#review #5stars A Ghost and His Gold, by Roberta Eaton Cheadle @RobertaEaton17 #blogtour #mystery #paranormal


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
Supernatural Historical
Stand-Alone Novel
Publisher TSL Publications (1/27/2021)
Number of Pages 264 pages
ISBN 9781914245039

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)

Poetry book:
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):
Dark Visions
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

Follow Roberta Eaton Cheadle at:

Website https://www.robbiecheadle.co.za/

Blog https://wordpress.com/view/robertawrites235681907.wordpress.com

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19631306.Roberta_Eaton_Cheadle

Twitter https://twitter.com/RobertaEaton17

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Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Roberta-Eaton-Cheadle/e/B08RSNJQZ5

Purchase Links – Paperback: https://tslbooks.uk/product/a-ghost-and-his-gold-roberta-eaton-cheadle/https://amzn.to/3sqtkBH

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56 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for the review, Didi! Sorry, for the late revisit. I am somehow feeling like the strawdog in the bookshop. Lol Robbie’a historical novels are always worth reading. You also learn a lot of history that you would otherwise have to laboriously search for together. Best wishes, Michael

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    1. HI Michael, thank you for your lovely comment, I really appreciate you support of my writing and books. Didi has written a wonderful review and I am really delighted that she enjoyed this book and its historical elements.

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      1. Thank you very much, Robbie! Always with a great pleasure, and also selfishness. Because i love your writing, even if i am once again slow in reading. I hope i will be able to force my reading speed. xx

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      2. HI Michael, we all have big lists of books we want to read. I have started using my audio book listening time for classics only as I learn so much from them and love them so much. I usually have a poetry book and a novel on the go at the same time.

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    2. Yes they are, very informative, I loved this book so much! Hope you’re well Micheal ❤

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      1. Thank you for recommending it, Didi! Yes, here its always the same. A little bit boring. Lol Be well, stay save, and enjoy the week! Michael

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      2. Thanks Micheal!! ❤

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  2. Pink Roses says:

    I love that cover. This book sounds like there’s a lot to it, and plenty of drama. Thanks for the review, Didi.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth, I am delighted you like the cover of this book. Didi has written an incredible review with lots of depth and detail. I am thrilled.

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    2. Thank you too, it’s a GREAT book ❤

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  3. Hi Didi, thank you for hosting my tour and for your incredible review. I am delighted that you enjoyed and appreciated the history in this novel. As it is set in South Africa, it is very close to my heart.

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    1. You did an amazing job. It’s an excellent story ❤

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  4. Awesome review Didi. I am also looking forward to sharing my thoughts about this awesome book from Robbie on the 9th!

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    1. Can’t wait to read your review! Such a great book 🤩

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      1. Yes, indeed. It’s coming soon. 🙂

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    2. Hi Marje, thank you, I appreciate your support of my tour.

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      1. My pleasure Robbie. Happy to help. 🙂

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  5. Wonderful review, congrats to Robbie! I’m reading A Ghost and His Gold now and am astounded by the amount of research entailed.

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    1. Impressive, right!? Such an informative and well polished novel 🤩

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      1. Thank you, Didi.

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    2. Hi Jacquie, this book was a labour of love but I learned new things about my country and this war so it was an amazing journey of discovery. I am very passionate about this history and I hope that comes through in my book.

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  6. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

    HAVE AT IT-!

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    1. Thank you, Jonathan. Much appreciated.

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  8. edwardky2 says:

    Reblogged this on Ed;s Site..

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Ed.

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  9. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Didi Oviatt shared a lovely and detailed review of A Ghost and His Gold as part of my recent Great Escapes virtual blog tour. Didi has a wide selection of lovely books so take a look around while you are there.

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    1. Thank you for the reblog Robbie! A ghost and His Gold is such an amazing book!! Congrats again 🙂

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      1. Thank you, Didi. I appreciate your review very much and I am delighted that you enjoyed this book.

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  10. Darlene says:

    A fabulous review!! I won a copy of this book and can´t wait for it to arrive. I love history and this has a paranormal twist which will make it even more fascinating. I agree, Robbie is a great writer.

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    1. You’re going to love it! You can just tell the research and love that went into the writing, it’s very impressive! I look forward to reading your review too 🙂

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  11. Great review! I’ve read this one. It’s a good book, and I learned so much about SA history.

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    1. So did I! So much attention to facts and details in the history! Robbie did an amazing job!


  12. Jim Borden says:

    what a wonderful review; I also enjoy reading Robbie’s blog…

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    1. I hope you give it a read Jim! It’s an extremely impressive book. I loved it!

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      1. Jim Borden says:

        what a great endorsement, Didi!

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  13. What a great review, Didi–and congrats to you, Robbie, for such a lift to the day. Sharing.

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    1. Thank you for reading and for the share! Robbie is an amazing writer, and this book truly showcases her talent 🙂

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      1. I haven’t read much about this era so I appreciate her insights.

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  14. Wouldn’t this book make a splendid movie?

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    1. YES YES YES! It most certainly would!

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  15. Carla says:

    Excellent review Didi, I also enjoyed this book a lot.

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    1. Isn’t it amazing! I’m very impressed with Robbie’s writing!

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  16. A big congratulations to Robbie for Didi’s fantastic review!

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    1. Thanks Liz! It’s an excellent book!

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      1. You’re welcome, Didi! It’s in my TBR pile.

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  17. Staci Troilo says:

    Great review. I’m sure Robbie’s thrilled to see such wonderful comments. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Didi.

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    1. Thank you for stopping in Stacyi! ❤🤩

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  18. Thanks for this mindful review, Didi. Congrats to Robbie. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Double hugs, Robbie is very talented ❤

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  19. Chris Hall says:

    A great review of a wonderful book, Didi! This a real winner, Robbie 🙂

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    1. Thanks Chris! It’s a great book! 😁

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