✓ The Emerald Comb ¾ Download by ¾ Kathleen McGurl Kathleene McGyrl s The Emerald Comb is an interesting book.
At the beginning it reminded me a lot Barbara Erskine s House of Echoes old inherited house, with it s mysterious history, ghosts that start to communicate with children But the ghost isn t hostile, she just wants them to know her story.
Then at one point it was very much like Philippa Carr s The Witch from the Sea maid servant is jealous of her mistress and takes steps that eliminate her obstacle on her way to the master of the house and becoming a mistress of the house herself Only the servant isn t really diabolical to the core, she s just jealous and jealous woman do unpredictable things that they regret later and they do not enjoy their triumph for long But at the end the secret that the tree and the house are hiding is revealed only to the readers and not to the The Emerald Comb BY KATHLEEN MCGURLTHE BLURBSome secrets are best left buriedResearching her family tree had been little than a hobby until Katie stepped onto Kingsley House s sprawling, ivy strewn drive The house may be crumbling today, but it was once the intimidatingly opulent residence of the St Clairs, Katie s ancestors Arriving here two hundred years later, emotion stirs in Katie a strange nostalgia for a place she s never seen before and when Kingsley House comes up for sale, Katie is determined that her family must buy it.
Surrounded by the mysteries of the past, Katie s pastime becomes a darker obsession, as she searches through history to trace her heritage But she soon discovers that these walls house terrible secrets And when forgot Some Secrets Are Best Left BuriedResearching Her Family Tree Had Been Little Than A Hobby Until Katie Stepped Onto Kingsley House S Sprawling, Ivy Strewn Drive The House May Be Crumbling Today, But It Was Once The Intimidatingly Opulent Residence Of The St Clairs, Katie S Ancestors Arriving Here Two Hundred Years Later, Emotion Stirs In Katie A Strange Nostalgia For A Place She S Never Seen Before And When Kingsley House Comes Up For Sale, Katie Is Determined That Her Family Must Buy ItSurrounded By The Mysteries Of The Past, Katie S Pastime Becomes A Darker Obsession, As She Searches Through History To Trace Her Heritage But She Soon Discovers That These Walls House Terrible Secrets And When Forgotten Stories And Hidden Betrayals Come To Light, The Past Seems Alive Than Katie Could Ever Have ImaginedMoving Between The St And Th Centuries, The Emerald Comb Is A Hauntingly Evocative Novel, Perfect For Fans Of Kate Morton And Rachel Hore Two stories one historical, one contemporary linked by an emerald comb Lots to enjoy about this novel Keeps you interested from beginning to end.
Whilst researching her family history, Katie Smith falls in love with Kingsley House, the crumbling former home of her ancestors, the St Clairs To her surprise, when the house appears on the market, her husband is very keen to purchase it As he doesn t share her love of genealogy, Katie decides to keep her connection to the building secret This subterfuge ends, however, when a terrible discovery is made and Katie must come to terms with the fact that her family is harbouring a dark secret.
The story is told from the perspectives of two people Katie in the twenty first century, and Bartholomew St Clair in the nineteenth century Despite being almost 200 years apart, the two stories collide as we discover the truth about Bartholomew, his young wife Georgia Holland and her trusted lady s maid, Agnes Cutter Without giving too much away, it is quite apparent early on Thank you to Girls Love To read for asking me to take part in the blog tour for this book I didn t really know too much about it before I started reading it but I had seen some of the hype around it so I was very much looking forward to reading it This is a time slip novel, which is not something I have read much of before, but I loved it The way we get to see two stories both from completely different time s but overlapping was brilliant This book was essentially two different books, a historical fiction and a contemporary novel, it was great to be able to see these two genres mixed as we don t often see this, it is good to compare the characters and their lives then and now and see how differently they lived I loved that we got to read two different stories, about two different families although technically the same family , Jane Hunt Writer First StepsJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews FacebookJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google The Emerald Comb is two stories one historical, the other contemporary, cleverly interwoven with conflict, mystery and passion The action slips seamlessly from Bartholomew St Clair s 19th century confessions to the 21st century consequences experienced by Katie our heroine It is an absorbing read.
Katie delves into her ancestry bitten by the contemporary obsession with genealogy What she finds leads to a house move and mystery than answers A possible ghost and a macabre discovery in the garden of their newly moved into house force Katie to question the wisdom of delving into her past She can t stop Genealogy gives Katie an identity and focus, something she is in danger of losing amidst her demanding children and unhelpf
This book ticks a lot of boxes for me History, genealogy, and than one mystery what could possibly go wrong The short answer, nothing The author had me from the book s blurb I have files of family records, certificates marking the births, marriages and deaths of relatives, so I knew I d find the fictional digging of Katie entertaining to say the least There are many clich s involved with family trees and it would have been easy for the author to have padded her plot with them all But very cleverly she drew me along as a very interested bystander.
As a time slip novel, the reader is taken back to the 19th century learning the detail that Katie might discover in her research But anyone who has undertaken tracing their tree knows ho I would like to thank author Kathleeen McGurl for sending me a link to the via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review I would also like to thank Becca from Beccasbooooks for tweeting about this book and making me want to read it and also Leah from GirlsLoveToRead for passing on my email to Kath.
Oh where do I start, I love the cover it is gorgeous, I love the green dress although I personally would of liked to see the comb in the ladies hair.
We first meet Katie as she is going to see Kingsley House where her ancestors lived, she meets a lovely couple that are now living there, they also tell her they have plans to sell the house as it s getting too much for them Katie comes away in love with the house but not thinking anything of the couple plans to sell up Weeks later Katie and Simon are talking about moving, they see the house for sale but S
The house is described beautifully it s in need of some tender loving care, but it really draws KatieThe book is set in modern time and in the 1840 s and the story moves seamlessly between the two It hints of dark mysteries and you really want to find out what secrets are going to be uncovered The characters are so well drawn that you really feel connected to them Katie and Simon in modern times and Bartholomew and Georgia in the 1840 s.
I was sad to reach the end of the book and will look out eagerly for books by this author.