More Than Sorrow

Kobo ebook | September 4, 2012

byVicki Delany

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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. Unable to read, unable to concentrate, full of pain, lost and confused, haunted by her memories, Hannah goes to her sister’s small-scale vegetable farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario to recover. As summer settles on the farm, she finds comfort in the soft rolling hills and neat fields as well as friendship in the company of Hila Popalzai, an Afghan woman also traumatized by war. Unable to read the printed word, Hannah retreats into the attic and boxes of moldy letters that have accumulated for more than two centuries. As she learns about the original settlers of this land, Loyalist refugees fleeing the United States in 1784, she is increasingly drawn to the space beneath the old house. More than carrots and 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? Or the product of a severely damaged brain? Which would be worse? Then Hila disappears. When Hannah cannot account for her time, not even to herself, old enemies begin to circle. 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 – her ten-year-old niece, Lily.

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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. Unable to read, unable to concentrate, full of pain, lost and confused, haunted by her memories, Hannah goes to her sister’s small-scale vegetable farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario to ...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 4, 2012Publisher:Poisoned Pen PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1615953973

ISBN - 13:9781615953974

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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