Wednesday, September 23, 2015


The Cottage on the Border
by Hannah Warren



Jenna's earliest memory is of her mother's feet dangling in dust motes, as a three year old left orphaned while her mother's corpse hung from a beam. Her mother committed suicide, that's how she escaped and freed herself. When her own life falls apart Jenna's earliest memory becomes her anchor, she too wants to be free.

Vincent Van Son is Jenna's adopted brother, her psychiatrist, perhaps her only friend. He takes her to the Cottage for recovery, determined to rescue his sister from herself after her failed suicide attempt. The cottage on the border is at Oud Land, and is the location of many dark secrets.

Jenna's close call with death leaves her open to the psychic world, and in this cottage in the onset of a misty winter, Jenna hears them, the voices of the past, memories of what happened on the border. It becomes a journey to herself. She has to listen, to witness, she has no choice. Their stories are her story, and it is a long heritage of murder, deceit, ethnic discourse and betrayal.

Perspective returns to the introspective prima ballerina, she has learned the truth of her family, of this cottage of psychic confessions. She alone emerges from the rubble of six decades of troubled family history, a lone phoenix.

The Cottage on The Border is a tale of murder, mystery, intrigue, familial despair, heartbreak, and spiritual resurrection.



Markus pushed a chair to the cupboard to fetch a glass for his mother. Dragging the chair to the sink, he managed to fill it from the tap. His eyes big with worry, he handed the drink to his mother. Isobel’s teeth clattered against the glass; her bald head looked small on her long neck. After all the shouting and yelling, silence seemed to finally sink in, but it was only a semblance of peace.

“Mummy,” Markus suddenly shrieked. “The barn is burning.”

With hardly the power to stand, Isobel got to her feet and went to the window. Flames were coming out of the thatched roof. Somewhere she found the Herculean power to run upstairs and haul down a brown chest.

“Run, Markus,” she ordered, and together they made their way out the front door.

Flames were licking their way around the main house already. Mother and son stood on the lawn, watching their beloved farmhouse fall to ruins. No one came to help while beasts and every stick of furniture were swallowed by the mad fire. With all else that died in that fire, something also died in five-year-old Markus, there and then. Something with no name but years later would be identified as a numb hatred, carved deeply, permanently, into his soul.

I can't even start as to what this book left me feeling.  The characters the plot, the realistic feeling of it all.  The emotions the entire book will have you drawn in from the beginning.  There's not one page that won't have you intrigued...  Absolutely loved this book!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Hannah Warren was born in Paris (Fr.) in 1956 as a second child to a Dutch father and an English mother. She has lived in The Netherlands almost all her life but maintains strong ties with her own favourite triangle: France, UK and Holland.

Hannah studied Dutch literature and Mass Communication at the University of Amsterdam and later obtained a B.A. in English Literature and Language and a B.A. in Translation from Rotterdam University. After having been a lecturer and a translator for many years, she now works as a staff member at the International Office of HZ University of Applied Sciences in Vlissingen.

Her free-time is taken up by writing fiction and doing Yoga. She also likes going on long hikes while listening to audiobooks. After having been a single mum for nearly two decades, her three children have flown the nest. The great sadness that befell Hannah in March 2014 was the loss of her eldest child, daughter Joy, who died after an intense two-year struggle against bile duct cancer. Currently her second child, son Ivor, is fighting a brain tumour. Her whole life and the future of her children (-in-law) is totally upside down. Writing fiction is Hannah’s main outlet in her grief.

From the age of 8, Ms Warren has written poetry, novels and short stories but it took her over 50 years to become a published author. In the past four years she signed with two small Indie publishing houses, who released Hannah’s first two novels, a literary romance and a suspenseful family saga.  She is currently writing the sequel to the second book and also a five-book series about five generations of daughters between 1876 and 2015. Hannah found her niche in writing fictional stories about strong women who lead challenging lives.

Hannah is very happy to have been accepted by the Irish publishing house Tirgearr Publishing in March 2015. On 22 May Tirgearr published Hannah’s two earlier published books Casablanca, My Heart and The Cottage on The Border, first book in The Jenna Kroon Series.


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