Ghost – Blog Tour



Langlands House is haunted, but not by the ghost you think.

Augusta McAndrew lives on a remote Scottish estate with her grandmother, Rose. For her own safety, she hides from outsiders, as she has done her entire life. Visitors are few and far between – everyone knows that Langlands House is haunted.

One day Rose goes out and never returns, leaving Augusta utterly alone. Then Tom McAllister arrives – good-looking and fascinating, but dangerous. What he has to tell her could tear her whole world apart.

As Tom and Augusta become ever closer, they must face the question: is love enough to overcome the ghosts of the past?

In the end, Langlands House and its inhabitants hold more secrets than they did in the beginning…

I absolutely loved this haunting and absorbing read. It drew me in from the very first paragraph and held me in its spell right until the very final page.

A mysterious house, a curious set up and a compelling main character – these are some of the many reasons that I was so drawn to Ghost and why i’m so grateful to Kelly from @LoveBooksGroup for inviting me to participate in this blog tour. I love supporting books set in Scotland and the setting here was one of the most memorable aspects of Ghost as I really felt like I could imagine myself there at Langlands House with Augusta – the Gus – or ghost of the title.


Is anyone else like me and love to go online and look for settings of the book that they’re loving, to try and see its world come to life? I love doing it and I found myself scrolling through pages and pages of remote Scottish mansions, trying to walk in Augusta’s shoes.

It was lovely to lose myself in such a Scottish read after two weeks in the sun at Cettia. It’s funny that I get drawn to cold misty books in the cooler weather and like to lose myself in books set in a warm olive grove when I’m holidaying abroad. Augusta’s closed and mysterious world was just perfect for me to reacclimatise to Scotland and I really loved the way that Helen Grant draws the reader in and keeps them guessing about the secrecy and mystery surrounding Augusta and this made me turn the pages rapidly as I sought to uncover the mysteries of Langlands House for myself.

I loved the juxtaposition of the very realistic relationship that is portrayed between Augusta and her grandmother, despite the fact that we gradually realise that her grandmother is the only person in Augusta’s life – quite literally. The deftly portrayed relationship sits convincingly alongside some of the stranger elements of Augusta’s story which means that we allow ourselves to suspend our disbelief and abandon ourselves to Helen Grant’s skilful storytelling as she weaves a strange, compelling and mysterious take around these two isolated women.



I absolutely love atmospheric reads and this will appeal to fans of Rebecca and The Silent Companions who love being immersed in a closed world where creaking floorboards, crumbling turrets and unspoken questions tug at your subconscious as you’re reading. I got so lost in this story that I stayed up far too late to finish it as I could not go to sleep without trying to find out the answers to the many questions that emerged during the course of this mysterious and addictive read.

It’s been hard to review Ghost without any spoilers but I am determined to as I feel that everyone should go on ‘blind’ to the secrets surrounding these characters when they start reading Ghost. Suffice to say, when the closed world that Augusta knows is invaded by Tom, who has come to repair the crumbling mansion she hides away in, her cloistered life comes under threat. Augusta’s literal and metaphorical borders have been dictated by her Grandmother for as long as she can remember – what ripples will Tom’s arrival cause for Augusta’s world and everything she’s been taught to believe in?

This book is a fascinating and memorable read – I’d call it haunting –  if that wasn’t a pun too far! I was very sad to miss the launch for this novel because I was away on holiday, I’d love to have had the chance to chat with Helen as I found Ghost such a wonderful and mysterious read. I can’t wait for another opportunity to meet her and hope that it comes very soon. Thanks again to the lovely Kelly for giving me the chance to share the love for another fantastic read. If you haven’t managed to read it yet, you can buy yourself a copy here


Writer on the Shelf

Helen Grant writes thrillers with a Gothic flavour and ghost stories. Her first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, was shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal and won an ALA Alex Award in the US. Her other books include the exciting Forbidden Spaces trilogy.

Helen’s latest novel Ghost (Fledgling Press 2018) is set in Perthshire, where she has lived since 2011. When she is not writing, Helen loves to research the lost country houses of Scotland and to visit the sites where possible. Her experiences of exploring these fascinating places inspired her to write Ghost


Read all about her writing and some fascinating background information on Helen’s website


And catch her on Twitter here


The Madonna of the Mountains

DZm3m4yWAAEMIaT1923: Maria Vittoria is embroidering a sheet for her dowry trunk.

Her father has gone to find her a husband. He’s taken his mule, a photograph and a pack of food: home-made sopressa sausage, cold polenta, a little flask of wine—no need to take water—the world is full of water.

