Ghosts of Thores-Cross by Karen Perkins Book Tour and Giveaway :)
I can't even begin to express how much I have fallen in love with this series already after just a few chapters of this first book! I love anything set in historical time periods, but this book takes things SO much further than that. Jennet is a poor young woman not yet of age living in the late 1800's and she loses both her parents towards the beginning of the book. She is now alone and left to tend to her family's small farm by herself. She has a few friends and of course when her parents die the entire village tells her they will be there if anything happens - but when something DOES happen to her, they are all gone. All but her one friend in the village, Mary Farmer and her husband John, who live in town. Jennet now has to face the consequences of what has happened with just one friend and when things go horribly awry, she curses the wealthiest and most powerful family in town who caused her grief that they will only ever have 1 boy to carry on the family name and will lose all others. I love how in the beginning we see Jennet as this meek and small young girl, but she grows right before our eyes - and she remembers the herbal lessons from her Mam and begins selling herbal remedies to the townsfolk who hate her, but know she can help them. All this just to keep a roof over her head and food on her table. There is another young man named Peter who seems to take a real liking to Jennet and he is the only other person who doesn't just abandon her. I can't really tell a lot without spoiling the plotline, but trust me - you will be unable to put it down.
Now on the other half of the book is Emma in 2012, a writer who has lost her baby and she and her husband have built a dream house on Thrus-Cross, which is what was left of Thores-Cross after the village was washed away back in the 18th century. At first it's unclear how this relates to Jennet, but the story flips back and forth between past and present. Emma and her husband Dave meet a couple who live close to them and become friendly - the husband Mark is a direct descendant of the family that harmed Jennet - but until Emma starts talking to them she has no idea. She stumbles upon an inkpot in a haunted house, not knowing that in fact it had belonged to Jennet Scot, and she keeps it. Ultimately she starts to feel as if Jennet's spirit is possessing her in every way and as her marriage and life crumbles, she realizes she has been chosen by Jennet's spirit to tell her story. She decides that in order to finish things, she must do what the spirit wants and so she takes the inkpot and starts writing and amazingly the story comes to life right before her eyes. Unfortunately the people around her don't believe that she is possessed and think she is just going crazy, so she has to finish it before something even more terrible happens.
If I could give this book 10 stars I would, it was amazingly written and it was a story that I haven't seen before. I loved the back and forth and the way the reader begins to put the story together and then it leaves you just hanging for more - which of course the author has given us :)
Jennet's here. No one is safe.
Okay so you already know I fell in love with the first book in the series - and this one was no different - I was just DYING for some more of Jennet's story, she had me entranced from the moment I first started reading. I love Emma's story, but Jennet's story is so horrible and not just angering but also makes the reader feel so helpless, that you cannot help but feel sorry for her, even though she has done some pretty horrible things in vengeance. And of course it is not going to get any better - for her or for the people around her.
In this mid-series short story, we meet Ma Ramsgill and her son John, who is married to a descendant of Mary Farmer, the one person who never forsook Jennet, even as she died a horrible death. When I started reading I wasn't quite sure who the people were, but John and his buddies had found a skull while digging, and it just happened to be the skull of Jennet Scot, found at the place where the Hanging Moore used to be. Where Jennet had died. So John has heard only a bit of the story, he doesn't really believe it and he doesn't know all of it - so Ma sits them both down and tells them the story of what happened between Jennet and the Ramsgills. Now I am wondering where the curse that Jennet laid upon the Ramsgill family is at ... if Ma has lost children before this and John is the only one left ... or if there will be more deaths to come now that Jennet has resurfaced once again. But all of that will be played out - and once again I am like a fish on a hook - just waiting and hungering for more. This is possibly the BEST series I have read in my opinion so far. I can't stop, I am kind of like Jennet and her curse - I just keep going!
By now, if you read you will realize that TWINS are the reoccurring theme in this book - and of course only one can survive (if any) to keep the curse going into the next generation. John and Sue scoff at the words from Ma, they just don't buy into it, but I mean who would? Ghosts, spirits, hauntings, curses, witches - it's all nonsense right?? RIGHT?? Until it's not, until they see firsthand what happens. When they lose their twin babies, they still are not certain about the curse, but Ma tells them they must send their older child Richie far away from Thruscross and the curse. At the wake, we get to see a few more people who live near them - and as it turns out, ALL of the people they know played some part in Jennet's story. However, just like John and Sue - the others don't believe it, most of them just brush it off as folklore. And then it starts all over again. Jennet is back and she is just as strong as ever and even more hateful and vengeful.
I don't want to give the plot away as always, so you have to read it for yourself - and this series is REALLY hard to talk about without giving away anything. But trust me, it's worth it and it will captivate you like nothing you have ever seen. You will be left wanting more just like I was, and you will want to see how the curse plays out. I could honestly see more and more books coming out of this series at this point, and I would read them willingly! I want it to keep going, I want to keep hearing more about Jennet and the Ramsgills and Thores-Cross (Thruscross). Totally 10 stars if I could for this one too, loved how this crossed over both books and linked them together. Still wanting more Jennet!
Review will come within the next few days - I am a bit behind, but I am eating up these books!!! Stay tuned! And buy the books now before Jennet finds out!
Karen Perkins is the author of eight fiction titles: the Yorkshire Ghost Stories and the Valkyrie Series of historical nautical fiction. All of her fiction has appeared at the top of bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic, including the top 21 in the UK Kindle Store in 2018.