I love Rowan Coleman’s books. She’s such an amazing writer and I couldn’t wait to read The Girl at the Window. I have to confess to not knowing a fat lot about The Bronte Sisters but have always been intrigued and wanted to learn more but I just haven’t been able to make the time. But I have to say that after reading the book, that will definitely change.
I also love a bit of ghostly spookiness in books. Not too much to scare me, but a little really gets me going. I was SO interested to read this fascinating book and I am SO VERY glad I did! Thank you so much Anne Cater and Rowan for asking me to take part in the tour.
About the book
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
This is what people are saying about the book:
‘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
‘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
‘I’m so happy because she’s written other books and its so lovely to find a writer you love who has a backlist’ 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.’ Carole Matthews
What Did I Think?
I think this book has totally wrecked my reviewing mojo! I was struggling to convey my thoughts because it was so flipping special! I feel like my review is just full of random sentences of how this book made me feel! I had so many emotions whizzing around in my head and wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to pick up another book! LOL!
Normally I devour books! I’m a really quick reader and zoom through a book. But this book did something to me that no other book has ever done before.
From the very moment that Trudy and her son Will returned to the fascinating Ponden Hall after the disappearance (presumed dead) of her husband, this story held me totally spellbound. Totally captivated and mesmerised by every single word.
I devoured every single word in the same way that you would eat a delicious meal that was tantalising your tastebuds. I slowly, and very carefully, savoured EVERY SINGLE WORD, totally hypnotised by a history lesson and story set in the past, and it’s importance to the story set in the present and the mystery that surrounded it. The two stories, perfectly weave together in a tale of love, secrets, sorrow.
The ghosts and the secrets of Ponden Hall just fascinated me, Agnes particularly. I couldn’t wait to find out more about her, and was totally and utterly gripped by this particular storyline.
Ponden Hall was a setting and a character in itself. I found myself googling it, and just staring at the images and I would absolutely LOVE to visit the hall and Haworth one day. I loved how Ponden Hall helped Trudy to heal from what had happened in her life and how going back, made her think differently about the way that she had been brought up and whether it really was how she remembered it and what other things she didn’t know about at the time. I loved the way that Trudy and Ma’s relationship changed as the story progressed and they solved the mysteries that were waiting for them.
The Girl At The Window was a beautifully written, magnificent read. Rowan Coleman blends fact and fiction so well that you believe that every single word.
This is quite possibly THE best story telling experience I have had from a book! EVER!
If I could give this book a million stars I would.
About the author
Rowan Coleman’s first novel Growing Up Twice was a WHS Fresh Talent Winner. Since then, Rowan has written fifteen novels, including The Memory Book which was a Sunday Times bestseller. It was selected for the Richard and Judy Bookclub and awarded Love Reading Novel of the Year, as voted for by readers.
Her novel, The Summer of Impossible Things, was a Zoe Ball TV Book Club selection.
Rowan lives with her husband and their five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire, juggling writing novels with raising her family. She really wishes someone would invent time travel.
You can find out more about Rowan at www.rowancoleman.co.uk or follow her on Facebook or Twitter @rowancoleman