This fast-paced book, set in the 1790s is a joy to read – compelling and realistic, with a wonderfully diverse group of characters.
Historical novels can be difficult to write effectively, but here Beattiey manages to successfully convey the era in an imaginative, yet accurate way. The countryside is beautifully described – ‘rolling up towards the Scottish border’ and the characters are realistic and ‘lovable’.
The storyline in itself moves well and the addition of Northumbrian dialect allows the reader to almost magically ‘drop’ into the book. The subjects of inheritance and community are fully explored in the book and the central character ‘Jack’ is beautifully described throughout.
Overall, this is a wonderfully written book with a good storyline. The scenery is superbly described and the characters are appealing. Greays Hill would appeal to a wide audience and would make an ideal holiday read.