There are no eligible men in this valley or the next one, and her father will not let her marry just anyone, and now, despite Maria’s years, she is still healthy. Her betrothed will see all that. He’ll be looking for a woman who can do the work.

Maria can do the work. Everyone in the contrà says that.

And the Lord knows Maria will need to be able to work. Fascism blooms as crops ripen, the state craves babies just as the babies cry for food. Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit.

In this sumptuous and elegant novel, you will taste the bigoli co l’arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman attempting to keep her family safe in the most dangerous of times.


I loved seeing the launch of this novel on social media and the event at Liberty looked fabulous. The book itself is a thing of beauty and the jacket design where Faber and Faber and Liberty worked hand in hand is a thing of sheer beauty that looked absolutely gorgeous in my #OnTheShelfie and is sure to be one of the most covetable books this year. It’s aroused many admiring glances from my fellow holidaymakers and I’m sure it will be a huge success as it absolutely deserves to be.

It was my absolute pleasure to take part in the blog tour today. There are lots of other fantastic bloggers on the tour and their views on this fantastic read are well worth visiting their blogs for. I’d like to thank Joanna Lee from Faber & Faber for asking me to take part in the tour and recommend that you pack a copy for yourself if you’re heading off somewhere hot this summer. You will definitely find Maria’s story hard to forget.



Writer on the shelf


Elise Valmorbida’s new novel The Madonna of the Mountains is to be published by Faber & Faber (UK) in March/April 2018.

Her debut novel Matilde Waltzing – also historical fiction – was published in Australia to critical acclaim. The TV President was described by The Times Literary Supplement as “luridly entertaining fiction”, and The Winding Stick was reviewed as “a literary classic”. Her non-fiction work, The Book of Happy Endings, has been published on four continents in four languages.

Elise won the Trailblazer Award (Edinburgh International Film Festival) for her role as producer and script consultant of indie Britfilm SAXON. She wrote ‘The Making of a Guerrilla Film’ story which was published with SAXON the screenplay.

Elise teaches creative writing at Central Saint Martins and Arvon. Her literary agent is Clare Alexander of Aitken Alexander Associates.

Keeper – Johana Gustawsson

Another Fantastic #OrendaBooks Blog Tour



Whitechapel, 1888: London is bowed under Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror. London, 2015: actress Julianne Bell is abducted in a case similar to the terrible Tower Hamlets murders of 10 years earlier, and harking back to the Ripper killings. Falkenberg, Sweden, 2015: a woman’s mutilated body is found in a forest, her wounds identical to those of the Tower Hamlets victims.

With the man arrested for the Tower Hamlets crimes locked up, do the new killings mean he has an accomplice or is a copy-cat serial killer on the loose? Profiler Emily Roy and true-crime writer Alexis Castells are again drawn into an intriguing case with personal links.


I was so excited to receive this for two reasons: the first being that I absolutely adored Block 46. Johana Gustawsson is the Queen of French noir with a Scandinavian twist and a Dark heart. Keeper is the follow up to the wonderful Block 46; featuring duo, Emily Roy and Alexis Castells.

The other reason that I was so excited to receive Keeper as that for as long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with Jack the Ripper. From lost manuscripts to Royal connections and links to the Florence Maybrick murder, I’ve followed the trail for years. When I heard that Johana’s new book was another Roy and Castells case – with a Ripperesque twist, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and I can tell you that I read it straight through without stopping. Even though I am on holiday right now in beautiful Cettia, Keeper transported me to colder and darker climes and held me there as I was so lost in its twisty depths…




Johana Gustawsson has a unique talent for dragging us in to the murky places within the human psyche. She doesnt shy away from shocking and disturbing the reader and her books are definitely not for the faint- hearted. Where other writers might hint or allude, Johana paints electrifyingly vivid pictures of your innermost fears, and what’s even more impressive – leaves you longing for more..

Once more, in trademark Gustawson style, we have two kinds of dual narrative going on: we have the contrast between the past and the present as well as the switching of locations between Britain and Sweden which makes for an intriguing read that really keeps the pace up and makes sure that the reader is permanently on their toes, turning the pages as we are transported across locations and timelines.

Roy and Castells are hot on the trail of what they presume at first is simply a copycat killer. Richard Hemfield has been convicted of the bloody murders of several women in Tower Hamlets. He is also guilty of murdering Castells’ partner during his arrest which brings a personal and painful angle to this intriguing case for the duo- a killer with his  signature is at large, operating in both locations and with strong links to the original case. The reader is kept wondering whether this is indeed a copycat crime or whether there is something even more sinister at work here and the strong team of Roy and Cassels are just the pair to untangle this tightly woven case, despite the inherent difficulties for them.

