The story is compelling, twisty, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking. A novel that stays with you' Sophie Kinsella Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Kathryn Hughes, this gripping novel of long-buried secrets will stay with you for ever.
Author: Emily Gunnis
Publisher: Hachette UK
'A great book, truly hard to put down. Fast paced, brilliantly plotted and desperately sad at times - all hallmarks of a bestseller' Lesley Pearse on The Girl in the Letter 'I was gripped by The Girl in the Letter. The story is compelling, twisty, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking. A novel that stays with you' Sophie Kinsella Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Kathryn Hughes, this gripping novel of long-buried secrets will stay with you for ever. A heartbreaking letter. A girl locked away. A mystery to be solved. 1956. When Ivy Jenkins falls pregnant she is sent in disgrace to St Margaret's, a dark, brooding house for unmarried mothers. Her baby is adopted against her will. Ivy will never leave. Present day. Samantha Harper is a journalist desperate for a break. When she stumbles on a letter from the past, the contents shock and move her. The letter is from a young mother, begging to be rescued from St Margaret's. Before it is too late. Sam is pulled into the tragic story and discovers a spate of unexplained deaths surrounding the woman and her child. With St Margaret's set for demolition, Sam has only hours to piece together a sixty-year-old mystery before the truth, which lies disturbingly close to home, is lost for ever... Read her letter. Remember her story... 'What a heartfelt emotional story, made even more so because it's based on a shocking truth. I raced through it, involved, moved and gripped' Fanny Blake
"I was gripped by The Girl in the Letter. The story is compelling, twisty, heart-wrenching and thought-provoking.
Author: Emily Gunnis
Read her letter. Remember her story... Gripping. Mesmerising. Haunting. Heart-breaking. Once you've heard her story, you will never forget The Girl in the Letter. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore and Kathryn Hughes, this page-turning, moving novel of separation and long-buried secrets will stay with you for ever. In the winter of 1956 pregnant young Ivy is sent in disgrace to St Margaret's, a home for unmarried mothers in the south of England, run by nuns, to have her child. Her baby daughter is adopted. Ivy will never leave. Sixty years later, journalist Samantha stumbles upon a series of letters from Ivy to her lover, pleading with him to rescue her from St Margaret's before it is too late. As Sam pieces together Ivy's tragic story, terrible secrets about St Margaret's dark past begin to emerge. What happened to Ivy, to her baby, and to the hundreds of children born in the home? What links a number of mysterious, sudden deaths in the area? And why are those who once worked at St Margaret's so keen that the truth should never be told? As Sam unpicks the sinister web of lies surrounding St Margaret's, she also looks deep within - to confront some unwelcome truths of her own...
This book is so good!’ Goodreads reviewer **** ‘Invisible Girl is an engrossing story that is very emotional and well written. This book is a must read this year.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Absolutely brilliant!
