Sue Barnard - novelist, editor, poet, RNA member, lady of letters. Believes that an immaculate house is a sign of a wasted life.
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Monday, 4 November 2019
BOOK REVIEW: CHRISTMAS AT LADYWELL by Nicola Slade
Anyone who has read Nicola Slade’s wonderful award-winning novel The House at Ladywell may be wondering what happened to Freya and Patrick after the story ended. This charming novella, published today, brings us up to date. Although intended as a sequel, it includes enough background information from the original story for it to work well as a stand-alone read.
The writing is clear and concise, the characters are wholly believable, and plot is carefully crafted leading to a warm and satisfying ending. As an added bonus, the novella includes a fascinating and wholly plausible suggestion for what could have happened to the Princes in the Tower. Highly recommended – especially for fans of King Richard III.
Read on for more about the book, more about Nicola, and news of an exciting giveaway!
A time for spilling secrets...
Having refurbished her inherited house and upcycled her whole life in the process, Freya - now happily married to Patrick, and with a small child - has to transform her tiny stone barn into a romantic hideaway for a mystery guest who is also looking for change. With Christmas only a week away, things don't go according to plan...
In the past, old uncertainties are
resolved when an elderly woman seeks the truth of a legend on Christmas Eve and
confesses to a deception; a Tudor wife listens to a story that must never be
repeated and is given a precious relic that must never be displayed; and in the
early nineteenth century an old woman tells a younger one the story of the
hares at Ladywell.
Past and present are only a whisper
apart when Freya learns of an astonishing discovery that will make Ladywell
famous. But meanwhile her house is full of unexpected visitors, she has a
turkey to cook – and a very special secret of her own that must be told.
Nicola Slade is an award-winning, bestselling author of historical
and contemporary mysteries and romantic fiction, all set in and around
Winchester and Romsey in Hampshire – which is where she lives. The House at
Ladywell – a contemporary romantic novel with historical echoes – won the
Chatelaine Grand Prize for Romantic Fiction at the CIBA awards in April 2019.
She is the author of the mid-Victorian Charlotte Richmond
mysteries and the contemporary Harriet Quigley mysteries. The Convalescent
Corpse, published November 2018, is the first in a new series, The
Fyttleton Mysteries, set in 1918. Keep reading to find out how you can win a free Kindle or PDF copy.
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