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Turning the Stones

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The story opens in Ireland in 1766 where a mystical woman is turning stones to influence events and so “bring the child home …” We then move to London and Em, a girl of about 17, who wakes uncertain of her surroundings and how she got there. Near her is a dead body and a bag of money. Things don’t look good and Em knows she must run. By now we are totally hooked. The story then fluctuates back and forth as we learn of her history and her eventful escape. What a knock-out book, hard to put down and impossible to forget. Highly recommended.

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Turning the Stones by Debra Daley

Georgian England, mid-eighteenth century. As a foundling the young Em Smith is brought to the Cheshire country home of the ambitious Waterland family, where she serves as a companion to their daughter, Eliza. But as they grow up, Em's position becomes uncertain and she is increasingly troubled by the mystery of her birth. When Eliza goes in pursuit of a husband and a fortune in London, Em finds herself implicated in a horrific crime and must flee for her life. Her frantic escape takes her across country and onto the high seas, where she is at the mercy of the enigmatic smuggler, Captain McDonagh. But there is a more potent force drawing Emily on: a spirit whose presence she has felt all her life, and whose irresistible design - be it malicious or benevolent - will force her onwards to a distant shore. There she will confront the astonishing secret of her origins.

Reviews

'I marvelled at this novel. Gripping, assured and powerfully atmospheric; you know at once you are in the hands of a master storyteller'
Rowan Pelling

'A glorious, intricate period romance: a perfect mix of Georgian high society blended with wild Irish magic. Em is a feisty heroine and the denoument is as perfect as it is unexpected'
Manda Scott

'Gripping, tautly plotted and hauntingly beautiful: Debra Daley is a writer to watch'
Vanora Bennett

About the Author

Debra Daley is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. Her first novel, The Strange Letter Z, was published in 1995. Born in New Zealand, she has also worked as an editor, copywriter and journalist. She divides her time between London, Dublin and Auckland.

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Publication date

5th March 2015

Author

Debra Daley

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Publisher

Heron Books an imprint of Quercus Publishing

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781782069928

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