The Emerald Comb

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 350 pages
  • The Emerald Comb
  • Kathleen McGurl
  • English
  • 04 October 2017

About the Author: Kathleen McGurl

Kathleen McGurl lives in Bournemouth with her husband and cat She has two grown up sons who have now left home She always wanted to write, and for many years was waiting until she had the time Eventually she came to the bitter realisation that no one would pay her for a year off work to write a book, so she sat down and started to write one anyway Since then she has sold dozens of short storie


The Emerald Comb Some Secrets Are Best Left BuriedResearching Her Family Tree Had Been Little Than A Hobby Until Katie Stepped Onto Kingsley House S Sprawling, Ivy Strewn Drive The House May Be Crumbling Today, But It Was Once The Intimidatingly Opulent Residence Of The St Clairs, Katie S Ancestors Arriving Here Two Hundred Years Later, Emotion Stirs In Katie A Strange Nostalgia For A Place She S Never Seen Before And When Kingsley House Comes Up For Sale, Katie Is Determined That Her Family Must Buy It.Surrounded By The Mysteries Of The Past, Katie S Pastime Becomes A Darker Obsession, As She Searches Through History To Trace Her Heritage But She Soon Discovers That These Walls House Terrible Secrets And When Forgotten Stories And Hidden Betrayals Come To Light, The Past Seems Alive Than Katie Could Ever Have Imagined.Moving Between The 21st And 19th Centuries, The Emerald Comb Is A Hauntingly Evocative Novel, Perfect For Fans Of Kate Morton And Rachel Hore.

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10 thoughts on “The Emerald Comb

  1. Rebecca says:

    Firstly, thank you to the lovely author Kathleen McGurl for getting in touch with me regarding her novel The Emerald Comb I love to take chances on books, and I love it even when those books turn out to be absolutely stunning, as The Emerald Comb turned out to be There is nothing, nothing in this world, that makes me feel quite the same way that I do when singing an author s praises So I ll beginI wasn t sure of what to expect from The Emerald Comb when Kathleen emailed me Each time you accept a review request, it s either going to go one of two ways You re either going to absolutely adore it, or you re not going to be a huge fan It s a bit of a risk, but as a reviewer I believe it s only fair to take those chances, because who knows how hard you re going to fall in love with a story After reading the blurb that Kath sent my way, and realising that she d be taking me back in time, I knew that there was no way I could turn this one down I am a major fan of historic time slip novels, but I rarely get chance to sit back and enjoy one I readily agreed to read and review The Emerald Comb, and let me tell you something Never, never, ever before have I been glad that I took a chance on a book And I mean NEVER The term time slip was a new one to me I d heard of historic, and I guess I thought that the two went together, t...

  2. Jo Hughes says:

    I would like to thank author Kathleeen McGurl for sending me a link to the via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review I would also like to thank Becca from Beccasbooooks for tweeting about this book and making me want to read it and also Leah from GirlsLoveToRead for passing on my email to Kath.Oh where do I start, I love the cover it is gorgeous, I love the green dress although I personally would of liked to see the comb in the ladies hair.We first meet Katie as she is going to see Kingsley House where her ancestors lived, she meets a lovely couple that are now living there, they also tell her they have plans to sell the house as it s getting too much for them Katie comes away in love with the house but not thinking anything of the couple plans to sell up Weeks later Katie and Simon are talking about moving, they see the house for sale but Simons doesn t hold with the history stuff Katie does, does she tell him it s her ancestors house or keep it secret I loved how the story mixes with the past, the past being told in a series of letters from Bartholomew St Clair to his son Barty This is a wonderful mix between t...

  3. Kim says:

    What a stunning read Katie is interested in looking into her family tree although her husband doesn t share her enthusiasm She finds the house where her family lived and although she doesn t tell her husband it s history they do move in She is very keen to trace her history.The house is described beautifully it s in need of some tender loving care, but it really draws KatieThe book is set in modern time and in the 1840 s and the story moves seamlessly between the two It hints of dark mysteries and you really want to find out what secrets are going to be uncovered The characters are so well drawn that you really feel connected to them Katie and Simon in modern times and Bartholomew and Georgia in the 1840 s.I was...

  4. Wendy Clarke says:

    Two stories one historical, one contemporary linked by an emerald comb Lots to enjoy about this novel Keeps you interested from beginning to end.

