The Girl at the Window – Rowan Coleman

A hauntingly beautiful story of love and hope, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book and The Summer of Impossible Things

About the book:

Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from…

Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead.

While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, she must also attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother. And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present…

About the Author:

Rowan Coleman worked in bookselling and publishing for seven years before winning Company Magazine Young Writer of the Year in 2001. Her first novel GROWING UP TWICE was published in 2002 and was a WHS Fresh Talent winner. Since then Rowan has written 15  novels, including THE ACCIDENTAL MOTHER, THE BABY GROUP, and RUNAWAY WIFE, which won The Festival of Romance Best Romantic Read 2012, The RoNA Epic Romance novel of 2013 and was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2013 and is the book that inspired Rowan to release WOMAN WALKS INTO A BAR as an ebook (published 10th September 2013) with 100% of her royalties going to Refuge. Her Sunday Times bestselling novel THE MEMORY BOOK was a Richard and Judy Bookclub selection 2014, and Love Reading Novel of the Year, as voted for by readers.  Rowan now lives in Hertfordshire with her husband, and large family of four children, including surprise toddler twins. Rowan is often quite tired.

My Review: As a HUGE fan of Rowan’s books I was thrilled and delighted to be invited to take part in the #blogtour for her new novel The Girl in the Window.  Rowan is one of my “go-to” authors that I read without bothering to read the blurb and therefore start her books with an open mind and absolutely no idea of the journey I am about to embark.

The Girl in The Window is a story about love, loss, ghosts, history and Emily Bronte.   It’s a beautifully crafted novel bringing the past and present together.  We follow the story of Agnes, a young girl sold to a horrible man hundreds of years ago and Trudy, a grieving wife whose husband goes missing in a plane crash in the present day.

Trudy has returned to her childhood home Ponden Hall with her young son Will, to seek solace with her estranged mother and uncovers something extraordinary about Emily Bronte and Ponden Hall’s past.

There is a constant feeling of goosebumps and chills throughout the book which gave an added layer to the chilling atmosphere created by the author.  Ponden Hall becomes a character in it’s own right and Rowan brings it to life brick by brick.

If you are looking for a magical escape full of historical facts, wonderful characters, ghosts and legends plus a gigantic library, then I would definitely recommend The Girl in the Window.


My thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for the invitation and Netgalley and the publishers for the copy of the book in exchange for an impartial and honest review.

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