More Than Sorrow by Vicki DelanyMore Than Sorrow by Vicki Delany

More Than Sorrow

byVicki Delany

Hardcover | September 4, 2012

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Once, Hannah Manning was an internationally-renowned journalist and war correspondent. Today, she's a woman suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Haunted by her memories, Hannah goes to her sister's small-scale vegetable farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario to recover and spend time with her ten-year-old niece, Lily.

Hannah retreats into the attic full of boxes and mouldy letters that have accumulated for more than two centuries. As she reads about the original settlers of this land, she is increasingly drawn to the space beneath the old house.

More than carrots, potatoes, soups and jams are down in the dark, damp root cellar. Hannah experiences visions of a woman emerging from the icy cold mist. Is the woman real?

In this modern Gothic novel of heart-wrenching suspense, past and present merge into a terrifying threat to the only thing Hannah still holds dear—Lily.

Having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, Vicki Delaney is settling down into the rural life in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario.
Title:More Than SorrowFormat:HardcoverDimensions:250 pages, 8.77 × 5.86 × 1.39 inPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Poisoned Pen PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1590589858

ISBN - 13:9781590589854

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A haunting & enthralling mystery novel! More than Sorrow is an engrossing & captivating mystery novel that is at times both suspenseful & disturbing. Two different eras form the backdrop for the tale - the main story takes place in contemporary small town Ontario and the back story deals with Loyalist inhabitants of the area before and after the American Revolution. Much of the story revolves around the experiences of Hannah Manning, a world renowned journalist, who is recuperating at her sister's family's organic market garden farm after being seriously injured in an IED bombing in Afghanistan. Hannah has a serious brain injury & is unable to look after herself or return to work. She is also experiencing bouts of missed consciousness that may involve hallucinations but is reluctant to admit to the problem. The old root cellar and the original farmstead that now serves as the produce store are where Hannah is most apt to see or hear tales from the Loyalist era. Hannah befriends Hila, the sole survivor from an attack on her family in Afghanistan, who is now lodging with a couple who live down the road from Hannah's sister's farm. When Hila disappears Hannah becomes a suspect. Eventually the present-day mystery collides with the past and most of the mysteries are solved. I loved the factionalized historical details given of the trials and tribulations that befell inhabitants of the colonies that stayed loyal to the king, a little known truth. These stories were particularly disturbing. Although I am not a great lover of paranormal stories the inferences in the story to family records helped make the "ghost" visions believable & relevant. I was slightly disturbed by the actions and personality of Hannah's brother-in-law but am willing to put his character down to financial and family pressures. A haunting and well researched historical tale that I would highly recommend to others.
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Than Sorrow Great character. Couldn't put it down! Vicki is amazing!
Date published: 2013-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great New Mystery from Vicky Delany I have been immensely enjoying the Constable Molly Smith series by Vicky Delany therefore I was looking forward to this new stand alone novel. I really enjoyed it. What an interesting combination of past and present. I loved that Delany explored the rarely talked about United Empire Loyalists. I have a few of those in my background so interesting to read about them in a fiction novel. Good mystery. Good story. Enjoyable read. What more can you ask for?
Date published: 2012-09-22

Editorial Reviews

"In a change of pace from her Con. Molly Smith mysteries (Among the Departed), Delany has written a splendid Gothic thriller with a theme of strong women throughout history. Readers will be captivated by the haunted root cellar and how Delany contrasted one woman’s struggles in the past with the plight of contemporary refugees. Match with Deborah Lawrenson’s The Lantern or Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane."--Library Journal"An absorbing whodunit-cum-flashbacks whose so-so mystery is redeemed by a deft use of historical parallels." --Kirkus Reviews“Her exceptional ability to create characters, both realistic and sometimes creepy, makes this another terrific addition to her outstanding body of work.”—Library Journal Starred review for Among the Departed