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“Beyond the Yew Tree” Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well this morning or afternoon. as you may have seen I have already posted a review, and because it’s never enough to have just one, you all need more books to your TBR, I bring you another one.

Beyond the Yew Tree“, written by Rachel Walkley, is a Women’s Fiction Mystery and Contemporary novel, with a ghost story in the mix, published on March 27th 2020 by Spare Time Press.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rachel Walkley for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book.

Beyond the Yew Tree


Beyond The Yew Tree CoverWhispers in the courtroom.

Only one juror hears them.

Can Laura unravel the truth by the end of the trial?

In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts shy juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman.

Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.

The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.

Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?

Ordinary women.

Extraordinary experiences.

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US

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Author Bio

Aspiring writer who pens Women’s Fiction and magical tales about family secrets.

Rachel Walkley PhotoWhat else?

An East Anglian turned Northerner – almost.

Information professional, always.

Biologist, in my memories.

Archivist, when required.

Amateur pianist and flautist.

Reluctant gardener.

Scribbler of pictures.

And forever…. a mother and wife.

Oh, not forgetting, cat lover!

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My Review

This is the first novel I have read written by Rachel Walkley and what a great introduction to an author’s work.

I have found out recently that I quite enjoy books that this dual timeline, because I love historical fictions as much as I love contemporary ones, so this kind of genre ends up being perfect to me. When I read the blurb and saw that element of the story, I got really excited. Truth be told, as I was reading, it was one of the things I loved the most about the story.

P1070894We follow Laura in her journey to uncover a mystery, while still being conscious about her role as a juror. I loved getting to know the characters, present and past, and see the changes in Laura through out the book.

Chapter after chapter, I felt as if I was truly involved in the story. Getting to know the setting and the characters, getting to go after the truth and sometimes finding more questions than answers, and getting to see another time period and learning the history of that moment and place.

Overall, it was a beautiful and well developed plot, that took us on a paced adventure that grabbed my attention to the fullest. I will keep my eyes open for more books this author my write, and I will definitely check out her other works. This novel, like I said previously, is a good start if you don’t know this dual timeline plot, and a fantastic way to met an author, since it left me curious about her books.


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