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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  63 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Sometimes the past really does come back to haunt you...

The old manor house has stood empty for years, left to rot since the last master of the Fenton family died. Until Jess Beddows steps inside, and feels she has come home. Against her family's wishes, she buys the house, promising to bring it back to life. Upstairs, in an attic room left untouched for a century or more,
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published November 10th 2011 by Headline
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I've never read a Rosie Goodwin book before and this was recommended to me. I couldn't put it down. It cleverly switches between present day with Jess and her young family and 200 years earlier with Martha and the house's servants and masters. Really sad to finish it.
Anne Harvey
On viewing Stonebridge House, Jess feels instantly at home and, having come into a substantial sum of money and despite the objections of her family, promptly buys it. As she begins to renovate the property, she discovers an old journal written by a maidservant, Martha, who'd lived and worked there in the early 19th century. From then on, the story switches between Jess and her family and what was happening in Martha's life. I can't say too much about how the story develops because of spoilers b ...more
Good book, but kinda predictable...
Elaine Gubby - Cabaret
Thouroughly enjoyed this novel. Loved that the story went back & forth in time, two stories in one & carefully entwined. Loved Jess one of the main characters & the ghost Martha who tells a heart-rending tale which will change the life of Jess & her family. Story of ghosts, secrets, betrayal, a book filled with emotions & wonderfully written.. This is the first book I have read of Rosie Goodwin & it will certainly not be the last. Excellent read
Jill Chatwin
I enjoyed the settings of the book because the area was where I grew up - I liked the idea of the story and the link with history - I felt do sorry for jess in do many parts of the book - having a lying deceiving husband and the way he treated her. jess's life in some ways was no better than the one of Martha in the journal that she was reading. you just can not imagine the horror that the servants were expected to put up with then. in some way I admire what Martha did to the master, it would ha ...more
I think the author got fed up with this book in the last 100 pages and just wanted it to end
Penny Little
I loved the way the story went from the present day to the past via a maid's journal. Parts of the journal were given and then the story was written from the maid's point of view. A sad ending but with hope in sight. A page turner for me.
Denise Morgan
I have read most of Rosie' s books, but this one was different because it was about the lives of two families that lived in the house in two different eras.
Brilliant story
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