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The Girl at the Window

by Rowan Coleman

Family Drama Historical Fiction Relationship Stories

LoveReading View on The Girl at the Window

What a fabulous novel this is, chills raced in competition down my arms, fighting off the goosebumps on their way. It is also beautifully readable, and with Emily Bronte making an appearance, what more could you ask for! After a tragedy strikes at the heart of their family, Trudy Heaton and her son Will return to Ponden Hall. The Heaton’s have lived there since 1540. The Hall is full of memories, and as the past reaches a ghostly hand towards the present, Trudy attempts to balance hope and love for the sake of her son. I love Rowan Coleman’s writing, she always makes me look in a slightly different way at things, expanding my thoughts and feelings. In a few pages, The Girl at the Window captured my attention and harnessed my energy. This is a book I read in one day while on holiday, I just fell into and became at one with the story. The eloquently descriptive writing completes a whole vivid, striking picture, both in the past and the present. There are several strands on offer in The Girl at the Window, each harmoniously linking into one overall glorious tale and I just had to choose this book as one of my picks of the month.

Liz Robinson

The Girl at the Window Synopsis

A house full of history is bound to have secrets... 

Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It's also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from...

Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead.

While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, she must also attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother. And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present...

A hauntingly beautiful story of love and hope, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book and The Summer of Impossible Things.

The Girl at the Window Press Reviews

It's a beautiful story and written with such wisdom and kindness, and it also happens to be set my most favourite part of the world! It's incredibly smart, because like all good Gothic novels, it weaves together the past and the present and makes you realise just how much one relies on the other. -- Joanna Cannon - bestselling author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep

Spanning three timelines, The Girl at the Window is a spellbinding, brilliantly researched tale. Part love story, part gothic mystery it promises to both thrill and delight the reader. This is Coleman at her very best. A triumph - bestselling author of The Man I Think I Know

A completely enthralling read. It has so many layers and they all capture your heart. In my opinion Rowan Coleman is one of the best writers of our time. -- Katie Fforde It's so lovely to find an author that you love -- Marian Keyes This book will keep you wide-eyed and awake until dawn. A rare combination of sensitive and gripping. Like the ghosts of Ponden Hall the story will linger with you long after you close the pages. A breathtaking, heartstopping book about the triumph of love and the strength of the human spirit. -- Julie Cohen Whenever I read a Rowan Coleman novel, I am always taken on a great adventure. This story was wildly imaginative, vivid and atmospheric. The relationships were tender and full of love. I was particularly moved by the renewed friendship between Tru and her mother. My favourite Rowan novel so far! -- Alice Peterson Rowan Coleman has once again managed to a book so beautiful, I know the characters will stay with me for a long time. It's clear this was a labour of love for Rowan and is a perfect read for Bronte fans - capturing the same haunting darkness of Wuthering Heights - while weaving in a modern story of love, loss and never-ending hope. Atmospheric and haunting, The Girl at the Window is a beautifully imagined love story, and a poignant love letter to the Brontes, and Ponden Hall. Rowan Coleman's passion leaps from the page, and her characters - like her literary ghosts - linger long after the end. Wonderful. -- Hazel Gaynor - New York Times bestselling author

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ISBN: 9781785032462
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781785032462
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Author: Rowan Coleman
Publisher: Ebury Press an imprint of Ebury Publishing
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 464 pages
Genres: Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Relationship Stories,
Collections: 90+ books that dare you to take a walk on the dark side., 45 Novels With A Gothic Influence,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Romance, Horror & ghost stories,

About Rowan Coleman

Rowan Coleman lives with her husband and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family which includes a very lively set of toddler twins whose main hobby is going in opposite directions. When she gets the chance, Rowan enjoys sleeping, sitting and loves watching films; she is also attempting to learn how to bake. Rowan would like to live every day as if she were starring in a musical, although her daughter no longer allows her to sing in public. Despite being dyslexic, Rowan loves writing, and The Memory Book is ...

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