Beyond the Yew Tree
by Rachel Walkley
Whispers in the courtroom.
Only one juror hears them.
Can Laura unravel the truth by the end of the trial?
In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts shy juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman.
Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.
The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.
Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?
An All-Time Favorite Read
A Top Read of 2020
Beyond the Yew Tree is an absolutely stunning, all-encompassing read!
I never knew I could read close to 400 pages in a 24-hour period, but I did. I couldn’t swipe the pages fast enough. It had all the ingredients I love in a really good book…a good story, likeable characters, and a plot that really moves the book along. This one hit on all three for me.
The synopsis itself caught my attention…a good ghost story. How could I resist? I was right. The story was incredible. It had romance, a ghost or two, mystery, and really two storylines told many, many, many years apart. Every single element in the story connected seamlessly!
Laura was a great character, very complex and complicated. As I continued, the author revealed another layer to her. She evoked such emotion in me. An incident in her past was threatening to determine the rest of her life. She was honest and could be blunt, yet she has serious self-confidence issues. She wanted to love someone and be loved but was afraid to open that part of herself up. It was lovely watching her change.
Sean, her love interest, was such an amazing guy. He had the ability to get her to open herself in ways no one else had. He believed her story of her dreams and visions, and he genuinely wanted to help her solve the mystery.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the two ghosts of the book. I won’t give you their names as that is part of the mystery. They had their own story to tell just like Laura did. Like Laura, I completely connected with them.
There really was never a dull moment in the book. The dreams and visions, and the ingenious part was including the ghosts’ stories. Rachel Walkley included their story right alongside Laura’s which just made the book even better.
Authors come in all shapes, sizes, genres, etc. and many can write a good book. However, it takes a talented writer to tell his or her readers a good story which, of course, makes a great book! Rachel Walkley is an incredibly talented storyteller!!!! Beyond the Yew Tree is a book not to be missed!!!!!
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Meet the Author
Aspiring writer who pens Women’s Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.
An East Anglian turned Northerner – almost.
Information professional, always.
Biologist, in my memories.
Archivist, when required.
Amateur pianist and flautist.
Scribbler of pictures.
And forever…. a mother and wife.
Oh, not forgetting, cat lover!
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