  5. Amanda says:

    THE EMERALD COMB BY KATHLEEN MCGURLTHE BLURBSome secrets are best left buriedResearching her family tree had been little than a hobby until Katie stepped onto Kingsley House s sprawling, ivy strewn drive The house may be crumbling today, but it was once the intimidatingly opulent residence of the St Clairs, Katie s ancestors Arriving here two hundred years later, emotion stirs in Katie a strange nostalgia for a place she s never seen before and when Kingsley House comes up for sale, Katie is determined that her family must buy it.Surrounded by the mysteries of the past, Katie s pastime becomes a darker obsession, as she searches through history to trace her heritage But she soon discovers that these walls house terrible secrets And when forgotten stories and hidden betrayals come to light, the past seems alive than Katie could ever have imagined.Moving between the 21st and 19th centuries, The Emerald Comb is a hauntingly evocative novel, perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore.WHAT I SAY I got to say i love this book it was my book of the week It full of mystery , drama,love, romance,family , murder and betrayalThe story is told as a mix of the past and present The past is told by Bartholmew st clair in a letter he wrote to his son Barty Each chapter set in past or present so it very easy to follow It a real page turner you will love it Katie wants t...

  6. Emma says:

    Thank you to Girls Love To Read for asking me to take part in the blog tour for this book I didn t really know too much about it before I started reading it but I had seen some of the hype around it so I was very much looking forward to reading it This is a time slip novel, which is not something I have read much of before, but I loved it The way we get to see two stories both from completely different time s but overlapping was brilliant This book was essentially two different books, a historical fiction and a contemporary novel, it was great to be able to see these two genres mixed as we don t often see this, it is good to compare the characters and their lives then and now and see how differently they lived I loved that we got to read two different stories, about two different families although technically the same family , both with their secrets I thought at first that switching between different characters and time zones might confuse or complicate the book for the reader, however, this is not the case at all Kathleen tells us which time zone we are in at the beginning of the chapter and stays in that time until the next, this makes it so easy to read and the novel just flows.The parts that were writt...

  7. Karen says:

    Whilst researching her family history, Katie Smith falls in love with Kingsley House, the crumbling former home of her ancestors, the St Clairs To her surprise, when the house appears on the market, her husband is very keen to purchase it As he doesn t share her love of genealogy, Katie decides to keep her connection to the building secret This subterfuge ends, however, when a terrible discovery is made and Katie must come to terms with the fact that her family is harbouring a dark secret.The story is told from the perspectives of two people Katie in the twenty first century, and Bartholomew St Clair in the nineteenth century Despite being almost 200 years apart, the two stories collide as we discover the truth about Bartholomew, his young wife Georgia Holland and her trusted lady s maid, Agnes Cutter Without giving too much away, it is quite apparent early on in the book that Agnes is going to play a larger role than that of just a servant but the extreme measures she takes to secure her needs were a bit of a surprise Like Kathleen McGurl s latest book, The Daughters of Red Hill Hall, there are similarities in the...

  8. Jane Hunt says:

    Jane Hunt Writer First StepsJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews FacebookJane Hunt Writer Book Reviews Google The Emerald Comb is two stories one historical, the other contemporary, cleverly interwoven with conflict, mystery and passion The action slips seamlessly from Bartholomew St Clair s 19th century confessions to the 21st century consequences experienced by Katie our heroine It is an absorbing read.Katie delves into her ancestry bitten by the contemporary obsession with genealogy What she finds leads to a house move and mystery than answers A possible ghost and a macabre discovery in the garden of their newly moved into house force Katie to question the wisdom of delving into her past She can t stop Genealogy gives Katie an identity and focus, something she is in danger of losing amidst her demanding children and unhelpful h...

  9. Helen Baggott says:

    This book ticks a lot of boxes for me History, genealogy, and than one mystery what could possibly go wrong The short answer, nothing The author had me from the book s blurb I have files of family records, certificates marking the births, marriages and deaths of relatives, so I knew I d find the fictional digging of Katie entertaining to say the least There are many clich s involved with family trees and it would have been easy for the author to have padded her plot with them all But very cleverly she drew me along as a very interested bystander.As a time slip novel, the reader is taken back to the 19th century learning the detail that Katie might discover in her research But anyone who has undertaken tracing their tree knows how frustrating it is to see the facts, but not the flesh much like Katie.Towards the end of the book I so wanted Katie to know what I knew, but of course that can t necessarily happen There will always be gaps in our research But how wonderful it was to read of the St Clairs, Katie s ancestors, putting all family history into perspective This is a clever novel I found it gripping the change of pace as I was torn from the 19th century and into the 21st and back again was infuriatingly well written I was new to the concept of a time slip novel and the key to its success was that all important pace.Do you need to be interested in genealo...

  10. Artemiz says:

    Kathleene McGyrl s The Emerald Comb is an interesting book.At the beginning it reminded me a lot Barbara Erskine s House of Echoes old inherited house, with it s mysterious history, ghosts that start to communicate with children But the ghost isn t hostile, she just wants them to know her story.Then at one point it was very much like Philippa Carr s The Witch from the Sea maid servant is jealous of her mistress and takes steps that eliminate her obstacle on her way to the master of the house and becoming a mistress of the house herself Only the servant isn t really diabolical to the core, she s just jealous and jealous woman do unpredictable things that they regret later and they do not enjoy their triumph for long But at the end the secret that the tree and the house are hiding is revealed only to the readers and not to the main characters of the book The readers probably guessed the truth alrea...