Satchfield Hall is a novel by Pauline Barclay along with Magnolia House and her latest Sometimes it Happens.
Celia Bryant-Smythe has had everything, growing up in a beautiful house, Satchfield Hall with her Mother and Father and 3 brothers. When her father, Henry Bryant-Smythe hears via his nosey Housekeeper that his innocent daughter is not so innocent after all, he has no trouble in "dealing" with her. What the arrogant man doesn't realise is that the actions of that day will change the courses of his life and everyone around him forever in the decades to come. But he is too self involved to realise.
Celia Bryant-Smythe's life changes that very day. The pain, loss and sadness that she experiences and she does not find the ultimate peace until the death of one man.
Has Celia's actions ruined the family or just herself? Can she recover and pull herself back? Does Henry have a heart after all?
Satchfield Hall starts at the end of the story and soon you are transported back into the time of the second World War. Pauline has written on the back of the book "Satchfield Hall is not about gentleness, tranquillity and privilege; it is about, power, love, lies and in the end revenge." and that is certainly true. This is a story of a family's struggle. Of how one mans actions spreads a web of sorrow across a much wider field.
I adored this book. I love anything that involves a Master of the house and the downstairs staff. I was hooked from the very first chapter and was engulfed into the sadness of each event as it unfolded. Pauline hints of things that are to come but I found myself desperately wanting to know what happened next. This is a love story but is not a simple one and things are not easy for anyone.
This is a completely different theme to Sometimes it Happens which I had read previously. What is key to both of Pauline's books I have now read is that she really can tell a story and make the characters come alive. I haven't cried in a book so much and so often. This is a must to be added to your TBR pile.