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The House at Ladywell

by: Nicola Slade

A hare carved in stone, and the scent of flowers in a house full of echoes – can Freya’s inheritance help her to leave the past behind?

‘Had I gone completely crazy that first day? To open the door, take one astonished look round, and decide on the spot that I would live there? To fall in love with a house?’

When Freya Gibson inherits an old, run-down property she has no idea she is the last in a long line of redoubtable women, including the Tudor nun who built the house. Unknown to Freya, these women, over centuries, fought with whatever weapons
came to hand – deception, endurance, even murder – to preserve their home and family.

Freya falls in love with the house, but her inheritance includes an enigmatic letter telling her to ‘restore the balance’ of the Lady’s Well. Besides this, the house seems to be haunted by the scent of flowers.

In the past, the Lady’s Well was a place of healing, and Freya soon feels safe and at home, but she has demons of her own to conquer before she can accept the happiness that beckons.

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All my novels are set in or near Winchester. My first novel was a romantic comedy, 'Scuba Dancing', published by Transita Ltd in 2005. After that I branched out into the first of a series of Victorian mysteries: 'Murder Most Welcome',published by Robert Hale Ltd, featuring Charlotte Richmond, a young widow in the 1850s. The second of the series is 'Death is the Cure', and Charlotte's third adventure is 'The Dead Queen's Garden'. My contemporary cosy mystery series features Harriet Quigley, a former headmistress, and her sidekick and cousin, Rev Sam Hathaway. They first appeared in 'Murder Fortissimo', published by Hale, and secondly in 'A Crowded Coffin'. Harriet's third outing is 'The Art of Murder' published September 2016 by Endeavour Press. Ebook and paperback. My eighth novel, 'The House at Ladywell', a contemporary romantic novel with historical interludes, was published by Crooked Cat Books in November 2017, in ebook and paperback. My novels have received praise for their humour and the eccentricity of some of the characters, as well as depth and sensitivity in the writing. I live in Hampshire with my husband and with family nearby and visiting often. I'm also an artist and have had paintings exhibited in various places, including the Southampton Art Gallery and at Mottisfont Abbey.
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A hare carved in stone, and the scent of flowers in a house full of echoes – can Freya’s inheritance help her to leave the past behind?

‘Had I gone completely crazy that first day? To open the door, take one astonished look round, and decide on the spot that I would live there? To fall in love with a house?’

When Freya Gibson inherits an old, run-down property she has no idea she is the last in a long line of redoubtable women, including the Tudor nun who built the house. Unknown to Freya, these women, over centuries, fought with whatever weapons
came to hand – deception, endurance, even murder – to preserve their home and family.

Freya falls in love with the house, but her inheritance includes an enigmatic letter telling her to ‘restore the balance’ of the Lady’s Well. Besides this, the house seems to be haunted by the scent of flowers.

In the past, the Lady’s Well was a place of healing, and Freya soon feels safe and at home, but she has demons of her own to conquer before she can accept the happiness that beckons.

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Publisher: Crooked Cat Books
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