But Mr Potter has other plans and Billy soon finds himself going up to the High Hob on the moors to be a companion to Jasper Harper who is I was voluntarily sent an ARC of this book in return for an honest review. But Mr Potter has other plans and Billy soon finds himself going up to the High Hob on the moors to be a companion to Jasper Harper who is a wild and very unpredictable young man.
Jasper lives with his mother Edie and Uncle Charles who are brother and sister authors. For four years the boys are mostly inseparable but when Charles and Edie are found dead, apparently having committed suicide, Billy has already left with the intention of starting a new life in London. Almost a century later, Anna Sallis, the newly appointed custodian of Ackerdean Mill, formerly the Palace, arrives. She begins to sort through the chaotic archives of the Mill, the Palace and the Harper siblings and it is left to her to unravel the knots and discover the truth.
Just what will she find out? I firstly want to mention the cover which I absolutely love. The design and the colours are beautiful and it caught my eye straight away. I really liked the sound of 'The Companion' and was looking forward to reading it. This book was right up my street and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I literally could have read it forever. The story is set in two different timelines, onwards and the present day and is narrated by Billy and Anna. I wish I could have been there exploring the moors. I also really liked Anna and I felt that in a short time she did so much for the community.
Some things were maybe best left in the past though, but all the same it was interesting seeing what Anna discovered. There could also have been a map at the beginning of the book. I really hope there will be more from Sarah Dunnakey.
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A great first novel and one I recommend. Mar 09, Karen Clarke rated it it was amazing. I loved everything about this book, from the stunning cover to the dual timeline and atmospheric setting maybe I'm biased being from Yorkshire! It's warmly written and well plotted with a dash of creepiness thrown in, and the characters of Billy and Jasper are authentic and stayed with me.
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Can't wait for this author's next book. Jul 26, Beverley rated it really liked it Shelves: The Companion is a beautiful book full of rich and textured writing. Set in both the s and the present day we are thrown straight into the action learning about the death of Charles and Edie via a letter written by the Reverend who discovered their bodies. What follows is a gorgeous tale which explores the events leading up to the deaths and the story of Billy Shaw who despite living at Hob House for 4 years has been omitted from the history of the house.
The s was a time of great social The Companion is a beautiful book full of rich and textured writing. The s was a time of great social change, post First World War the country was getting back on its feet, industry was booming and opportunities were there to be taken; The Companion is a wonderful social commentary of this period of time. There are some beautiful passages describing the countryside, the birds and their flight patterns and I really felt that I was alongside Billy and Jasper whilst they explored their surroundings.
I love a book which is set in two different periods of time, sometimes authors struggle with the present day narrative and it can often take a back seat, not so with The Companion. I really liked Anna who has moved to Yorkshire from Newcastle Upon Tyne for a new beginning, she finds the missing puzzle pieces and untangles the fact from the fiction in the local folklore tales. My attention was kept throughout the book, I wanted to know what had happened to Anna and why she was facing so much adversity from the board at the Mill and I really wanted to know what had happened to Charles, Edie, Jasper and Billy.
The Companion is a really lovely book with echoes of Kate Morton and Katherine Webb, it is a real page turner and gives us a glimpse into a different time and place. I really liked it and would recommend. Jul 31, Alison rated it really liked it. I was fortunate enough to be sent a hardback copy of The Companion and to me that has added to the atmospheric feel of the entire novel. The cover is haunting and the story that unravels within the pages intriguing. This is told via two timelines.. He is from a poor family, his Ma and sisters run the tearooms at the old mill which has been altered into an entertainment palace I was fortunate enough to be sent a hardback copy of The Companion and to me that has added to the atmospheric feel of the entire novel.
He is from a poor family, his Ma and sisters run the tearooms at the old mill which has been altered into an entertainment palace. His life changes when he is chosen to be a companion for a rather objectionable boy, Jasper. Jasper freaked me out a bit with his obsession with traps and dead things.
Just imagine a creepy child out on the bleak and misty moor.. Anna voices the present day story as she begins to research the past in her role as custodian of the museum.
So many files, documents etc need sorting, a daunting task. But as she unearths the deaths of the two authors questions are asked and secrets revealed. I liked the way the whole history is explored, the wonderfully descriptive writing means there is a sense of tension but also the appropriateness of the time period.
This moves along at a steady pace, slightly mysterious but also a saga involving the families. The whole area is bought to life and you find yourself absorbed along with Anna trying to fix the pieces together. Some social taboos of the era add to the misunderstandings. As generations progress the truth has to be revealed. I enjoyed this, the alternating timelines worked well, sometimes there can be such a stark difference that it makes it awkward to shift focus but The Companion reads smoothly. Jul 09, Alma rated it it was ok. I think I must be missing something here as I found it rather slow and as I'm used to reading 'edge of the seat' crime and thriller books, I think i was expecting it to be more macabre than it was.
