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Book set in Wales

A fun book set in Wales: In the Churchyard Spilled: Book one of the Llangynog Murders by Janet Newton. It is fiction but set in the real village of Llangynog and besides having an intriguing plot and interesting characters it includes some of the local mystical folklore. A great way to set the mood for a trip to Wales. I really enjoyed this story. Highly recommend!

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Wow, it's a brand new release and looks like the author's first book. Can I ask...without having you give any spoilers...if the "otherworldly" parts include time shifting back to a previous age?

Yes...I am a horribly picky reader and do not enjoy time shifts.

Do you have a hard copy or e-book? Just asking on this because I also can't tell if this is self-published? Sometimes the typesetting (not sure what you call it for an ebook) is weird on a self-pub book.

Thanks for the recommendation!

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Sounds interesting. I read a lot of Trisha Ashley fiction. She lives in Conwy though most of her novels are set in West Lancashire. "Leap of Faith" is set in southern Wales.

Also watched a couple of tv shows on Acorn set in Wales. "Keeping Faith" and "Hinterland".

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Jasper Ffordes' "Early Riser" is set entirely in Wales. Albeit a version of Wales that can only exist in the mid of Jasper Fforde. At least the geography mostly holds up.

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Cj-traveler..I love Trisha Ashley!! Didn’t really care for Leap of Faith even though it was in Wales. Like most of the Lancashire and Yorkshire ones.

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There's the old "How Green was My Valley". It was pretty popular. They made at least one Movie based on it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/How_Green_Was_My_Valley

How Green Was My Valley is a 1939 novel by Richard Llewellyn, narrated by Huw Morgan, the main character, about his Welsh family and the mining community in which they live. The author had claimed that he based the book on his own personal experiences but this was found to be untrue after his death; Llewellyn was English-born and spent little time in Wales, though he was of Welsh descent.[1] Llewellyn gathered material for the novel from conversations with local mining families in Gilfach Goch.[1]

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Hey Pam, glad to find another American fan of hers. Leap of Faith isn't my favorite either but I do want to travel to the area in the book. Several others much higher on my list like "Christmas Cracker", "Wish Upon a Star", "Little Tea Shop.." . Wish I'd read "Every Woman for Herself" first since it sort of starts it all off. Just finished her latest. Before covid I planned to download it and save for our planned trip to Europe. Since that's delayed at least a year I went ahead and read it. She'll just have to come up with another for next year.

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Cj, I wasn't as crazy about her latest book. I love Little Teashop, Winter's Tale and 12 Days of Christmas as well as Every Woman for Herself. Agree that's a good one to start with. I also enjoy Christmas Cracker, Creature Comforts, Chocolate Wishes and Christmas Invitation. Mr Rochester is cute but short but also helps to read before Teashop, lol. Whenever I want to feel soothed I read any of those! I prefer the story lines where the main character has a skill or talent.

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Thanks everyone for your recommendations! Pam, the mystical folklore in Churchyard Spilled does not involve time travel. I read a Kindle version. It's an easy read in spite of the murder that takes place. I found the setting and folklore charming and the characters are well developed. I felt like I knew them by the end of the book and I am looking forward to the next book.

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Thanks Lori! I'll give it a try!