A Most Unusual Charm is the first in the ‘Barrecombe’ series. It begins in the seventeenth century in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, when a mother’s love for her young daughter, causes her, in a moment of distraction, to let go of her hand. The consequence of the girl’s disappearance sets up a chain of events destined to be played out, again and again through the ages, as history repeats itself.
The story follows the journey of a silver bracelet, with a ten-pointed star charm, as it travels from the city of Istanbul to a small medieval manor, Barrecombe Hall, on the coast of Dorset, England.
Those who come to possess the bracelet, either bask in its magic or cannot escape its curse, depending on how the bracelet came into their ownership: by right or by stealth. Those who become merely caretakers learn nothing of the bracelet’s benevolent or deadly charm.
The story begins when a servant girl escapes from certain death, with the bracelet, thinking it was hers to take…..
A Most Unusual Charm ends in the early twentieth century, when a mother, out of love for her dying daughter, makes her a promise – one she knows will be impossible to keep.
The second book in the series, A Most Unusual Gift, continues in the twenty first century, when a dying mother, gives her daughter the silver bracelet with a ten-pointed star charm …..