A house full of history is bound to have secrets…
The Girl at the Window is exquisite and Rowan Coleman exceeds her story writing abilities yet again with this beautiful tale of love and hope.
‘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…’
I find it really difficult sometimes to write a review that truly reflects how I feel about it. It is like all of the words just go out of my head. I see this as a good thing though as it shows that I was left speechless with how beautiful this tale is. I was mesmerised by the storytelling and I couldn’t wait to get up early to sneak a few chapters in, or put the kids to bed so I could pick back up where I left off.
I loved the past and present element as it really pulls the story together. There are many layers to the tale for you to dig deep into and fall in love with the whole gothic aspect. Emily Bronte is a prominent figure throughout and Rowan’s blend of both fact and fiction made it all the more compelling. This is a novel for you to treasure and well worthy of plenty of re-reads.
Rowan has the ability to create vivid characters with complex relationships, and Trudy and ‘Ma’ reflect that wholeheartedly. Trudy is grieving for her lost husband whilst trying to bring up a son who is distraught for his lost daddy, but she makes the decision to return home to Ponden Hall, where she once fled, and face her past. It is an incredible journey to follow.
The setting of this picturesque house full of hidden secrets, matched with descriptions and dialogue that hook you into the centre of the plot, makes The Girl at the Window one of my favourite reads of this year. Special thanks goes to Anne Cater at Random Things Tours for inviting me onto the Blog Tour. Your support for us bloggers never goes unnoticed, and thank you to Ebury Publishing for my proof copy to review.