• The Wind Chime

  • Timeshift Victorian, Book 1
  • By: Alexandra Walsh
  • Narrated by: Emma Gregory
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A timeshift mystery. Perfect for fans of Sarah Burton, Stacey Halls, Jessie Burton and Kate Mosse.

Every family has their secrets....

Windsor, England, 2019

Amelia Prentice is recovering from the worst two years of her life. First her daughter and then her parents have died, leaving her without any surviving relatives. As she gets ready to put the family home, a vast Victorian house in Windsor, on the market, she fulfils her mother’s last request to clear out the attic, and she discovers a strange box of Victorian photographs.

The photographs are of a large estate in Pembrokeshire called Cliffside, and they feature the Attwater family. When Amelia uncovers the diaries of Osyth Attwater, she realises the family had tragedies of their own....

Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1883

Every summer the Attwater family gather at Cliffside to tell each other stories. The youngest in the house is Osyth, a dreamer and writer who waits eagerly every year for the wind chime in the garden to signal the arrival of her relatives. But her happiness is shattered when she overhears a conversation that tears her world apart.

Raised by her grandparents, she believed her mother, Eudora, had died. But it seems that may not be the case. Desperate to find out the truth, Osyth decides to unravel her family’s secrets. But what she discovers will shock her to her core....

What did Amelia’s mother want her to find out about the Attwater family? Who is Eudora, and what really happened to her?

And how is Amelia connected to it all?

The Wind Chime is an enthralling timeshift novel set between the Victorian era and the modern day: past and present entwine to create a thrilling, pause-resisting historical mystery.

©2021 Alexandra Walsh (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Silver chimes and coral shells haunting past and present in this beautifully written novel containing echoes of Welsh fairy lore along with Victorian asylums, and a travelling circus. It's gripping with unforgettable characters." (Carol McGrath)

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More Twists than a High Mountain Road

It all begins so simply, with a mother's last request to her adult daughter....please empty the boxes in the attic before you prep the house for sale. In the boxes are, among other things, inexplicable photos. Curiosity stimulated, the daughter begins a winding, twisting journey that grows more complex with every chapter. This is not a who-done-it, though there are aspects of that at play. Nor is it a "gothic" novel, but it shares many aspects of that genre. This is a brilliantly put together story of life, and lives, as they are lived by characters so real you may wish that some of them were part of your own family. You will also be happy some of them are not! However, you may expect to remember to them all, and their stories, long after you have closed the book.

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Captivating Story

This story was so captivating that I finished it in 2 days. I look forward to listening to other works by Alexandra Walsh.

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Best, most realistic book I’ve ever read…

I LOVE reading & books, especially the time shift historical mystery or paranormal ones, & there is not nearly enough of them! I’ve read quite a few good ones, but none have come close to The Wind Chime. I could spend all day talking about why! However, for brevity, I’ll just say this…the characters were vividly real in my mind, EVERY one of them. I felt like I knew them. Admittedly, I wished I was a part of this family! The tragedies were real. The laughter & love was real. The story & how the 2 times connected were real. I cried w sadness, relief, & happiness all in this one story. I didn’t want it to end. I’ll never forget this book, ever. Alexandra Walsh did SUCH an amazing job & wow, how she even looked into & connected it to her OWN family tree! It was just perfect in every way! Including the narration by Emma Gregory. I’d recommend this to anyone, anytime Enjoy!

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The Wind Chime is magical

The story caught my interest from the onset. A story of mystery, mystique, meetings and sadness, awakenings and happiness is well worth the time reading or listening. I am interested in my own genealogy and the journey of discovery in the story paralleled my own research. The author writes with sensitivity and the tale is told
by Emma Gregory who renders a magical interpretation of this wonderful story by Alexandra Walsh. I look forward to the next book!

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The ‘ol family tree

First time author for me. I like wind chimes so the title is what first caught my eye. Then I study my own family tree so there was that. Throw in the tomeshift and you have the makings of a story that I would like.

