Saturday, 6 April 2019

Blog Tour and Giveaway ~ The Peacock Bottle by Angela Rigley

On Hist Fic Saturday

Jaffareadstoo is delighted to host today's stop on The Peacock Bottle Blog Tour

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

My thanks to Rachel at Rachel's Random Resources for my ecopy of this book and my invitation to the tour

In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle's secret is uncovered.

My thoughts..

In 1893 Amelia Wise and her mother are struggling in difficult circumstances and the house they have inherited seems to pose more questions than it does answers. When Amelia finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden she is trying to restore she begins to discover more about another family, and especially two girls, who once lived in the house. The story then moves between two times frames, that of 1840 and 1893, revealing a story of long buried family secrets.

The Peacock Bottle is a nicely written dual time story which the author has set in the county which was once Cumberland in the English Lake District. The two time frames sit comfortably together but because there's not much between them in terms of historical detail, I did have to, occasionally, remind myself which timescale I was in, but on the whole I think the author has succeeded in carrying off the dual time aspect, which, it must be said, is sometimes really difficult to achieve. The author writes well and has obviously taken the time and care to make everything feel authentic.

The Peacock Bottle is a nicely descriptive story, with a good sense of history and a delightful approach to characterisation. I read the story over a couple of afternoons when the weather wasn't too good, and I found a lovely escape to the English Lake District of the nineteenth century.

About the Author

Married to Don, I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren, I live in Derbyshire, England, and enjoy researching my family tree (having found ancestors as far back as 1465), reading, gardening, playing Scrabble, meals out and family gatherings. I am the treasurer of my writing club, Eastwood 

Writers’ Group, and I also write and record Thoughtsfor the Day for Radio Nottingham. At church Ising in the choir and am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a reader, a flower arrangerand a member of the fundraising team for Cafod, my favourite charity. I have written hymns,although I cannot read music.

Author Links

Twitter @angierigley

✨✨ Book Giveaway ✨✨

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