by Anne Britting Oleson
Publication date: September 2017
Six years ago, Gwynn Forest’s husband Richard committed suicide. After that, she struggled to keep things together, emotionally, mentally, and financially. Then three fortuitous things happened: she sold the family construction company; she inherited a seaside cottage from an elderly English great-aunt whom she had never met, and she was offered a job on spec, illustrating a book for a friend. Thus, a new start in a new place. Once ensconced in Gull Cottage, she begins to learn disturbing things about her great-aunt and her new home. The cottage itself seems unwelcoming, perhaps haunted by the imprint of a sad and lonely old woman, with peculiar noises, strange happenings, and a back garden full of untamable brambles, no matter how much they are cut back.
Gwynn doesn’t believe in ghosts—until the disturbing occurrences at Gull Cottage change her mind. Gwynn doesn’t believe in herself—until, with no one else to turn to she has to rely on her own inner resources to confront the mysteries of Gull Cottage.
Why we signed Dovecote . . .
“Anne Britting Oleson takes her downeast poetic style to the English countryside. Interesting narrative, backstory and mystery of the English house. Historical aspect of traditional courtship, family obligations affecting generations. Nicely written, held our attention. Slight suspense mixed with paranormal and deceit.”
Praise for the Oleson’s The Book of the Mandolin Player . . .
“The Book of the Mandolin Player is deeply affecting on so many levels that it is difficult to shake the story from the mind. Anne Britting Oleson’s soft touch and strong storytelling make this an exceptional debut novel.” — Frank O Smith, Review, Portland Press Herald
About the Author . . .
Anne Britting Oleson lives in the mountains of central Maine with her family. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, The Church of St. Materiana (Moon Pie Press, 2007), The Beauty of It (Sheltering Pines Press, 2010), and Planes and Trains and Automobiles (Portent Press, forthcoming 2015) and the novel The Book of the Mandolin Player from Bedazzled Ink. She is a founding member of Simply Not Done, a women’s reading, writing, and teaching cooperative.