Will dares Tilly to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. Rumour has it that the house is haunted.... But Tilly never turns down a dare. Then it goes horribly wrong. The ice breaks, Tilly falls through and almost drowns. At the point of death, a beautiful angel appears and saves her. Kit Barrington's ghost. Kit needs Tilly to solve the mystery of his death, so that his spirit can rest in peace.
©2014 Emma Carroll (P)2014 Oakhill Publishing
"An emotionally-charged historical tale and a very believable ghost story rolled into one" (The Telegraph)
A fairly traditional ghost story set in the 1880's, " Funny Scary Beautiful".
Just the casual cruelty and indifference shown to the maids by the powers that be when it suits them and the stoic little heroine.
A great regional accent and understatement that wouldn't come across in print. Good to have an unusual accent for a change.
Tilly lost in the snow, near death but so calm.
Will look out for this author and narrator again, a book good for all ages a nice mystery and sometimes scarier than most books directed at young ones, a nice cosy scary though.
Atmospheric, vivid and charming.
The only thing I can think of to compare this to is The Secret Garden if only for the the atmosphere it conveyed.
Touching, and respectful of the words.
Ghostly awakenings and a secret shame.
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