Wheel on the Hayle (Valley of Dreams)

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Third in the Valley of Dreams series - four books about a family who buy a remote valley with a small clear stream. At the moment they live by candlelight, but there is power in that stream, if only one had wit enough to harness it. The waterwheel crops up intermittantly throughout this novel, but not in an intrusive way, just little bits here and there - no technical jargon to interfere with the humour and adventure of the main story. Efforts to create a special niche for tourists who love quietness, and natural country surrounding are the background. The strange, sometimes embarrassing behavior of such visitors during the summer months is as much a feature of this is a book as is the isolation in winter - and it is a true story about a real family - all the events actually happened - you can visit the valley, see for yourself.

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Absolutely fascinating. -- Radio Cornwall

Local author, Gordon Channer's first two books - Village by the Ford and House by the Stream - were both so successful that they were reprinted. Which says an awful lot about the man who wrote them. His undoubted knack of telling a good story in an unassuming, unaffected and yet compelling way, coupled with his very readable writing style, puts this author at the top of my reading 'wants' list. What is it that makes his books so likeable? Well, for starters they are about real people, real places and real events. And enduring family love. The same folk are in all three. You get to know them. To like them and to almost wish you could count them among your friends. That's all down to Gordon's special tale-telling gifts. Violence, complicated relationships and crime have no part to play, which is refreshing in itself.

That is not to say that 'Wheel on the Hayle', Gordon's third in the Valley of Dreams series, is without its drama - and some danger.

And there is plenty of humour too, and as this family's tale continues to unfold, it is impossible for the reader not to actually feel part of them, their life, and their adventures. And there's more. The cliffhanger of an ending begs it. Happily it is on its way. Gordon's fourth book will be entitled 'A Buzzard To Lunch'. I shall look forward to that one too. -- The Cornishman

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If you ever wanted to abandon your ordinary settled life, and escape to somewhere wild and lonely - this could be the series for you - especially if like so many you are tired and bored by the continual diet of crime an violence that comes nightly from the TV. It's a little primative at times, slightly naughtly here and there, but I hope you will find humour and learn many things you may not have known. Did you ever wonder how young children would thrive under such conditions - now is your chance to find out - because these books are based on a true story.

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