Monday 5 July 2021

Book Review: The Wind Chime by Alexandra Walsh

The Wind Chime by Alexandra Walsh book cover

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Windsor, England, 2019

Amelia Prentice is recovering from the worst two years of her life. First, her daughter and then her parents have died, leaving her without any surviving relatives. As she contemplates placing the family home, a vast Victorian house in Windsor, on the market, she fulfils her mother’s last request to clear out the attic, where she discovers a strange box of Victorian photographs.

The photographs are of a large estate in Pembrokeshire called Cliffside, and they feature the Attwater family. When Amelia uncovers the diaries of Osyth Attwater, she realises the family had tragedies of their own...

Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1883

Every summer the Attwater family gather at Cliffside to tell each other stories. The youngest in the house is Osyth, a dreamer and writer who waits eagerly every year for the wind chime in the garden to signal the arrival of her relatives.

But her happiness is shattered when she overhears a conversation that tears her world apart. Raised by her grandparents, she believed her mother, Eudora, had died. It seems this may not be the case. Desperate to find out the truth, Osyth decides to unravel her family’s secrets. What she discovers will shock her to her core…

What did Amelia’s mother want her to find out about the Attwater family? Who is Eudora, and what really happened to her?

And how is Amelia connected to it all...?

The Wind Chime is a mesmerising timeslip story set in both the 1800s and the modern day.

This is a story spanning one family's tale across the years, through love and loss, and encompassing plenty of mysteries and secrets. The past features a complex web of tangled people and events, yet the discovery of a handwritten journal and an old photograph sparks one woman's journey back into the 1800s. 

Upon the discovery of the old journal and photograph, Amelia Prentice instantly feels a connection with the mysterious Osyth and her beloved home, Cliffside. The gorgeous, sprawling home sits atop a cliff, overlooking the sea below. It's the perfect setting for a period story and one where you can easily imagine plenty of skeletons hiding in the closet! 

Of course, there is plenty of detective work for Amelia to do, and she enlists the help of friends - both new and old - to help. All the characters in the story are engaging and well written; even the minor characters are realistic and well fleshed out. However, as Amelia delves deeper into the family's secrets, will she finally uncover the truth? 

Despite her tragic circumstances, Amelia is a brave, capable woman. She can be firm and impulsive, yet is also deeply in touch with her emotions and carries a strong sense of right and wrong. She is the rock that anchors past and present together in this story. 

Whimsical and full of unexpected twists and turns, The Wind Chime is an enjoyable timeslip novel. 

Open your mind and let the wind chime guide you home.

Rating: 3 stars

The Wind Chime is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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