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The Story Spinner by Barbara Erskine

I feel like I’ve been on a bit of a roll with my reading recently. Every year I challenge myself to read a certain number of books, and this year my Goodreads 2024 Reading Challenge is set at 35 books. Now I no longer read with the kids (sob) I have more time to read my own books. I miss those young adult books but my TBR pile is huge 🙂 I was delighted to receive an ARC of The Story Spinner via NetGalley.

The Story Spinner by Barbara Erskine

The land of the Silures, 382 AD

Elen is a princess promised to a general of Rome. Macsen came to Wales seeking an alliance that would advance his quest for power.

Despite warnings her marriage is destined for heartache, Elen is determined to honour her vows.

But this union will change her destiny forever…

Camp Meadow, 2024

Cadi is a writer who has discovered Elen’s lost story. As she puts pen to paper, she hears the sound of ghostly marching feet.

Opening the gate to the ancient meadow behind her cottage, could the secret behind Elen’s fate lie closer than she thinks?

But someone is desperate to keep the past buried, plotting to destroy the meadow…

Can Cadi uncover Elen’s story before it’s lost to time?


I’ve previously read and reviewed a previous book written by Barbara Erskine (The Dream Weaver). I really enjoy her style of writing and find them easy to read. I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction and these are just that. The Sunday Times bestselling author returns with a spellbinding tale of love, ambition, and secrets that have lain silent for over a thousand years. It’s a great story and I learned a lot about Welsh history and the Mabinogion (I kept having to go off and look up words or places I was reading about!).

The Story Spinner by Barbara Erskine will be published on the 1st August 2024 by Harper Collins and is available from all good book shops.

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