This was my book club read so it wasn't a book chosen by me.
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It was entertaining but non of the characters grabbed my attention. I expected more from JH but it never really materialised and the ending left a lot of threads that could have been addressed or found from the background covered. Jun 24, Gill rated it it was amazing. This book will haunt you long after you have finished it.
Anna Sall This book will haunt you long after you have finished it. Events imagined by Anna, when she gets engrossed in sorting through the ephemera of the past are written so vividly, you really feel them too - the author has an uncanny ability to do this. One of the locals in particular, who is also on the Board of Trustees does not seem to want the past delved too deeply into. We meet Billy Shaw and his family in , who live in a cottage adjacent to the Mill.
Later, the realisation that denying these past events to protect the privacy of ancestors is also a form of denying their lives and realities, is what the book flourishes on. This book is a picture painted with words, incorporating some of the most beautifully descriptive writing I've ever read. The story flows in two parts: As Billy's story unfolds, so does Anna's discovery of the story behind a double suicide, and the truth behind the very many secrets — both past and present — that have long overshadowed the valley.
There was nothing about this book I didn't like — the story kept pulling me back, despite all the other things I was supposed to be doing.
Sarah Dunnakey writes with a prose that slaps the wind against your face, and litters your ears with the cries of curlews. As an aside, the author's description of Ackerdean Mill and its environs instantly brought to mind a former mill, now owned by the National Trust, that I visited a few years ago. On reading the notes at the end of the book, I discovered this was the very place Dunnakey used for inspiration.
Her descriptions are that good. Jul 23, Amanda rated it really liked it. Oakenshaw, Yorkshire, and Billy Shaw is happily helping out at Potter's Pleasure Palace, an old mill turned into 'the best entertainment venue in Yorkshire' His Ma along with sisters Maud and Peggy run the highly successful tea room. Life is good until Billy's life is turned upside down when Mr Potter answers an advert and sends him off to the house on the hill, High Hob, to be the companion of Jasper Harper, a boy of similar age, but not definitely not similar in nature.
Jasper lives with Oakenshaw, Yorkshire, and Billy Shaw is happily helping out at Potter's Pleasure Palace, an old mill turned into 'the best entertainment venue in Yorkshire' His Ma along with sisters Maud and Peggy run the highly successful tea room. Jasper lives with mother Edie and her brother, Charles.
Billy's life changes from the moment he steps over the threshold. Billy remains Jasper's companion for four years before fleeing to London as the bodies of Charles and Edie are found, both dead, the result of an apparent suicide pact. Fast forward to present day and Anna, is the new new custodian of Ackerdean Mill, once known as the Palace. Anna wants to drag Ackerdean Mill into the present day attracting new visitors and as she begins the task she chances upon documents relating to Charles and Edie and begins to doubt the suicide verdict and it is not long before old secrets begin to surface.
Written using a dual time line Dunnakey is wonderfully adept at using this device to slowly unravel Billy's life, the clues and revelations that Anna discovers from the people she meets in the village and the documentation and photographs she unearths. Dunnakey's writing is such that as the two narratives intertwine the reader is pulled one way and then the other until finally earth shattering secrets rise to the surface. The characters are beautifully portrayed. I especially loved Billy. A sensitive boy with a love of birds, with the drive to make something of himself despite all the obstacles placed in his way.
Even Jasper had some appeal despite his violent and mean tendencies. What really stood out for me was the imagery and the setting. I found myself transported to the wilds of the moors, feeling the warmth of the sun in the summer and the desolation and bleakness of winter.
As a Yorkshire lass born and bred I felt quite homesick at times! This novel had everything. Its a mystery, a love story and a historical novel all rolled into one and I loved it. Thank you to Louise Swannell and Orion for copy of the book to read and review.
Jul 28, Tracy Shephard rated it really liked it. This is an interesting and beautiful tale.. Told in two timelines, and set in the atmospheric Yorkshire Moors, The Companion tells of the mystery surrounding the deaths of brother and sister authors Charles and Edie in Eighty years late and Anna is given the task of custodian and here we learn of the history of the time, the characters and the secrets of long ago.
Jasper is a tad troubled and quite often Billy wonders if he should leave the big house and go back to his Ma, his sisters and his humble life. Each new revelation came as a surprise, and Sarah Dunnakey tells this story in a clever and thought provoking way. The relationships and their connection to each other was unravelled gently and convincingly.
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I was completely absorbed. To overcome this, the Companion merged with Nancy Hedford, who was moments from death, creating a joined entity. In this merged form, it gave up its immortality and its powers, choosing to live out the remainder of a Human lifespan with Cochrane. Sign In Don't have an account? Zefram Cochrane and the Companion Zefram Cochrane could communicate with the Companion, in a limited and non-verbal way.
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