Jan 272018
 

The Vanished Bride of Northfield House
by Phyllis M. Newman

 

The Vanished Bride of Northfield House

Gothic Mystery
1st in Series
Date of Release January 26, 2018
Cup of Tea Books
Paperback: 346 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1939403452
Digital ASIN: B0791MQVBM

England, 1922  Times are hard. Anne Chatham is a clever, modest young woman with little money, no prospects for marriage, and a never-shared secret—she can see spirits.

Anne finds employment as a typist at Northfield House, the grand country manor of the Wellington family. Her employer, the wheelchair-bound Mr. Wellington, is kindly. His haughty wife is not. He has two handsome sons, the wry and dashing Thomas and the dark and somber Owen.

Anne feels sure her prayers have been heard. Until the terrifying night, she stumbles upon a tortured spirit roaming the dark halls of Northfield, a spirit that only she can see.

In a search for answers, she finds herself drawn to Owen as they unearth a tragic story from the Wellington family’s past—a beautiful young bride gone missing on her wedding day.

Then tragedy strikes again on the night of a glittering masquerade ball…

Phyllis M Newman turned to writing mysteries after a career in finance and human resources. She lives in Columbus, Ohio in a big house with a weed-filled yard, three strong-willed cats, and a husband that’s easy on the eyes.

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Short Excerpt

I heard scratching—fingernails or claws or beaks on wood. Then the rustle of wings, a soft fluttering. Perhaps a bird had gotten trapped on the floor above.

Knock. Thud. Knock. Thud. Knock. Thud.

Then nothing.

I waited for the thumps and scratches to begin again, but heard only Owen’s rapid breathing.

His grip on my shoulder softened. Before we could step away from each other, I heard something else. Whispers. Not words, but sibilance. A faint weeping.
I could pretend no longer that the sounds issued from an animal.

Owen shuddered, and I tried to swallow.

My sight darted from the floors to the ceilings, from corner to corner, searching for additional signs. I saw none. The bed, its elaborate draperies, and the pictures on the walls were all undisturbed, but a plaintive lament—a mournful sobbing—suddenly filled the space.

When the weeping stopped, I found my hand pressed against Owen’s chest. I could feel his heart beating, hard and fast, under my palm.

“I think it’s over,” he said, releasing my shoulders.

I reluctantly withdrew my hand and took a step away.

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  10 Responses to “#Spotlight / #Giveaway – The Vanished Bride of Northfield House by Phyllis M. Newman – Great Escapes Book Tour”

  1. Sounds like a great read, Thanks for your generosity.

  2. I first fell in love with gothic mysteries many years ago when I started reading historical novels. I only wish more authors would write this trope. Cannot wait to read and review this book. Fingers crossed. Many thanks for the giveaway. P.S. When I typed in Dollycas, auto correct changed it to Dolly’s before I could catch it. Stupid auto correct!!

  3. I am not usually a gothic fan but something about this one just calls out to me. I would love to read it.

  4. I am not familiar with Phyllis Newman’s books and am anxious to read one after seeing your blog. Thanks for the introduction.

  5. Thank you for the spotlight on “The Vanished Bride of Northfield House”.

  6. The Vanished Bride of Northfields House sounds like a wonderful book that I would really enjoy reading (adding it to my Amazon wishlist!). Thanks so much for featuring it on your wonderful blog!

  7. I love a good historical gothic! This book is right up my alley. Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  8. Sounds like a great book, I can’t wait to read it. I added it to my must read list.

  9. This sounds really good–I’d love to read it!

  10. I Really enjoy a good mystery. Thanks for this opportunity.

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