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A Bit of a Slog

Enjoyable story. About halfway through the book I found myself fast forwarding through the Osyth parts. The "baby talk" was too much.

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Yawn... Waste of a Credit

An absolute bunch of loosely connected drivel. Should have trusted my instincts and returned the book when I had that inclination early on. Instead I wasted another bunch of hours I'll never get back...

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Wonderful book!

I was drawn in immediately with the ancestry. The author did a fantastic job connecting the present with the past. I found myself holding my breath in anticipation at times wondering what would happen next.

I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in family history and the unseen ties that bind family together.

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  • Mark Coates
  • 01-29-22

I love this book

This is probably one of the best books I have listened to on audible. The story is very well written and researched. I loved all the historical details that were included and the fact the book flips back and forth in time. There were lots of plots twists. The narrator was brilliant too. Sometimes a poor narrator could spoil a book like this, but this is recorded very well. thanks 😊

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  • Darran
  • 04-07-22

Wonderfully enchanting.

Amazing, such a fabulous book. Enchanting, sad, happy, exciting. Epilogue was also capturing, excellent.

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  • Freda Lowe
  • 03-13-22

Slow to start, but gradually draws you in…

I loved the narrators pace and tone and the varieties of character & accent. Having said that her high-pitched voice for Ossis did grate on me.

That it was back & forth in time made it two stories for the price of one, therefore there was a measure of repetition. But not so much as to become irritating.

I think this book will appeal to many as it can be described in a number of ways. It is a mystery that unravels slowly with some thrills, some romance, some history, some social comment.

I thought it well researched & well written. I am happy to recommend it by saying I enjoyed it very much & will look for more by this author.

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  • Pamela B
  • 03-09-22

Absolutely beautiful

This is my first review I’ve ever done after having audible for years,
This book is absolutely beautiful, I couldn’t stop listening and the story is just enchanting and fascinating too!
I recommend reading/listening to this and the reader does it so much justice brining the characters to life!

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  • Ms S Galsworthy
  • 06-08-22

lovely story to get lost in

this was a great story to get lost in after a stressful day - full or mystery , folklore and a sprinking of magic - once you get the vast array of character straight in your head it sweeps you along.

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  • Tilly Cat
  • 05-03-22

Terrible!!!! Ridiculous and sickly

This is probably the worst book I've listened to on audible. I persevered as far as I could but finally admitted defeat a few chapters from the end.

The narrator reads in a nauseating sweet and sickly tone - she's not helped at all by the writer's awful flowery language. The constant use of 'darling' by the characters was cringy.

What more can I say? The story was ridiculous. Lunatic asylums, saintly circus folk, an accomplice of Jack the Ripper - it was all thrown in and made no sense.

I loathed most of the characters. Amelia was sickeningly perfect and I couldn't care at all she'd suffered tragedies.

The sense of time was totally unbelievable. In no way did it seem like the 1880's in the victorian sections of the book.

Just terrible. Avoid this book. I will never go near anything by this writer or narrator again.

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  • Amanda
  • 05-01-22

Entertaining read

I listened to this whilst doing some wallpapering and was disappointed when it finished.

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  • Linda Lloyd
  • 04-20-22

A very good read.

Loved the story and the narrator brought it to life - a great way to spend a few hours, thank you.

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  • Stuart A. McIntosh
  • 03-31-22

Back in a loving embrace

A couple of years ago I devoured Alexandra Walsh's then trilogy and recommended it to everyone so I could later discuss it with them. Now I'm back in that loving embrace of her story telling read to me by the fabulous Emma Gregory. This is a stand alone intriguing Victorian mystery that's worth your attention.

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  • 03-06-22

wonderful

when I first started listening to this story I can say I wasn't instantly hooked but but I soon was.
romantic, gripping and a little scary.
I also loved the story behind the story at the end.
I will be following this author too. thank you for writing it xxx