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The Room Beyond
January 9, 2014  /  290 pages  /  Fiction
#1 Best Seller in Victorian Historical Romance

When Serena begins a new life working for the Hartreve family at 36 Marguerite Avenue she falls in love, not just with its eccentric and alluring inhabitants and their world, but with the house itself. Number 36 is a beautiful Victorian London mansion that has remained in the family for generations. Serena feels that by being here she has escaped the ghosts of her own sad childhood and found a true home, but she soon discovers that behind its gleaming surfaces Marguerite Avenue is plagued by secrets and mystery. Why does such a beautiful tranquil street seem sometimes to shimmer with menace? Is everyone in the family quite who they appear to be? And just what is it that the family is trying to hide from her?

It is 1892. On a hot summer night scented with jasmine, Miranda Whitestone hosts a dinner party at 34 Marguerite Avenue. Watching helplessly as her husband is seduced by her glamorous neighbour Lucinda Eden, she can have no idea of the consequences the evening will have.

For the history of Marguerite Avenue is more chilling than Serena could have imagined, and the fates of two women - the beautiful renegade Lucinda and the 'good wife' Miranda - will reach out from the past to cast a shadow over Serena's own future.

The Room Beyond is a thriller that delves beneath the romance and grandeur of a London house and finds a family haunted by the legacy of past wrongdoings. As the suspense grows and the fog thickens, will Serena be able to give up all that she has come to love? Will she ever escape?

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"This has all the ingredients of a perfect book. I adored it. The writing style is really good and the writer's use of language is very fluent and effortless" - Love Reading "Marsy" (Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer)

"It's a very clever recreation of Victorian sensation writing at its very best - the best of gothic and romance brought uncomfortably into a domestic setting" - Welsh Annie (Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer)

"the absolute joy of this novel for me was that it wasn't quite what I was expecting, but what it turned out to be was captivating and delectable" - Liz Wilkins (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)

"I was very impressed by the quality of writing ... Often I would come to a phrase or passage and pause to re-read it" - Clever Spud (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)

"an impressive first novel by an exciting new author. This book has it all; suspense, mystery and divine sexual sassiness!" - Halifax Student Account

"This novel put me in mind of Wilkie Collins stories. Part of it is set in the same era as Collins wrote in and the other part is set in the present day" - Pyewacket Czarnowice (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)

"If it sounds like the start of a typical romance, don't be fooled - there is much, much more to this book" - Kerry

"the book are peopled with larger than life, mysterious, often grotesque and sometimes sexy characters, all of whom are described vividly" - John Williams (Amazon Top 500 Reviewer)

"It's a mystery/ghost story with a bit of romance sprinkled over" - Jothibasu Ramachandran

"Romance, dark drama, paranormal happenings, and mystery are all elements in this well written story. The author definitely has a unique style of her own." - WRB
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