Tuesday, 31 March 2020

#BlogTour Beyond the Yew Tree by Rachel Walkley

Today it's my turn on the BlogTour Beyond the Yew Tree by Rachel Walkley.

Enter the Giveaway to Win One copy of The Last Thing She Said or The Woman of Heachley Hall (Open INT) - If the winner is in the UK then it will be a print copy, otherwise International winner is e-book.
About the Author
Aspiring writer who pens Women's Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.
What else? An East Anglian turned Northerner - almost. Information professional, always. Biologist, in my memories. Archivist, when required. Amateur pianist and flautist. Reluctant gardener. Scribbler of pictures. And forever.... a mother and wife. Oh, not forgetting, cat lover! Click here to sign up to my newsletter.

About the book
Whispers in the courtroom. Only one juror hears them. Can Laura unravel the truth by the end of the trial?

In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts shy juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman.

Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.

The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.

Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?

Ordinary women. Extraordinary experiences.

Laura is called up for jury duty and finds herself in the middle of a case that is right up her professional street, however she is finding it hard to concentrate. There are strange things happening in the courtroom. She can hear sounds the others can't. She feels cold for no reason.

Then there are the terrible nightmares. Visions at night of a poor woman in a prison. The sounds become whispers, which lead her to an old prison churchyard where she is certain she will find information about the woman from her nightmares.

Her boyfriend has been overseas for a while and seems to be ignoring her as much as possible, so she can't ask him for support. Instead she finds a helping hand in Sean the museum curator. Together they both start to unravel the bizarre things Laura is experiencing, and how it is connected to the case and the ghostly presence that won't leave her alone.

It's a ghostly mystery - one of truth, conscience and justice.

Walkley delivers an intriguing story of historical crime combined with a modern mystery. The secrets and hidden tales of the past often find a way of being retold and discovered.

It's a story of abuse, fear and oppression, and yet it is also one of empowerment, discovery of self and freedom. When there seems to be no way forward another door will open up.

Kudos to Walkley for the fascinating sub-story on reading as it relates to the plot. It was an eye-opener and gave the story a lot more depth.

Buy Beyond the Yew Tree at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Spare Time Press; pub date 27 Mar. 2020. Buy at Amazon com.

Enter the Giveaway to Win One copy of The Last Thing She Said or The Woman of Heachley Hall (Open INT) - If the winner is in the UK then it will be a print copy, otherwise International winner is e-book.

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