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What do a ruined house. a lost ship and a vast art collection have in common?

 



This Lady Writes (18th Sept, 2013)

What do you get when renovations and time travel come together? A lovely tale of friendship, love, finding yourself and where you belong and an ultimate sacrifice.

I was immediately sucked in by the blurb of this book when I read it on GoodReads. In my quest to read widely, I am exploring new and different genres and Challerton did not disappoint. To begin with, the premise is quite interesting. Without giving away too much (spoilers tend to suck), Challerton is the story of a couple of serial home flippers, their twenty-one year old daughter and an old, forgotten mansion. The family purchases and old home, Challerton, the latest in their line of renovation projects and begin a lengthy renovation process with their daughter Ann, the book’s main character.  Ann finds an old nightgown in one of the windows of the house, launders it and puts it on and is transported a hundred years back in time. This discovery literally changes the course of their lives and histories.

Challerton is not the sort of fiction I read everyday, that’s for sure. But it’s such a well told story it literally sucks you in as it unfolds. I found it a little slow at first, but I guess that the author wanted to build a good base for the story. That said it is interesting and exciting, the qualities I think make a good read and it’s also infused with a bit of humor. Once I started reading, I could not put it down as I just had to know how all the events would come together in the ending for the story’s main character. The book did not disappoint. It’s a heart warming story about what can happen when we step out of the ordinary and when love and friendship get a chance to take a hold of us.

I love it when I come across a book by an author that no one seems to know of. I feel like I stumbled across something precious and special and that I think, Mark Fleming is. I’d love to get into the details of the book but then that would not be fair to you, so no spolier alerts here. Get a copy of Challerton – it’s in print for you old school folks who love to feel paper as you turn pages and its also available on Kindle for you cool, modern folks. When you’ve read Challerton, come back to the blog and share your comments on the book.

Amazon Reviews

What do you get when renovations and time travel come together? A lovely tale of friendship, love, finding yourself and where you belong and an ultimate sacrifice. When I came across this book, I thought the premise interesting and exciting, the qualities I think make a good read. Once I started reading, I could not put it down as I just had to know how all the events would come together in the ending for the story's main character. The book did not disappoint. It's a heart warming story about what can happen when we step out of the ordinary and when love and friendship get a chance to take a hold of us

This is a great story which includes time travel, history, mystery, friendship and the Titanic. Some of my favorite topics! The author juggles all these aspects very well and weaves it into a compelling story. The story has a strong plot and the characters are very well developed. The highlight for me was trying to guess what happens at the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and couldn't put it down. It's a light easy read with likeable characters. The book is full of atmosphere and is very descriptive. The first chapter sets a tantalising puzzle but then chapter two quickly switches to new characters that form the base of the story. It is set around a young lady Anne whose family renovate property; their latest project is a large mansion. She discovers a way to go back in time to a period when the Titanic was the main topic of news; she sees the house as it used to be. She befriends a girl of a similar age Lydia who is due to sail on the ship and the story revolves around how Anne uses her `future' knowledge to influence Lydia. Luckily for me I didn't guess the ending of the book and was quite surprised which is probably why I enjoyed it so much. I would recommend this book if you feel like reading something feel good and light hearted

Authonomy comment
I've only read the first two and a half chapters so far (falling asleep now so must stop!) but I love it. The mystery of the first chapter followed by the arrival of the family at the crumbling mansion is splendid. I look forward to reading on and finding out what is going to happen. It is well written and very easy to read, and your descriptions are wonderful. I have a very clear picture of the house and of Anne. Highly starred and staying on my watchlist. I'll be back!

Authonomy comment
I have finally gotten back to finishing what you've shared and I am sooooo sad there's not more. I love this! I love the nightgown's ability to transport Anne into the history of the house, seeing the people that once resided there. And when they could actually see her, my own heart tripped! (smiles) Your writing is so compelling...a romantic feel in the descriptive way you weave your words. So precise...so complete...so flawless. I had already given you six stars and am placing you on my shelf for a wee while. I know this will climb quickly, Mark...it must.

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I had to read five chapters of your book just to get a measure of it. My initial impression is a good one. I enjoyed the read. The night dress, the phantoms in the night, all gloriously sent shivers up my spine on this decidedly chilly evening. Your characters are great with dialogue that sits natually and keeps things moving. Your description is meaningful and is never overblown. You write with maturity and conviction. I wasn't looking for mistakes as it was too good to ponder. Can't wait to read the next two chapters. A flurry of stars to be beamed your way.