MY REVIEW 5 STARS:
I’ve been following Roberta’s blog for some time now, and even read some of her work in a short story compilation – which I absolutely loved. One story in particular really stood out to me,, above all the others in the set even. Ever since then, Roberta has been on my to-read radar. When I read the blurb for this particular story by Ms. Cheadle I nearly jumped from my chair. It’s right up my ally, and I knew that I’d be in for a true masterpiece.
Sure enough, Roberta brought to life a one of a kind paranormal story that’s jam packed rich South African history. I learned a lot of extremely interesting facts about the wars that took place in South Africa in the late 1800’s and early 1900s. So much hardship plagued the people and lands – especially by the hands of the Khaki. These details are completely heart wrenching. Cheadle manages to shed light to such torturous events, all the while telling a very personal story of a family during this time and the spirits left on this earth to linger. Although this story is a work of fiction, the time-lines and historical facts weaved in are very well and respectfully written.
The timeline of the book as a whole jumps back and forth from 2019 to 1900(give and take a year).
In the present day; Michelle and Tom, a married couple on a night out with friends, decide to try summoning Ouija board for the sake of a good time. Had they had any clue as to the spirits it’d let loose, they would have surely steered clear! After a scary happening with the board, sprits appear to Michelle, one of which really has it out for Tom. She does unthinkable things to torture him, determined to kill him and Michelle both. As these events unfold, Michelle sinks her teeth into studies from what had happened to local farmers in history, determined to get to the bottom of what’s haunting her and her husband.
This is where Cheadle takes us back to the family destined for torture, death and trauma by the hands of South African war in 1900. A father fighting alongside British soldiers, a stubborn mother with skewed moral, and a daughter Estelle who carries the burden of caring for her sisters and farmwork all the while rape, murder, sickness and prison camps lay a mere step away at every corner. What this family goes through is impossible to even imagine. It’s no surprise that their restless spirits stick to the earth, just waiting for someone like Michelle and Tom to set them free.
As Michelle conducts her research, and Tom’s drinking spirals out of control, Estelle’s spirit wreaks havoc. Their love and marriage is tested, and secrets are uncovered both from the present and the past. This entire story is very well braided together. There’s an unmistakable authenticity in the writing. The book as a whole is rich with history, and the story line is absolutely unforgettable. 5 stars for me, and I’ll surely be reading more by Roberta soon!
A Ghost and His Gold
Publisher TSL Publications (1/27/2021)
Number of Pages 264 pages
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.
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About Robbie Eaton Cheadle
Robbie Cheadle has published nine books for children and one poetry book. She has branched into writing for adults and young adults and, in order to clearly separate her children’s books from her adult books, is writing for older readers under the name Roberta Eaton Cheadle.
Robbie Cheadle’s Sir Chocolate children’s picture books are written in sweet, short rhymes which are easy for young children to follow and are illustrated with pictures of delicious cakes and cake decorations. Each book also includes simple recipes or biscuit art directions that children can make under adult supervision. Her books for older children also incorporate recipes that are relevant to the storylines.
Roberta Eaton Cheadle’s supernatural stories combine fabulous paranormal elements with fascinating historical facts.
Children’s picture books – available as a square book and an A5 book (co-authored with Michael Cheadle):
Sir Chocolate and the strawberry cream story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the baby cookie monster story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the sugar dough bees story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Crystal Caves story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Fondant Five story and cookbook
Sir Chocolate and the Ice Cream Rainbow Fairies story and cookbook
Middle school books:
Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town (includes five fun party cake ideas)
While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with Elsie Hancy Eaton)
Open a new door (co-authored with Kim Blades)
Supernatural fantasy YA novel:
Through the Nethergate
Supernatural historical adult novel:
A Ghost and His Gold
Horror Anthologies (edited by Dan Alatorre):
Wings & Fire
Paranormal Anthologies (edited by Kaye Lynne Booth):
Spirits of the West
Whispers of the Past
Murder mystery Anthology (edited by Stephen Bentley)
Death Among Us
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Purchase Links – Paperback: https://tslbooks.uk/product/a-ghost-and-his-gold-roberta-eaton-cheadle/ – https://amzn.to/3sqtkBH
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