This post about poltergeist Estelle van Zyl and lovely review were shared by Carla from Carla Loves to Read during my recent A Ghost and His Gold blog tour. I was having a little trouble with this blog at the time and so I didn’t manage to share it then. Thank you Carla for your support.
Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Scroll down for my review, a character guest post and a Giveaway. Also check out some of the other blog posts to see what they think.
A Ghost and His Gold by Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Published February 15th 2021 by TLS Books
About the Book: After Tom and Michelle Cleveland move into their recently built, modern townhouse, their housewarming party is disrupted when a drunken game with an Ouija board goes wrong and summonses a sinister poltergeist, Estelle, who died in 1904.
Estelle makes her presence known in a series of terrifying events, culminating in her attacking Tom in his sleep with a knife. But, Estelle isn’t alone. Who are the shadows lurking in the background – one in an old-fashioned slouch hat and the other, a soldier, carrying a rifle?
After discovering their house has been built on the site of one of the original farms in Irene, Michelle becomes convinced that the answer to her horrifying visions lie in the past. She must unravel the stories of the three phantoms’ lives, and the circumstances surrounding their untimely deaths during the Second Anglo Boer War, in order to understand how they are tied together and why they are trapped in the world of ghosts between life and death. As the reasons behind Estelle’s malevolent behaviour towards Tom unfold, Michelle’s marriage comes under severe pressure and both their lives are threatened.
This book combines Historical Fiction with a Paranormal Story and it had me hooked. It is told in a dual-timeline, during the second Anglo-Boer war in late 1899 and early 1900s as well as in 2019, when Tom and Michelle move into their new home. I was completely pulled into both of the storylines. I had little to no knowledge of the Anglo-Boer wars and even with all the information provided in this book, I spend some time out on the internet reading even more. As with any war situation, there are horrors, mistreatment and tragedies. Roberta Cheadle describes the Scorched Earth policies of the English Military leaders, and the fact that there were even concentration camps for the women and children of the Boer people. So much research went into this historical timeline. The second storyline has ghosts and a poltergeist of people who died or experienced tragedies during these wars still trapped on earth. When Michelle and a couple of her friends play with a Quija Board, they seem to have opened a portal to these spirits. We meet the ghosts of Robert, a British Soldier, Peiter, a Boer and his daughter Estelle. Estelle did not have a happy life, between her sad and lonely home life, her mother’s treatment of her and the horrendous atrocities against females during the Boer War, she is out for revenge. It seems Tom is her target and reading about his descent into darkness is chilling. This book really surprised me. There is some Christian faith involved dealing with forgiveness and repentance, but that is a small part of the book. This story deals with war, and what happens in war that changes people forever. How anger can destroy lives and how forgiveness can set you free. I do not normally read paranormal stories, but this one was very well written and I found myself engrossed in this story. Robbie Cheadle does an amazing job melding these very different stories together into a very engaging story. I received a copy of this book in order to participate in this blog tour that I volunteered for. The rating and comments shared are my own.