t go according to plan...In the past old uncertainties are resolved when an elderly woman seeks the truth of a legend on Christmas Eve and confesses to a deception; a Tudor wife listens to a story that must never be repeated and is given a precious relic that must never be displayed; and in the early nineteenth century an old woman tells a younger one the story of the hares at Ladywell.Past and present are only a whisper apart when Freya learns of an astonishing discovery that will make Ladywell famous, but meanwhile her house is full of unexpected visitors, she has a turkey to cook–and a very special secret of her own that must be told.
What did I think about it..
There is such a lovely feel to this Christmassy novella that I was quite enchanted by the story about Freya, Patrick and their daughter, Violet, who all live at the house at Ladywell, which is a lovely family home steeped in the traditions and legends of the past.
The author cleverly blends past with present and takes the reader on a delightful blended journey into the deep connections which Ladywell has with all the occupants of the house over the centuries, linking the myths of days gone by with what’s happening to Freya and Patrick in the here and now.
For those who are familiar with the story from the author’s previous novel, The House at Ladywell, this novella continues the theme of interlinking past and present, and adds even more detail, sharing once again the connection with the old ones who have made this area their home for hundreds of years. I especially loved the magical significance of the rather special hares who live in the landscape around Ladywell, and who give the story a special mystical quality which really is quite magical.
Christmas at Ladywell is a beautifully written novella, with a lovely blend of past and present and is the perfect antidote to all the stresses of Christmas.
Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire–which is where she lives.The House at Ladywell–a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes–won the Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries and The Convalescent Corpse, published November 2018, is the first in a new series, The Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918.
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