I absolutely loved Keeper. I am committed to no spoilers, so this was a really difficult task as I really want you to have the same immersive experience as I did whilst lost in this fabulous and gripping read. Gripping is a word that gets thrown about far too lightly these days, but I guarantee that you’ll agree with my verdict once you’ve read Keeper for yourself! Roy and Castells are fast becoming one of my favourite crime fighting duos as their unique relationship brings something a little different to your average British investigation. The international flavour of Gustawson’s novels is something that I’ve really grown to love and I can’t wait to read about their next twisted case.  This is not a read for the faint of heart: it doesn’t skim over the way that evil can visibly manifest itself and be unleashed where you are least expecting it. Gustawson is skilled at making the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end and literally catch your breath as you re-read in horror what you’ve just been exposed to – and I can’t get enough of her writing.

Keeper is a bit like my very favourite chocolate: dark with a very unique flavour, continental, sophisticated and extremely moreish. I’m an addict and I am really looking forward to seeing what dark pathways Roy and Castells lead me down in their next outing. If for some reason, you’ve not read Block 46- here’s the link to my review, if you like dark fiction, fabulous characterisation and a unique take on the way that past evils can spill into the present day then you’ll be an absolute convert.

Block 46 Review


 Writer on the Shelf




Born in 1978 in Marseille and with a degree in political science, Johana Gustawsson has worked as a journalist for the French press and television. She married a Swede and now lives in London. She was the co-author of a bestseller, On se retrouvera, published by Fayard Noir in France, whose television adaptation drew over 7 million viewers in June 2015

#TeamOrenda have produced a series of amazing blog posts about this novel and if you haven’t read them already then you’re in for a treat. Check out the #BlogTour poster to see who else is creating the #FrenchNoir buzz around Keeper

My partner on the #BlogTour today is the lovely @overduebookblog 

I really enjoyed this Q and A on Johana’s website so I’m sharing the link below for you

Johana Blog Q and A

Author LinksWebsite  Twitter

I chose to read and review  Keeper, sent by the lovely Anne Cater. The above review is, as always,  my own unbiased opinion. I bloody loved it.

Keeper by Johana Gustawsson was published in the UK by Orenda Books

The Lido- take a dip into this fabulous read!

Meet Rosemary, 86, and Kate, 26: dreamers, campaigners, outdoor swimmers…

Rosemary has lived in Brixton all her life, but everything she knows is changing. Only the local lido, where she swims every day, remains a constant reminder of the past and her beloved husband George.

Kate has just moved and feels adrift in a city that is too big for her. She’s on the bottom rung of her career as a local journalist, and is determined to make something of it.

So when the lido is threatened with closure, Kate knows this story could be her chance to shine. But for Rosemary, it could be the end of everything. Together they are determined to make a stand, and to prove that the pool is more than just a place to swim – it is the heart of the community.

The Lido is an uplifting novel about the importance of friendship, the value of community, and how ordinary people can protect the things they love. 

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Am so happy to be on today’s Blog Tour of The Lido and it’s an actual tour today because I’m posting this from gorgeous Cettia this morning. It’s wonderful to be writing about the joys of outdoor swimming when you’re just out of the water yourself and thus fantastic read will definitely have you wishing that you were taking a dip too!


I absolutely loved The Lido. It’s a warm and uplifting read that will genuinely draw you into its community and name you feel part of Rosemary and Kate’s word as they join together to campaign for their beloved Lido.

Rosemary was a fantastic character that you can totally believe in. When the Brixton that she’s loved all her life starts changing in front of her very eyes, it’s an easy sentiment to connect with – I’m sure lots of you will have had that feeling when you see your favourite shop get turned into yet another trendy vintage barbershop or raw food café. The loss of her husband George us another thing that Rosemary is having to deal with and it’s  easy to see why taking a stand about the potential loss of the Lido is so much more to Rosemary than a conservation issue – she’s trying to show that community and belonging somewhere is more important than making money and that if we don’t speak up for what’s important toys, then maybe we don’t deserve to keep the things we love.

Rosemary’s blossoming friendship with budding journalist Kate is one of the best things about The Lido. You really feel their relationship bloom – drawn together by a common goal and both believing passionately that community and belonging are worth defending. Kate knows that this story could be the ‘Big  Scoop’ that she’s been longing for, and is determined to take this chance to show that her voice might just be able to make a difference.

