Monday, 15 April 2019

The Feud by Amanda James

Matthew Trevelyar leaves his job in London to return to his Cornish roots in the village of St Agnes. After losing his wife to leukaemia, he wants to make a fresh start. 
His new life is going well until Matt returns to his cottage to discover a grim warning on his doorstop. The message is clear – Leave now and go back to London.
Not wanting to give up his new life, Matt eventually discovers that there has been a 200-year-old feud between his family, the Trevelyars, and another local family, the Penhallows.
When Matt learns that one of his ancestors burned down a barn belonging to the Penhallows, and that there were tragic consequences, he understands why his family name is mud. But why is Matt paying for the sins of his ancestors now? And is there more to the feud than meets the eye?

When widower Matt Treveleyar leaves London for a teaching post at the village school in the Cornish village of St Agnes he doesn't realize he is walking into a whole lot of trouble.
Outside his rented cottage is a badger's head on a pole together with a nasty message telling him to go back to London. Matt decides he won't be scared into leaving. This was the village where his grandparents and their parents were born and where his roots are and he wants to belong here.

What Matt doesn't know is that there is an age old feud between his family and the Penhallows and one of them is out for revenge. In the village he bumps into Lavender Penhallow and is immediately besotted with her but is he putting himself in more danger with her friendship, is she involved in the battle to make him leave? Can he trust her?

The opening chapter of this book is dramatic. It gripped me straightaway and demanded my attention. I could imagine it being the opening scene from a film it was so descriptive.
I loved the village and all the supporting characters. Most were lovely and helpful to Matt, only a few were so crazy they needed to be locked up. The tension throughout the book about what was going to be the outcome for the lovely Matt kept me from my housework and not want to put this book down. And Matt was lovely, who would want to do him harm?
This book had everything you need for a good read, suspense, witchcraft, romance, revenge and it was written by Amanda James who never fails to tell a good story.

The Feud is published today in paperback or kindle download (99p) Amazon

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