Thursday, 10 October 2019

Review: The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman

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...


Review: This book was a balance of contemporary and historical fiction and it switches seamlessly between the two in alternate time lines and points of view. I found the way the two sides of the book intertwined really interesting, as the book progresses you see more and more links between the two narratives and I really liked the way that progressed. 

I loved the relationship between mother and daughter and mother and son and again this grows and changes as the novel progresses. I really enjoyed seeing their relationships blossom and finding out what had happened in their lives that had affected their lives now. Will is a great character, I love when a novel has a full storyline for a child character and he provided some light relief and some interesting philosophy on the events that were happening in other parts of the book. 

Trudy is very into books as well and this, combined with the historical side of the novel, means that this is a must read for an Bronte fan. It is set in and around Haworth and so as you can imagine, it is a love song to Emily Bronte in particular. The historical side of this novel does mean that a level of concentration is involved when switching between the time lines and taking in the historical detail so your full attention will be require for this story. 

I really enjoyed meeting Trudy and Will and being introduced to Ponden Hall and I am sure you will too. 

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