More Than Sorrow by Vicki Delany

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Once, Hannah Manning was an internationally-renowned journalist and war correspondent. Today, she’s a woman suffering from a traumatic brain injury. Unable to read, unable to concentrate, full of pain, lost and confused, haunted by her memories, Hannah goes to her sister’s small-scale vegetable farm in Prince Edward County, Ontario to recover.

As summer settles on the farm, she finds comfort in the soft rolling hills and neat fields as well as friendship in the company of Hila Popalzai, an Afghan woman also traumatized by war.

Unable to read the printed word, Hannah retreats into the attic and boxes of moldy letters that have accumulated for more than two centuries. As she learns about the original settlers of this land, Loyalist refugees fleeing the United States in 1784, she is increasingly drawn to the space beneath the old house. More than carrots and potatoes, soups and jams, are down in the dark damp root cellar.

Hannah experiences visions of a woman, emerging from the icy cold mist. Is the woman real? Or the product of a severely damaged brain?

Which would be worse?

Then Hila disappears. When Hannah cannot account for her time, not even to herself, old enemies begin to circle.

In this modern Gothic novel of heart-wrenching suspense, past and present merge into a terrifying threat to the only thing Hannah still holds dear – her ten-year-old niece, Lily.

About Vicki Delany

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Having taken early retirement from her job as a systems analyst in the high-pressure financial world, Vicki Delany is settling down to the rural life in bucolic Prince Edward County, Ontario where she rarely wears a watch.
Published September 2, 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press. 313 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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There’s not much diversion within walking distance of the farm, so Hannah is especially eager to befriend Hila Popalzai, a shy Afghan refugee who’s been offered shelter by the farm’s neighbors, Maude and Grant Harrison.

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Hannah Manning, who’s recovering at her sister’s farm in Prince Edward County, Ont., from a brain injury incurred as a reporter in Afghanistan, starts having blackouts whenever she goes into the root cellar.

Jul 02 2012 | Read Full Review of More Than Sorrow

Red Room

Readers will be captivated by the haunted root cellar and how Delany contrasted one woman’s struggles in the past with the plight of contemporary refugees.” “It’s a crime not to read Delany,” so says the ...

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Vibrant Nation

As much as I love Vicki Delany’s Constable Molly Smith books, she’s outdone herself with her standalone, More Than Sorrow.

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