Book Excerpt- The Assembly Room by Bryony Allen
It took a lot of leverage with a screwdriver that Matt had left on the mantelpiece, and even more elbow grease to release the wood. “This has been here for a long time,” muttered Rosie as she cursed the cat. “I’m not even sure what it has been sealed with.”
When it came away suddenly, both mother and daughter wished it had stayed put. They fell backwards onto the floor, coughing, spluttering and choking. At least a couple of hundred years worth of dust and debris from the chimney floated through the air seeking a surface to cover. Snowdrop chose that moment to run howling from the room.
The true horror came when the dust cloud settled and the Stearne women had wiped the grit and soot from their eyes. Most of the rubble in the fireplace lay relatively flat but just away from the centre was a raised heap. It looked as though there was something beneath it. Rosie and Merryn began to move aside the bricks and debris, sweeping away the soot with their bare hands.
“Mum, I can feel something.” With the care of an archaeologist, Merryn continued excavating until the object was revealed. Without realising what she was holding, she picked it up and held it out in proud display. Then she looked, she realised, she dropped it and she screamed. Rosie did not scream but she looked on in horror.
Blurb: The Assembly Room by Bryony Allen
The ghosts of The Assembly Room have been waiting for someone to unlock their secrets, and Merryn Stearne has arrived.
For 14 year old Merryn, the future should have been perfect – a new home in the idyllic Suffolk countryside and romance with the gorgeous boy next door, Jamie. If only the past would stop interfering with the present.
Dreams of medieval witchcraft trails become terrifyingly real and Merryn realises there is a mystery to be solved. With Jamie's help, she uncovers the truth about her ancestor's role in the Suffolk witch hunts of 1645.
But can they stop the curse that threatens to ruin the Stearne family once again, or are the forces of the past too strong?
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