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4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  183 Ratings  ·  15 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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Sep 06, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
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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.
Aug 17, 2012 Wendee rated it liked it
Good book, but kinda predictable...
Sharon Jellis
Jan 18, 2017 Sharon Jellis rated it really liked it
loved the book,kept me engrossed throughout even though i had guessed the outcomes .Predictable but well written.
Dec 28, 2016 Kim LOCKHART rated it it was amazing
Gripping read
Jan 02, 2016 Merrily2 rated it it was amazing
One word.WOW! I do love Rosie Goodwin. Got this from the library well over a year ago was only in about two chapters took it back to renew but somebody had ordered it so couldnt. Luckily ended up with my own copy. I love any books that are intertwined with history and old houses. This did not disappoint. I loved all the characters and the whole feel of the book. Yes its a ghostly story not a horrror one but one of those that keeps you a bit on edge especially if you are reading late at night in ...more
Nov 30, 2014 Jill rated it really liked it
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
Anne Harvey
Jun 20, 2014 Anne Harvey rated it it was ok
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
Nov 14, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 04, 2015 Hana rated it liked it
To tell the truth I wasn't very keen about reading this book and the rather simple language didn't persuade me either. But I got sort of hooked up on the story and the heartbreaken scenes toward the end of the book did make me cry a lot. To sum it up, it was quite interesting but nothing to write home about and I feel that I will forget it quite quickly.
Jane Taylor
Jul 05, 2015 Jane Taylor rated it it was ok
The story was interesting but I felt that the telling was a bit naïve. I did guess quite early on the 'culprit'. A bit too much repetition about her feelings but, all in all an easy read. Liked the swapping from the different eras.
Penny Little
Jun 05, 2012 Penny Little rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2013 Denise Morgan rated it really liked it
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.
Richard Jones
Jun 18, 2016 Richard Jones rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What a book, couldn't put the book down it had you gripped all the way through. I would recommend this book to anyone. Brilliant
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I think the author got fed up with this book in the last 100 pages and just wanted it to end
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Before becoming a writer, I was a Placement Support Worker and foster carer, and worked in the social services department after completing a teacher training course. Many children have joined my family over the years. I still live in Nuneaton, where many of my books are set, with my husband, Trevor, and our beloved dogs.

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