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Delighted to welcome Emily-Jane Hills Orford to the Children’s Cafe and Bookstore with her books and in a couple of weeks the main Cafe with her books for adults. The featured book is the first in her popular series Mrs. Murray’s Ghost (The Piccadilly Street Series Book 1) I will share the other books with their recent reviews in coming weeks.
About the book
It’s 1967 and Mary’s family has moved into a huge Victorian mansion. She loves her gigantic new house, especially her room. But then she begins to meet the house’s other residents. Mrs. Murray was murdered in Mary’s new house. At first she tries to scare the new residents away, but there seems to be a force connecting the ghost to Mary. Even the stranded Brownies, the little people who live between the walls, feel that connection. When Mary becomes deathly ill, the Brownies and the ghost team up to try to rescue her, only to encounter a witch and her evil dragons and minions. Time is running out. They must rescue Mary from a fever-induced dream world before she is trapped there forever.
One of the recent reviews for the book on Goodreads
“A day without reading is like a day without sunshine.” A children’s novel, Mrs. Murray’s Ghost is a story of family secrets, mystery, magical Brownies (who live in the walls), and a ghost who tries to run off tenants who move into the Victorian house on Piccadilly Street. The author, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, has created a well-paced, well written novel that is the first in a series for young readers. A story that takes place in the late 60s, a time when families still gathered around the dinner table and Grandma came to help whenever a child fell ill.
Mrs. Murray’s Ghost touches on bullying, family, friendship and the supernatural without scaring a child to where they would be afraid of sleeping alone in their rooms. The family suspects the house they have just moved in is haunted—but they are not afraid. They seem to take it in stride as lights are turned on and off and cabinet doors slam shut. Mary, the ten-year old of the family, suddenly becomes deathly ill. While her temperature rises, and she tries fitfully to rest, she is trapped in a nightmare, and the Brownies who occupy her home enter her dream world. Also making an entrance into Mary’s dream state is Mrs. Murray the ghost who walks the hallways of Mary’s home haunting those who live there. While in Mary’s dream, Mrs. Murray explains she was murdered in this very house by a gunshot wound many years before.
A well written novel, one which is sure to entertain your young readers.
Other books in the series
About Emily-Jane Hills Orford
An avid gardener, artist, musician and writer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford has fond memories and lots of stories that evolved from a childhood growing up in a haunted Victorian mansion. Told she had a ‘vivid imagination’, the author used this talent to create stories in her head, allowing her imagination to lead her into a different world, one of her own making. As the author grew up, these stories, imaginings and fantasies took to the written form and, over the years, she developed a reputation for telling a good story.
Emily-Jane can now boast that she is an award-winning author of several books, including Mrs. Murray’s Ghost: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 1 (Telltale Publishing 2018) which was named finalist in the 2019 N.N. Light Book Awards, Mrs. Murray’s Hidden Treasure: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 2 (Telltale Publishing 2019), Mrs. Murray’s Home: The Piccadilly Street Series Book 3 (Telltale Publishing 2020), Queen Mary’s Daughter (Clean Reads 2018) which won the 2019 N.N. Light Book Awards, King Henry’s Choice (Clean Reads 2019), and several other books. A retired teacher of music and creative writing, she writes about the extra-ordinary in life and the fantasies of dreams combined with memories.
Thanks for dropping in today and it would be great if you could share Emily-Jane’s books.. thanks Sally.