The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester

The House at the Edge of the World

Julia Rochester

Grief, family secrets, twins and Cornwall: a perfect recipe for a page-turner! Will you guess the revelations? Which of the twins will you root for? In any case, the eccentric family will soon feel like your own, warts and all.

Extract

Corwin and I were left alone in the living room for the first time since Before. The room felt all wrong - counterfeit. It was missing an essential but intangible element that made it our family room; my father's part of its spirit, I presumed. I felt quite detached thinking this thought. The spirit of a house is organic - it seems a little lopsided after pruning, but it soon grows in.
'She'll be able to replace the sofa now.'
'Lay off, Morwenna!' said Corwin.
I sat on the sofa. It truly was lumpy and scratchy and uncomfortable. I was determined to love it.

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