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Thursday, 5 May 2011

Kathryn Brown

DISCOVERY AT ROSEHILL by Kathryn BrownGenre: Paranormal/Romance Published Lulu.
Kathryn Brown
Author Kathryn Brown takes us on a journey to the Scottish borders in her debut novel
“Discovery at Rosehill”
Rosehill Farm is a once beautiful mansion set on 5,000 acres of land.
The central character medium Camilla Armstrong is led to the mansion and its surrounding farmland by the spirit of her grandmother.
Camilla  feels an immediate empathy with “Rosehill” a sense of having finally come home. She sets about restoring the old mansion to its former gracious glory..
The characterization of Camilla is deftly handled by the Author, you can’t help but like the warm and charming woman.
Her sensitivity to the spirits inhabiting the empty rooms of Rosehill soon captures your imagination, as the author gently leads you into the realm of the paranormal.
No clanking chains and ghoulish monsters in this well written novel, in fact I needed to remind myself that I was reading a fictional account, such is the comfort the author obviously has with this subject.
Camilla does readings on request and her first client has many hidden secrets that will only gradually reveal themselves via the encounters with tormented spirit’s seeking justice, release and revenge.
How is Camilla’s own past connected to this place? What tormented secrets will be revealed?
The tragedy of the spirits past plays out beautifully in chapters of encounters that ring true, you the reader are there with Camilla as she seeks the truth, and overcomes the fear of one particularly nasty spirit wanting to use her gifts to seek revenge.
Romance enters the story in the form of the very charming local vicar. His belief system and that of Camilla clearly are at odds, yet they are drawn inexorably to one another.
This author has a subtle gift for understatement that allows the reader to utilize their own imaginations, teasing us with scenes of romance and lust in equal proportion.
The sudden and unexpected illness of Camilla’s dearest friend brings Ross a former lover back into Camilla’s life. The tension between them is palpable and the friendship looks set to destroy Camilla’s new love relationship with Marcus {The vicar}
I will not spoil the outcome for you. Suffice it to say that the mystery deepens with every spirit encountered.
What are they trying to say? How will it affect Camilla’s life? You need to read the book to find out.
I rate books on readability, characterizations, plot line, narrative, dialogue and editing. This one comes up 5/5 on all counts.
NOW  a special mention is warranted here, I want to share with you the marvelously generous decision by this author, Kathryn Brown, to donate all proceeds from the sale of Discovery at Rosehill” during the month of April to the  National Autistic Society (a British based autism association).
The author’s daughter is Autistic, and Kathryn Brown wants people to learn more about Autism. I for one admit I knew little of Autism and the resultant affects on the sufferer and family alike.
I am very grateful to have learned more.
Please assist in supporting this marvelous charity. Kudos to the author for assisting in raising our awareness. 
Read and learn more of the profound affects Autism causes within a family group.

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