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The Ghost Tree

by Barbara Erskine

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LoveReading View on The Ghost Tree

A feverishly seductive story, it whispers, cajoles, beckons from history until the past forcefully assaults the present. When Ruth’s estranged father dies she returns to Edinburgh and discovers the hidden diary of her ancestor Thomas Erskine. Fascinated by his story Ruth finds herself in extraordinary danger when she starts to delve into the past. The prologue offers a warning, while the first chapter thoroughly sets the scene in 1760 as 10 year old Thomas witnesses a murder and sees the shadow of the dead man as it leaves the body. Barbara Erskine has based the story on her own family history, she paints a picture with a beautiful delicate balance and inner strength as the drama starts to unfold. Ruth’s story stands resolute in this time, and with a delicious shiver of fear I let the story take me where it willed. I always knew where I was, even as the past pushed ever closer. Spellbinding and gorgeously readable, as all becomes clear The Ghost Tree really is the most perfect title - highly recommended.

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The Ghost Tree Synopsis

Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find... The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author. Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage, career and now the death of her father. She is now faced with the daunting task of clearing his house. Hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her mother's possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the eighteenth century, Thomas Erskine. As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins the navy, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death. Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story, and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy's. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival - and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined.

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The Ghost Tree Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Another superb book from Barbara Erskine guaranteeing a superb read. Full review

Catherine Bryce

Ghosts, pirates, criminals and voodoo ... All are waiting between the pages of this amazing book. Hold on tight as Erskine takes us on an amazing journey between 18th century England/Scotland and the present day. An absolute must for loyal readers, and if you are new to Barbara Erskine's books this is a great one to start with! Unputdownable. Full review

Lizzy Dingemans

Another excellent book from the number one time-slip novel author. The present day and the 18th-century running side by side in an extremely interesting approach to sharing ancient family history with the populace! Full review

Judith Waring

Once again Barbara Erskine has written a novel that will keep the reader enthralled and reading into the early hours. This time, her inspiration has come from her own family history. A perfect book for the long Winter nights. Full review

Angie Rhodes

Devastating family secrets forms the basis for this interesting and complex family drama. Full review

Josie Barton

The Ghost Tree Press Reviews

Praise for the international bestselling author, Barbara Erskine:

`Sleeper's Castle is a haunting tale, confirming that Barbara Erskine remains the mistress of the time-slip novel' Acclaimed historian and novelist, Alison Weir

`Captivating . . . Beguiling ghosts that whisper to us from the past and seek to stamp their will upon the present' Richard and Judy bestseller, Rachel Hore

`Evocative and haunting, [I was] every bit as captivated as I was when I was swept away by Lady of Hay' Sunday Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Chadwick

`Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson' Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

`Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times

`Marvellous escapist stuff' Woman and Home

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ISBN: 9780008195847
Publication date: 07/03/2019
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 23/08/2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
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Book Information

ISBN: 9780008195847
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: Barbara Erskine
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 592 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Sagas and Romance,
Categories: Historical mysteries,

About Barbara Erskine

Barbara Erskine was our Guest Editor in July 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of thirteen novels, at once demonstrating her interest in history and the supernatural, plus four collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Barbara’s first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over three million copies worldwide to date. She lives in Hay-on-Wye.   Author photo © Karolina Webb

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