The Women of Heachley Hall

The Women of Heachley Hall

by Rachel Walkley


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A family saga mystery about a decaying house with secrets only women can discover and a tragedy that needs forgiveness and self-sacrifice to resolve.

Twenty-eight year old Miriam moves into abandoned Heachley Hall and she plans to continue to work as an illustrator while renovating the property. She's the sole surviving heir to her great-aunt’s estate, however, great fortune comes with an unbreakable contract. To earn her inheritance, Miriam must live a year and a day in the decaying Heachley Hall.

Located on the Norfolk coast in a fictional village near Hunstanton, the house is neglected and surrounded by woods draped in sea mist. With the help of a local handyman, Charles, she begins to transform the Victorian house and when she struggles with the scale of the renovations, she increasingly relies on him and ignores his peculiar habit of coming and going without explanation.

Miriam is desperate to discover the truth behind Felicity’s terms. But, delving into Felicity and Heachley’s long past is going to turn Miriam’s view of the world upside down.

After tracking down her aunt’s lost possessions, Miriam uncovers the consequences of a devastating fire, the plight of a selfish lover and the history of her own fragmented family.

The book is in three parts and narrated from the perspective of two characters in the first person.

Fans of family sagas will enjoy the historical aspect of the book, while readers of women’s fiction and authors such as Lucinda Riley, Kate Morton, Karen Swan and Lulu Taylor, will appreciate the independent spirit of Miriam.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999630706
Publisher: Rachel Walkley
Publication date: 05/04/2018
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

For most of my working life, I've been a scientist and librarian, and throughout that career my love of creative writing has never ceased even when surrounded by technical reports and impenetrable patents. Among moments of mummy taxi, delving into museum archives, drawing pictures and flute playing, I shall continue to pen my stories.

Table of Contents

Part 1. The Will - contemporary

Thirty numbered chapters.

Part 2. The Journal - Historical account 1900-1960s

Six chapters titled:

The Marsters Family (1873–1914)

The Great War and beyond (1914–1934)

The First Tenants (1934–1946)

The Hinderton Affair (1947–1953)

The Branston Family (1953–1965)

Felicity Marsters (1966)

Part 3. The Grave - contemporary

Four numbered chapters plus Epilogue

Author bio

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UpAllNightBB More than 1 year ago
The Women of Heachley Hall by Rachel Walkley was a pleasant and delightful journey through one woman’s discovery of herself, her family and their history. When Miriam is informed she is heir of her great aunt’s mansion, she is excited to sell it and settle into a more comfortable lifestyle. Her plans are intercepted when she finds out the only way she can take ownership of the mansion is to live it in for one year. With little options left, she concedes to the fact that she will be living in the massive, cold, vacant house alone. Soon she makes a couple friends in town, and befriends a handyman who lives in the area. She decides living in the house is bearable for one year, except for the unexplained noises, banging and bizarre trails of ash that keep appearing throughout the house. Is it possible her Aunt Felicity left a haunted house to Miriam? On a mission to find out, she sets out to dig up her aunt’s missing box in an effort to solve the mysteries that lie within the walls of Heachley Hall. This book was an interesting marriage of women’s fiction, multi-generational history, paranormal experiences and even a little romance. It was not a fast-paced read, and the first half was a bit harder to get through than the second half for me. The mystery and secrets really ramped up at the halfway mark and I then became obsessed with finding out what was hiding in Heachley Hall. I am glad I pushed through because the end was unexpected and an enjoyable pay off. 4 fanciful stars Review by Amy, Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night with Books Blog