A Garden Lost in Time

A Garden Lost in Time

by Jonathan Aycliffe

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January 1917, Cornwall. Fifteen-year-old Simon Lysaght is sent, after the death of his father in France, to live with family at their estate house, Trevelyan Priors. His uncle, Sir David Trevelyan, is somewhat intimidating and Simon feels ill at ease in the large and forbidding house. On his first day Simon learns of the death of the eldest Trevelyan son in the war and the subsequent suicide of his fiancée, is warned never to wander the corridors of the house after dark by the younger Trevelyan son, crippled and bed-ridden William, and hears that a maid has jumped from a high window, killing her­self. It is not an auspicious start to his life under the Trevelyan's roof.

Soon, however, his cousin Tom takes him under his wing and shows Simon the grounds and estate, including the still-functioning shot tower, a tall building which dominates the skyline. Exploring further one day after a heavy snow, the boys enter an enclosed garden, long abandoned and overgrown with dark avenues of trees and bushes and a for­mal fountain laid out in the centre. In the untouched snow, a set of footprints, with no discernible beginning or end. Who do they belong to, and how did they get there? Simon can see no answer, but is soon occupied by other, more urgent matters and the incident is pushed from his mind.

Weeks later, however, he has reason to recall the strange sight when he encoun­ters a girl of his own age in the aban­doned garden. She tells him her name is Lily, a fisherman's daughter from nearby Porthmullion. They strike up a friend­ship, although for reasons he cannot fully explain to himself, Simon keeps his new acquaintance a secret. He is soon to find that Trevelyan Priors and its inhabitants all have much to hide and more to tell than he can yet guess at...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161355855
Publisher: Speaking Volumes
Publication date: 05/30/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 736,555
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Jonathan Aycliffe (aka Daniel Easterman) was born in Belfast in 1949. He studied English, Persian, Arabic and Islamic studies at the universities of Dublin, Edinburgh and Cambridge, and lectured at the universities of Fez in Morocco and Newcastle upon Tyne. The author of several successful full-length ghost stories, he lives in the north of England with his wife, homeopath and health writer, Beth MacEoin. He also writes as Daniel Easterman, under which name he has penned nine bestselling novels.

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