Obviously a book cover can have me at ‘hello’ but does anyone else get seduced by the title of a novel? I think the name Black Rabbit Hall promises so much intrigue, so much magic. This was a book I wasn’t willing to wait until it came out in paperback for. I bought it hot off the hardback press, just in time to sit by my mums swimming pool in France and devour, along with copious glasses of kir royale.
Amber Alton is about to pass a summer in Cornwall at Black Rabbit Hall, her London family’s country estate where no two clocks read the same. Summers there are perfect, timeless. Not much ever happens. Until, one stormy evening in 1968, it does. The idyllic world of the four Alton children is shattered. Fiercely bonded by the tragic events, they grow up fast. But when a glamorous stranger arrives, these loyalties are tested. Forbidden passions simmer. And another catastrophe looms…Decades later, Lorna and her fiance wind their way through the countryside searching for a wedding venue. Lorna is drawn to a beautiful crumbling old house she hazily remembers from her childhood, feels a bond she does not understand. When she finds a disturbing message carved into an old oak tree by one of the Alton children, she begins to realise that Black Rabbit Hall’s secret history is as dark and tangled as its woods, and that, much like her own past, it must be brought into the light. A thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but inescapably linked by Black Rabbit Hall. A story of forgotten childhood and broken dreams, secrets and heartache, and the strength of a family’s love.
Black Rabbit Hall is a gothic, romantic tale told from the two perspectives of present day Lorna and 1960s Amber, seamlessly moving between the two eras. It’s so atmospheric, full of beautiful descriptions of the old house and it’s glorious surroundings. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!