26 June 2022
My thanks to the publisher and Rachel's Random Resources for my copy of the book
and the invitation to the blog tour
When police knock on Alice Donaldson’s door at 4am, she knows the news won’t be good. There’s been an accident involving her ex-husband Grant, and as his existing next of kin, they need her help.
Grant is missing up on the North York moors, but the Grant Alice knew could barely be persuaded out on a walk around the block. What on earth possessed him to go on a hike in the middle of the night?
Alice soon finds herself working with Grant’s girlfriend Jenna and Jenna’s gorgeous ‘Lord of the family Manor’ brother Max, to find out what has happened, and what caused Grant’s accident at The Fortune House – the spooky house out on the moors.
The locals tell all manner of ghoulish stories about The Fortune House, which Alice is not minded to listen to. But before long, things take a turn for the strange and Max and Alice have a new mystery to solve. While all the while Alice can’t help hoping she might meet the requirements to be Max’s ‘Lady of the Manor’ at his country pile, Hatherleigh Hall.
📖 My Review...
Alice receives the unexpected news that Grant, her estranged husband, is missing after a tragic accident at the mysterious Fortune House high on the North Yorkshire moors. However, knowing her ex-husband well, Alice can't believe that he would be walking on the moors in the first place, so she is intrigued to find out more. With some trepidation Alice sets out to visit the place where her husband seemingly disappeared and there she comes into contact with brother and sister, Max and Jenna, who seem to have known a very different Grant and whose connection to the spooky Fortune House can't be ignored.
What then follows is a gently, haunting story about the lure of Fortune House and the mystery and spooky goings on, into which Alice, Max and Jenna get involved. The brooding nature of the moors comes across as do the unexplained sightings of some mysterious happenings at Fortune House. There's a nice amount of seriousness which is offset against the warm-hearted relationship between the main characters which the author has written with a light touch and a nice eye for detail. It took me a little while to warm to Alice, I felt that she was so much more than just worrying about her body image so it was good to see her personality blossom over the course of the story.
The Forgotten House on the Moor is a light-hearted story, with a nice sense of mystery, and a lovely smattering of romance.
🍵Best Read with... a flask of tea and several of Jenna's scones..
Jane Lovering is the bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy writer who won the RNA Novel of the Year Award in 2012 with Please Don’t Stop the Music. She lives in Yorkshire and has a cat and a bonkers terrier, as well as five children who have now left home. Her first title for Boldwood was published in September 2020.
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