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On the Edge of Wild Water

Wordcatcher Publishing




In the glass, reflected light reared like a burning ship. Whispered words, with the urgency of intercession, opened a laceration in her brain. On the livid tissues behind were drawn the cramped dimensions of a dark, musty room

In extremis, the future will feed on the past

Bethan is in the grip of a serious eating disorder. Taken to her late grandmothers cottage in West Wales in a last-ditch attempt to tackle her illness, there she is beset by unsettling visions. History and place exert a powerful hold on her fragile sense of self. 

Driven on by the revelations of a Victorian ministers journal, her vivid psychic connection with a troubled boy and the ambivalent, enigmatic sway of the visitant Lydia, Bethan is plunged into a one hundred and sixty year-old tragedy as the material world and the voices of the dead collide.

The force of a past not yet assuaged is unleashed, compelling Bethan and her parents to confront a seemingly unstoppable catastrophe of their own.

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Ms D from Amazon. This is a gripping and evocative read with its roots firmly tethered in rural Wales. The strong storyline is peopled with vivid characters that weave between past and present in an atmosphere of brooding suspense. Teenage Bethan is taken to a remote Welsh cottage to help combat anorexia but history and long dead lives begin to seep through into the present. In this place, the past can’t let go. If you enjoy a good story tinged with the supernatural I’d highly recommend this book.

Ada from Amazon. A compelling read. I very quickly became immersed in the different worlds that Bethan was inhabiting (or enduring) and the writer's skill with events and timings meant that they didn't become confused. I loved the vivid descriptions of the countryside and flora, which brought the area to life and as I was previously unaware of the Rebecca Riots it was good to be enlightened with credible personal narratives of those involved. The dramatic events carry you along, whilst I often paused and reread passages to enjoy the richness of language, and the Welsh phrases - plus translations - enhanced this. I am eagerly looking forward to reading the next book in the Quintet.

Amazon Customer from Amazon. On the sort of cold, grey days we have had recently, there really is nothing else to do but curl up on the sofa and lose yourself in a good book - and this is just the book! Beautifully written, the author is a real master at bringing characters to life, evoking atmosphere and place and creating the tension of two time periods colliding! I really didn't want to put it down and towards the end, as the storm built and the flood water rose, I had to keep reading to find out whether all would be resolved for those who needed closure! This is a first novel not to be missed - I can't wait to read the next one!

B Bennett from Amazon. This book captivated me from the very start. I fell very easily into Bethan's world of darkness and light. She is a young girl who desperately wants to understand both her condition (severe anorexia) but also the past into which she is frequently drawn. James Morgan-Jones has an incredible gift. He has the ability to capture the Reader, to involve you, to want you to understand because you care. This book is highly charged with emotion, dark places, mysteries of the past and historic facts which makes it even more compelling to read. I've read it twice now and eagerly await the next book. I very highly recommend it. BB

Annie Lewis from Amazon. From the moment you open this book you are taken into two different worlds which collide magically. The first is a modern family facing problems which will touch many, the second is a harsh reminder of the struggles our ancestors faced, not so many years ago, just to keep food on the table and avoid the workhouse. The characters are so real and the back story of each of their lives so interesting that I just didn't want it to end. Having said that, I don't remember the last time I read a book so quickly - even into the wee small hours! This book is a 'must read' for everyone from early teens upwards - beautifully written, I was transported immediately. I am so glad it is part of a quintet!

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