The Unquiet Spirit: Penny Hampson

This is a lovely story. Reminiscent of Barbara Erskine, The Unquiet Spirit, weaves historical allusions within its contemporary setting: a much-loved and ancient house on the outskirts of similarly ancient woodland in which there harbours a terrible secret.

Her characters have been through the mill. I was especially impressed by the character of Tom and the uncliched way in which his background becomes revealed – didn’t see that coming – and there is just enough tension between him and Kate to make their relationship both relatable and believable.

A book to be read with a box of chocolates and a glass of wine in front of a roaring winter fire.

Can a spirit from the past help Kate uncover a long-forgotten mystery?Kate Wilson thinks moving back to Cornwall might be the answer to her prayers. But once in Falmouth, Kate’s hopes for a peaceful existence fade with the appearance of new friends, a boisterous, inquisitive dog, and things that go bump in the night. Yes, the house she inherited might be haunted – either that, or she’s going mad.

Then there’s her enigmatic neighbour, the brooding Tom Carbis; a man with secrets he doesn’t wish to share. Despite their strong mutual attraction, Kate’s not sure she can trust him completely.The discovery of a hidden journal and a charismatic portrait point Kate to a romantic mystery from the past – a mystery with connections to Tom’s family. It becomes Kate’s quest to uncover the fates of the lovers – a task that leads her into life-threatening danger.Will Kate be able to escape unscathed? Or will history repeat itself?

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