Hello and welcome to our stop on the Echo Hall blog tour!
Thank you very much to Emma @ Damppebbles and Virginia Moffatt for providing a copy of the book to [K]
The review below is 100% honest and all of her own views.
Set against the backdrop of three wars – the 1991 Gulf War, World War 2 and World War 1 – the novel follows the fortunes of three women who become involved with the Flint family, the owners of Echo Hall.
Phoebe Flint visits Echo Hall in 2014, where she follows in her mother’s footsteps to uncover the stories of a house ‘full of unhappy women, and bitter, angry men’.
Ruth Flint arrives at Echo Hall in 1990 – newlywed, pregnant, and uncertain of her relationship with her husband, Adam. Ghostly encounters, a locked door, and a set of photographs pique her curiosity. But Adam and his grandfather refuse to let her investigate. And her marriage is further strained, when Adam, a reservist, is called up to fight in the Gulf War.
In 1942, Elsie Flint is already living at Echo Hall with her children, the guest of her unsympathetic in-laws, whilst her husband Jack is away with the RAF. Her only friend is Jack’s cousin Daniel, but Daniel is hiding secrets, which when revealed could destroy their friendship for good.
Rachel and Leah Walters meet Jacob Flint at a dinner party in 1911. Whilst Leah is drawn to Jacob, Rachel rejects him leading to conflict with her sister that will reverberate through the generations.
As Ruth discovers the secrets of Echo Hall, she is able to finally bring peace to the Flint family, and in doing so, discover what she really needs and wants.
Echo Hall is a novel about the past, but it is very much a novel of the now. Does history always have to repeat itself, or can we find another way?
Starting this story, we are in 2014 when Phoebe visits Echo Hall to see the reality behind the tales her mother has told her. This sparks a travel through time for the reader, flowing back to 1990, 1942 and 1911 following the women who have been involved with the Flint family.
Yet again Virgina Moffatt has put me through the emotional wringer, she always manages to pull my emotions into her tales, by the end of the book I was reading with tears in my eyes. (A previous read of hers, The Wave, had me in tears!)
I loved the depths of the characters in the book, some that I became really attached to and others that I really began to really hate, whether that be their attitude or their treatment on the characters I was fond of there was a genuine dislike brewing! I noticed echoes of personality traits through the characters which was a clever way to keep the characters intertwined throughout the generations.
I was absorbed into this novel, following the women through their lives, willing their decisions to be the correct ones that would not lead to hurt and heartbreak. I found myself that involved with this book I actually had a dream I was in the building in the 1940s!
I am addicted to the emotional turmoil Virgina creates for me and cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!
Virginia Moffatt was born in London, one of eight children, several of whom are writers. ‘The Wave’ is her second novel. Her previous publications are ‘Echo Hall’ (Unbound) and ‘Rapture and what comes after’ (Flash fiction collection published by Gumbo Press). She also writes non fiction. Virginia is married to Chris Cole, Director of Drone Wars UK. They have two daughters at University and a son still living with them in Oxford.
Published in paperback, audio and digital formats by Unbound on 28th November 2017
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