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The Silk House: The thrilling new historical novel from the bestselling author of The Botanist's Daughter (English Edition) Format Kindle
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Weaving seamlessly between past and present, and featuring the powerful narrative voices of three very different women, Nunn delivers an atmospheric stunner... a multi-layered and suspense-packed ghost story full of shapes, shadows, ethereal music, bumps in the night and restless spirits. (Lancashire Post) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition kindle_edition.
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- ASIN : B086PQGP81
- Éditeur : Orion (1 octobre 2020)
- Langue : Anglais
- Taille du fichier : 3118 KB
- Synthèse vocale : Activée
- Lecteur d’écran : Pris en charge
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- Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 345 pages
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In the present day Thea Rust arrives from Australia to teach at Oxleigh College, an exclusive boarding school. She is also assigned to look after the school’s first intake of girls. As such she is to stay with them in the Silk House, a converted silk factory from the 18th century. Yet the house is hiding secrets that are waiting to be discovered...
In 1768 Rowan Caswell leaves her village to seek work and is employed in the home of Mr. Hollander, an English silk merchant. She wants to live a quiet life but her skills with herbs and healing soon places her in a precarious situation. The witch trials may have formally ended but there is still suspicion about women like Rowan.
In London, Mary-Louise Stephenson dreams of becoming a silk designer, though being a woman no one will consider her designs. Then she is approached by Hollander, who commissions her designs in silk. A length of fabric that she produces with a pattern of deadly flowers will have shocking consequences for those who dwell at the Silk House.
I enjoyed this very much and felt that Kayte Nunn created compelling characters and evoked her period setting well. I found that the narrative moved fluidly between the 18th and 21st Centuries. Nunn also linked the periods in small yet significant ways: like the silk bookmark that Thea finds, a recurring symbol with mysterious origins, and her research into the lives of the house’s former inhabitants.
The novel also contains plenty of details about the historical silk trade along with herbal medicines and the like.
Overall, I found it an engaging mystery with plenty of unsettling moments, things going bump in the night, and a very unexpected but satisfying conclusion.
Welcome here great atmosphere and much to intrigue in this "Then" and "Now" novel. Focus is on two newcomers. In 1768 Rowan Caswell is the new servant, she with skills best hept secret at a time full of hostility towards the slightest hint of witchcraft. In 2019 Thea Rust joins the College as history teacher, she unexpectedly appointed in charge of the girls. Resourcefully rising to the challenges, Thea nevertheless feels uneasy in the old building - certain aspects positively unsettling, epecially at night.
Vivid characterization, especially in the "Then" sections: larger than life but fatally flawed weaver Patrick Hollander; his wife Caroline, so anxious for a child; colourful cook Prudence, an asset indeed if on one's side; butcher's boy Tommy Dean, a perky friend whenever Rowan needs help. Interesting details tell of the processes leading to the creation of elaborate women's wear. (This very much a man's world, but - another fascinating character - Mary Louise Stephenson determined to alter that.)
Great drama in due course occurs in the "Then" section, all coming to light in the present as Thea delves into local history and makes disturbing discoveries of her own.
Throughout there is increasing evidence of matters most eerie, a real shock awaiting readers perhaps confidently anticipating certain twists and turns.
It fascinates to learn what gave Kayte Nunn ideas for this absorbing tale. Also good to see is how throughout women's role is vigorously championed.
Yes indeed, a great and bewitching read.
It is to be hoped, however, that Thea Rust was a better historical researcher than Katye Nunn as there are a number of glaring errors eg Isis the cat named after the Greek goddess!!!!