Author: Jill Childs
A heartbreaking story of family secrets from the USA Today bestselling author of Gracie’s Secret. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain. I know you. I know you in a way you can’t even imagine. I have been searching for you in the years since you wrote that letter – the letter that told me you were looking for me too. But now that I’ve found you, I don’t know if I can tell you the truth of what happened. It would ruin your perfect life. It would risk your beautiful daughter. So, I watch and I wait – longing to protect you from what’s to come. This morning, you’re running late and your little girl, tugged by the hand, scurries to keep up with you. She’s clean but a little scrawny. Maybe that’s because you struggle with the bills; maybe she’s just made that way. I know what it is to have lost a precious child. I pray you never learn how that feels. But try as I might to shield you, I can’t hold back the past forever… when I finally tell my secret, will it break you like it did me all those years ago? Readers absolutely adore Jill Childs... ***** ‘Wow! There is no other word for this book. It is emotional and thrilling and just plain amazing! I cannot wait to read more of the writer's books in the future!’ Goodreads reviewer ***** ‘Absolutely brilliant, brilliant and brilliant, didn't think Jill could “do it again” after reading Gracie's Secret but how wrong could I be? Loved everything about this book.’ Goodreads reviewer ***** ‘WOW… this book was just beautifully written throughout and had you gripped from the first few pages…. I just loved this book and the last few chapters will keep on your toes.’ Goodreads Reviewer ***** ‘The characters are flawed but show great emotion… The author has tremendous insight into the mind of a young child…, If you like domestic thrillers, emotion-packed drama, and a gripping storyline this book is definitely for you.’ Waggy Tales Dog Blog ***** ‘Wow. What a great book. Held my attention from the first page to the very last page. I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day. Tugged at my heart… This is my first by this author but after reading this it won't be my last.’ Goodreads reviewer ***** ‘Invisible Girl is an absolutely brilliant emotional roller-coaster of a novel, beautifully written with sensitivity and compassion…. The final chapters were so touching I was close to tears and I didn’t want it to end. Thank you, Jill, for producing such a delightful and heart-warming novel, it will stay in my thoughts for a long time.’ Netgalley reviewer ***** ‘This book was so amazing. It was thought provoking and wonderfully well written…This book makes you think and gives you so many feelings. I will spend many days thinking about this book and what I can do! This book is so good!’ Goodreads reviewer **** ‘Invisible Girl is an engrossing story that is very emotional and well written. This book is a must read this year.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Absolutely brilliant! A poignant, touching and thrilling take from an amazing writer. Tense and pacy, and yet written with heart. A truly stunning tale.’ Renita D’Silva ‘I really enjoyed this book, staying up late into the night to finish it in one sitting. gripping and twisty and with an ending you don't see coming. This is the first of Jill Childs books I have read, but it definitely won’t be the last.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘I'm a huge fan of Jill Child's books. I really enjoyed this book and I couldn't put it down… I wasn't expecting the ending at all. I thought I had figured it out but I didn't… the twists and turns were very good.' Goodreads reviewer
Kathryn Hughes delves deeply into the heart and soul of her characters, making them totally relatable...like friends you really care for. My addiction to this novel was total and uncompromising *****' 'Wonderful!
Author: Kathryn Hughes
Publisher: Hachette UK
** PRE-ORDER THE MEMORY BOX, THE NEW NOVEL FROM KATHRYN HUGHES ** *** Winner Book of the Year in Prima magazine Big Book Awards 2019 **** 'Storytelling at its finest with characters that come alive and a plot that dances with intrigue. An absolutely first-class read that does not disappoint' Prima 'A gripping read' Woman & Home A beautiful, page-turning and heartwrenching story of how hope can blossom in the ruins of tragedy and of the redeeming power of love. From No. 1 bestselling author of The Letter Kathryn Hughes. Tara Richards was just a girl when she lost her mother. Years later when Tara receives a letter from a London solicitor its contents shake her to the core. Someone has left her a key to a safe deposit box. In the box lies an object that will change everything Tara thought she knew and lead her on a journey to deepest Spain in search of the answers that have haunted her for forty years. Violet Skye regrets her decision to travel abroad leaving her young daughter behind. As the sun dips below the mountains, she reminds herself she is doing this for their future. Tonight, 4th June 1978, will be the start of a new life for them. This night will indeed change Violet's destiny, in the most unexpected of ways... Just some of the five-star reviews from real readers for Her Last Promise... 'Hope rises from despair and new beginnings are forged in the most extraordinary and unexpected way. Kathryn Hughes delves deeply into the heart and soul of her characters, making them totally relatable...like friends you really care for. My addiction to this novel was total and uncompromising *****' 'Wonderful! First book I have read by Kathryn Hughes and will now read her previous stories. I loved it *****' 'Another great story from Kathryn Hughes *****' 'As always, a lovely story by Kathryn Hughes *****' 'I really enjoyed this book, especially the nostalgic 1970's descriptions *****''
I am now looking for Ms Dickson's backlist, as she is a new author to me.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I became totally invested in this story almost immediately. I know that I will read this book again.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
