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When Joss Grant inherits Belheddon Hall in Essex from the mother she never knew, she and her husband, Luke move in with their young son, Tom. All Joss knows of the house is that her two young brothers died there many years ago, but local townspeople talk of a curse on both the house and Joss's family.

Something is definitely wrong at Belheddon Hall. White roses are found ...

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When Joss Grant inherits Belheddon Hall in Essex from the mother she never knew, she and her husband, Luke move in with their young son, Tom. All Joss knows of the house is that her two young brothers died there many years ago, but local townspeople talk of a curse on both the house and Joss's family.

Something is definitely wrong at Belheddon Hall. White roses are found strewn throughout the house, a ghostly voice whispers, "Katherine" and the laughter of young boys echoes through its rooms.

But, after the birth of her second son Joss realizes that someone or something is determined to ruin her family. Her husband and her sister Lyn, who has come to help care for the baby, suspect otherwise. When the marks of violent pinches start appearing on both boys, it seems that Joss is truly responsible for any danger at Belheddon Hall.

Isolated and fearful of losing her family, Joss is on her own in solving the centuries-old curse of the house and saving her sons, before another generation falls victim.

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Roberta Johnson
Faced with financial ruin, Jocelyn and Luke Grant at first view the surprise inheritance of an Essex manor house from Joss' birth mother as a godsend. But who really sent the centuries-old house where boyish voices echo, drifts of icy rose petals appear and then vanish, and a chilling shadow threatens the safety of Luke and his toddler son? When Joss' second child is born, also a boy, it becomes apparent that only the males in the Grant household are threatened, and suspicion falls on Joss. To clear her name and save her family, she must confront and defeat a powerful, ancient presence. Without being overly graphic or ghoulish, Erskine's third novel of the supernatural provides a sensual, shivery thrill ride through a classic English country house.
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Erskine (Midnight is a Lonely Place, 1994, etc.) provides the requisite thrills and chills in a lively ghost story enriched by all the careful research of good historical fiction.

When Jocelyn Grant's husband Luke loses his company—his partner takes off with all the money in their joint business account—the future looks dim for the struggling couple. Until, that is, Jocelyn, who'd been adopted as a child, suddenly learns that she's received an inheritance—the centuries-old family manor that she never knew existed, from a mother she never knew. Belheddon Hall, in Essex, is an imposing, even forbidding house; although the down-at-heels couple are ecstatic at their timely good fortune, their new neighbors' gossip—implying that Belheddon is haunted and that the ghosts show a special interest in young boys—spooks at least Jocelyn, now pregnant with her first child. Joss bears first one son and then, in rapid succession, another, and she becomes increasingly convinced that something evil does linger close by. Luke is highly skeptical and accuses his wife of fanciful imaginings (he even seeks psychiatric help for her), but Joss's best friend David is all too convinced that something does lurk in the Hall, especially when two mysterious, inexplicable deaths occur within days of each other. When Joss and David begin really to explore the history of Belheddon, and to research her mother's life, they uncover more than they bargained for—including a powerful connection to King Edward IV, whose soul, apparently, is not at rest. Jocelyn's family provides a shot of realism as antidote to the eerie goings-on; their concern for Jocelyn as she searches for her past (sister Lyn in particular urges Joss to remember that her real family is the one that raised her) provides an effective counterpoint to the attic wailings and icy white roses of the supernatural scenes.

A successful mélange of family melodrama and fantasy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451181954
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/1/1997
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Erskine made headlines when she was paid the highest-ever advance for a first novel by an English writer for Lady of Hay. She is also the author of Midnight Is a Lonely Place.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2000

    A fantastic Read, unputdownable

    When Joss inherits Belhedon Hall there is more to it then meet's the eye not just a cold and old damp hall. Voices are heard laughter, of small boy's and when Joss's own son Tom goes into hysteric's at the sight of a tin man, Joss start's to realise something is not quite right at Belhedon Hall. Drawn into historical detail as well as ghostly happenings Ms Erskine has captured the right measure for me, this is story telling at it's best, and most definitely should not be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2000

    Supernatural..........

    I agree with Kimberly. This was a teriffic ghost story. It was the best supernatural novel ever. I throughly enjoyed it. The book portrays a sense of compelling that is hard to explain. It pulls you into an immense world of fact and fiction. You want to keep flipping through the pages once you start! Keep it up Erskine!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2000

    A great ghost story

    I love this book. I keep it on my bookshelf and will reread it in the future several times. It's truly a great ghost story with a lot of great descriptions of an old house. If you enjoy ghost stories and like to scare yourself, this is the one for you. I recommended it to my mom and a friend and they loved it too. It's fun to read on a cold, dark night! Enjoy!

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