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The Daughters Of Red Hill Hall: A gripping novel of family, secrets and murder (English Edition) Format Kindle
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Description du produit
Biographie de l'auteur
Kathleen McGurl lives near the sea in Bournemouth, with her husband, sons and cats. She began her writing career creating short stories, then she got side-tracked onto family history research. She has always been fascinated by the past, the ways in which the past can influence the present, and enjoys exploring these links in her novels. You can find out more at her website, http://kathleenmcgurl.com/, or follow her on Twitter @KathMcGurl--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition paperback.
Détails sur le produit
- ASIN : B01ARSC5OI
- Éditeur : Carina (14 avril 2016)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 946 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
- Confort de lecture : Activé
- X-Ray : Activé
- Word Wise : Activé
- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 350 pages
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 628,815 en Boutique Kindle (Voir les 100 premiers en Boutique Kindle)
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Whilst working as an archivist at her local museum Gemma comes across a pair of beautiful ruby encrusted duelling pistols, when she hears they were used in a shooting at local Red Hill Hall she feels indebted to discover the true story. Gemma delves deeper into the lives of both Rebecca and Sarah who both grew up at the hall though Rebecca is the daughter of the owner and Sarah is the daughter of the housekeeper. Jealousy on Sarah's part soon rears its ugly head resulting in a series of shocking and for Rebecca, heartbreaking events.
Life for Gemma in the 21st century follows a very similar path with her best friend Nat all set to ruin her happiness, Gemma has a job she enjoys, a nice flat and has just got engaged to her boyfriend of seven years Ben. Nat is jealous of Gemma, thinking she has had everything easy in life whilst she, Nat has struggled and has nothing.
Tragedy occurs in 1838 and one of the girls dies. It looks as though something similar is going to happen in 2015 too but Gemma being a kind and decent person does not seek revenge but resolves things in an extremely generous and heartfelt way.
This is an immensely readable book, the prose is fairly simplistic but flows well enough making for an easy and lightweight read. It's not in the same league as Barbara Erskine or Kate Morton but I don't think it's trying to be. What it is, is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I don't hesitate to recommend it
The story centres around the discovery at a small Bridhampton Museum of a pair of ornate duelling pistols and then weaves the story of Sarah and Rebecca and their lives at Red Hill Hall with Gemma and her best friend Naomi in the modern day town. It is clear from the outset that Gemma is the Rebecca character and Naomi the less-salubrious Sarah and the author invites you to make comparisons between the pairs of girls from the outset.
The tale itself is a good one, dealing with a range of emotions and situations but mainly centering around duplicitousness, envy and just how far some people will go to get what they feel they deserve at the expense of all around them. It moves along at a good pace and the swapping between the historical girls and the modern day ones works well. Sadly, the modern day version is far less interesting and absorbing than the historical sections. Whilst Sarah and Rebecca live on the pages and you get a real sense of complicated human desires from both characters their equivalents of Gemma and Naomi are far less well developed and appear to be fairly flat and uncomplicated. This led to me rushing those sectiosn to get to the intrigue back in Victoria's early reign.
Not a bad book and an enjoyable enough read just needed a lot more "oomph" on the character front.
In the present day we find Gemma, working in a small museum not far from Red Hill Hall when she comes across a pair of duelling pistols with a connection to the hall. As a keen genealogist Gemma is keen to find out more and using the internet for newspapers, census etc. manages to come up with a basic story about what happened to Rebecca and Sarah in the 1830s. The hall has now been converted into an hotel and visiting one day Gemma meets Don the owner, and he invites her to look through a load of papers which have been there since he bought the hall to convert into a hotel. Eventually she manages to piece together the life story of Rebecca and Sarah.
This really is a super book and well worth the read. The only reason I have given it four stars and not five is that I thought Gemma's story was a bit unnecessary. There is far more too it than what I have written and in some respects it mirrors that of Rebecca and Sarah. To have Gemma as a museum assistant/genealogist would, in my opinion, have been sufficient without bringing the other modern day characters into the story. But never the less I thoroughly enjoyed the book and wanted to keep reading it. Well worth buying. I intend to read more Kathleen McGurl stories if they are all as interesting and different as this one.