A Place Of Secrets

A Place Of Secrets

A Novel

Book - 2012
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A runaway bestseller in Britain with over 100,000 copies sold, a riveting historical mystery in the tradition of Kate Morton

Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an eighteenth-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham and Jude feels close to the old woman at once: they have both lost their husbands. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. The tower was built as an observatory for astronomer Anthony Wickham and his daughter Esther, and it served as the setting for their most incredible discoveries.

Though Jude is far away from her life in London, her arrival at Starbrough Hall brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the gamekeeper's cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived. And a nightmare begins to haunt her six-year-old niece, the same nightmare Jude herself had years ago. Is it possible that the dreams are passed down from one generation to the next? What secrets does the tower hold? And will Jude unearth them before it's too late?

Publisher: New York Henry Holt and Co. 2012
ISBN: 9780805094497


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Nov 23, 2013

A thoroughly enjoyable read with a blend of complicated relationships, mysterious ancestry, romance, and a forest that holds secrets. Intrigued from start to finish, a well written novel and will read more from this author.

Nov 09, 2012

Good story about Jude, an expert in old books who goes out to Norfolk to assess the value of a collection held by a family whose ancestor was an amateur astronomer. She discovers mysteries, some with connections to her own family who live in the area. Description of her research and discovery is alternated with excerpts from journals and narrative from the past. A touch of the supernatural (just speculation really), a little romance and just really nice, likeable characters make this a very enjoyable read. Unfortunately this is Hore's only book that's been published in the US so far. I'm hoping for more.

May 15, 2012

Can dreams be passed from one generation to the next? What is the true inheritance passed between families? This book is a complicated tale of sisters and mothers and hidden family secrets that all lead to an ancient tower and the identity of a woman who seems to be lost to history. But in the end the answers will bring not only peace, but love as well.


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