Libby Page wrote this book from the heart, and it shows.  It presents a picture of the places we come together in our communities – be those libraries, lidos or community centres and let’s face it – never have these placesc been more in need of defending! I’m so heartened to hear that this book has been optioned and will be headed for our screens in the future. I can’t wait to see who will be cast as Rosemary and Kate. I’m holding out for Judy Dench and a young unknown actress myself, but we will have to wait and see.


The Lido is a wonderful read, the friendship between these two women is a joy to read, despite them being 86 and 26 respectively and you’ll be totally rooting for them to succeed. I loved hearing about Rosemary’s memories of The Lido – where she’s been swimming for over 80 years – and it’s inspired me to visit one the next time I get the chance and explore the joy of outdoor swimming for myself.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Rebecca Gray for inviting me to participate in the Blog Tour – I certainly do #LoveTheLido and it’s been an honour to read it early and be part of its story – I’m totally certain that it’s going to be an amazing success. Dip in as soon as it’s published, you’ll love this unforgettable summer read!

Writer on the Shelf

_99454182_lidolidoLibby Page wrote The Lido while working in marketing and moonlighting as a writer. The Lido has sold in over twenty territories around the world and film rights have been sold to Catalyst Global Media.

After writing, Libby’s second passion is outdoor swimming. Libby lives in London where she enjoys finding new swimming spots and pockets of community within the city.

C7G-nJsXQAAR7Yn Libby can be found tweeting @libbypagewrites


The Stranger – Blog Tour

Cornwall, 1940.

In the hushed hours of the night, a woman is taken by the sea.

Was it a tragic accident? Or should the residents of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in?

In the midst of war three women arrive seeking safety at Penhallow Hall.

Each is looking to escape her past.

But one of them is not there by choice.

As the threat of invasion mounts and the nightly blackouts feel longer and longer, tensions between the close-knit residents rise until dark secrets start to surface.

And no one can predict what their neighbour is capable of . . .

In a house full of strangers, who do you trust?


Was it simply a tragic accident? Or should the inhabitants of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in?

If you’re pining for Poldark and love a historical epic, then The Stranger might be something to fill the gap. For decades, Penhallow Hall has stood frozen in time, protecting the secrets of its isolated inhabitants. I love books that transport me in time and place and I read this during the snow we’ve just had – totally losing myself in 1940s Cornwall and Kate Riordan’s fantastic sense of place in this immersive read.

But even beautiful Cornwall is no shelter from the war, and Penhallow must finally open its doors to strangers. This book is set in 1940 and we hear about the nightly blackouts and the constant fear of a Nazi invasion, as three land girls arrive to grow vegetables at Penhallow. I really enjoy it when books let me see a historical period through the eyes of characters from very different perspectives and the fact that the three new arrivals all have very different personalities and motivation for coming to Cornwall really kept me engrossed.



The Stranger opens with a church bell clanging to announce the body of a young woman on the beach and we discover how this mysterious event came about as the novel unfolds. Each of the succeeding chapters form a timeline going back six weeks where we slowly learn more about how each of these characters’ backstories might have led to this mysterious drowning.  This narrative form was very more-ish and several nights kept me up much later than I’d intended with a real sense of ‘just one more chapter…’



The strong plotting and skilful characterisation combine to draw you into a story bursting with secrets and Rose, Jane and Diana’s distinct voices all combine to keep you turning the pages. I really liked the fact that Diana was a really strong character whose persistence and headstrong nature certainly creates conflict in the story and adds to the feeling of suspense as we follow events to their tragic conclusion. It’s hard to write about The Stranger with no spoilers, but I’ve tried really hard as this is a book that you really need to experience for yourself. 

If you like Daphne du Maurier or Lucinda Riley, you’ll love this book and I know that my mum’s definitely going to be pinching it from me for her holidays. I’d like to thank Jenny Platt  at Michael Joseph for inviting me to take part in the Blog Tour, I’m sure you’ll agree it looks absolutely gorgeous in my #OnTheShelfie



Writer on the Shelf

Kate Riordan is a writer and journalist who was born in London and grew up in Warwickshire. She spent her first years in journalism as a staffer, first at The Guardian as an editorial assistant and later at Time Out London, where she went on to become deputy editor for the lifestyle section, covering everything from travel to property to beauty. After seven fantastic years of weird and wonderful assignments, she decided to go freelance in order to concentrate on writing fiction, which had for a long time been an ambition (not least when she was interviewing authors for Time Out).


