Kate Riordan, author of Fiercombe Manor, on tour March/April 2015

Posted By on February 25, 2015

Fiercombe ManorAbout Fiercombe Manor

 Hardcover: 416 pages
• Publisher: Harper (February 17, 2015)

A house as old as Fiercombe Manor holds many secrets within its walls. But which dark chapter of its history is haunting Alice, a young woman staying there during the course of a fateful summer?

In 1933, naive twenty-two-year-old Alice is pregnant, unmarried, and disgraced. She can no longer share her parents’ London home, so her desperate mother concocts a cover story and begs her old friend, Mrs. Jelphs, for help. The housekeeper at rural Fiercombe Manor, Mrs. Jelphs is moved by Alice’s “plight” as a new widow and agrees to watch over her in the secluded English countryside until the baby is born and given up for adoption. Because the manor house’s owners, Lord and Lady Stanton, no longer live there, Alice’s only company will be Mrs. Jelphs and her skeleton staff.

Thirty years before Alice’s arrival, Lady Elizabeth Stanton awaits the birth of her second child, fervently hoping he will be the boy her husband desires. But as her time nears, she is increasingly tormented by memories of what happened with her first baby and terrified that history will repeat itself . . . with devastating consequences.

At first, Fiercombe Manor offers Alice a welcome relief from her mother’s disapproving gaze. But she begins to sense that all is not well in the picturesque Gloucestershire valley. After a chance encounter with Tom, the young scion of the Stanton family, Alice discovers that Fiercombe’s beauty is haunted by the clan’s tragic past. She is determined to exorcise the ghosts of the idyllic, isolated house.

Nothing can prepare Alice for what she uncovers. Can she escape the tragic fate of the other women who have lived in the Fiercombe valley?

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Kate RiordanAbout Kate Riordan

Kate Riordan is a British writer and journalist who worked for the Guardian and Time Out London. She is also the author of Birdcage Walk and is already at work on her third novel. Born in London, she now lives in the Gloucestershire countryside.

Find out more about Kate at her website and connect with her on Twitter.

Kate’s Tour Stops

Tuesday, March 17th: No More Grumpy Bookseller

Wednesday, March 18th: Bibliophilia, Please

Thursday, March 19th: For the Love of Words

Monday, March 23rd: Svetlana’s Reads and Views

Monday, March 23rd: A Bookworm’s World

Tuesday, March 24th: A Bookish Way of Life

Wednesday, March 25th: Dwell in Possibility

Thursday, March 26th: Doing Dewey

Tuesday, March 31st: Always With a Book

Wednesday, April 1st: 100 Pages a Day … Stephanie’s Book Reviews

Thursday, April 2nd: Booksie’s Blog

Monday, April 6th: Unshelfish

Tuesday, April 7th: Ms. Nose in a Book

Wednesday, April 8th: Peeking Between the Pages

Thursday, April 9th: From the TBR Pile

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