I can honestly say that that I loved this book so much that I have already recommended it 3 times! It is one of my reads of the year.
The Girl at the Window is a beautiful and captivating novel set at Ponden Hall, a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors and famously used as a setting for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.
Known as the place where Cathy’s ghost taps on the window, Emily Bronte used to visit often with her sisters and use the extensive library there. It’s a magical place full of stories.
In The Girl at the Window, Ponden Hall is where Trudy Heaton grew up, but also where she ran away from…
Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, Trudy returns 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...
I knew from the first chapter I would struggle to express in words what I wanted to say about this beautiful book. The characters are written in such a way that you know them and there are not many books that make me well up, but the passages where Trudy has to try to explain to Will why she had to stop looking for Abe broke my heart.
I loved the relationship growing between Ma and Trudy after their estrangement of many years and Mab the dog was amazing!
Every time, I picked up the book I was totally and fully transported to Ponden Hall and although it was scary at times but I loved this side of the story and even though I was unsettled, I still wanted to read more. I galloped through this book and I know it is going to leave me with a huge book hangover.
I think the icing on the cake for me was the link to the Bronte’s who I love and also being from a Yorkshire family I loved the language which seemed very familiar particularly Ma! The historical side of the Hall and it's inhabitants is fascinating and brutal and I love the link to Haworth and Emily Bronte.
Thank you to Anne for the invitation to the tour and to Penguin Random House for my copy of the book in return for a fair and honest review and finally to Rowan for writing such a wonderful story.
PS the cover is fab too.
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.
www.rowancoleman.co.uk | @rowancoleman