This week’s Teaser Tuesday comes from An Inventory of Heaven by Jane Feaver. The cover and the blurb both attracted me to this story, which I’m now about halfway through. I am finding it a very slow-building story – more on the reflective side. Here’s the teaser:

It was a picture from before I was born, from the fairy tale that was my mother’s marriage. Fairy tale! How quickly I betrayed her. As if I had never spun gold from straw.

Here’s the blurb:

An Inventory of HeavenBy turns chilling and poignant, An Inventory of Heaven is a lyrical and intimate meditation on the things we hold onto in life and how, in the end, we can try to let them go. As a young woman, Mavis Gaunt leaves post-war London to make a new life for herself in rural Devon, where she spent a few blissful months of her childhood as an evacuee. Living alone in the verdant hamlet of Shipleigh, she believes she’s found a heaven on earth – until a violent tragedy brings trouble to paradise, and turns Mavis’s idyllic solitude into a tormented, guarded isolation. Decades later, the arrival of a newcomer to the village forces Mavis to make a final reckoning: should she take her horrible secret to the grave? Or, should she summon up her ghosts and, in doing so, lay them to rest? An Inventory of Heaven is a lyrical and intimate meditation on the rural life, falling in love and the long passing of time.

What do you think? Sound like something you’d read?


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



Monique Mulligan

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