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‘Through A Yellow Wood’ by Carolyn J. Rose


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.

By unspoken mutual consent, we turned our backs on the dog pens and walked up opposite edges of the steps, skirting the dark stain in the center. Except for faint tracks leading to a boot scraper and the coco fiber mat laid before the door, and except for a few pine needles here and there and an old broom leaning against the wall at the corner of the house, the narrow porch was clean and the windows on either side of the door sparkled.

I wiped my feet on the mat and got out the key. Despite its sharp edges, it slid into the lock as if the channel had been recently oiled, the bolt clicked back smoothly, and the hinges worked without a hint of a squeak. Clarence had taken good care of this place.

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As this was an author invitation to read and review, a complimentary Kindle download of ‘ Hemlock Lake’, was gifted to me by its author, Carolyn J. Rose

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.


NB. It would appear that MizB has decided to take a well earned short break from hosting her daily memes, in order to catch up on some quality reading time. However I hope that you will enjoy the lines I have decided to feature this week and thanks for choosing to visit.

Icon Image For The Teaser Tuesdays MemeTeaser 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.

Open to a random page.

  1. Share a couple of  “teaser” sentences, from somewhere on that page.
  2. Be careful not to share “spoiler” sentences.
  3. Remember to share the title and author too.
  4. 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.

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    • Hi Naida,

      I haven’t ventured inside the house with the narrator of these lines yet, although I am about to do so just as soon as my morning coffee is ready.

      This will be a return visit however, as the reader has already been privy to events which have taken place in the grounds of the house …. definitely not as neat and tidy!!!!

      I hope that all is well with you and as always, I appreciate your comments.

  • Yvonne, I’m delighted that you’re reading Through a Yellow Wood. It’s the book I got most involved with – you can probably tell that by how long it is. It’s thrilling to you that someone on the other side of a continent and an ocean is reading it.

    • Hi Carolyn,

      I thought that I was being so good in reading the two stories in this series back to back, then you threw in the curved ball with the news that there is to be a third instalment!

      I have so enjoyed learning about small town life in Hemlock Lake and have loved the descriptive narrative almost as much as the mystery/suspense aspects of the storylines.

      I promise to do my best not to make you wait too long for the reviews, however everyday life is so determined to conspire against me!

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

    • Hi Tracy,

      The first book in this series, ‘Hemlock Lake’ was very descriptive and this sequel story is shaping up to be even better. To have such interesting character and place profiles, combined with a strong element of mystery and suspense, is so good and makes for great entertaining reading.

      I used to read a lot of James Patterson, however his books got to the point where they were all a bit ‘samey’ and to be honest I got a bit bored with them. People have said that the latest couple have been a lot better, so I might well be tempted to give him a second chance, although I just know that the ‘Witch and Wizard’ series isn’t for me. I do hope that you enjoy it though, are you going to be working your way through the books in sequence?

      I am so pleased that it has cooled down a little here today, although now I suppose we can expect it to continue unsettled right through the Bank Holiday weekend!

  • This is quite an interesting teaser. I very much enjoyed The Hard Karma Shuffle (written with her husband) and wouldn’t mind reading one of her books.

    Here a teaser from the book I’ve just begun:

    “The girl in the mirror caught my eye briefly, and I thought what a serious face she had. It is an uncanny feeling, that rare occasion when one catches a glimpse of oneself in repose. An unguarded moment, stripped of artifice, when one forgets to fool even oneself.”
    -p. 22 of The House at Riverton by Kate Morton

    • Hi Kelly,

      I am looking forward to reading ‘The Hard Karma Shuffle’, as I have started at the opposite end of the equation, only having read books written by Carolyn in her own right. I can’t recommend Carolyn’s storytelling technique and writing style highly enough and in both the series I have read, mystery and intrigue are there in spades!

      I read ‘The House At Riverton’ some time ago and loved it. I always promised myself that I would read more of Kate Morton’s writing, alas as with all good plans, time has marched on and the books remain firmly planted in my TBR pile …. one day!

      This was one of the first reviews I ever wrote seriously and for publication and can’t you tell it!!!


      Hopefully my own technique has improved a little over the years, but I really did enjoy this well written and intriguing story.

      Thanks for stopping by.

      • The Forgotten Garden was my first Kate Morton and I loved it enough to take a chance on her other novels as well. This is my third (having also read The Secret Keeper). I’m keeping in mind it’s her debut novel and perhaps not quite up to the standards of the two I’ve read, but so far I’m not getting that impression. The Distant Hours sits on my shelf awaiting me.

        I’m sure your review is very good and I’ll be sure to check it out.

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