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‘Isabella Rockwell’s War’ by Hannah Parry

So as not to show any spoilers I have not included a synopsis, however, if you want to find out more about the story, just click on the book image, or to read more about both book and author go here

If you don’t really want to read any major spoilers, then you can tease yourself a little more, by reading the first few lines of the story … here.

I have literally only read the first couple of pages from the book, so my ‘teaser’ page is completely random and I have no idea at all about where we are in the storyline, although I suspect that we are no longer in India, where the story begins!

At dusk, Isabella was back in the yellow and white bedroom, resting in an easy chair. The lanterns had been lit and gave a soft pink glow and the fire hissed and crackled, sending shadows up the heavy satin curtains.

“Ma’am if you please, the young man your miss was with. He’s brought something for her. He won’t leave it with the kitchen staff. Insists on giving it to her himself. Wants to see she’s all right. He’s in the servants’ dining room.”

Paperback copy page 125.

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by …

MizB of ‘Should Be Reading’.

Anyone can take part, by just doing the following:

Grab your current read.

  1. Open to a random page.
  2. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  3. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  4. Remember to share the title and author too.
  5. Head on over to ‘should be reading’ and leave a link to your post, so that others can share it and you can share other people’s.

It would be great if you then decided to leave a comment for MizB, as we all like to receive them and are interested in sharing your thoughts.

As this was an author invitation to read and review, a beautiful signed  and dedicated paperback copy of ‘Isabella Rockwell’s War’, was gifted to me free of charge, by its author.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog articles I may post. Any thoughts or comments will be my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.

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    • Hi Naida,

      I love thinking back on the days when bedrooms had open fireplaces and were big enough to accommodate heavy drapes and easy chairs. Mind you, I would have to have the servants to go along with the lifestyle, just the thought of having to clean out the ashes of the fire and reset it each day UGH!

      I too am curious about what this mystery man has bought her, but even more so to know why he need to see if she is alright, did something happen earlier that we should know about?

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate your comments

  • Loving these teasers. The first one in particular makes me want to read the book as what better than a room lit by a lantern, a fire hissing and crackling in the grate. Ah, wonderful.

    ‘The shape of the tomb inspired Scott’s design for the traditional telephone kiosk. And I’m sure you know that Mary Shelley was wooed by Percy Bysshe Shelley in the churchyard.’ – Page 190, Bryant & May On The Loose by Christopher Fowler.

    • Hi Tracy,

      I do love an open fire, although I haven’t had one since I was a child living at home. The trouble is, I would either need a maid or an obliging husband, to bank up the fire at night, clear out the hot ashes in the morning and keep the coal scuttle filled …. Mmm! doesn’t sound quite so appealing any more she says, switching the central heating on!

      I love your teaser lines, especially the one about the telephone box being inspired by a tomb. I hadn’t thought about it before, but now you write about it, I can see the resemblance!

      I haven’t read any of the Bryant & May series, although so many people have recommended the books, I really should. I still chuckle every time I read anything about the series, as I can still and probably always will, associate Bryant and May with the match company!

      Thanks for stopping by and joining in the fun, I appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Lizzy,

      Thank you for stopping by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      After the big storm we had here in the UK on Monday, things have quietened down a little and today has been bright and sunny, although there has been a drastic drop in temperature, so I guess that ‘freezing’ is on its way! It certainly makes that first teaser all the more tempting!

      ‘Isabella Rockwell’s War’ is actually a YA book, if you go strictly by genre. Our main protagonist is currently 13 years old, although she is much more mature than her age belies, given the circumstances of her childhhood upbringing. The writing and narrative is very mature also, making this a book eminently suitable for the adult market and although only a few pages into the story, I am loving it.

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Cleo,

      Thank you for choosing to stop by Ficton Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      The scene does sound idyllic, doesn’t it? I am not sure that the main protagonist, Isabella, is included in it though, although I can’t be sure. At the moment she seems to be being treated as more of a hindrance than anything else and I am feeling quite sorry for her. I am such a short way into the story though, that I really shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions just yet!

      Enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Sandra,

      Cozy indeed, although I can curl up with a good book almost anywhere, the heat from that fire would probably make me fall asleep pretty quickly.

      I too am wondering just what the young man has brought, but more intriguing is that he wants to see if the female is okay.

      They are obviously both quite lowly people, as he has been asked to wait in the servants’ dining room, so he obviously called at the back door of the property.

      Thanks for stopping by and taking part in the discussion, I appreciate your comments.

    • Hi Andrea,

      Thank you so much for deciding to stop by Fiction Books today. I love ‘meeting’ new people, so rest assured that your visits will always be welcome and your comments always appreciated.

      You are the third new person to make contact this week and I really am enjoying getting to know you all, by checking out your great blogs and reading all about you.

      I hope that you enjoy your present book and have a good week.


    • Hi Laurel-Rain,

      Even in the opening pages, the beauty in the descriptiveness of the writing shines through, making this a book equally suitable for the YA or adult market.

      I too, like to be made to feel as if I am there, inside the pages of a book, sharing the experiences and emotions with the characters. I tend to be a very ‘wordy’ person when I write, as you have all probably noticed, so Hannah’s style of writing suits me down to the ground.

      Thanks for the visit and enjoy the rest of your week.

    • Hi Nikki,

      The story begins in India, although we have since moved locations to London, where Isabella is having a terrible time of it and is living on the streets.

      This is turning into something of a page turner for me, as I can’t wait to discover what new disaster is around the next corner for her and for a book ostensibly aimed at the YA market, for me it is an excellent adult read.

      Thanks for stopping by, as always I appreciate the comment.

    • Hi Vicki,

      I don’t read YA fiction as a matter of course, however ‘Isabella Rockwell’s War’ is equally as good as many adult historical adventures.

      I haven’t read as far as my teaser page yet, so I can’t really help you with what the young man has bought, although I am still more intrigued that he should want to know if the young lady is okay, I wonder what has been going on?

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments and I hope that you are having a good week.

  • The first teaser creates a beautiful atmosphere. I love when authors write interiors well.

    Currently I’m reading a collection of short stories by Daphne du Maurier (Don’t Look Now). The stories are jarring and riveting, often deeply disturbing. No peace for her characters…

    • Hi Hila,

      I too, enjoy it when authors write descriptively and can create atmosphere and a sense of ‘being there’ for me, just with their words and phrasing.

      So far ‘Isabella Rockwell’s war’ is shaping up as an excellent read, with the standard of writing and storyline reaching far beyond the YA market and equalling that of many adult historical fiction stories I have read.

      I hadn’t realised that Daphne du Maurier had written any short stories, let alone so many of them. In fact, I hadn’t realised that she was such a prolific author, full stop. I checked out her page on Fantastic Fiction and I am off there now to check out ‘Don’t Look Now’ and some of the other titles … I may be some time!


      Thanks for sharing your new find with me, I am always looking for my next great read.

      Have a great Sunday and thanks for stopping by.

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