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JENNET: now she wants the children

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"I love your books!" - Rowan Coleman aka Bella Ellis, author of The Girl at the Window and The Vanished Bride —————— 1936 – Ma Ramsgill is happy. After the losses of the Great War and its aftermath, she has a family again. Her son, John, is healthy and the image of his father, Jack; Maggie is asleep in her pram; and she’s sure a third will soon join her brood. Then her idyll is shattered by a ferocious animal attack, and she realises that the old tales hold a devastating truth. Something – some one – stalks these moors; someone long dead, someone with a grudge against her family. Jennet. Ma will not let her take any more Ramsgills. Present Day – Yorkshire is in the grip of a heatwave, and Thruscross Reservoir has dried up to reveal the remains of the drowned village of Thores-Cross beneath. Playing in the mud which coats the valley floor, four-year-old Clare Wainwright finds an old inkpot, and can’t wait to show it to her best friend, Louise. But when Louise’s mother, Emma, sees it, her reaction is shocking, and both families are plunged into their worst nightmares. Emma knows what the inkpot Jennet has woken. Now she wants the children. ——————
A dual-timeline historical novel, Jennet moves between 1930s Yorkshire and the present day, following the residents of Thores-Cross, a remote moorland village, in their fight for survival against a vengeful spirit. Jennet will not stop until she has what she wants – life for her children. Jennet is perfect for fans of Nicola Cornick, Barbara Erskine, Susanna Kearsley and Pamela Hartshorne.
—————— What readers are saying about Karen “Ms Perkins is a true artist of the spoken word” – Author JJ Toner “Fantastically creepy ghost story” – Author Lee Franklin ”Karen Perkins is truly a master of words, emotion, and craft” - Author Linda George “I was pulled from my sofa and out onto the bleak Yorkshire moors, hooked in from the first page until the last.” “Karen Perkins is an excellent author and puts you right inside the Yorkshire Dales” – Mike McManus, Amazon reviewer “Fantastic, atmospheric, tantalising, and edge of your seat read” – Jus, Amazon reviewer

280 pages, Kindle Edition

Published October 17, 2018

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Karen Perkins

35 books242 followers
Karen Perkins is the author of the Yorkshire Ghost Stories, the Pendle Witch Short Stories and the Valkyrie Series of historical nautical fiction. All of her fiction has appeared at the top of bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic, including the top 21 in the UK Kindle Store in 2018.

Her first Yorkshire Ghost Story – THE HAUNTING OF THORES-CROSS – won the Silver Medal for European Fiction in the prestigious 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards in New York, whilst her Valkyrie novel, DEAD RECKONING, was long-listed in the 2011 MSLEXIA novel competition.

Originally a financial advisor, a sailing injury left Karen with a chronic pain condition which she has been battling for over twenty five years (although she did take the European ladies title despite the injury!). Writing has given her a new lease of – and purpose to – life, and she is currently working on A Question of Witchcraft – a sequel to Parliament of Rooks: Haunting Brontë Country.

