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Turning the Stones by Debra Daley
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Turning the Stones

by Debra Daley

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I found this an unusual and different story. The fabulous style of writing emulates the era in which it is set beautifully and the author has a fantastic command of the English language! It's very atmospherically told, too, and held my attention throughout.

Set in the 18thC, the story is related via 'Em' to a mother who she does not remember. 'Em' is companion to the daughter of the Waterland family who find themselves in impoverished circumstances. She becomes aware that her beginnings are not as they were first told to her and decides to investigate the mystery of her birth. The plot thickens! It is a compelling, puzzling and absorbing tale with twists and turns and a supernatural element. The reader is taken on quite a journey beginning in Cheshire and ending in Ireland, not forgetting 'Em's' encounter with an enigmatic smuggler!

The characters are well rounded and the story is cleverly and vividly depicted. It's a book I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend to historical fiction fans.

Many thanks to Netgalley and Quercus publishers for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book. ( )
  VanessaCW | Apr 19, 2014 |
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1750s, Georgian England. As a young foundling, Emily Smith is brought to Sedge Court, seat of the ambitious Waterlands, to be raised alongside their daughter Eliza. But at the age of fourteen, as her beauty and wit outshine the heiress's, she is made Eliza's lady's maid. And in Eliza's pursuit of a fortune and a husband, Emily becomes caught up in a pernicious plot amongst the opulent assemblies of London. When she suddenly finds herself implicated in a horrific crime, she runs for her life. Her frantic escape casts her across the country, on board a ship, and upon the mercy of its enigmatic Captain McDonagh. But there is a more potent force drawing Emily on: a spirit whose presence she has felt all her life, and whose irresistible design - be it malicious or benevolent - will force her onwards to a distant shore.… (more)

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