2019 · Blog Tour · Book review

The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman @rowancoleman @EburyPublishing #RandomThingsTours

Oh my, today I am totally over the moon to be sharing my review for The Girl at the Window by Rowan Coleman as part of the blog tour. Huge thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invite and the publishers for the my review copy.

About the book

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…

Available to purchase now in ebook – Amazon | The paperback will be published August 8th and is available to pre-order – Amazon

My thoughts

You know when you see a book and you instantly know that you are going to love that book, well The Girl at the Window is one of those books. I’d seen it on social media a lot so I got very excited when the opportunity arose to read and review and I certainly wasn’t disappointed in the slightest.

I’ll apologise now because this could end up being a ramble, I have so much I want to say about this book but I’m mindful of not letting slip any spoilers because this is a story you have to read, to experience and fall in love with without knowing too much about it first (if that makes any sense at all).

Returning to her childhood home, Trudy finds the place falling to pieces. She’s not been home for sixteen years but after her husband Abe is reported missing after a plane crash in Peru she finds she needs to go back to her childhood home, back to her eccentric mother and try and help her son Will come to terms with their loss.

Ponden Hall isn’t just a home though, it’s situated in the Yorkshire Moors and is steeped in history. It’s a place where Emily Brontë came to use the library and generations of Heatons have lived and died there. It’s full of stories, memory’s and secrets but Trudy feels the pull of the old house, it’s part of her and she is part of it.

I honestly can’t express how much I loved this book, at around 465 pages it’s not a book I could read all at once although if I’d had the opportunity to, I would have. As soon as I read the first few pages I was totally gripped, it’s a story that really gets under your skin and one that I found myself thinking about when I wasn’t reading.

I fell in love with the characters, I fell in love with Ponden Hall, I fell in love with the whole god damn story and I actually feel a loss at finishing it. It’s filled to the brim with feeling, it’s a love story, a ghost story and is full of history and memories. It gave me the chills at some bits, it had me almost in tears at others and it filled my heart with so much love.

I ended up buying the kindle version for my 17 year old daughter, she got so fed up of me raving about the book while I was reading she couldn’t wait for me to finish my copy and she got stuck straight in and I’m happy to say she is loving it too.

The Girl at the Window has definitely made its way into my top books of 2019, it’s gripping, it’s passionate and it’s awakened my passion for history. I’m finding it incredibly difficult to put into words how much I adored this book, I think Rowan Coleman has some magical qualities and has sprinkled some kind of enchantment spell over the pages of this book or maybe she’s just a fantastic writer that really knows how to write a bloody good book, either way this is a must read book and one I will definitely be highly recommending.

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About the author

Rowan Coleman lives with her husband and their five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family. 

Rowan’s last novel, The Summer of Impossible Things, was selected for Zoe Ball’s ITV Book Club. 

Rowan has an everlasting love for the Brontes, and is a regular visitor of Ponden Hall

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