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October 17, 2018
I received a complimentary advance copy from the author in return for an honest review and was not disappointed. As gripping as the first two books in the series, I could not put it down. I felt the horror that Emma must have felt when the inkpot reappeared. A shudder went down my spine when the church bells rang. It had me on the edge of my seat right till the very end. Definitely a book to read during the dark winter months with just the light of a candle. I hope this is not the last we hear of Jennet..
October 17, 2018
Thores-Cross and Cursed were going to a hard act to follow but Karen has excelled herself again with Jennet. A must read !
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October 17, 2018
Quite honestly, I couldn't put this riveting book down, based on real locations, it takes you to the heart of cold, windswept hills of old Washburn Valley in North Yorkshire.
Jennet is relentless in her desire for her 'babbies' and will go through hell or high water to have them.
Karen makes you feel that the area and dwelling places are right outside your own door.
A very haunting story, and perfect for a cold dank dark night with the fire glowing.
This is the 3rd in the series, the others being, 'The Haunting of Thores-Cross and Cursed.
I fully recommend all of Karen's amazing novels, you will not be disappointed.
292 reviews2 followers
October 17, 2018
I was given this book for my honest review.
What a great and fantastic last book.
You have to read 1/2 first to know what is happening .
I could not put this book down.
Each chapter you wonder just what is coming next.
It was exciting , scary and a tear.
You see how things are through the eyes of the characters.
What will happen with Jannet
I cannot say it would spoil it and you need to read to see for yourself.
I throughly enjoyed this book and I hope you do too. A great ending.
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16 reviews
September 25, 2022
A really good conclusion to this trilogy of Thores Cross books. Karen Perkins is now one of my favourite authors. A riveting read. I completed it in 3 days.
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Author 15 books57 followers
August 9, 2021
I have read all three books in the Jennet trilogy: “The Haunting of Thores-Cross,” “Cursed: A Ghosts of Thores-Cross Short Story,” and “Jennet: Now She Wants the Children.”

These are stories that have and will hang with me for a long time, mostly because of the characters, but also due to the world-building in one of my favorite places on earth: Yorkshire. The author is, I believe, a native of that part of the world. I’m sure that helped give these tales their authentic flavor. I visited there once. I felt for myself the antiquity, danger, history, and romance of the moors.

Where “Thores-Cross” was at times "shiver the back-of-the-neck" creepy, Jennet came at me full-barrel (thanks to Jennet herself), immersing me in the customs, dialect, and atmosphere of the Yorkshire moors from 1936 to present day. There are many subtle details of life among the Yorkshire folk, from making corn dollies, appeasing the Corn Spirit, to the floating blue lights (bog-gasses) which I found particularly fascinating. There is a scene where a body is exhumed from the peat on the moors: having seen an exhibit of mummies and preserved bog bodies once, I visualized this so clearly.

Jennet, still swirling around in the aether with her two dead “babbies,” has not lost one iota of rage over what was done to her. Frankly, I never blame her, although I could see how this obsession was not serving her or the children.

She sees an opportunity to stick her babes into two modern-day girls, forever stealing and replacing their spirits, as a way for her children to live again.

The repeated attempts to possess the modern-day girls was quite vivid and heartrending. I so felt for the two mothers, who pretty much fought this battle on their own. In fact, I noted that it was the women, generally, past and present, who recognized and accepted the threat, and who risked their lives to defeat it.

Who wins this war? Jennet, or Emma & Ruth? Jennet, or Ma Ramsgill and her female helpers? With a Jennet book, you never know till the very end.

Highly recommended for all the Anglophiles out there, the pagans, the spell-casters, the believers, those who have seen or felt otherworldly things, and those who simply love a cracking story that never releases your imagination, from page one to the end.
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October 20, 2018
I’ve been waiting in anticipation for this book and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The story captivates the readers attention from the start. I had read the previous books in the Yorkshire Ghost Stories series, which certainly helps with understanding of the back story to the current book, but it’s also a good standalone story.
I love the way the women are the strong, central characters in this book , both in the past and present.
I love the mix of past and present, this book has obviously been well researched. Karen Perkins powers of description make me feel I am on the Yorkshire moors and in the thick of the action. This area is now firmly on my list of places to visit, although I’ll be looking over my shoulder for ghosts!
This book has just the right of ‘scary’ in it to make me double check all the doors and look under the bed before I go to sleep.

