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Tuesday, 4 February 2014

The Room Beyond by Stephanie Elmas

The Room BeyondThe Room Beyond by Stephanie Elmas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I gifted this book from the author to read and review honestly. I hadn't realised I had requested it from Net Galley too.

After reading the blurb I was intrigued to read more.

I've never read a book like this before, it has two layers to it, based on the family but from past to present, its not exactly a travel in time novel, but it goes back in time and slips to now also, but done in such a way its not confusing and runs perfectly well side by side.

I had to sit and read this in one sitting, I am so glad I chucked tea in the slow cooker today, I was able to sit and get my head right into this lovely story. Eeerie? yes, ghostly? yes. Love story? yes, intrigue? yes, keep you hanging on the edge of your seat? yes and more.

Walter Balanchine was a unique character in this book, I loved him!

Its taken 7 years for Stephanie Elmas to complete this book, between family life and life itself. I can honestly say, she is a great author. We have [after 7 years] got a hold of a truly wonderful master piece, she is a crafter in her field.

Like I say, I've not read a book like this. I tried to read a time travel book once and I just couldn't get my head around it. This was a joy to read.

It held some real disturbing atmospheric events at times that really had you biting your nails!

I loved how it we may see what we 'want' to see but its not actually there! Its real food for thought this book.

I felt myself actually in that big house, so many rooms, so many different concepts, and WOW so sinister.

I can't rave about this book enough. I felt like I've been missing out for 7 years!

Please Stephanie, don't let it be another 7 years before you write your next book!

Would I recommend this read to you? YES, most definitely, yes!



PLEASE SEE MY PROMOTION BLOG PAGE FOR THIS BOOK here
When Serena begins a new life working for the Hartreve family at 36 Marguerite Avenue she falls in love, not just with its eccentric and alluring inhabitants and their world, but with the house itself. Number 36 is a beautiful Victorian London mansion that has remained in the family for generations. Serena feels that by being here she has escaped the ghosts of her own sad childhood and found a true home, but she soon discovers that behind its gleaming surfaces Marguerite Avenue is plagued by secrets and mystery. Why does such a beautiful tranquil street seem sometimes to shimmer with menace? Is everyone in the family quite who they appear to be? And just what is it that the family is trying to hide from her?

It is 1892. On a hot summer night scented with jasmine, Miranda Whitestone hosts a dinner party at 34 Marguerite Avenue. Watching helplessly as her husband is seduced by her glamorous neighbour Lucinda Eden, she can have no idea of the consequences the evening will have. 

For the history of Marguerite Avenue is more chilling than Serena could have imagined, and the fates of two women - the beautiful renegade Lucinda and the 'good wife' Miranda - will reach out from the past to cast a shadow over Serena's own future.

The Room Beyond is a thriller that delves beneath the romance and grandeur of a London house and finds a family haunted by the legacy of past wrongdoings. As the suspense grows and the fog thickens, will Serena be able to give up all that she has come to love? Will she ever escape?




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The Room Beyond
When Serena begins a new life working for the Hartreve family at 36 Marguerite Avenue she falls in love, not just with its eccentric and alluring inhabitants and their world, but with the house itself. Number 36 is a beautiful Victorian London mansion that has remained in the family for generations. Serena feels that by being here she has escaped the ghosts of her own sad childhood and found a true home, but she soon discovers that behind its gleaming surfaces Marguerite Avenue is plagued by secrets and mystery. Why does such a beautiful tranquil street seem sometimes to shimmer with menace? Is everyone in the family quite who they appear to be? And just what is it that the family is trying to hide from her?
It is 1892. On a hot summer night scented with jasmine, Miranda Whitestone hosts a dinner party at 34 Marguerite Avenue. Watching helplessly as her husband is seduced by her glamorous neighbour Lucinda Eden, she can have no idea of the consequences the evening will have.
For the history of Marguerite Avenue is more chilling than Serena could have imagined, and the fates of two women - the beautiful renegade Lucinda and the 'good wife' Miranda - will reach out from the past to cast a shadow over Serena's own future.
The Room Beyond is a thriller that delves beneath the romance and grandeur of a London house and finds a family haunted by the legacy of past wrongdoings. As the suspense grows and the fog thickens, will Serena be able to give up all that she has come to love? Will she ever escape?

The Amazon Links are:
Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/1bmtSvq

The countdown will begin on Thurs 6th February at Midday and will end on 12th February.
The price will be £0.99/$0.99

1 comment:

  1. A fab book. I was so pleased to be asked to review this wonderful book, one of my favourites of last year.

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