Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Blackheath Seance Parlour by Alan Williams

In 1842, two sisters drunkenly debate their future, their family chocolate business has failed and so they decide to open a seance parlour. The locals are shocked but soon their shop is crammed with people wanting to contact the dead. Despite their change in fortune, a rift forms between the sisters, as young sister Judy gets her novel published, finds a man and proves to be more capable of contacting spirits than Maggie. Spurred on by jealousy, Maggie tries harder and soon even the Queen is consulting her. The Church decides they must be stopped by any means possible.

In the year 1840, two women struggle to keep their chocolate shop prosperous in the town of Blackheath in England. Judy is more interested in completing her first novel while Maggie desperately works to keep the business from failing. Hungry, ragged, and without income, the two sisters come to the realization that something must be done. So they embark on changing the shop from chocolate to a place for séances.

And so begins a sometimes humorous, sometimes scary, and thoroughly enjoyable tale. Fortune tellers, mediums, and a touch of mysticism help turn the women’s fortune’s around.  An additional treat is reading Judy’s gothic style novel that is woven into the story. From its beautiful cover to its engrossing content, to say say this novel is delightful and creative would be an understatement. It is unique, compelling, and highly entertaining. I very highly recommend it, especially for those who like reading unique stories.