A Phantom of Delight

A Phantom of Delight by Chris CloakeThis is two stories in one, both tied to the garden at Hambleside and the dramatic events that unfold over the course of ninety years.

Maria keeps a journal that records her epic struggle for survival in a world dominated by men and the two wars they waged.

Violent forces are unleashed that threaten to destroy her existence and take away the people she loves. Only the image of her mother, who she lost at birth, and the garden her parents created seem to offer the strength to help.

Chuck, a distant relative from Canada, arrives having inherited Hambleside. His own life has broken down and he discovers, through Maria’s incredible story, a mirror to his own despair and the challenges lying in wait…

Will the heavy history of Hambleside and the many dark secrets of the past allow him the chance of a new beginning?


A thoroughly enjoyable novel, Held my interest from start to finish. Well researched and well constructed. – Pat Cavill (Goodreads Review)

This was a truly enjoyable read. It was a little longer than I was expecting but never did I feel like it dragged on. The story line flipped back and forth from two time periods while bringing forth the connections. There were parts that were so tragic and sad but there was also joy. It was well written and definitely worth the time to read. – Amazon Customer

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