debuts of the month
Search our site
The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies Read the opening extract of the brand new Dinah Jefferies book before its publication on 05/04/2018

The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan
  

The Shadow Hour

Family Drama   Historical Fiction   Literary Fiction   Reading Groups   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Literary Contemporary Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

March 2016 Reading Group Book of the Month.

Kate Riordan has written another heartfelt beautifully readable novel about two families, set in the dual time frames of 1878 and 1922. As a tragedy unfolds in front of our eyes in the prologue, captivating whispers of intrigue continue to echo through the tale. The story revolves around Fenix House, a family home where Grace arrives as Governess in 1922, her Grandmother Harriet held the same position in 1878 but in very different circumstances. Kate Riordan has a subtle hand, she leaves you on a delicious spellbinding note as you move between Grace and Harriet’s tales. The undertones of unease reflect through each story as connecting circles ripple and expand, linking the two until they become one. There is a gentle luminosity to the writing, it embraces you as you read, both poignant and moving, 'The Shadow Hour' is quite simply gorgeous. ~ Liz Robinson

STOP PRESS: Why not check out Kate Riordan's story, The Red Letter, an evocative short story and featuring characters from her debut The Girl in the Photograph. It also comes complete with an extract for The Shadow Hour.

If you like Kate Riordan you might also like to read books by Kate Morton, Santa Montefiore and Katherine Webb.

Synopsis

The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan

It was in the shadow hours of deepest night that this tapestry of lies fell to rags...Harriet Jenner is just twenty-one when she walks through the gates of Fenix House. Reeling from a personal tragedy, she doesn't expect her new life as a governess to be easy. But she certainly does not foresee the spell Fenix House will cast. Almost fifty years later, Harriet's granddaughter Grace follows in her footsteps. For Grace, raised on Harriet's spellbinding stories, Fenix House is a fairy tale; a magical place suspended in time. But the now-faded grandeur of the mansion soon begins to reveal the holes in Harriet's story and Grace finds herself in a place of secrets and shadows. For Fenix House hides truths about her family, and everything that she once knew is about to change. The Author Kate Riordan is a writer and journalist. She started out as an editorial assistant at the Guardian, followed by a stint as deputy editor for the lifestyle section of Time Out. Kate's first novel, The Girl in the Photograph published in January 2015. Kate is now a freelance writer and lives in the Cotswolds where she is currently working on her third novel. Praise for The Girl in the Photograph: Rich and atmospheric, like Rebecca this novel casts an enduring spell . (Rachel Hore, Sunday Times bestselling author). Full of slow-burning tension . (Essentials). A sweeping saga of secrets and ghosts . (Good Housekeeping). A well executed, brooding, creepy atmosphere . (Sunday Mirror). A prickly story full of tension . (Sunday Express).

Reviews

'A beautifully written tale of mystery and intrigue' -- Dinah Jeffries, number 1 bestselling author of The Tea Planter's Wife

'Beautifully written and utterly compelling, I loved this' Katie Fforde

'Gorgeously written - I was instantly drawn in to the mysteries of Fenix House and Kate's evocative storytelling held me rapt until the very end.' Lucy Diamond

'A sweeping saga of secrets and ghosts' Good Housekeeping

'Rich and atmospheric, like Rebecca this novel casts an enduring spell' Rachel Hore, Sunday Times bestselling author

'Full of slow-burning tension Essentials A well executed, brooding, creepy atmosphere' Sunday Mirror

'A prickly story full of tension' Sunday Express

About the Author

Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is a writer and journalist. She started out as an editorial assistant at the Guardian, followed by a stint as deputy editor for the lifestyle section of Time Out. She now works freelance and lives in the Cotswolds, where she is currently working on her next novel.

Author photo © Philippa Gedge

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

25th February 2016

Author

Kate Riordan

More books by Kate Riordan
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.kateriordan.com/book/
Loading twitter updates...

Publisher

Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Paperback
528 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Reading Groups
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781405917445

It has opened my eyes to different authors and genres. Just log on and try, you will be surprised and not want for reading material again.

Jocelyn Garvey

It's the first site that I visit when deciding on the next set of books to buy. A particular treat is being able to download an extract.

Tessa Olson

I love Lovereading for the wonderful like for like author recommendations and for highlighting new books, it's a great resource for readers!

Lindsay

If you LOVE reading then you will love LOVEREADING! It's a 'novel' idea. Seriously though I could not recommend them enough.

Rebecca Whymark

I recommend Lovereading because you get honest reviews on a whole range of genres-there's something for everyone. It's the only site I need.

Sian Spinney

My favourite thing about is the 'like for like' page this has really introduced me to some good reads! That and lots of honest reviews.

Sam Lewis

They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.

Maggie Crane

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools