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The Ghost Tree

Written by: Barbara Erskine
Narrated by: Vivian Helbrun
Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
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Before you follow the path into your family’s history, beware of the secrets you may find....

The new novel from the Sunday Times best-selling author.

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage and career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the 18th century, Thomas Erskine. 

As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins first the navy and then the army, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top, and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death - and beyond.

Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy’s. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival - and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined.

©2018 Barbara Erskine (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Painful and Tedious

I thought this book would never end. The story is unpleasant and drags on and on. It should have ended halfway through, but I stuck with it hoping it would improve and because I don't like to give up and not finish books. This one has forever changed my mind about that somewhat bizarre practice. After the Ghost Tree I will no longer waste my time on books that I'm not enjoying. There was nothing really wrong with the narration, however. Just 21 hours and 29 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.

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  • Jacqui
  • 2019-05-10

Excellent

This was such a great book, interesting and enjoyable to listen to. It’s up there with the other great Barbara Erskine books.

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  • Heather
  • 2018-12-15

Loved it!

Loved it! the character/author keeps dropping Dr Who references in asking how to get rid of a ghost that is stalking her. I’ve always enjoyed Barbara Erskine novels; now I love her just that little bit more