Finishing the Second Book – Part 2 – 1st August 2012

What is Visions about?

Visions is a deeply moving saga, which moves around a cast of very different characters. In the first instance, the story is about one man’s quest to save his ancestral home from ruin. Westbourne House, based in an idyllic English village has been home to the aristocratic Barton-Wells family for five generations – James has invested his whole life turning the house and estate into something beautiful for all to enjoy. But the historic country hotel which has stood for 2 centuries, is now starting to show signs of deterioration.

James’ fear as to whether he can afford to restore it threatens his health. But his plight attracts the interest of an evil property developer from London, determined to get his hands on James’ home at any cost. Peregrine Hampton and his cold-hearted family, eventually devise a scheme to manipulate James in allowing them to handle the restoration – but only they know of their secret long term plan to take over the business and finally drive James’ family out.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the county, trainee architect and foreman, Charles Bailey is the mastermind behind a set of magnificent new houses commissioned by Perry’s company. But when planning law threatens to halt the development, the building company goes bankrupt. Perry tries in vain to head hunt Charlie for his exceptional skills, but when Charlie refuses to have anything more to do with him, he threatens to destroy him instead.

Charlie’s family are eventually forced into terrible poverty – which forces him to wonder just how far Perry may have gone to instigate his threat. He fears he has made a deadly enemy. Yet their circumstances eventually bring them into contact with a mysterious young woman, named Eleanor – who’s own tragic past has inspired her to help those who unwittingly find themselves the victims of sinister powers beyond their control.

Eleanor has own story to tell – and it is one of a terrible injustice which remains unsolved, through fear of the reprisal this may hold for her 12 year old son, Elijah.

Both the Barton-Wells and the Baileys soon discover a common enemy in the Hamptons, yet are united through their link with Eleanor. But when the full extent of the Hamptons’ evil is finally unleashed, Eleanor discovers she has stumbled across a lethal adversary – and one who links all their futures with her own dark past.

Can the Barton-Wells family ever hope to save their home from a rising tide of ruinous shenanigans? While the Baileys continue in their struggle from a life of destitution? And has Eleanor finally found others like herself, to reunite against the same secret enemies, who are about to threaten their lives a second time?

Same Face Different Place ‘Visions’ is centred around the uprising of a community determined to protect themselves against those who oppress them. This is the first sequel to ‘Beginnings’ – a dark tale which chronicles an act of wickedness – and continues with the enduring consequences of how the lives of both victors and victims are affected, when they meet again, 12 years on, in another location.

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About Helen J. Christmas

I am a budding author and have written the first 3 books of my British series of novels, 'Same Face Different Place. Beginnings is a suspense thriller set in the criminal underworld of 1970s London. The second Book 'Visions' is a psychological thriller, set in Kent - a mystery which ensnares the owners of an historic, English Country House. Book 3 Pleasures contains suspense, thrills and YA romance and the 4th book is being written.
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