Author: Shirley Dickson
‘I just couldn't put this one down. I loved every page and I went through an entire box of tissues before I was done. You will keep turning the pages until the very end because you just won't be able to put it down at all.’ Crossroad Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An utterly heartbreaking tale of two young girls, worlds apart, who are thrown together when they have lost everything. Fans of Wives of War, Before We Were Yours and Diney Costeloe will absolutely love this poignant and moving World War Two novel. Germany, 1939: Eleven-year-old Frieda is boarding a ship bound for England with her little brother, Kurt. Life at home is perilous, with synagogues set alight and innocent lives lost to the Nazis, and they have no choice but to flee. But as Frieda stands on the deck crammed with frightened children, her brother jumps off, back to land. England, 1939: After a devastating childhood at Blakely Hall Orphanage, seventeen-year-old Sandra longs to put her past behind her. But when war breaks out and her brother Alf is sent to fly bombers, she’s completely alone. 1943: When Sandra and Frieda’s paths cross in the remote countryside, each girl finds a home at last. Facing long, terrifying nights in bunkers, they huddle together as planes roar above them and distant explosions shake them to their cores. They console one another – Frieda, with no idea whether her family have been captured or if her brother survived, and Sandra praying that Alf will live to see tomorrow. The darkness of war may shroud them but as long as they have each other, they can keep a little light in the world. Will Frieda and Sandra ever be reunited with their loved ones? And will the two handwritten letters bound their way hold news of happiness… or heartbreak? Readers are losing their hearts to The Outcast Girls: ‘Wow. I was totally gone from Chapter 1… The story of Sandra and Freida is one I will not forget for a long time. Written with so much love! While this is my first book by this author it won’t be my last!’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Heartbreaking and poignant… Best read with a box of tissues handy as this book is sure to make readers tear up and up again.’ Bookish Jottings ‘Outstanding… What a page-turner this beautifully written, heart-wrenching story… This is a real tug-at-your-heartstrings book.’ Chapter Chatter Pub, 5 stars ‘I can honestly say I loved it.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Impossible to put down… I unquestionably loved this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I didn’t want to put it down!... A beautifully written story that pulls at your heart strings. Another 5-star read from Shirley Dickson!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Wonderful… I loved every page. A heartwarming story of love and sorrow and an endearing friendship.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Rips at your heartstrings.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Definitely tugged on my heartstrings… I turned the pages quickly.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars ‘Will warm your heart… Will bring tears to your eyes… I truly enjoyed every page. So well worth the stars, and loved it all to the end.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A captivating and emotional wartime saga which pulls on your heartstrings right from the first page… Mesmerising.’ Stardust Book Review, 5 stars ‘I loved it!... Brilliant.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Wonderful… I was extremely invested, hanging on to every last word… It left me longing for more… A captivating story you can get emotionally invested in!’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘I have literally just finished this and had to come and start writing straight away! I loved it! Honestly what a story, I am a sucker for World War 2 books and this, well I couldn't help get invested in Sandra and Frieda's lives, their heartbreak and their joy.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘I love WWII historicals and The Outcast Girls was just perfect for me. I am now looking for Ms Dickson's backlist, as she is a new author to me.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I became totally invested in this story almost immediately. I know that I will read this book again.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
I’d definitely recommend this book to everyone!” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved each and every minute… Heartwrenching… Reminiscent of Of Mice and Men as well as The Colour Purple, JoJo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars ...
