“All past is present.”
I absolutely adored reading this book, especially reading it in the middle of summer, it just made it feel more magical and I felt more connected to the events as most of the book takes part in the summer (many different years but all at the same house). The book starts with our main narrator, a ghost of Birchwood Manor, she tells us parts of her life and the ‘visitors’ who she connects with over the decades that have passed since her death. The clever language used during these chapters kept me guessing B’s story and even her name (which I won’t reveal)!
In 2017 we meet Elodie, an archivist who is about to get married. She lost her mother when she was six, she has few memories of her but she remembers a fairy story, about a house on a river, a safe space for those who needed it. At work Elodie sees a sketch of a house that brings those memories flooding back to her, along with a photograph of a beautiful young woman. She can’t stop thinking about how they are connected and why she feels such a pull towards them.
There is a lot of time jumping throughout the book, Birchwood Manor is home to a broken soldier in the 1920s, a family from London during the Blitz in the 1940s and it was a school for girls in the late 1800s. And our ghost sees all of this, meets all of them. A special few can see her and talk to her, I too connected with them, Elodie, Ada, Leonard and Tip are all quiet and clever. B’s story gripped me the most, I wanted to know what happened to her, how she died and before.
The whole book is so beautiful how all these people throughout are connected, their stories are woven flawlessly together. It’s a story about time and how precious stories are. How houses can hold memories forever but not always in a bad way, Birchwood Manor is a place of safety and comfort.
I’m just so glad I got to read this book, I have cried tears of joy and sorrow and right until the end I was surprised at how perfectly everything was tied together.
“I am the stars in the dark when you feel yourself alone.”
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