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Merryweather Lodge - Ancient Revenge
by Pauline Holyoak   

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Publisher:  Whiskey Creek Press ISBN-10:  1603139303


ISBN-13:  9781603139304

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Emily couldnít wait to visit her Aunt and Uncle in their quaint and mysterious little cottage near Stonehenge. But it doesnít take her long to realize that her fairytale kingdom has a sinister twist. One night in her attic bedroom she is confronted by an evil entity that would taunt her for the rest of her stay and long after that. Who is this hideous creature and what does she want? When Emily meets the gorgeous Jonathan McArthur she is infatuated, consumed with lust and an odd familiarity, as if they had met before. Will he be coxed by the peculiar old gypsy, to enter the dreaded wood-lot? Can the bloody ancient curse be removed before itís too late? And will Emily ever get to feel his lips on hers? A chilling tale of love, passion, sorcery and sacrifice; laced with mystery and tied with humor. Inspired by the authors own experiences in a remote little cottage near Stonehenge.

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Pauline Holyoak

Dear reader. Come with me to the West Country in England and experience my life’s strange and eerie journey.

    It began when I was fourteen years old while visiting my aunt and uncle in their quaint little cottage. It is situated on Salisbury Plain not far from the historical Stonehenge. I had waited all my life to visit that enchanting land but it didn’t take me long to realize that my fairy tale kingdom had a sinister twist. One night, in my attic bedroom I was confronted by an entity that taunted me for the rest of my stay and long after that. Later I was to discover that this hideous creature was someone I had known centuries ago.

    Come with me and feel the magic and mystery of this captivating area. At times it felt like I was standing on hallowed ground. Envision the lush rolling hills, quaint old pubs and rose covered cottages that dot the English countryside. Inhale the aroma of fresh baked bread and home made scones with thick Devonshire cream and strawberry jam. Smell the fragrant scent of the unseen shadow that followed me around. Cringe at the putrid stench of my unearthly adversary. Who is she? Will she get her revenge? Slip back in time to an ancient world of Goddesses, allure, sorcery, and sacrifice. Grieve with me over the loss of someone I loved and respected. Did he die of natural causes or at the hand of something diabolical? Laugh with me at the unique British humor, lingo and antics of my dear Auntie Em. A sturdy English rose, abrasive and hard on the outside but all soft and mushy on the inside. Why is she so full of secrets? And will she ever recover from the dreadful event that left her incapacitated? Meet her husband, my Uncle Reg, a man of the land. Experience with me the lust and excitement that ran through my veins when I became infatuated with the son of my uncles right hand man. Why did he evoke such familiarity in me? Had we met in another life? And will I ever get to feel his lips on mine? Meet his parents: John McArthur, a meek and amusing little man and Maud McArthur, a stout stern-faced woman with a holier-than-thou attitude. Meet his sister Belinda, a beautiful young woman with a dark and devious soul. Why did she stir up so much dread in me? Let me introduce you to the peculiar Mrs. Tilly, a wise and colorful gypsy. Is she really what she seems to be? And why does she appear ageless?

    Come with me and see how I learn to conquer my ego, recognize my intuition, find pleasure in ordinary things, learn to face insurmountable fears and discover a past incarnation.

    I was born in Alberta Canada. My name is Emily Fletcher, I am the protagonist and this is my story.


She shuffled lethargically to the side of the tub, lifted her leg and proceeded to climb inside. Still cemented in the water, I bit down on my lip, tucked my feet under my bum and slid back, as far as I could. Her unearthly body sat motionless at the other end of the tub, her eyes stared unblinking, not at me but through me. My body was numb with fear and I wanted desperately to cry out but my voice was still mute. Suddenly her eyes moved to meet mine.

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Laurie Garrison of gave 5 Stars to:
Merryweather Lodge
by Pauline Holyoak
recommended for: people who loves Suspense/Thriller

" Spine-tingling, touching and pure captivating! I would love to see this in a movie. This is an excellent bone chilling thriller one that as I read I felt like I could be right there because the detail is so well written, lets just say donít read this without a lot of light, I had goose bumps as I read. Youíll find a touch or horror, paranormal, suspense and mystery and I highly recommend this to anyone that reads any of them listed. You will also find. There are witches, ghosts, a curse, reincarnation and revenge.

This is a romance story and there is some little flirty comments between Emily and Jonathan, but there is no real sex scene between them, there is mention of sex in dreams and past lives. Donít let that discourage you from getting this book because their romance will grow in up coming books. I am one I need at least a few pages of a h/h going at it, but I didnít miss it in this story, it was just to thrilling.

The author gives you plenty about this book on her website. Please check it out. So this is what I will tell you. When Emily first goes to England at the age of fourteen she finds herself in her aunt and uncles house in the attic with ghosts and the more she digs to find out who they are the more she finds people there just donít want to talk about it. So Emily finds different ways to find out who the ghost are. Jonathan helps out some. You know how it goes someone tells you to stay out of the woods and guess what Emily does the opposite she goes in there to finds out more, so you know that didnít go to well. Itís when Emily comes back a few years later at the age of twenty that she finds out a whole lot more of what is going on and she also finds the one responsible for this sinister twisted ghostly tale is out for revenge and itís Emily she is after.

I loved the characters the way the books flows itís very easy to understand. I will add this book is part of a trilogy, so when it ends you know there is more to come. I canít wait to read the second book.

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