Before you follow the path into your family’s history, beware of the secrets you may find…
The new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author.
Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage, career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the eighteenth century, Thomas Erskine.
As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins first the navy and then the army, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death – and beyond.
Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story, and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy’s. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival – and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined.
The Ghost Tree is available now in all formats! You can purchase your copy using the link below.
I’m a huge fan of this author and often credit her with having got me into dual timeline historical history in the first place. Therefore you can imagine my excitement when I was invited onto the blog tour for her latest book, The Ghost Tree.
Once again the author has managed to write an exciting, compelling though haunting historical novel which is absolutely fascinating to read about. It’s based loosely on the author’s own family history which shines through as the author has obviously put a lot of thought and love into the story. I found I was drawn into the story almost immediately and found the book hard to put down as it was extremely enjoyable. It was one of those rare books where you want to keep reading to find out what happens but also to try and read it slowly so I could savour the story more.
The story moves seamlessly between the past and the present threads with the author managing to give each time a different feel to it so the reader knows instantly which thread they are currently in. I found I enjoyed reading both timelines equally and watching the two timelines join together made for a truly fantastic read!
The ending was a great way to end the book with a lot of the loose ends tied up in a very satisfying way. It did feel a little bit abrupt though but I think the author meant it that way as she wanted the reader to use their own imagination to decide how the story continues.
Huge thanks to Charlotte from Love Reading for inviting me onto the blog tour as a Love Reading ambassador and to Harper Collins for my copy of this book which I received in exchange for an honest review.
About The Author:
Barbara Erskine is the Sunday Times bestselling author of over a dozen novels. Her first book, Lady of Hay, has sold more than three million copies worldwide and has never been out of print since it was first published thirty years ago. Her books have been translated into over twenty-five languages and are international bestsellers. Barbara
lives near Hay-on-Wye in the Welsh borders. To find out more about Barbara and her books visit her website, find her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.