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Spirited

by Julie Cohen

Books of the Month Historical Fiction Relationship Stories Sharing Diverse Voices

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A beautifully thoughtful, hopeful, and compelling read that ran wild in my mind and tugged at my heartstrings. It’s 1858 and three women are pushing the boundaries of what it is to be a woman. Spiritualism, seances, and the capturing of something otherworldly sit centre stage, dissected by newspaper reports and other material that splinters connections being made. Julie Cohen cleverly reveals information in the reports that increases tension, and left me itching with concern for what was to happen. Occasionally we travel back in time which encouraged my thoughts to hesitate and reform. The relationships unfurled slowly, almost gently, allowing time to become acquainted with each character. Mindful, vivid, and strong, Spirited explores death, grief, faith, class and gender, while at its heart relationships expand to make this such an engaging and rewarding novel.

 

Liz Robinson

Spirited Synopsis

Viola has an impossible talent. Searching for meaning in her grief, she uses her photography to feel closer to her late father, taking solace from the skills he taught her - and to keep her distance from her husband. But her pictures seem to capture things invisible to the eye . . .

Henriette is a celebrated spirit medium, carrying nothing but her secrets with her as she travels the country. When she meets Viola, a powerful connection is sparked between them - but Victorian society is no place for reckless women.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, invisible threads join Viola and Henriette to another woman who lives in secrecy, hiding her dangerous act of rebellion in plain sight.

Faith. Courage. Love. What will they risk for freedom?

Driven by passionate, courageous female characters, SPIRITED is your next unforgettable read!

Perfect for fans of other bestselling historical novels The Binding by Bridget Collins, The Familiars by Stacey Halls, and Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield.

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Spirited Press Reviews

'Haunting, tender and true - this story cast a spell on me' Kirsty Logan

Praise for the Richard & Judy Bookclub Pick TOGETHER by Julie Cohen:

'A bold, breathtaking and truly compelling love story' Lisa Jewell

'Moving and beautiful' Joanna Cannon

'One of the most beautiful and heart-breaking stories I've read' Emma Flint

'Reminded me of One Day & The Time Traveler's Wife' Erin Kelly

'The kind of novel that will stay with you forever' Rowan Coleman

'A page-turner with real emotional punch' Catherine Isaac

'Original, poignant and beautifully told' S Magazine

'A must read' Good Housekeeping

'A taut, beguiling love-story-in-reverse that reveals just how far people will go to protect themselves from facing the truth' Elle

'Every now and again, a novel comes along that is so different, so affecting and so unforgettable, that you simply must tell everyone you know to read it' Heat

Praise for the Polari Prize 2019 longlisted novel THE TWO LIVES OF LOUIS & LOUISE by Julie Cohen:

'Brilliant . . . I enjoyed it hugely' Marian Keyes

'Hugely original and heartbreakingly real' Rosie Walsh

'Not often does a story remind us of what beautifully complex creatures we are. Julie Cohen has given us that rare gift' Christina Dalcher

'Elegant, thoughtful and powerful' Daisy Buchanan

'So cleverly done and authentic' A J Pearce

'Beautifully written and thought-provoking' Kate Eberlen

'A timely read that will stay with you long after you put it down' Libby Page

'A cobweb of a book: beautifully intricate and delicate' Veronica Henry

'Engaging, moving, arresting' Sunday Times

'A powerful and memorable story' Sunday Express

'A modern tale told with heart' Grazia

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ISBN: 9781409179870
Publication date: 09/07/2020
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409179870
Publication date: 9th July 2020
Author: Julie Cohen
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Historical Fiction, Relationship Stories, Diverse Voices,
Categories: Historical fiction, Historical romance,

About Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen grew up in Maine and studied English at Brown University and Cambridge University. She moved to the UK to research fairies in Victorian children's literature at the University of Reading and this was followed by a career teaching English at secondary level. She now writes full time and is a popular speaker and teacher of creative writing. She lives with her husband and their son in Berkshire.

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