Black Rabbit Hall (Hardcover)
In 1968 the Alton children lived charmed lives. Amber and Toby, the teenage twins, young Barney, and baby Kitty live in London and at their Cornwall estate, Black Rabbit Hall, an ideal environment with forest, meadow, and beach for active children to play. Their father, an aristocratic Brit, married outside his social circle, snatching their mother, a tall, athletic, copper haired beauty and daring equestrian away from Maine. The result was one of those love matches, rare and delicate. Even after four children, electricity zaps between them. Then something happens, something tragic. Decades later Jon and Lorna are scouting locations for their upcoming wedding. Lorna has her heart set on marrying in Cornwall; they have only one place left to check before they give up and marry more conveniently closer to home. Black Rabbit Hall, known formally as Pencraw Hall, is the last place on the list. Lorna has a sense of déjà vu in the stately old home where neglect and time have taken a toll. Jon, who works in the family run construction firm, sees the decay, the leaking roof, the bushes growing through the floors, and finds it overwhelmingly dilapidated. Not the sort of place to book for a wedding. Lorna’s reaction is very different; from the moment they arrived it is as if the house has some strange pull on her. The owner, an old aristocratic woman, is keen to secure the booking, it is to be the first wedding booked for Black Rabbit Hall (not surprising considering the condition). Jon balks but he is out maneuvered by the elderly dame when she offers a weekend visit to make up their minds. As the days pass and the time for Lorna’s visit grows near, memories from her childhood, memories about her mother, begin to surface. Jon’s worry grows over Lorna’s strange fascination with Black Rabbit Hall. If you enjoy Kate Morton, this should be right up your alley.— Deon Stonehouse
For fans of Kate Morton and Daphne du Maurier, here's a magnetic debut novel of wrenching family secrets, forbidden love, and heartbreaking loss housed within the grand gothic manor of Black Rabbit Hall.
Amber Alton knows that the hours pass differently 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, of course, it does.
More than three decades later, Lorna is determined to be married within the grand, ivy-covered walls of Pencraw Hall, known as Black Rabbit Hall among the locals. But as she's drawn deeper into the overgrown grounds, half-buried memories of her mother begin to surface and Lorna soon finds herself ensnared within the manor's labyrinthine history, overcome with an insatiable need for answers about her own past and that of the once-happy family whose memory still haunts the estate.
Stunning and atmospheric, this debut novel is a thrilling spiral into the hearts of two women separated by decades but inescapably linked by the dark and tangled secrets of Black Rabbit Hall.
About the Author
Eve Chase is an exciting new voice in fiction. She lives in Oxford, England with her husband and three children.