After moving to Cheltenham in the Cotswolds, she wrote Birdcage Walk, which was published by Diversion as an ebook in 2012. Her second novel sold to Penguin in the UK and HarperCollins in the US and Canada, and was published in early 2015 – as The Girl in the Photograph and Fiercombe Manor respectively. A German edition will follow in the autumn of 2015. She is now hard at work on her next novel, a dual narrative story full of secrets and intrigue and moving between the years 1877, 1910 and 1922.

Kate lives in the Gloucestershire countryside with her husband and their dog Morris, a Staffordshire bull terrier they adopted from a shelter in 2013.

Kate Riordan’s website


Twin Truths Blog Tour


What is the truth?

And how do you recognise it when you hear it?

Jenny and Pippa are twins. Like many twins, they often know what the other is thinking. They complete each other. When Pippa disappears Jenny is left to face the world alone, as she tries to find out what happened to her ‘other half.’ But the truth, for Jenny, can be a slippery thing.


As an English teacher, I was intrigued by the premise of a book featuring an English teacher too. Add that to the fact that I love books with twins in – probably blaming Sweet Valley High for that  – and I absolutely loved the last Shelan Rodger book I read, and it’s safe to say that I was really looking forward to Twin Truths…

This book grabbed me and pulled me right into the story. I was really intrigued by the twin structure of the book: that we get to hear about events from both Jenny and her twin sister Pippa’s perspective and this really added to the story for me. Their childhood has had a massive impact on the way that they have developed as people and the childhood damage has affected them both very differently – we see that even though they are twins, they have developed very different coping mechanisms.

We see one sister losing herself in studying and pursuing a solitary academic pathway whereas her twin  chooses to lose herself more hedonistically,  seeking excitement and dangerous pastimes, in order to escape from the hurt which she has been exposed to.

Both sisters have very distinct voices which really emphasises the way that our early experiences can have hugely different effects on how we develop as adults. Even though Twin Truths deals with very challenging issues, they never threaten to dominate the story and the sisters feel very much like real people – rather than mechanisms to explore an issue – which I’ve often found in novels which want to look at the way we respond to trauma or tragedy.

Shelan Rodger is an excellent writer – it’s hard to talk about this novel without spoilers, so I’ll just need to tell you that you must read it for yourself. You will be intrigued by  Jenny’s life in Argentina and want to read on and find out exactly what has led to Pippa’s vanishing and how Jenny will deal with this situation. Pippa’s ‘half’ of the novel goes a long way towards making us understand Jenny and the way she reacts to events as they unfold.


I really liked the way that Twin Truths asks us to look at events from these ‘twin’ perspectives and re-see them, once we have a greater understanding of everything that the girls have been through in order for us to reevaluate our understanding of what ‘the truth’ actually is.

This isn’t just a straightforward thriller or mystery. Twin Truths goes a little deeper than that and asks us to think about the way that our personalities evolve through, because of and despite our experiences and who we can trust with our truths. The third part of the novel makes us rethink again everything that we’ve discovered in the first two sections and will leave you turning the pages, desperate to find out exactly how this fantastic read will end.

Anyone interested in family relationships, psychology and human emotions will love Shelan Rodger’s new novel. I loved Yellow Room and had really high hopes for Twin Truths and I’m delighted to say that I was definitely not disappointed. Even though this book touched on dark and difficult subject matters at times, it was dealt with very sensitively and never felt exploitative or sensational in the slightest.

Twin Truths was a book that I know I’ll be recommending to lots of readers as I was totally immersed in its characters, its pace and the way it really made me think. I can’t wait to see what Shelan Rodger does next. The idea that the opposite of truth isn’t necessarily a lie is a very intriguing one and I think that Twin Truths woud make an excellent Book Group read as it would be sure to provoke lots and lots of discussion…


Twin Truths was published by Dome Press on the 15th March 2018.

Many thanks to lovely Emily from Dome Press for inviting me to join this blog tour and for my copy of the book for this review.

Writer on the Shelf

Shelan’s life is a patchwork of different cultures. Born in Nigeria, she grew up among the Tiwi, an aboriginal community in Australia, and moved to England at the age of eleven. After graduating in Modern Languages from Oxford, she travelled to Argentina, where she spent nine years teaching and setting up a language school. Another chapter in England was followed by six years in Kenya, where she got involved in learning and development, with an emphasis on anti-discrimination. She now lives in Spain, working in international education – and writing.







