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Audrey, recently widowed, is not saying why she left her comfortable home in the south of England to move into an old school boarding house on the edge of a moor. Tina, a young estate agent, is concerned for Audrey’s safety as she believes the folklore about a schoolboy who never went home. Property developers, annoyed at losing a site ripe for demolition, make plans to encourage Audrey to sell. Malcolm, a charming widower, brings a welcome light into Audrey’s life until it shines into a very dark corner…
This is a very different story, one involving memories, mysteries from the past, family, folklore, rumour and rogues. Audrey has purchased an old school boarding house but her plans and reasons for doing so are not initially revealed. One things for certain, the young lady who sold it to her is now reticent about the whole transaction and concerned for Audrey’s safety. Just what is the behind the rumour of the schoolboy who never went home? Why has Audrey moved here? What can she do to keep safe from the developers who what to demolish the building and just who is Malcolm and why is he involved?
This is a dual timeline story relating events from the present and from 1965, a mystery and a ghost story, that shares experiences from several troubled lives. It is an investigation, an uncovering of the past and a look to the future. It has many characters to like and a couple of Russians who I definitely didn’t!
I found this an intriguing read and the author admitting to hiding behind a non de plume just adds to the mystery. I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Author Bio –
“I started my working life in the theatre and was very lucky to find myself on the West End stage in a hit play at the age of 16. My career and life nearly ended there as I was knocked down by a car on the way home one Saturday night. I recovered and went on to be quite a successful photographic model. Later, when that part of my career did die, I turned to writing and made quite a good living writing screenplays, making films, and writing advertising copy for a marketing company. A few years ago I entered a short-story competition and fell in love with prose and knew I had to tell my own story within a fictional framework. At the moment I am hiding behind a nom de plume.”
Social Media Links – @RomolaFarr
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