Two sisters, their grandmother’s old house and Angharad… the girl who cannot leave.
Meredith discovers a dusty sewing box in a disused attic. Once open the box releases the ghost of Angharad, a Victorian child-woman with a horrific secret she must share. Angharad slowly reveals her story to Meredith who fails to convince her more pragmatic sister of the visitations until Verity sees Angharad for herself on the eve of an unseasonal April snowstorm.
Forced by her flighty mother to abandon Gull House for London, Meredith struggles to settle, still haunted by Angharad and her little red flannel hearts. This time, Verity is not sure she will be able to save her…
Two parallel coming of age stories – one tragic, the other holding out the hope of salvation.
PUBLISHER Honno Press
About the Author Carol Lovekin
Once again, Carol Lovekin has created a novel of lyrical beauty that sweeps you along, enthralls and delights in equal measures! Having read her previous work, Ghostbird, and adored that I was eagerly awaiting the release of Snow Sisters – and I’ve not been disappointed!!
This is a story that focuses on ghosts – of the living and the dead. It also features heavily the complexities of female relationships, be they mothers, daughters or sisters and how even the bond of family blood can be tested and pushed to the limits.
At the heart of the story is Gull House – home to Verity, Meredith, Allegra their mother, and their grandmother. Their home is their world but there is a ghost from the path whose prescence soon consumes their world and her story is heartbreaking.
Having the timeline interspersed with the harrowing story of Angharad – the sad, mad girl as she was known in the village at the time – was so poignant and heartbreaking. Her suffering and torment is felt deeply by the reader as her life story and thoughts are revealed, and the connection she has to the living sisters is beautifully captured. There is much that is ugly in this story from the behaviour of the sisters’ mother, to the brother of Angharrad, but it never distracts from the overall magical/supernatural feel to the book.
The story is told in 3 parts, and I loved the switch from the past to the present with Meredith and Verity and how their lives were entwined with Gull House and that pull it had over them. The writing style is stunning once more and that really helps the characters and settings stick with me as a reader and i just adored it from start to finish!!
If you haven’t read anything by this author before I can highly recommend this book along with her previous book Ghostbird – click the link if you’d like to read my GoodReads review where I wax lyrical about how much I enjoyed that story too!!