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Fiercombe Manor

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A house as old as Fiercombe Manor holds many secrets within its walls. But which dark chapter of its history is haunting Alice, a young woman staying there during the course of a fateful summer?In 1933, naive twenty-two-year-old Alice is pregnant, unmarried, and disgraced. She can no longer share her parents' London home, so her desperate mother concocts a cover story and begs her old friend, Mrs. Jelphs, for help. The housekeeper at rural Fiercombe Manor, Mrs. Jelphs is moved by Alice's "plight" as a new widow and agrees to watch over her in the secluded English countryside until the baby is born and given up for adoption. Because the manor house's owners, Lord and Lady Stanton, no longer live there, Alice's only company will be Mrs. Jelphs and her skeleton staff.Thirty years before Alice's arrival, Lady Elizabeth Stanton awaits the birth of her second child, fervently hoping he will be the boy her husband desires. But as her time nears, she is increasingly tormented by memories of what happened with her first baby and terrified that history will repeat itself . . . with devastating consequences.At first, Fiercombe Manor offers Alice a welcome relief from her mother's disapproving gaze. But she begins to sense that all is not well in the picturesque Gloucestershire valley. After a chance encounter with Tom, the young scion of the Stanton family, Alice discovers that Fiercombe's beauty is haunted by the clan's tragic past. She is determined to exorcise the ghosts of the idyllic, isolated house.Nothing can prepare Alice for what she uncovers. Can she escape the tragic fate of the other women who have lived in the Fiercombe valley?

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In this haunting and richly imagined dual-narrative tale that echoes the eerie mystery of Rebecca and The Little Stranger, two women of very different eras are united by the secrets hidden within the walls of an English manor house.

In 1933, naive twenty-two year-old Alice--pregnant and unmarried--is in disgrace. Her mother banishes her from London to secluded Fiercombe Manor in rural Gloucestershire, where she can hide under the watchful eye of her mother's old friend, the housekeeper Mrs. Jelphs. The manor's owners, the Stantons, live abroad, and with her cover story of a recently-deceased husband Alice can have her baby there before giving it up for adoption and returning home. But as Alice endures the long, hot summer at Fiercombe awaiting the baby's birth, she senses that something is amiss with the house and its absentee owners.

Thirty years earlier, pregnant Lady Elizabeth Stanton desperately hopes for the heir her husband desires. Tormented by the memory of what happened after the birth of her first child, a daughter, she grows increasingly terrified that history will repeat itself, with devastating consequences.

After meeting Tom, the young scion of the Stanton family, Alice becomes determined to uncover the clan's tragic past and exorcise the ghosts of this idyllic, isolated house. But nothing can prepare Alice for what she uncovers. Soon it is her turn to fear: can she escape the tragic fate of the other women who have lived in the Fiercombe valley . . .

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"Riordan's bewitching blend of tainted aristocrats, secretive domestics, and manipulative quacks amid a crumbling English country home is atmospheric and entertaining."--Publishers Weekly

"Mrs. Jelphs has a touch of Mrs. Danvers about her, and the old driver, Ruck, is truly creepy. This is a good match with fans of...Diane Setterfield and Kate Morton."--Booklist

Riordan s bewitching blend of tainted aristocrats, secretive domestics, and manipulative quacks amid a crumbling English country home is atmospheric and entertaining. --Publishers Weekly"

Mrs. Jelphs has a touch of Mrs. Danvers about her, and the old driver, Ruck, is truly creepy. This is a good match with fans of Diane Setterfield and Kate Morton. --Booklist"

A prickly story full of tension. --Sunday Express (London)"

A well executed, brooding, creepy atmosphere. --Sunday Mirror (London)"

Full of slow-burning tension. --Essentials"

A sweeping saga of secrets and ghosts. --Good Housekeeping, UK"

Borrowing from gothic literature staples Daphne du Maurier s Rebecca and Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre, Riordan creates a visceral and lively narrative that seizes the reader s attention. Readers...will applaud and welcome this addition. --Library Journal (starred review)"

"A prickly story full of tension."--Sunday Express (London)

"A well executed, brooding, creepy atmosphere."--Sunday Mirror (London)

"Full of slow-burning tension."--Essentials

"Borrowing from gothic literature staples Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Riordan creates a visceral and lively narrative that seizes the reader's attention. Readers...will applaud and welcome this addition."--Library Journal (starred review)

"A sweeping saga of secrets and ghosts."--Good Housekeeping, UK

-Riordan's bewitching blend of tainted aristocrats, secretive domestics, and manipulative quacks amid a crumbling English country home is atmospheric and entertaining.---Publishers Weekly

-Mrs. Jelphs has a touch of Mrs. Danvers about her, and the old driver, Ruck, is truly creepy. This is a good match with fans of...Diane Setterfield and Kate Morton.---Booklist

-A prickly story full of tension.---Sunday Express (London)

-A well executed, brooding, creepy atmosphere.---Sunday Mirror (London)

-Full of slow-burning tension.---Essentials

-Borrowing from gothic literature staples Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Riordan creates a visceral and lively narrative that seizes the reader's attention. Readers...will applaud and welcome this addition.---Library Journal (starred review)

-A sweeping saga of secrets and ghosts.---Good Housekeeping, UK

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