This Week in Books (November 27)

Hosted by Lipsy Lost and Found, my Wednesday post gives you a taste of what I’m reading this week. A similar meme is run by Taking on a World of Words.


Young Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a noblewoman, is with child again. None of her previous pregnancies have borne fruit, and her husband, Richard, is anxious for an heir. Then Fleetwood discovers a hidden doctor’s letter that carries a dire prediction: she will not survive another birth. By chance she meets a midwife named Alice Grey, who promises to help her deliver a healthy baby. But Alice soon stands accused of witchcraft.

Is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Fleetwood must risk everything to prove her innocence. As the two women’s lives become intertwined, the Witch Trials of 1612 loom. Time is running out; both their lives are at stake. Only they know the truth. Only they can save each other.


Consumption has ravaged Louise Pinecroft’s family, leaving her and her father alone and heartbroken. But Dr Pinecroft has plans for a revolutionary experiment: convinced that sea air will prove to be the cure his wife and children needed, he arranges to house a group of prisoners suffering from the same disease in the cliffs beneath his new Cornish home. While he devotes himself to his controversial medical trials, Louise finds herself increasingly discomfited by the strange tales her new maid tells of the fairies that hunt the land, searching for those they can steal away to their realm.

Forty years later, Hester Why arrives at Morvoren House to take up a position as nurse to the now partially paralysed and almost entirely mute Miss Pinecroft. Hester has fled to Cornwall to try and escape her past, but surrounded by superstitious staff enacting bizarre rituals, she soon discovers that her new home may be just as dangerous as her last.


Leah Hamilton is looking for a new life following the tragic deaths of her husband and son. Determined to bury her grief in hard work, and desperate to escape Christmas and the pitying looks of her colleagues, she rushes through the purchase of a run-down Yorkshire farmhouse, arriving just as the snow shrouds her new home.

It may look like a Christmas card, but it’s soon clear it’s not just the house needing renovation; the land is in bad heart too. And Leah’s mind starts playing tricks on her: she hears a child playing in the snow, but although there are snowballs, there are no footprints. Is this the ghost of her son, returned to her? She starts having visions of the farm’s former occupants – the young widow and her son, the cousin who’s wooing her, the maid who shares her secrets and the handsome labourer who’s hanged for the murder of a child, a murder he didn’t commit.

Is Leah strong enough to lay the increasingly malevolent ghosts and find a way to move on? Or will her ashes end up scattered over the now-covered fields?

What do you think of my reading week? Do let me know what you’re reading. I’m always looking for recommendations! Happy reading! xx

  11 comments for “This Week in Books (November 27)

  1. November 27, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Bone China again, huh? Mistletoe is on my December TBR, stay tuned for my non-festive festive list coming soon on a device near you 😉

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    • November 27, 2019 at 3:22 pm

      Yep, I picked it up again yesterday. 30 pages to go.

      I don’t do festive reads either. We can be Grinch together 😂


      • November 27, 2019 at 3:36 pm

        And are you enjoying it more now?
        Oh yeeeeessss, let’s be Grinch together 😂😂😂

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        • November 27, 2019 at 3:47 pm

          Yeah, it’s good. To be fair, I was enjoying it then as well but with two other books to keep up with, something had to give 😂

          Excellent! I mean hate, hate, double hate 🤣

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  2. November 27, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    I hope you enjoyed The Familiars I thought it was really good!

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 28, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      I did very much! Can’t believe I waited so long to pick it up.


  3. thequietgeordie
    November 27, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    They all sound a little too spooky for me! I’m currently reading Autumn, The Cats Return – it’s a European crime story that has nothing to do with cats.

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  4. November 27, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    All of these books have gorgeous covers! I’m especially drawn to Mistletoe and as I’m slowly finding my feet with more spooky books and films I might treat myself to this one. Happy reading! 🙂
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    • November 28, 2019 at 1:21 pm

      I’m about halfway through Mistletoe and it’s brilliantly gripping and spooky and at the same time, quite moving.


  5. November 29, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    The Familars sounds good. So does Mistletoe except for the grief aspect which always puts me off a bit. You’re having a spooky week!


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