Book Review

The Girl in the White Dress – Blog Tour



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The Girl in the White Dress is quite simply unforgettable and unputdownable. It is based on true story . 
Every Family has secrets. 
Imagine discovering you were guilty of something you can’t remember. 
1974 A family from London take a trip of a lifetime to the Caribbean aboard the cruise liner Oriana. 
2005 The Peak District. Following the death of his wife , Paul finds a menu card from the Oriana covered in personal messages from the ghosts of his childhood.
One particular address catches his eye , and memories are stirred as he begins to dream about a girl in a white dress.Gradually with his mothers help he starts to unravel the identity of a long forgotten childhood sweetheart, and the disturbing truth about an incident that took place in their cabin.
Something that would implicate his whole family, a Pandoras box of lies and deceit. Paul never saw the girl again after the cruise . 
Their shared guilt had remained hidden for 30 years. 
That was until today… 
It is a remarkable true story about loss and grief, and one persons quest for the truth. Sometimes in life things happen to us that are beyond our control; you don’t need to believe in ghosts or the supernatural, just believe in the Universe and the threads of random chance that link us all together.

Book Details
Paperback: 248 pages
Publisher: Independently published (13 Feb. 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 979-8606558872
Amazon Link

My Review

Today I’m happy to say I’ve reviewed a sort of book I hadn’t really read before! It was a mystery of sorts but it was different, a bit unique really!

For some reason Paul has a blank spot in his memories where the family cruise of 1974 is concerned, but, upon finding an old menu card from it causes something to stir in his mind.

It’s a story of loves, old and new, romantic and parental, and all added with a dash of mystery.

Paul realizes that things are not all what they seem. There are a lot of coincidences suddenly popping up in his life after finding the menu card.

I really enjoyed the fact that Paul was a single father and my favorite parts of the book concerned him and his daughter.

The length was perfect and I think that if it went on any longer that it would have been unfeasible for the unique plot.

Though there were elements I enjoyed, it was a bit of a disjointed story, perhaps the result of having so many threads in the plot.

At times I thought there was a lot of unnecessary threads and that hurt the plot more than helped it and overall I don’t know that this was a book for me, but I am supremely happy to have read it and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to those that I think would enjoy it! It’s a fun easy read, and a bit different than what I normally read.

Thank you to Anne and the Author for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion!



About the Author

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Paul Barrell is a keen sportsman, and has skied all over the world. He is a serial entrepreneur and has owned restaurants, wine companies and is passionate about food and wine. He came to writing later than most,  and writes about real events and people that have shaped his life. His first book Postcards from Pimlico is currently being turned into a screenplay for TV. He now lives in the Surrey Hills with his wife and rescue dog Lottie.

Author Links

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A Caffeinated Reader and Musician, destined to write lacklustre book reviews with the over-ample amount of free time.

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