PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY REVIEW OF GATHER THE BONES May 2015
Likable, relatable characters augment Stuart’s compelling romantic ghost story set in post-WWI England. When war widow Helen Morrow visits the family home of Charlie, her deceased husband, for the first time, she is greeted by his resentful mother. The fact that Helen is Australian is enough to turn Lady Evelyn Morrow and all of her peers against the “colonial interloper,” even to the point of snubbing Helen and Charlie’s young child. Helen’s only ally is Charlie’s cousin Paul, a recluse recovering from his own war injuries and tortured by painful memories. When eerie manifestations begin to haunt the pair, it’s easy for Paul to dismiss them as nothing—or perhaps as symptoms of his battle-related trauma. But as ghosts from both the recent and the distant past encroach, Paul and Helen are drawn toward each other. A little predictability doesn’t detract from Stuart’s beautifully drawn story about the damage wrought by war and xenophobia, and the transcendent power of love. (BookLife)
AMAZON BEST SELLER
"Downton Abbey fans will savor this gripping tale as Helen, reeling from her husband’s death in the First World War, discovers a coded diary written by a desperate young woman. Can she unlock the mystery and find peace?"
GATHER THE BONES
War leaves no heart untouched...
In the shadow of the Great War, grieving widow, Helen Morrow and her husband’s cousin, the wounded and reclusive Paul, are haunted not only by the horrors of the trenches but ghosts from another time and another conflict.
The desperate voice of a young woman reaches out to them from the pages of a coded diary and Paul and Helen are bound together in their search for answers, not only to the old mystery but also the circumstances surrounding the death of Helen’s husband at Passchandaele in 1917.
As the two stories become entwined, Paul and Helen will not find peace until the mysteries are solved.
An Amazon Best Seller...
Awarded an Honourable Mention in the 2012 RONE Award and a finalist in the 2012 Australian Romance Readers, the 2013 CRW Award of Excellence,2012 GDRWA Booksellers Best Award and the 2014 EPIC Awards.
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