After a broken love affair, biographer Kate Kennedy retires to a remote cottage on the wild Essex coast to work on her new book - until her landlord’s daughter uncovers a Roman site nearby and long-buried passions are unleashed! In her lonely cottage, Kate is terrorized by mysterious forces. What do these ghosts want? That the truth about the violent events of long ago be exposed or remain concealed?
Kate must struggle for her life against earthbound spirits and ancient curses as hate, jealousy, revenge, and passion do battle across the centuries.
©1994 Barbara Erskine; 2014 Audible, Inc.
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"Romancing the ghost"
This is very much a Barbara Erskine book, a love cheated girl leaves her lover, meets a deep brooding hunk, a few ghosts to cause trouble, finally a climax where all ends well. I have read two of Barbara’s books now, which I must say I did enjoy, but I really don’t think I’ll try a third. All in all it’s like a really good rich dark chocolate - some people can eat a whole bar but most enjoy the first couple of chunks before it becomes too sickly sweet to continue.
The narration by Rula Lenska was brilliant and I loved the echo on the roman voices. However, the failed attempt at a Norfolk or even Suffolk accent missed its mark by over 200 miles as it was more Cornish.
This is generally good, though I thought it could have missed out a lot in the middle without losing anything from the plot. The ending was also a little crass.
"and scary place!"
Now just the front cover of this made me think, "Granny book, skip it!" but it's not, it's really good!
The author is able to keep the tension on high alert throughout, and seeing as it's a fully unabridged version, that's pretty impressive to me! A biographer splits up from her partner and moves to a remote cottage to get on with her new Byron script. The teenager daughter of the family up the road starts a dig at the beach, unearthing roman artifacts. Could these finds explain the changes in behaviour of the girl, or is there some sort of haunting going on?
"WORTH A READ"
A GOOD READ BUT LET DOWN BY THE ENDDING
"Great historical story"
Barbara Erskine sticks to a good system - 20th (or 21st) century woman has links to some other time and the two stories go hand in hand. This one is based on a Roman woman's curse and the descriptions as the story nears the end, of the evil that can return after so many centuries, was enough to keep me 'busy' and out of reach of the family so I could finish it. I'm not sure I would have been happy living in a remote cottage on that beach....
The ghosts in this story are an uncompromising bunch. I thought the story started well but ended up as a bit of a chaotic blood fest. Overall this was atmospheric but not completely satisfying.
Spell binding, Amazing, Awesome.
The wet earth and maggots in the sink and the hint of Claudia's perfume in the cold air.
Anne, Kate's sister added an extra boost to the story.
My poor husband had to go without dinner as I found it impossible to put the book down.
Rula Lenska is a wonderful reader and has a wonderful soothing voice to listen to. I can't wait for Barbara Erskin new book in 2014.
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