The Peacock Bottle
by Angela Rigley
In this Victorian dual timeline novel, Amelia Wise feels a jolt when she finds a blue perfume bottle in the overgrown garden of the house she has inherited. Several events in her life mirrors those from the past and, with the help of her newfound cousin, Olivia, the bottle’s secret is uncovered.
The Peacock Bottle is one of those rare novels that swept me up within the pages and didn’t let me escape until the very last page was finished.
It is told in dual timelines with two different narrators. Both women, Daisy and Amelia, tell their stories years apart. It all centers around the home each has spent time in. The connection between the two girls is revealed slowly and beautifully. There is also a bit of mystery in the present.
Amelia is a young woman who is just beginning to find her strength and independence. She has been thrown into a difficult decision that will test her limits. I couldn’t help but admire her. Daisy also shares her bit of tragedy as well. They were both dynamic, multi-leveled characters who really drive the story!
Not only were the characters great! It was very well-written! The way the author describes the home made me feel like I was there myself. I was so invested in the story these two remarkable women had to share. The ending…wow!!!! I highly recommend if you like historical fiction with great characters and a hint of mystery!!!
Married to Don, I have 5 children and 9 grandchildren, I live in Derbyshire, England, and enjoy researching my family tree (having found ancestors as far back as 1465), reading, gardening, playing Scrabble, meals out and family gatherings. I am the treasurer of my writing club, Eastwood Writers’ Group, and I also write and record Thoughts for the Day for Radio Nottingham. At church I sing in the choir and am an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a reader, a flower arranger and a member of the fundraising team for Cafod, my favourite charity. I have written hymns, although I cannot read music.
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