Author: Rachel Wesson
Virginia, 1934: In the middle of the night, he crept through the bushes, thankful for the darkness, for the clouds covering the stars. Tenderly, he opened his bag, lifting the small bundle out. With tears in his eyes, he held her tight, not wanting to let her go. But he had no choice––it was the only way. “This is your new home, little one. You’ll be safe here.” Distant rumblings of conflict in Europe have reached even the secluded, snow-dusted mountains of Virginia, where Lauren Greenwood faces a battle of her own. The Great Depression is crippling America, leaving millions of its victims without shoes on their feet and clothes on their backs. Hope House––the orphanage Lauren runs––is suffering more than ever. The one thing Lauren is not short of is love. But with just a handful of dollars to her name, every day is a struggle to feed the orphans and keep a roof over their heads. Yet she refuses to give up. When a baby is left on the porch, Lauren welcomes her with open arms. The abandoned new-born, Maisie, is left with a crumpled letter––her parents begging Lauren to look after the girl and promising to return for her one day. Lauren refuses to allow another child to fall prey to the Depression, and vows to provide little Maisie with the love and protection of a mother. But when the debt collectors come calling, threatening to shut down the orphanage, Lauren runs out of hope. Any day now the children could be thrown onto the frozen streets, where survival is impossible. With tragedy just around the corner, how can she ever reunite Maisie with her parents? And if she doesn’t manage to save the orphans, how will she live with herself? A totally heartbreaking tale with a beautiful and hopeful message––when all else fails, love can save the day. Fans of Before We Were Yours, The Orphan Train and Diney Costeloe will be swept away by this emotional and totally gripping historical page-turner. Readers totally love Rachel Wesson’s Hope House series: “Love love love this book!!! I laughed, I cried and it really touched me.” NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Tissues! I cried… A masterpiece of truth! Eye-opening! I would give this book more stars if I could! I’d definitely recommend this book to everyone!” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved each and every minute… Heartwrenching… Reminiscent of Of Mice and Men as well as The Colour Purple, JoJo Moyes’ The Giver of Stars with a dash of Kathryn Stockett’s The Help… Like a warm hug on a winter’s day… An emotional rollercoaster.” Rachel M Writes, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A tearjerker. I sobbed… I KNEW it would be heartbreaking just from the title… But it was worth all the sobbing. I need the second book in the series pronto.” Privat, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I’m speechless, how do I even do this book justice? You need to read this... I laughed and smiled and sobbed… This is a must-read.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved this… One of the most heartwarming books I’ve read all year. It is a heartbreaker.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Pulls on your heartstrings… It will bring you to tears and but also make you smile.” NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Felt like I was watching a movie… Will keep you up late reading and page turning, and then it will linger with you! You don't want to miss this one!” Musing by Maureen, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Inspirational, heartbreaking and also uplifting… Flawless… A true artist in storytelling.” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Oh my!… An extremely emotional book!” NetGalley Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “You will need a Kleenex!” Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The book is written so beautifully!... It's not a story I will soon forget! I definitely recommend this book to others!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Emotional and inspiring.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Superb!
Author: Shirley Dickson
‘I was gripped from the very first page… It was heartbreaking… I smiled through these happy times with them but also shed tears… I could not put it down… Will undoubtedly pull at your heart-strings. Just make sure you have a box of tissues ready!’ Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars A heartbreaking, unputdownable and utterly unforgettable story of two young sisters cruelly abandoned by their mother at an orphanage. Fans of Wives of War, Lisa Wingate and Diney Costeloe will lose their hearts to this stunning World War Two novel. 1929: Four-year-old Etty and eight-year-old Dorothy are abandoned at Blakely Hall orphanage by their mother, never to see her again. With no other family to speak of, the sisters worship their beloved mam – and they are confused and heartbroken to be deserted by her when they need her the most. 1940: Etty and Dorothy are finally released from the confines of Blakely Hall – but their freedom comes when the country is in the grip of World War Two and its terrors. Amidst a devastating backdrop of screaming air-raid sirens and cold nights huddled in shelters, the sisters are desperate to put their broken childhoods behind them. But trouble lies ahead. Dorothy must bid goodbye to her beloved husband when he’s sent to war and Etty must nurse a broken heart as she falls in love with the one man she can never be with. Etty and Dorothy survived the orphanage with the help of one another and neither sister can forget the awful betrayal of their mother, which has haunted them their whole lives. But when a shocking secret about their painful childhood comes to light, will the sisters ever be the same again? Readers are losing their hearts to The Orphan Sisters: ‘Perfect… I could not put it down… Had it finished in just over a day, reading it during every spare minute I had!... Will undoubtedly pull at your heartstrings. Just make sure you have a box of tissues ready! Stardust Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘What a beautiful story! Had me in tears from the very beginning. I couldn't put this one down.’ A Book With Review, 5 stars ‘Outstanding… I absolutely loved this superb page turner.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Make sure you have tissues handy… The story is heartbreaking with a little happiness thrown in… Worthy of 5* and more.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Promises to keep you turning the pages as your heart attempts not to break. A book you will lose yourself in!’ All The Good Books ‘A gorgeous character-driven, coming-of-age story about family bonds, love, and hardships of war. Exceptionally beautiful… I have already recommended the book!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A beautifully written coming-of-age story… I didn’t want to put down… Tugs at your heart strings.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘I love the story… A tale of family, heartbreaks, and forgiveness!... The characters are wonderful... The book is written so beautifully!... It's not a story I will soon forget! I definitely recommend this book to others!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Emotional and inspiring.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Superb!... A page turner of a read as I was so engrossed… The Orphan Sisters is a compelling and emotional story that will tug on the readers’ heartstrings.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘Have a Kleenex nearby!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A beautifully sad story… Beautifully written and ready to capture the reader’s heart.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A heartbreaking story of hope, sisterly love and support, and the devastating effects of war. I loved this book from the beginning – I was recommending it at only 20% in!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Brilliant… Beautifully written.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
This is women’s literature at its very best.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars “A heart rendering journey… I read the book armed with a box of tissues… Left me shell-shocked… Kate Hewitt is an amazing storyteller.” Book Reviews by ...
Author: Kate Hewitt
It hit me, the reality of it, in a way it hadn’t before like a sledgehammer straight to the chest. Laura was gone. She was never coming back. I’d never see her again; she’d never hum in the kitchen, she’d never pull Ruby onto her lap and tickle her tummy as she buried her face in the sweet curve of our daughter’s shoulder. Nathan West loved his wife Laura with all his heart. But now she’s gone, taken from him in a seemingly random act of violence. Laura was the glue that held their family together. And for Nathan, life without her feels almost meaningless. As he tries to find hope in the darkness, his three young daughters express their grief in different and challenging ways—with one set on a path of self-destruction that could devastate their family all over again. Desperate to understand his own heartbreak better, he reaches out to others who had known Laura. Including her new friend Maria, whose light and warmth are exactly what their grieving family needs, and who is soon helping out and providing emotional support for them all. But the picture Maria paints of Laura is unfamiliar to Nathan—of a wife who felt ignored, a mother who felt she couldn’t do enough—and he struggles to reconcile it with his own memories of the woman he loved. Is it possible he didn’t know his wife after all? And can he trust Maria? He can’t escape the feeling that she’s keeping something from him. Maria is hiding a secret with the power to rock Nathan’s family to its core. Because it is about what happened the day that Laura died… An insightful and powerful novel guaranteed to break your heart, about how the unthinkable can sometimes help us see the world in a powerful new way. Perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain, and Susan Lewis. Readers are loving No Time To Say Goodbye: “All the feels… A beautiful story—a heartbreaking, breathless read that will leave you running for more tissues time and again… My reaction to the ending was visceral; it was both vivid and shocking. Absolutely brilliant. Powerful story that will haunt you. A must read. 5+ stars.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars “A book has never had me cry so much through heartbreak and devastation. This author nailed it without a doubt.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars “If ever there was a story that reminds you how life can change in an instant, this is it… heart breaking and tender, it also offers up hope… A story that touched my heart and soul and makes me want to hug my loved ones that little bit tighter.” By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars “Heartbreakingly sad… It’s a story of death, war and crime. However, this is also a story of family, love, and hope. The emotions ran the gamut with this one... sadness, grief, anger and hope. It’s a story that will stay with you.” Goodreads reviewer “The storytelling was exquisite, full of understanding and empathy... This is women’s literature at its very best.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars “A heart rendering journey… I read the book armed with a box of tissues… Left me shell-shocked… Kate Hewitt is an amazing storyteller.” Book Reviews by Shalini, 5 stars “Oh wow! This book just hit me and took me on this incredible journey of love, hate, passion, fear and more. You must read this book.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “An incredible read, so much emotion… Broke my heart and had me tearing up so frequently and yet smiling at the hope through the darkness… Beautiful yet painful.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars “Beautifully written… So moving I was in tears…I loved every single character… Wonderful… Written with great compassion and sensitivity. It will stay in my thoughts for a long time.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars
'Wow! Wow! Wow!... This book is ahhmazing! From the first chapter, I was swept up by the sadness of the story… Sucked me in with grief so profound I could feel it as I turned the pages... It sucker-punched me in the gut.
