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EMERALD COMB BY KATHLEEN MCGURL today is Katleen McGurl day on my blog

on March 7, 2015

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Some secrets are best left buried…

Researching her family tree had been little more than a hobby – until Katie stepped onto Kingsley House’s sprawling, ivy-strewn drive. The house may be crumbling today, but it was once the intimidatingly opulent residence of the St Clairs, Katie’s ancestors. Arriving here two hundred years later, emotion stirs in Katie: a strange nostalgia for a place she’s never seen before… and when Kingsley House comes up for sale, Katie is determined that her family must buy it.

Surrounded by the mysteries of the past, Katie’s pastime becomes a darker obsession, as she searches through history to trace her heritage. But she soon discovers that these walls house terrible secrets. And when forgotten stories and hidden betrayals come to light, the past seems more alive than Katie could ever have imagined.

Moving between the 21st and 19th centuries, The Emerald Comb is a hauntingly evocative novel, perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore.


I got to say i love this book it was my book of the week .
It full of mystery , drama,love, romance,family , murder and betrayal

The story is told as a mix of the past and present
The past is told by Bartholmew st clair in a letter he wrote to his son Barty
Each chapter set in past or present so it very easy to follow
It a real page turner you will love it

Katie wants to find out about her family her ancestors .She find her self at kingsley house soon they buy the house
Katie not told Simon about her family living there he would not have move as he hated Katie finding about her family .To Katie is a hobby she loves doing she so focus on looking in to her history .

Simon just does not get it he was a bit annoying at times .He all ways seems to be at work well was he ? He was a good husband to her but her seems to have a lot on his mind all the time he not very open about things

Then one day the past become the present and now he seems to want to know about the past he happy for her to look into it i want to tell you more but i want you all to read this fab book

Bartholomew was not a very nice man i did not like him (cause of what he was doing) but i did like how he told his story in the letter it must of be so hard to write you could feel his words you were there with him wanting him to write more down for you to hear about

Georgia i love her she was to young to marry i just wish she could see what was going on she was to naive she need to be a strong person she need to stand up for her self may be she could see or tell what was going on ?
May be she was happy ?
I not sure my heart when out to this young girl she was so alone

Agnes what can i say about her you will love or hate her i did both i want to shout at her so many times but in the end she got what she wanted i did enjoy her character at the start but then i found her very manipulative you could see what was going to happen

I would of like a bit from Agnes and Georgia side of the story may be them writing a bit in a letter i think they would of told you a very different point of view

The story was told we such passion

I wish the cover had the emerald comb on it but i loved the emerald dress as the comb play a part in the story it would of been nice to see on cover may on girl hair ?

The house has got so many secret the story tell you them all i was grip front the first page to to last page
The book just took you back in time it was told with such grace and passion a lovely story told with a lot of heart arch
I loved how the past and present mixed so well together the story was told in a clever way Not just looking for your family history on the net like we can do now days
I love history so that why i enjoy this book so much i can not recommend enough you all show read you will love the story

My gem book (5 dolls )


Kathleen McGurl is a writer of short stories, novels and how-to-write books. She lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and teen son 2. Teen son 1 is away at university. When not writing she is either working at the day-job (IT for a large retail organisation) or running along the Bournemouth prom, slowly.

She has sold dozens of stories to women’s magazines in the UK and Australia. Her how-to-write books and a romantic novella are available as ebooks from Amazon. Her first full-length novel, The Emerald Comb, was published by Carina UK on 22nd September 2014, and her second, The Pearl Locket, on 27th February 2015.

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