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Frost Hollow Hall [Paperback]

Emma Carroll
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Book Description

3 Oct 2013

The gates to Frost Hollow Hall loomed before us. They were great tall things, the ironwork all twisted leaves and queer-looking flowers. And they were very definitely shut.

Tilly's heart sinks. Will's at the door of their cottage, daring her to come ice-skating up at Frost Hollow Hall. No one goes near the place these days. Rumour has it that the house is haunted . . . Ten years ago the young heir, Kit Barrington, drowned there in the lake. 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 in the water 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. In order to discover all she can, Tilly gets work as a maid at Frost Hollow Hall. But the place makes her flesh crawl. It's all about the dead here, she's told, and in the heart of the house she soon discovers all manner of dark secrets . . .

Frost Hollow Hall is a thrilling historical fiction debut. Told in Tilly's unique voice, it is a tale of love and loss, and how forgiveness is the key to recovery.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571295444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571295449
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emma Carroll, in her spooky debut, makes the Gothic ghost story her own ... believable, moving and just the right sort of frightening (Daily Telegraph)

This is a charming story which, despite dealing with dark themes of grief, poverty and death, remains light-hearted and hopeful. With wonderful description and great characterisation, Emma Carroll is a real find and Frost Hollow Hall is a perfect ghostly mystery for fans of Eva Ibbotson, Ellen Renner and Marie-Louise Jense (We Love This Book)

An emotionally-charged historical tale and a very believable ghost story rolled into one (The Telegraph)

The perfect wintry ghost story (The Sunday Express)

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A ghostly tale about love, loss and forgiveness with an instant classic feel.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming find. 27 Nov 2013
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I came across this book as a recommendation for children in the Saturday Telegraph and it immediately grabbed me as a book I would like to read. I certainly wasn't disappointed.

When Tilly goes skating with the Butcher's son little does she know that she is literally skating on thin ice. Abruptly, the ice starts to crack and in she goes into the freezing waters of Frost Hollow Hall's lake. She desperately tries to get out from under the ice but can't......suddenly she sees what appears to be a 'golden' boy who guides her to the edge of the lake where her friend is able to drag her out. Half dead, he rushes her to Frost Hollow Hall. Once there and suitably warmed up, she is able to relate her tale.

Lady Barrington who lost her son to the ice 10 years ago appears and is evidently shocked at the likeness between Tilly and someone else she has known. Mrs. Jessop the Housekeeper offers Tilly a job as a housemaid at the house, which pleases her because her Father and older sister have done a bunk and left her and her Mother penniless and owing a lot of back rent.

From hereon in, Tilly's mission is to find out why Kit (the drowned son of Lady Barrington) is still earthbound and cannot move on.

She and another housemaid called Gracie fall foul of a spiteful entity on the back stairs and Gracie who always seems to be smashing crockery, is adamant that it is not her but the crockery is moving and smashing of its own accord. Of course only Tilly believes her. Mrs. Jessop the Housekeeper seems to have a soft spot for Tilly for some reason. Why?

This is a beautifully written book both scary and very moving in equal parts. Highly recommended for older children and adults alike.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, enchanting story 23 Dec 2013
It's 1881 and Tilly is skating somewhere she shouldn't; on the frozen lake at Frost Hollow Hall. No one is meant to go there anymore. We learn as the novel opens that ten years before, Kit Barrington tragically died there. When the ice cracks and Tilly slips beneath into the freezing water, she sees a beautiful boy. Who can he be, is he real, what does he want with her?

After hearing so many good things about this debut childrens/young adult novel this year, I couldn't resist buying it whilst I was on holiday recently. It sounded like a lovely, classic read to curl up and enjoy, and indeed it was a very enjoyable book; an enchanting story, an atmospheric setting and with a lovely character and great first person narrator in Tilly. I eagerly raced through it and would certainly recommend it. An engaging, mysterious and ghostly read for Winter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, wintery book! 18 Dec 2013
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This book has been recommended to me by so many people that I bumped it up my to be read list. I decided that I wanted to read it before Christmas, as it has that real wintery vibe about it. I'm thoroughly glad I read it because it's a fantastic, easy to read story. Emma Carroll's debut is incredibly established. It's hard to believe that it is her debut!

The story is told by a strong protagonist Tilly. She goes skating with the butcher's son Will at the spooky Frost Hollow Hall's lake. Tilly doesn't realise that she is literally skating on thin ice. Soon, the ice begins to crack and Tilly plunges into the icy waters of Frost Hollow Hall's lake. Tilly desperately tries to get out of the lake, when she begins to give up hope, she sees a boy who guides her to the age of the lake, where Will can then pull her up and take her to Frost Hollow Hall to recover. Tilly meets Lady Barrington who lost her son Kit to the ice/lake 10 years ago and Mrs Jessop the housekeeper. Tilly begins to work at Frost Hollow Hall but finds there are spooky goings on. Tilly wants to find out why Kit is still earthbound and isn't ready to move on yet.

I thought Frost Hollow Hall was an engaging, beautiful read. I was so impressed with Emma Carroll's writing. It felt like I was inside the book watching the scenes play out. I loved Tilly as a protagonist. Emma Carroll is definitely on my radar for authors to watch out for!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely debut novel 18 Dec 2013
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Emma Carroll's beautifully written debut novel will keep you shivering under a blankie, and engrossed by the mysterious goings-on at Frost Hollow Hall. The heroine, Tilly Higgins is a hugely likeable character with a big heart and despite her hardships, she manages to rise above all the challenges life has dealt her. A cross between Downton Abbey and The Others! An excellent read and suitable for young and old. I look forward to reading more from this rising talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Frost Hollow Hall Review 9 Dec 2013
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This book is a very enjoyable Christmas for all ages starting from nine years plus. I would definitely recommend it to other people.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly gripping read! 19 Nov 2013
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This book is an amazing read and I was unable to put the book down. Finished it in roughly four hours, and am still reeling from the glorious storyline and the events of the novel.
Tilly is a head-strong courageous character and the bond and witty banter between herself and Will is beautiful and as a reader it was a thrill to see their relationship develop!
You can tell a book is truly great when you get goose bumps whilst reading and the fast pace of the novel leaves you craving more.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good ghost story and for those who love a thrilling captivating read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice ghostly tale
I was in need of a lighter read. So I picked this one up.

I relaxed on the sofa and there I stayed until I finished reading it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by read-along-with-Sue
5.0 out of 5 stars So the ones left behind can live in present Tilly must release the...
On a cold frosty day, the events of the past take the opportunity to reach out into the future to touch the present. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cheryl M-M
4.0 out of 5 stars Frost hollow hall reveiw
This book moved me at the end. It was a very cleaved idea of a storyline and the suspense was intreaging what a great read. I couldn't put it down :)
Published 3 months ago by josephine clemenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Victorian ghost story for teens.
I first saw this book reviewed in the Times. I read a lot of YA fiction as I both enjoy it and write for YA's myself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. A. F. Rhodes
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful storytelling
This book is a real breath of fresh air for those bored to death with vampire romance and the-end-of-the-world-was-nigh-and-now-it's-everyone-for-themselves type dystopia. Read more
Published 6 months ago by blewp1977
4.0 out of 5 stars A real classic feel to it.
Originally published on Serendipity Reviews.
It's so lovely to read a book that can transport you back to childhood. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Serendipity Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A winter wonderland
This is an absolute must read for anyone who loves a good ghost story. 'Frost Hollow Hall' tells the tale of a young girl who, after nearly drowning in a frozen lake, has to help... Read more
Published 6 months ago by pammie
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