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The White Cuckoo

The White Cuckoo [Kindle Edition]

Annie Ireson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 593 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,747 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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 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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9 of 9 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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4 of 4 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully mysterious 20 Dec 2012
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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
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring!! 26 July 2014
By Margo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Being an avid reader I have read all the books by my favourite authors at least twice over the years and I am constantly looking for books from new to me writers who write the kind of theme I like so this book looked like it could appeal to me. The book started off well in 1910 with the birth of a baby and then moving to 99 years later and a young woman arriving in the village to search for her unknown sister. Obvious of course that the family story really began in 1910 and I expected as Tammy discovered letters and photo's it would get exciting as she unravelled the past. Far from it. The story turned into a trashy romance. I didn't like Tammy and thought her rather stupid but I did want to read about her connections with the village and the people there past and present so plodded on. I had to keep skimming through boring rubbish about Paul and Tammy who have to be the most pathetic, boring couple I ever read about but I kept hoping to get to the parts I was interested in. I actually got to 70% - having skimmed through more than half of this boring story - before I decided I no longer cared and gave up. I will not be buying any more books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story 12 Mar 2014
By jane
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The first book I've read for a long time that I have found un-put-downable. Some fantastic descriptions, sympathetic characters, and a narrative constructed to make the reader need to know how everything will tie up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tender love story spanning nearly a century 3 Mar 2014
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I found this book by chance. I had never heard of the author and to the best of my knowledge, this is her only book which is a shame as its a real gem.
A tender story of the love of a mother for her daughter which lasts for eternity and affects the lives of women throughout the next century influencing them whether wives and mothers themselves or maiden aunts to nurture family life and seek justice to right past wrongs.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
The story kept my interest even though the plot was far fetched. Overall I enjoyed the book and the characters within it.
Published 11 days ago by Carol B
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Loved every word written. The twists had me hooked from the first chapter. I couldn't put it down. Well done
Published 14 days ago by s j richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book, enjoyed this.
Published 16 days ago by morgana
2.0 out of 5 stars Became quite bored halfway through
Felt this was somewhat contrived. Became quite bored halfway through.
Published 16 days ago by Chris Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Great value read lots of twists and turns, love the paranormal lines flits back and forth from past to present seamlessly highly recommended
Published 23 days ago by danielle wardle
5.0 out of 5 stars A ghost story with a twist
Very enjoyable, would recommend it to anyone who likes good ghostly tale with a difference. Look forward to more from this author
Published 1 month ago by Mrs J M Gaunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a very good read, keeps you guessing
Published 1 month ago by roseann feilding
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
slow but u need to stay with it as it is really good
Published 1 month ago by MANDY
5.0 out of 5 stars an easy absorbing read
an easy absorbing read. great characters unique story line, sad to have come to the end of it as it left you wanting more!!
Published 1 month ago by SallyP
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy and compelling
I'm only about a third of the way through, and the story is getting more and more intriguing so I don't want to put it down. I can't wait to find out what happens.
Published 2 months ago by daisy_z
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