The Moon Spun Round

After suffering from a deep betrayal, Sally Lavender is drawn to Hallowfield, a sleepy little village on the borders of Suffolk which has a dark history of persecution and murder. Seeking solace and a place to heal, Sally finds her surroundings eerliy familiar and she feels a strong connection to five women she befriends. As the moon turns, Sally discovers how strong the ties are that bind her to Hallowfield and her five protective friends, and, when one of the five is brutally murdered, those ties demand retribution.
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The Moon Spun Round

By Elenor Gill

ISBN13: 9781869506810

RRP $34.99

Synopsis

After suffering from a deep betrayal, Sally Lavender is drawn to Hallowfield, a sleepy little village on the borders of Suffolk which has a dark history of persecution and murder.

Seeking solace and a place to heal, Sally finds her surroundings eerliy familiar and she feels a strong connection to five women she befriends.

As the moon turns, Sally discovers how strong the ties are that bind her to Hallowfield and her five protective friends, and, when one of the five is brutally murdered, those ties demand retribution.

Power can take shapes in many different forms, and in the moonlight a small grey cat casts a long shadow in this gripping tale of love, hate and envy.

Before beginning work on The Moon Spun Round, Elenor Gill had long been aware of the history of the religious persecution of those who chose to follow the Goddess religions.

Elenor says, "Despite the progress made over the past thirty years, abuse of women continues within our society and, whilst addressing physical, mental and social abuse, we must recognise that there have been centuries of deeply-rooted spiritual abuse."

Many years ago Elenor had the privilege of holding the grimoire of Ann Turner.  Ann is believed to be the last woman in England to be accused of witchcraft and killed as a consequence.  Her handwritten book of "spells" contained simple herbal remedies that are not found in any modern health shop.

Elenor says, "Initially I felt a personal need to speak out for Ann Turner and all of the women who have suffered because they live according to their inner wisdom and knowledge.  However, in the process of working with the characters in The Moon Spun Round, I began to move from an intellectual understanding to a personal awakening."

The Moon Spun Round is a story of ordinary women living ordinary lives, yet being able to call on the most extraordinary personal power.  As one of Elenor's characters says, "We need our Goddess.  She's been denied to us for so long that we've forgotten who we are."

"The Moon Spun Round is intended to be, first and foremost, an entertainment.  However, I hope that, for some readers, it may also speak at another level." - Elenor Gill.

About the Author

Elenor Gill was born in England, and now lives and writes in Gisborne.  She worked as an occupational therapist for 25 years and is an accomplished Celtic musician with a lifetime interest in folk music and the paranormal.  This is her third novel, her earlier books, In the Shadow of Trees and Miriam's Talisman, have been published to critical acclaim.

Review

Entertaining?  Yes!  Gripping?  I could barely put it down!!  Thought provoking?  Absolutely!!!  From beginning to end, I was captivated by this tale of heartache, friendship, self-discovery and empowerment.

The Moon Spun Round seamlessly asserted itself as my daily food for the soul - a perfect way to unwind at the end of a busy day.

Elenor Gill draws the reader in with her descriptive narrative and powerful characters we can all relate to.  Their stories remind us of just how far society has come but warns that we're not quite there yet.

The Moon Spun Round has reaffirmed my belief that we all have the strength to stand up for what we believe in and to make changes in our lives that allow us to remain true to ourselves.

 

Reviewed by: Franciska

 

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