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The White Cuckoo [Kindle Edition]

Annie Ireson
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  • Length: 342 pages
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Book Description

When twenty-seven year old Tamasyn Hargreaves travels to the heart of Northamptonshire to fulfill a deathbed promise to her mother, she soon begins to sense that something surreal and supernatural has drawn her there.

Who are the strange children she keeps bumping into? What secrets are concealed within the contents of a box of memorabilia she is given? Why does she look uncannily like a photograph of Jessie Smith, who gave birth prematurely in 1910 after being raped by a nobleman?

As Tammy reveals shocking secrets about her own family, she soon realises she must resolve the mysteries of the past before she can keep her promise to her mother.

The White Cuckoo is a story of two women whose lives connect through time. Is destiny just the past, rewritten?

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Annie Ireson lives in Kettering, Northamptonshire and works at the local council offices. For many years she harboured what her husband and three grown-up children always referred to as "a dirty little secret". In her spare time she was as likely to be found tapping away on a keyboard as she was with her head buried deep within the pages of a book, but even some members of her family never knew she was a secret writer.

When she is not working or writing, Annie enjoys caravanning with her husband and dogs. She dreams of the day she can give up her job and write full-time, but she also loves spending time with her five grandchildren and would probably spend more time in the park than at her keyboard if she was at home all day.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polished and heartwarming 18 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The White Cuckoo is a heartwarming story with a paranormal twist, which is not overpowering and complements, rather than detracts from, the main thrust of the plot. The story is about two women, one who lived in the early part of the last century and the other in the present day.

The characters are well-formed and the plot gripped me from the start. All the characters have their own problems to resolve. The secrets of the past draw the characters together as they strive to resolve the mysteries revealed by the contents of 'Alice's Box' until finally the ghosts of the past are laid to rest.

The writing is polished, the plot and sub-plots are intriguing and the story kept me turning the pages.

I can't find any other books by Annie Ireson, but I'll certainly look out for them in future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars At least it was cheap... 21 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have to say I am disappointed with this. I am about 20% through and don't think I'll bother to finish it. I don't find the main character particularly likeable and as another reviewer has commented the relationship between her and Paul is very much like something out of Mills and Boon. The paranormal element is not believable. This genre needs to be really well done or it becomes ridiculous. I find the style of writing quite confusing at times. The second chapter had me thinking that Tammy's mother was in the car with her at first. I was concerned that Tammy was spending so much time looking at herself in the rearveiw mirror and feared an accident was about to occur. None did, but the characters seem rather lifeless, so perhaps it would have been better if the author had got rid of them early on.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good 1 Mar. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
An excellent story really enjoyed it however I found the love story between Tammy and Paul a bit too mills & boon and a bit overlong and boring hence the 4 stars. I did however really enjoy the story overall and would certainly recommend it. The story is a very original storyline but would like to have read more about the past mystery of what happened perhaps the author is trying to put in too many themes. Well done to the author though if this is her first novel well worth buying and I will certainly look for something from her in the future.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, a real page turner. 28 Nov. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I think this book will appeal to many readers, a bit of history, paranormal activity, real and likeable characters, living ordinary lives doing extraordinary things, and good old fashioned romantic interest. Thoroughly good book, well worth the asking price. Only thing that took a bit of getting used to was the intricate description of thoughts, places and feelings, but I seemed to notice this more in the first few pages, probably while I got used to the writers individual style.. Enjoyed it so much I read the book in 4 days.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully mysterious 20 Dec. 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I loved this book and got quite irritated if anyone interrupted me whilst I was reading it! It's a lovely combination of mystery, romance and some truly spine chilling moments. Getting scared whilst reading in a room containing more than 50 people showed me just how skillfully this is done! If you want to be intrigued, have a character you are rooting for all the way and just a little creeped out then this is the book for you. Can't wait for another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The White Cuckoo 8 Feb. 2013
The White Cuckoo
Annie has written a superb story that is interwoven across two eras, unfolding layer by layer, page by page as Tammy discovers the secrets and mysteries of two families and the community of a small village.

The main character, Tammy is extremely hurt and confused when she finds out the secrets her mother and father kept from her while she was growing up in what she thought was the perfect family unit. Although finding out the truth is hurtful it is also exciting and offers her the chance to put the past where it belongs for all concerned. She has the opportunity to repair the damage caused by the deceit and lies over the past twenty odd years and help the healing of many broken hearts and lives.

Tammy meets the man of her dreams - the perfect partner for her, but sadly one who is caught up still with a previous lover whose infidelity created heartache and misunderstandings for his family - these issues must be resolved before Tammy can have any hopes of sharing a relationship with Paul. In spite of it being love at first sight, they are both wise enough to know the wrongs have to be put right if they are to have a life together at all. Tammy feels the impact of the risk of losing Paul when she insists he visit his home town to lay the ghosts to rest.

The secrets and circumstances surrounding the start of her parents' relationship many years before, are astounding and it seems that with every page turned there is yet one more hurdle to get over before the heartbreak, confusion and the breaking apart of the family can be healed. Tammy is flabbergasted to find she has a half-sister that neither of her parents had given her any clue of.

I loved this story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that stands on it's own two feet !! 23 Oct. 2012
By Sarah C
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
From the moment I began reading this book it had me hooked....

I believe that to pass comment on a piece of literature it is essential that you have actually read it end-to-end. Not based your opinion of a newspaper write-up, overheard conversation or general media induced hype. As a result I have read many, many books of all genres. Sadly, few of them capture me with their grammatical command of the written word or creative use of the english language.

The White Cuckoo is a truly excellent piece of writing. The detailed descriptions of everything from surrounding scenery to the many different characters continues fluidly throughout the book. They stimulate your imagination and before long you have transported yourself into the story as if an onlooker watching what is unfolding.
Although centered around key characters the book has many different sub-stories cleverly interwoven along your journey. It takes you through every emotion delicately and respectfully, resulting in many smiles and the odd moist eye along the way.

Murder and rape are involved in the plot line, but for a change the detail of this is left to your imagination - so refreshing. As a result I am comfortable in recommending this book to anyone above the age of 16yrs.

A great read, and all of the storylines were tied up by the end so that for a change I was not left with questions unanswered.

This is Annie's first published work, and I can't wait to read more.......Congratulations !!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book is a little slow, but a twist and turn plot keeps you reading
Published 2 days ago by joyce ware
5.0 out of 5 stars I cared about the characters
I liked this, although I thought the white cuckoo would have a bigger part in it. The characters were well formed and the writer made you care about them.
Published 25 days ago by Rugby
4.0 out of 5 stars compelling!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story which kept me riveted till the outcome.
Published 1 month ago by Tys
4.0 out of 5 stars Had the promise of a good book, and had hoped for a few more ...
Had the promise of a good book, and had hoped for a few more twists and turns as the book came to its final chapters, however the lack of these did not spoil my enjoyment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it can't wait for another book by Annie
Published 1 month ago by sheila flannery
2.0 out of 5 stars Far too predictable
Far too much trying to go on with this book. It bounces backand forth. Is it a love story, ghost story or just two women having the same problems, miles apart. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SMC
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I am reading this at the moment. I bought this book as I had thoroughly enjoyed Annie Ireson's Sunlight on Broken Glass which was excellent
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner!
Completely wrapped up in the lives of the characters, well written gripping tale of love, family and friends FANTASTIC READER!!!
Published 2 months ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!!!!
What a brilliant book, felt I was there, brilliant story with a touch of supernatural, didn't,t want it to end
Published 2 months ago by Nocky
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing
A good read with a bit of a twist at the end.
Published 3 months ago by Mary Ratcliffe
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