Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find…
Inspired by her famous ancestor and Barbara's interest in her own family tree, this epic new novel flew into the Sunday Times top ten. Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage, career and now the death of her father. She is now faced with the daunting task of clearing his house.
Hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her mother's possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the eighteenth century, Thomas Erskine.
As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins the navy, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death.
Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story, and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy's. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival – and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined.
Praise for the international bestselling author, Barbara Erskine:
`Sleeper's Castle is a haunting tale, confirming that Barbara Erskine remains the mistress of the time-slip novel' Acclaimed historian and novelist, Alison Weir
`Captivating . . . Beguiling ghosts that whisper to us from the past and seek to stamp their will upon the present' Richard and Judy bestseller, Rachel Hore
`Evocative and haunting, [I was] every bit as captivated as I was when I was swept away by Lady of Hay' Sunday Times bestselling author, Elizabeth Chadwick
`Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson' Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times
`Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times
`Marvellous escapist stuff' Woman and Home