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A Place of Secrets; A Novel

A Place of Secrets; A Novel

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A runaway bestseller in Britain with over 100,000 copies sold, a riveting historical mystery in the tradition of Kate MortonAuction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an eighteenth-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham and Jude feels close to the old woman at once: they have both lost their husbands. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. The tower was built as an observatory for astronomer Anthony Wickham and his daughter Esther, and it served as the setting for their most incredible discoveries.Though Jude is far away from her life in London, her arrival at Starbrough Hall brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the gamekeeper's cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived. And a nightmare begins to haunt her six-year-old niece, the same nightmare Jude herself had years ago. Is it possible that the dreams are passed down from one generation to the next? What secrets does the tower hold? And will Jude unearth them before it's too late?
A runaway bestseller in Britain with over 100,000 copies sold, a riveting historical mystery in the tradition of Kate MortonAuction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an eighteenth-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham and Jude feels close to the old woman at once: they have both lost their husbands. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer's work, their land and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. The tower was built as an observatory for astronomer Anthony Wickham and his daughter Esther, and it served as the setting for their most incredible discoveries.Though Jude is far away from her life in London, her arrival at Starbrough Hall brings a host of childhood memories. She meets Euan, a famed writer and naturalist who lives in the gamekeeper's cottage at the foot of the tower, where Jude's grandfather once lived. And a nightmare begins to haunt her six-year-old niece, the same nightmare Jude herself had years ago. Is it possible that the dreams are passed down from one generation to the next? What secrets does the tower hold? And will Jude unearth them before it's too late?

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Publish date: Jan 31, 2012
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are registered trademarks of Henry Holt and Company, LLC.Copyright © 1 by Rachel HoreAll rights reserved.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataHore, Rachel.A place of secrets : a novel / Rachel Hore.—1st .S. ed.p. cm.ISB 97--5-9449-71. Auctioneers—Fiction. . Antiques—valuation—Fiction. 3. Widows—Fiction.4. Family secrets—Fiction. 5. Follies (Architecture)—Fiction. 6. orfolk(ngland)—Fiction. I. Title.PR61.O66P57 13'.9—dc111669Henry Holt books are available for special promotions and premiums.For details contact: Director, Special Markets.First .S. dition 1Designed by Meryl Sussman LevaviPrinted in the nited States of America1 9  7 6 5 4 3  1
 
CHAPTER 1
JUNE 2008How tiny and random are the events that shape ourdestiny.By the time she left for the office the next morning, ude had almost forgotten her dream. Waiting for the trainat Greenwich station, the sudden wail of a toddler brought backfragments of her distress, but by the time she reached Bond Streetthese too were displaced by other, more mundane worries. She hadno sense that something important was about to happen, somethingthat on the face of it was quite insignificant.It was Friday lunchtime in the Books and Manuscripts depart-ment of Beecham’s Auctioneers in Mayfair. She’d been sitting ather computer screen all morning, cataloging rare first editions of eighteenth-century poets for a forthcoming sale. A painstaking job,it meant describing the contents of each slim volume, noting itscondition and recording any quirks or flourishes— a handwrittendedication, say, or scribbled annotations— that might tickle theinterest of potential buyers. Annoying then, when anyone broke herconcentration.“ude.” Inigo, who inhabited the next desk in their open-planoffice, came over, clasping a mess of paper festooned with multi-colored sticky-backed notes. “Proofs of the September catalog.Where do you want them?”“Oh, thanks,” she murmured. “Give ’em here.” She dumpedthe pile on the already overflowing tray beside her computer, thenstarted to type another sentence. Inigo didn’t take the hint.

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