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A Place of Secrets
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on 25 February 2015
One of those books you can't put down very good read
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 22 September 2010
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The description of the countryside was beautiful and I loved all the characters in the book. It was interesting to learn about astrology.
A great way to spend 4 hours on a plane!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2010
This is the first Rachel Hore book I've read and I did enjoy it. I would have enjoyed it even more had the proof reader done their job properly. I found myself re-reading sentences to get the proper meaning due to misplaced or lack of commas and full stops. I shall certainly read her other books.
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on 17 July 2014
A really enjoyable holiday read. Loved it.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2010
This is Rachel Hore's fourth novel. It recounts the story of auctioneer Jude who is bereft after the loss of her husband and travels to her home county of Norfolk to value a collection of books and scientific instruments at Starborough Hall. Through Jude's research we learn the story of astronomer Anthony Wickham and his adopted daughter Esther and we also see Jude try to heal the rifts in her family and discover more about her own ancestors and their connection to the wonderful Starborough and it's atmospheric woods and folly.

This is a fantastically written book with wonderful insight into the characters. It has the page-turning quality of a thriller but yet it is a romantic tale of family and relationships. Mystery and the idea of fate and destiny pervade the story. The motif of the star is a comforting constant and I felt the loving but at times bickering and jealous relationship between the sisters was particularly well drawn. The sense of place was inherent to the story and just as Rachel has previously captured the beauty and wild atmosphere of Cornwall in "The Memory Garden" here she has described the beauty of the North Norfolk countryside vividly.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good quality contemporary women's fiction with the an emphasis on mystery, secrets and the past, especially if you are a fan of Kate Morton, Barbara Erskine, Diana Gabaldon, Joanne Harris, Audrey Niffenegger or Kate Mosse.
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on 19 September 2014
Brilliant, can't put it down!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 September 2013
A multi-layered read, A Place Of Secrets chronicles the modern day story of Jude alongside the unfolding tale of Esther, an 18th century astronomer, whose journals Jude happens across when searching through some old manuscripts in her role as researcher for an auction house. This is a wonderfully mesmerising story of how the past can effect the present, of whether dreams can be passed down through the generations.

My only real criticism being the myriad of coincidences that on occasion verged on the absurd, by the end of the novel stretching credulity to its limits. Oh that, and the fact that some of the dialogue was at times a little too Bodice-ripper like for my personal taste.

However, able to get past these slight annoyances I found the book very readable, Esther's diary entries particularly engaging, the astronomy aspect fascinating.

Copyright: Petty Witter @ Pen and Paper.
A Place of Secrets
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 2 January 2011
I opted for the Kindle version (which strangely was more expensive than the paperback). The story sounded interesting and the subject (mix of historical-contemporary mystery) was my favourite genre: historical fiction mystery. The story wasn't bad, although it certainly required a HUGE suspension of disbelief by the reader, and the writing was alright, though the dialogue was a bit stilted in places. My problem was with the huge number of punctuation errors and typos. Most of the time I was able to tell who was speaking, but it required me to break away from the story itself to read and re-read whole passages. In one paragraph, the speakers actually changed (!) without a paragraph break or quotation marks. I haven't seen the paperback, so am not sure if the errors were limited to my Kindle edition.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2012
Bought this on a buy 2 get one free deal and it stayed on the shelf for months. Oh how i wish i had read it earlier. The caracters are really good and you take to them very easily. The story is winding, captivating and pretty much addictive- SOOO many days spent tired thanks to reading it till silly hour and more. The end has some interesting twists (which you may guess as the book goes on but it adds to the experience) and doesnt dissapoint. So pleased, i ordered 3 more Rachel Hore books immediately afterwards. If you like Kate Morton, Katherine Webb, Lucinda Riley........you will want to read A place of Secrets.
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A really good read!
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