Fiercombe Manor: A Novel

Paperback | March 1, 2016

byKate Riordan

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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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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 f...

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“Bewitching . . . atmospheric and entertaining.”—Publishers WeeklyA house as old as Fiercombe Manor holds many secrets within its walls. But which dark chapter of its history is haunting Alice, a twenty-two-year-old woman staying there during the summer of 1933? Pregnant, unmarried, and disgraced, she has been exiled to the rural manor...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062332953

ISBN - 13:9780062332950

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A beautiful read..... Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier. The author's descriptions of the old manor are vivid and well-written. I would recommend this book to readers. Five stars from me.
Date published: 2015-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! This novel is a wonderful Gothic novel full of everything you would expect to be in a creepy read - an old house, strange servants, and a damsel in distress. Oh, and don't forget about the very handsome hero!
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful historical mystery! I read the Canadian-American publication of this book, entitled Fiercombe Manor. The British version is "The Girl in the Photograph". I loved the book, whatever the title. For me, it combined two of my favourite things - historical fiction with a touch of mystery. To add to the enjoyment, the book spanned two different historical periods, both with story lines at Fiercombe Manor in England - one in the 1930's, the other in the 1890's. The story opens in the early '30's following the life of Alice, a young "career" woman who finds herself pregnant and single after an encounter with her married boss. Her parents, embarrassed by her predicament, send her to Fiercombe Manor where a childhood friend of her mother's works. Once there, Alice tries to discover some of the history of the home & family & discovers a journal written in the 1890's by Elizabeth, the wife of the Lord of the estate. Both women appear to share a pregnancy of solitude and Alice is determined to find out the secret of what happened to Elizabeth, her young daughter and her unborn child. An evocative & haunting story.
Date published: 2015-03-14

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“A sweeping saga of secrets and ghosts.”