I’m delighted to welcome you to my stop on the blog tour for The Story Collector by Evie Gaughan. Before I share my review let me tell you all about the book:
“Thornwood Village, 1910. Anna, a young farm girl, volunteers to help an intriguing American visitor, Harold Griffin-Krauss, translate ‘fairy stories’ from Irish to English. But all is not as it seems and Anna soon finds herself at the heart of a mystery that threatens the future of her community and her very way of life….. Captivated by the land of myth, folklore and superstition, Sarah Harper finds herself walking in the footsteps of Harold and Anna one hundred years later, unearthing dark secrets that both enchant and unnerve. The Story Collector treads the intriguing line between the everyday and the otherworldly, the seen and the unseen. With a taste for the magical in everyday life, Evie Gaughan’s latest novel is full of ordinary characters with extraordinary tales to tell.”
What a lovely book this was, inside and out. Not only does it have a beautiful cover, but inside the pages have butterflies and trailing ivy on them, making this a truly magical book.
I enjoyed both Sarah and Anna’s stories but my favourite was definitely Anna’s. I loved reading about her home life and of course her visits with Harold around the area. I could see it all happening in my mind’s eye as I read along with Sarah, discovering the secrets from a hundred years before. I really did feel like I had been transported me to the west of Ireland.
Sarah’s story was really heartbreaking at times, I could identify with her feelings so many times and was on her side right from the start. I loved the way her character developed from heartbreak to acceptance as she met with some truly wonderful characters.
The writing was so lovely, with some wonderful phrases throughout making me laugh out loud and tear up.
I definitely recommend this if you enjoy dual time stories full of mystery and folklore.
Thanks to the publisher for my beautiful paperback copy and to Evie for inviting me to part of the blogtour.
As a part of the blog tour Evie asked us to share any spooky stories we might have. The only slightly spooky thing I could think of, was a story my Dad told me many years ago.
My Dad was a great reader, fiction, non-fiction, newspapers, encyclopaedias, basically whatever was to hand. He also loved listening to the radio and watching any John Wayne film that happened to be on TV. One night, he was lying in bed listening to a reading of Dracula on Radio 4’s the Book at Bedtime. He was very involved in the story when he started to hear a scratching sound nearby. Was it a sound affect from the radio? Was it Dracula himself come to life? Should he get out of bed and investigate or maybe just ignore it? He decide to ignore it for the time being and carry on with the story, but it wouldn’t stop. Just as he about to get out of bed to take a look, he remembered about the branch outside the window that needed to be cut back. Phew no vampires after all! 😉
About the Author
Evie Gaughan is the author of The Story Collector, an enchanting novel steeped in folklore and superstition, which will be published by Urbane Publications . Her debut novel, The Heirloom, is a fusion of historical and contemporary fiction set in Ireland and The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris, is a magical story about a French boulangerie.
Living on the West Coast of Ireland, which is not renowned for its sunny climate, Evie escapes from the inclement weather into a converted attic, to write stories and dream about underfloor heating. Growing up in a walled medieval city, Evie developed a love of storytelling and all things historical. With a taste for the magical in everyday life, her stories are full of ordinary characters with extraordinary tales to tell.
Evie is also an artist and has been known to hold the odd exhibit of her works in her native Galway.
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