The night before it all begins, Jude has the dream again ...Can dreams be passed down through families? As a child Jude suffered a recurrent nightmare: running through a dark forest, crying for her mother. Now her six-year-old niece, Summer, is having the same dream, and Jude is frightened for her. A successful auctioneer, Jude is struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband. When she's asked to value a collection of scientific instruments and manuscripts belonging to Anthony Wickham, a lonely 18thcentury astronomer, she leaps at the chance to escape London for the untamed beauty of Norfolk, where she grew up. As Jude untangles Wickham's tragic story, she discovers threatening links to the present. What have Summer's nightmares to do with Starbrough folly, the eerie crumbling tower in the forest from which Wickham and his adopted daughter Esther once viewed the night sky? With the help of Euan, a local naturalist, Jude searches for answers in the wild, haunting splendour of the Norfolk woods. Dare she leave behind the sadness in her own life, and learn to love again?
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Richard and Judy's Reviews
This book is a romantic?s dream. A young widow (34) dating an ambitious city-type, full of career-thrust but with little care or tenderness for her, is suddenly diverted from London to Norfolk. The reason? She works at an auctioneer?s firm in London, as an expert in eighteenth century books. One day she gets a phone call from a man who says he has a large collection of scientific volumes from that period which he would like to sell. Norfolk is where our heroine, Jude, comes from. Indeed she hails from very near the same village in which the ancient manuscripts lie. So she agrees to spend a weekend down at the old, slightly impoverished manor house to value the books, journals and scientific instruments which the owner hopes will preserve the old house, which desperately needs a new roof. But Jude has been having nightmares since she was a child. Lost in woodlands, searching for her mother. Now she discovers that her six year old niece, Summer, the apparently fatherless daughter of Jude?s sister Claire, who still lives in Norfolk, is having the same troubling dreams. But the mystery of the manuscripts at Starbrough Hall pales into insignificance when she discovers the mansion?s folly, an enormous tower, crumbling in the woods, with a fearsomely supernatural reputation which keeps the locals well away. One of the many fascinating aspects of this hugely readable book is its genuine knowledge of eighteenth century ventures into the newly fashionable science of astronomy. Rachel Hore?s research and her mastery of the subject is deeply impressive. You feel totally safe in her hands.
Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Her previous novels are The Dream House, The Memory Garden, The Glass Painter's Daughter, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Romantic Novel of the Year award, A Place of Secrets, which was picked by Richard and Judy for their book club, A Gathering Storm, which was shortlisted for the RONA Historical Novel of the Year 2012 and the latest bestseller, The Silent Tide.
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