The Haunting Paperback – 30 Aug 2012
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Praise for FOLLY: 'Art, antiques and romance are the ingredients: Titchmarsh boils the pot to a fine froth.' (SAGA Magazine)
A perfect love story. (Katie Fforde)
The story brims with intrigue (Daily Express)
The author of seven top ten bestselling romantic novels, Alan Titchmarsh's The Haunting moves between the early 19th century and present day with a story of love, betrayal, intrigue and murder that shows the past is closer than we think.See all Product Description
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The Haunting is Alan's eighth novel, a dual time-frame story - one of my favourite genres, when done well... In 2010, forty-something History teacher, Harry Flint is recovering from the demise of a short-lived marriage and wondering what life has in store for him. He feels a strong connection with the past with a keen interest in researching his family tree. What he doesn't know is that events in 1816, concering his ancestor, Anne Flint, are about to have a major impact on his present situation.
"He might keep droning on about the past informing the present, but did he really believe that after all these years of repeating like some religious litany? Well, yes. He did. Let go of that and where are you? The whole world would crumble."
The two storylines are expertly woven together and it all makes for a very enjoyable, satisfying read. Admittedly, the characters aren't overly complex and Harry veers into Mr Chips territory every now and then but you become so immersed in both stories that it really doesn't matter - sometimes simplicity does the trick!
The natural world really comes to life in the author's descriptions, not surprising I guess for an expert on horticulture but he has a special touch when it comes to describing the sights and sounds of nature.
Overall, a light engaging read which has the added bonus of being suitable for overly sensitive readers - any extreme passion is left to the reader's imagination...the answer to my gifts for elderly relatives dilemna.
The Haunting continues this ethos to excellent effect. The way the stories are intertwined is impressive to say the least. He even couches the text in different styles according to which century he is writing about.
I am sad to say I have finished the book - in record time I hasten to add. This is due to the fact I could not put it down and develped into a true page turner. That is the best way to describe this book. Please take my advice, buy it and surrender yourself to story bliss.
A lovely, gentle book that would make a great holiday read.
I wasn't disappointed - it's a great story - one of those that makes you want to read on beyond the end the book.
Overall, it's a nice easy read. I thought the dual time element was really well done, and the story captured the historical feel without getting overloaded with unnecessary detail.
I read it quickly over a couple of days, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good to romantic story with an interesting underlying them. A good read. The first Alan titchmarsh novel I have read and definitely not the last.Published 10 days ago by Freddie
A good summer read. Titchmarsh has an easy style of writing and good characters.Published 1 month ago by Laurelie
realy gripping story it goes fr o m one gripping part to another. it was hard putting it to bed each eveningPublished 1 month ago by Mrs June Creamera realy gripping story it goes fr o m one gripping part to another. it was hard to p
Began this book in A&E while waiting... Just what I needed to take my mind off all that was happening to me. Finished it the next day. It's helped my recovery. Nice story.Published 2 months ago by Rowan
A REALLY GOOD STORY, COMPLETELY DIFFERENT TO ALANS NORMAL SUBJECTS. I FOUND THE CHANGING CHAPTERS FROM THE PAST TO THE PRESENT A BIT CONFUSING, BUT ON THE WHOLE A REALLY GREAT... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer