Rowan Coleman: The Girl At The Window

Today I’m delighted to be taking my turn on the blog tour for The Girl At The Window. My review is written with thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me on the tour and for my copy of the book via the publisher.


A house full of history is bound to have secrets…

‘Spine-tinglingly beautiful. Prepare to lose your heart’ Lisa Jewell

Ponden Hall is a centuries-old house on the Yorkshire moors, a magical place full of stories. It’s also where Trudy Heaton grew up. And where she ran away from…

Now, after the devastating loss of her husband, she is returning home with her young son, Will, who refuses to believe his father is dead.

While Trudy tries to do her best for her son, she must also attempt to build bridges with her eccentric mother. And then there is the Hall itself: fallen into disrepair but generations of lives and loves still echo in its shadows, sometimes even reaching out to the present…

A hauntingly beautiful story of love and hope, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book and The Summer of Impossible Things.


I don’t usually put disclaimers on my reviews but here goes. There is nothing I can write that will do justice to The Girl At The Window. The only thing I can suggest is that you read it for yourself.

Rowan Coleman’s writing is absolutely beautiful and I love the way she is able to pinpoint abstract concepts such as grief, love and fear and make the reader understand them as clearly as if they were feeling the emotions themselves.

I have mentioned in previous reviews that I’m not a massive fan of the Brontes’ work  but I am fascinated by their life and history. I was captivated by the way their story was intertwined with a modern day one seemingly effortlessly and I was eager to learn as much as possible.

The Girl At The Window is set at Ponden Hall in Yorkshire, and there is so much atmosphere that the house is almost a character in itself, with Trudy and her mother both saying they believe they are called to the house and it will speak to them and give them answers. I loved the eerie feeling and the sense of mystery through the whole novel.

This novel does not fit into any particular genre. There is romance, history, supernatural and mystery and whilst some of these are not genres I would usually read, I found they worked together incredibly well and the story completely blew me away.

The Girl At The Window is available from Amazon.

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