I received a complimentary advance copy from the author in return for an honest review
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Author 15 books14 followers
July 31, 2019

Jennet is the third and final book in the Ghosts of Thores-Cross series.
Emma is now mother to a daughter Louise and a son Andrew. Ruth is mother to Clare and Sammy. The two girls were born in the same day and call themselves the Gemi - Twins. Jennet is back and wants her two children Allie and Charlie to take over Louise and Clare's bodies.
Oh boy Karen Perkins really did make the last book in the series the best of the lot.
The story runs in both the present day and in 1936 when Ma Ramsgill and some other women from the village worked together when Jennet returned then.
The story moves at a cracking pace with characters that leap off the page, as the story of Jennet moves towards its conclusion.
266 reviews2 followers
January 20, 2021
Absolutely loved it. Was exactly the kind of book I’d been looking for (old curse type true stories tales).
I read The Haunting Of Thores- Cross first, then I absolutely had to buy the other books.

I found the characters to be real, believable and not overworked as can sometimes be the way with haunted tale type books.

I could quite easily see this as a mini Netflix series.

Basically as a follow on from previous books, Jennet, a wronged young girl who died at the hands of others comes back this time to let her children who died at birth, take over the bodies of the families children who live on the Moors. No spoilers but I really enjoyed it and will read it again and again! After I e read the authors other books first! Haha
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7 reviews
September 27, 2019
More than a spooky story

The return of an ink pot means only one thing, the return of Jennet. She is even more venomous than ever yet at times she evokes not only fear but sympathy. Whilst she has a central part to play, I found myself fascinated by the women of the village in the 1930s. Ma Ramsgill and her circle of women friends captured the essence of Daleswomen lives. The sense of community rose from the pages as did Jennet herself. Karen drew the pictures with her words. The book set off at a genteel pace and thundered on to an unexpected climax. This book kept me awake into the night. Not many do these days. A must for readers who like suspense and a large slice of Yorkshire. Excellent read for dark nights. Get it now.
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October 18, 2018
JENNET:The Haunting of Thores-Cross book three and an enthralling portrayal of the strength and depth of a mothers' devotion to her children reaching out across the years, from Jennet then through to the modern day for Emma and Ruth. As with the previous two gripping titles Jennet had me gripped from start to finish. I cannot find it my heart to condemn Jennet for her actions, I recommend this book - see how you feel and enjoy being transported through the years.
Well done Karen Perkins!
I received an advanced complimentary copy from the author in return for an honest review.
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August 15, 2019
A satisfying end to the trilogy.

At last, Jennet and her brood find peace. This was a very good ending to the Jennet trilogy, a series I enjoyed enormously. I really appreciated the inclusion of old Yorkshire dialect, it really brought the characters to life. This was a good read and I recommend it to all lovers of good traditional ghost stories.
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253 reviews
August 22, 2020
A great way to end Jennet's story!

What a great book! I really enjoyed the trilogy and Jennet was a great story to end it. The characters, human and ghostly were well written, and you could feel Jennet's pain and anger throughout the story. I highly recommend The Haunting of Thores-Cross, Cursed and Jennet. Brilliant!
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44 reviews
February 17, 2019

This book was well written. New characters were introduced fully and given good histories. Some Americans will have trouble with the different English, but that's why we have Kindles.
678 reviews8 followers
March 7, 2020
Restless wraith

A book that was chilling. A woman seeking revenge from beyond the grave. Her curse deadly for those who have wronged her and even their offspring of future generations. Will it never end?
5 reviews
October 19, 2018
Amazing book

Love it read it in a couple of days highly recommend it was an amazing read so many twist and turns so please please read this you will not be disappointed I promise
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November 10, 2018
Another gripping read. Only took me couple of nights to read it. Love the stories in this series.
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8 reviews
July 21, 2019

I found the books very good I have always believed in the spirit world I found your book every good and will follow to see what comes next.
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January 18, 2023
I am a sucker for hauntings, and ghost stories. Absolutely loved this series, and glad that this book concluding the series makes most things good again. I don’t want to say more than that or may spoil it for others. All I can say is it’s a great trilogy Connor and whilst many people don’t believe, I still do in ghosts, spirits, and powers that we have lost in modern day society.
I love Karens writing, and will read many many more books by this author.
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