Beneath the Water – Blog Tour



Munro House is the new start Stella needs. But it will also draw her back to a dark past…

Devastated by a broken engagement, Stella Jackson leaves her old life behind for a new start in rural Scotland. But when she arrives in the remote coastal village of Arisaig, nothing is what she expected.

At the edge of Arisaig sits Munro House; grand, imposing and said to be cursed by a string of tragic deaths. No less intriguing is its eccentric and handsome young owner, Jamie Munro, who hires Stella as his assistant while he pursues a seemingly impossible aim. Working through the great house’s archives, Stella soon finds herself drawn in by a cache of increasingly erratic letters from a young Victorian woman about her husband, Dr James Lockhart, a man whose single-minded ambition has strange parallels with Jamie’s.

Just as Stella begins developing feelings for Jamie, she discovers that the connection between the Lockharts and the Munros could have sinister repercussions for them both. She’s finally found the life she wants to live—but is it all an illusion?


As soon as I read the blurb from Anne Cater about Beneath the Water I was sold! I absolutely love reading books set in areas that I’ve visited and the fact that this book was set in Scotland, to boot meant that I didn’t hesitate for a minute. Receiving the book was a real pleasure as its gorgeous cover is absolutely stunning, like a Monet painting in its washed blue tones and its matt cover makes it tactile as well as beautiful to look at.



I loved the character of Stella and thoroughly enjoyed this blend of modern-day mystery and historical flashes that permeate the story. I found the snippets from the perspective of Jessie Lockwood thoroughly intriguing and I was kept guessing about how the modern and the historic elements of this novel would come together by the end of this tale.


This novel is set in the remote and beautiful Arisaig and all I can say is – if you have never been, you will definitely be tempted after finishing this novel. Life in the village is very vividly recreated and you definitely will feel like you’re immersing yourself in the life of the village alongside Stella as she heads north to get over her soul-destroying breakup.  If you’ve ever driven past a remote beautiful house and wondered what stories lie behind its gates then this is definitely the novel for you.


Stella’s fascination with Munro House and its mysterious owner Jamie Munro are very credibly portrayed and even his stranger preferences – such as getting her to sign a non-disclosure agreement – are handled well and make him even more intriguing for the reader. Stella is a strange mixture of vulnerability and strength and I found this really appealing. Being holed up in your best friend’s house when your life has been turned upside down is a dreadful experience – because I’ve been there!

Sarah Painter develops her characters so well that you really begin to root for Stella whose heart condition meant that her early years were very uncertain – and hope that her heart will be healed in this beautiful and remote location. The local gossip and whisperings as soon as she lands a job with the mysterious Jamie are also very well handled and makes you very definitely rooting for Stella to make it out the other side of her disastrous breakup with Ben.

The historical element to the story is also very well handled. It really kept me wondering how the glimpses of the past would connect with present-day Munro House and I loved the insights we got from Jessie’s letters into how different things were in the past and how much for women has changed since Jessie’s time. As a personal side note, I was born in Simpson’s maternity hospital in Edinburgh, named after James Young Simpson so I loved hearing about him in the novel and felt that this has personal resonance for me

I absolutely loved Beneath the Water. I feel like the setting, the character of Stella and the connections I felt with the book all made this a fantastic reading experience for me. Romance isn’t a genre that I’m drawn to, but the historical dimension and the mystery of Munro House made this book a real page-turner for me.

I’d like to thank Anne Cater for inviting me to take part in the blog tour and I’m looking forward to seeing what my fellow bloggers thought of it later Sarah Painter has written several other novels so I’m off to decide which one to order next as I really enjoyed this my trip to Arisaig and I’ll be recommending it to my mum who’s a big fan of a historical read and I’m sure she has a few memories of Simpson’s Maternity hospital herself…




Writer on the Shelf

Sarah Painter B&W Author Photo
Before writing books, Sarah Painter worked as a freelance magazine journalist, blogger and editor, combining this ‘career’ with amateur child-wrangling (AKA motherhood).

Sarah’s debut, The Language of Spells, became a Kindle bestseller and was followed by The Secrets of GhostsThe Garden of Magic and In The Light of What We See.

Sarah Painter’s website

Sarah Painter on Twitter


Fabulous interview with Sarah by the lovely Joanne at Portobello Book Blog

Zelda aged 10 weeks
Zelda aged 10 weeks


Sarah lives in rural Scotland with her children, husband, and a grey tabby called Zelda Kitzgerald.

She drinks too much tea, loves the work of Joss Whedon, and is the proud owner of a writing shed.