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Gad's Hall (Gad's Hall #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  249 ratings  ·  16 reviews
An unutterable secret, kept so securely by the women of Gad's Hall a century past, creates havoc for its present-day occupants.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1980 by Coronet Books (first published 1977)
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Barb
I read the combined edition with both stories in one volume;
Gad's Hall and The Haunting of Gad's Hall.

This is the first novel (or novels) by Norah Lofts I've read and honestly I found it (them) somewhat disappointing. I thought that I was sure to find something spooky between the covers given the title. But sadly this story just didn't do much for me in the spooky department.

The story is about two families. There is a contemporary story and an historical one, both center around an old Tudor h
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Werner
Nov 24, 2010 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural fiction, and of historical fiction; Lofts fans
Recommended to Werner by: It was a group read
Set in Lofts' favorite fictional setting, the environs of her imaginary Baildon, Suffolk, this novel is divided into two parts: Part I, set in the author's present, in which a modern family moves into the titular Gad's Hall only to find that there are certain strange manifestations there, connected to a locked attic room with no key; and Part II, set in the mid-19th century, in which we learn what exactly went on in that room and why it came to be locked permanently. The reason, as Lofts implies ...more
C.
We see at once whether a book brings the kind of story we anticipated. Sometimes, what you get instead, is a masterpiece like “Gad’s Hall”! As you are swept up in the lives of each person, it is no disappointment. I see that Norah Lofts ruled the gargantuan gift of authoring deeply-entrenched historical sagas. This pair of novels is as ambitious but stands apart.

A 1977 family disbelieves the bargain of a well-kept manor, with fruit trees and grounds from whence to make their living. Bob Spender’
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Mary
This was another holiday read. I've been meaning to read this book for over 20 years. It has been on the bookshelves at my parent's house since before i was born. I was always 'about to read it'. I think I was a little wary due to the spooky cover. Keeping myself awake because of a book happened too often!

This is the tale of how a couple come to own the titular Gad's Hall. Partway into the book it steps back in time to an earlier part of the history of Gad's Hall. It tells the tale of the famil
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Zora
Apr 30, 2014 Zora rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zora by: a "haunted house" list
I was looking for a haunted house book, and this is on several goodreads lists under that topic, but it's not a haunted house book at all. It was well enough written, I suppose, but right on the cover it says "a novel of the supernatural," and unless you count two people having vague uneasiness about a new house, there's nothing of the sort in here.
James Barnes
Really???? What happened to Lucinda? What happened during the delivery of her baby? What was so Devilish and Evil? What happened during the Exorcism? Did my book have pages removed?????? I have to admit, the book was a page turner only to find out absolutely nothing!
Bonnie
Ok, the cover of my book has "A Novel of the Supernatural. Gad's Hall." To anyone that has read this book: where was the supernatural?? There were 2 pages of eerie feelings at the beginning of the book and then nothing relating to the supernatural until page 200! Sooo disappointing....

Don't get me wrong,"Gad's Hall" was a very good read. The story essentially covers the history of a of two families living farm house in rural England. I won't go into any more detail than that because many other r
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Melissa Osburn
I loved the intertwining of stories, the present mixing with the past. I found myself admiring Jill's tenacity and resourcefulness. And I admired Mrs. Thorley for the same reason, both women were strong, even in the face of heartbreaking events, and both decided it was best to continue than to dwell on their misfortunes. Both women were portrayed as flawed and that only made them more human, more realistic. I enjoy reading and rereading this book, it calls to me every so often, inviting me back ...more
F
Norah Lofts, the author, developed the main female character, Isabel Thorley, with a brick-strong will. Ms. Thorley raised two daughters and two step-daughters, making no difference with the girls, ironically calling upon one of the stepdaughters in time of dire need. Ms. Thorley managed the Victorian Age farm as a widow. Ms. Thorley went to all extremes to hide one of her daughter's mental illness.
Mary
Jun 08, 2012 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes horror
Recommended to Mary by: Paperback Swap
The women of Gad's Hall have kept an unutterable secret safe for a century; now, one hundred years later, the repercussions of that secret come to light in the present, and affect the current occupants. I had read this book and its sequel about ten years ago but had totally forgotten the plot. However, I believe that the first book is probably better then the sequel. I give this book an A+!
Cathy Strasser
Fantastic ghost story complete with all the ingredients - and told so convincingly you can't help but believe it! Highly recommended.
Rebekah
Prequel to The Haunting of Gad's Hall. Excellent psychological portraits within a very interesting story.
M
Not to much of a ghost story. I pretty good british saga though.
Wynne
I do not especially care for the witchcraft aspect
Linda
Four sisters and a haunted attic.
Dana
My favorite by this author--I own the set of Gad's Hall & The Haunting of Gad's hall. Really keeps me engrossed even when I've read it multiple times!
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Also published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis

Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residen
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