The Quiet Earth by Elizabeth Harris

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So, a fantastic start and overall good body of the book fizzled at the end to something that left me unsatisfied and slightly annoyed.
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Winter 1994, and in the Wye Valley a story hidden for almost eight centuries has just been unearthed.

For Nina, an ecologist working alongside local archaeologists, the discovery of a baby’s grave dating from the thirteenth century is of far more interest than just academic.

Nina is mourning the loss of her own baby – a fact that seems not to have gone un-noticed by the spirits disturbed by the dig.

And she is not alone in feeling an unusual affinity with the dig site: her boss Mark also senses strange presences there.

Nina is drawn to Mark, but she is unsure of their relationship, and unable to communicate her feelings.

Mark, meanwhile, is not a man given to clear expressions of affection and he too is mourning – mourning the failure of his engagement.

As Mark and Nina continue to work on the Wye Valley site, their developing relationship has uncanny echoes of the past.

The baby buried in the Wye Valley is the child of Gawyn, a headstrong Crusader knight who once travelled from France to Wales with a sacred secret; a secret that has lain dormant for hundreds of years. Until now...

The baby’s mother, his wife Roese, followed a hugely challenging and at times death-defying path to find her home in the quiet Wye Valley.

As Nina and Mark delve ever deeper into the past, they find out more of Gawyn's story, his travels across Europe and – perhaps most important of all – his encounter with a group of religious believers who held to their beliefs despite being mercilessly persecuted by the Crusaders.

With their own story developing and sometimes mirroring that of Roese and Gawyn, will Nina and Mark find a spiritual home?

Only time will tell…

Praise for Elizabeth Harris

‘Enormously enjoyable … hard to put down. Elizabeth Harris writes with sensitivity and skill and a spine-chilling eye for the sinister’ Barbara Erksine, author of Lady of Hay

Elizabeth Harris was born in Cambridge and brought up in Kent, where she now lives. After graduation she hid a variety of jobs including driving a van, being a lifeguard and working in the Civil Service. She has travelled extensively in Europe and America, and lived for some years in the Far East. Elizabeth Harris was one of the finalists of the 1989 Ian St James Awards. She is an acclaimed writer with many novels to her name. In The Quiet Earth , she deftly weaves the challenges and questions of modern life into those of the distant past, to deliver a story brimming with intrigue, history and romance. She is also the author of The Herb Gatherers.

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Published December 28, 2015 by Endeavour Media. 512 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, History, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Jayne on Feb 05 2016

So, a fantastic start and overall good body of the book fizzled at the end to something that left me unsatisfied and slightly annoyed.

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