The Magic of Grandfather Time by Rose English
(The Magic of Grandfather Time Series Book 1)
‘A grandfather clock has a face and a voice. As its name suggests, it is more than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family’
Richard C.R. Barder 1983
DECEMBER 1880. There will be no jolly Christmas cheer this year. The harsh winter had descended; snow blankets the ground and the lake is frozen solid. Within the walls of Clement Cottage, the fire is dwindling, its embers barely bright enough to cast the shadow of the broken man upon the wall. Cole is lost in his deep sadness; he has just one heartfelt wish. To be re-united with his beloved, the soulmate so cruelly stolen from him – Cornelia.
A sad mournful ticking comes from a blackened corner of the parlour where a longcase clock is hidden. Tall and stately, noble of face, loud of voice and keeper of great secrets, he is Grandfather Time. Bestowed with the gift of magic from Old Father Time himself, as he begins to chime out the magical hour of midnight, can he grant Cole his wish?
The book includes An Introduction to Grandfather Time.
This beautifully written book started by taking me back in time with the song, Grandfather’s Clock, that I vaguely remembered from my childhood.
I was transported further back in time with the first story of the book.
Set on New Year’s Eve, 1880, this is a sweet and moving love story about a young man and his memories, on the anniversary of the death of his wife.
The second story took me even further back, to New Year’s Eve, 1699, where a clock-maker awaits the birth of his youngest child and Old Father Time grants a wish.
The author’s inspiration note and the historical facts at the end of the book are a nice touch.
I loved the author’s characters and felt their emotions. I shed a few tears while reading the first story. Rose English has a wonderful way of stringing words together and immersing you in the time and place of the story. I look forward to reading more stories in this series.
About The Author:
Living on ‘England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, amongst the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, Rose’s house is wall to wall books. She even has a ‘leaning tower of paperbacks’.
Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time lone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.
Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with the children was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.
Now working in an entirely different library, in Hereford’s Wye Valley NHS Trust Hospital, Rose spends her day cleaning and issuing ‘Medical Equipment’.