Echoes Of Home: A Ghost Story
by M. L. Rayner
After accepting a generous opportunity to start afresh, Leslie Wills, a young man from Stoke-on-Trent, eagerly begins his long-distance journey to the Scottish Highlands of Elphin, a settled village that sits huddled amongst the dominating mountains. Its people are welcoming, and the beauty of the land is great. But deep within its Highland paths, a location rests hidden from the public’s eye. A location which entices you to learn the truth of its troubled past. But once you bear witness to its sights and sounds, its presences will never allow you to forget.
Uncover the truth, Journeying back to a forgotten time. With a plot full of secrets and suspicion that will leave you longing for answers.
Born and bred in the county of Staffordshire. Matt is a keen reader of classical, horror and fantasy literature and enjoys writing in the style of traditional ghost stories. During his working life, Matt joined the ambulance service in 2009, transporting critically ill patients all over the UK. After writing his first novel, Matt was welcomed into the family of Question Mark Press publishing and now dedicates his time on future releases. His hobbies include genealogy and hiking, and he enjoys spending time with his wife, Emma, his children, and his family.
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“Ghost stories are not really a genre I go to but when the chance came to read this book I started it with an open mind, and was glad I did.
Leslie Wills, Stoke on Trent, only 1 of 5 remaining children at home when his Mum passes, he has no idea what life will bring now and in fact is happy if it brings nothing….however life comes calling via 1 of his brothers, now a property developer who offers him, free, Elphin cottage in the Scottish Highlands…without any hesitation he goes, wondering what he will find
He finds remote Scotland, its beautiful landscape and secretive folk, Elphin Cottage is more ‘out on a limb’ than he expected and he soon finds out the cottage and the one opposite, Clais cottage, have a history, a dark history and it looks like he is going to become a part of it!
An unlikely friendship evolves with Coulls, an old farmer and between them they are determined to put right the wrongs of the past
Fascinatingly told in the present and including lots of interesting ( and at times upsetting ) history of the famines alongside really good descriptive narrative I did really enjoy this book, it wasn’t far-fetched but a good tale of the past now affecting the present day
Reading the acknowledgements made it even better knowing the ‘cast’ had been named from his ancestors and Elphin and the cottage actually exist and the author spent time there as a teenager, the thrill of being an author came through in this acknowledgments and I really look forward to reading more from him ( this was his debut book )
It has to be a 10/10 5 Stars because it was a great read and I enjoyed a genre I expected not to.”
“I have to admit I have very rarely in my life sat down to read a book. But after living in Stoke on Trent for 40 years and having just moved to Penkridge noticed this book was by an author from Stoke on Trent. Curiosity took the better of me and I downloaded it. I couldn’t put it down, such a great wordsmith he had me hooked. I look forward to any future books Matt. If you can get me to sit and read you have to be an excellent author. Can fully recommend this book love everything about it, keep up the good work.”
“Loved the book from start to the end, I imagined Elhine cottage was like a place my son and I had to set up camp due to adverse weather conditions in the highlands. After reading the book I find out that ruined cottage was the place. Great book. Loved the style of writing and the history within the book. Loved the twists, a real joy to read. Look forward to reading many more books by M.L Rayner.”