Author: Nicole Trope
'Wow! Wow! Wow!... This book is ahhmazing! From the first chapter, I was swept up by the sadness of the story… Sucked me in with grief so profound I could feel it as I turned the pages... It sucker-punched me in the gut... I literally couldn’t put it down! I can’t remember when a book last shook my every emotion!... SO damn good!... WOW!' Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars My baby girl, I’ll never forget you – your smile, your laugh, the way your hair sparkles in the sun. I cannot comprehend this pain. I cannot breathe through it. For Claire, life as she knows it is over. And after the death of her daughter, Julia, she is searching for answers. Stumbling upon a pile of letters, hidden under Julia’s bed in an old, battered shoebox, she feels closer to her daughter than ever before. They tell her that Julia was happy, that she was thriving at university, that she was in love. But as the letters go on, Claire starts to feel uneasy at something hidden between the lines. Even as she grieves, she must prepare to face a shocking discovery. Because Julia was hiding a terrible secret – and when it’s uncovered, it will make Claire question everything she thought she knew about her daughter… An emotional and gripping page-turner that will stay with you long after you finish the last page. Fans of Liane Moriarty, Lisa Wingate and Jodi Picoult will love this moving and poignant tale that is full of shocking twists. Readers are absolutely loving My Daughter's Secret: 'What a heartbreaking story!... The tissues came out, then they were put back away only for them to be taken back out again...! It had me gripped from the first chapter... A book that will make you want to hug your children and never let them go... Make sure you have tissues to hand!' Stardust Book Reviews ‘This book was awesome!!!... With the twist and turns that move so fast your head is spinning, you will reel at the ending!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Amazing… WTH did I just read? This book seriously smacked me on the head with the twists and turns… I could not stop reading.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This is such< b>an utterly heart-wrenching, gripping, twisted and jaw-dropping story. It absolutely broke my heart to read but it was also very addictive because I wanted to find out the truth. Brilliantly written and very clever with the twisted truth.’ MrsCsHonestBookReviews ‘What a fabulous book. I was hooked from page one and could not put this book down. So many emotions.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This book had me crying from the beginning. An extremely sad story… Felt so real and painful… Gives truth to pain in every way.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘Nicole Trope is a new author to me, but I adored the way she wrote… Once you start the book, you cannot put it down.’ Cara’s Book Boudoir ‘Remarkable… Intense, emotionally charged… Gut-wrenching.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘A< b>gripping story about a family in crisis…. A powerful novel that is both suspenseful and emotional… A twisty and compelling read, and the subject matter left me emotionally fraught and guessing.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘An amazingly heartbreaking story that could not be more timely. Written exceptionally well and with heart.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘It really kept me on my toes… So thrilling and exciting… Held my attention till the very last page and beyond. The ending was such a shock that I never saw coming. Just another twist, right when my guard was down. Great job.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Kept me on the edge of my seat throughout!’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars
I wanted to know what happened next… I highly recommend this book. Really looking forward to her next one.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I LOVED this book!
Author: Ella Carey
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “An outstanding read. I rarely give 5 stars, but this one was definitely worth it… One of those that I couldn't put down.” Goodreads Reviewer The cobbled streets were dark as Isabelle hurried through the shadows, dodging in and out of doorways, constantly looking back. She worried the sound of her loudly thumping heart would give her away, as she peered around a corner. Suddenly, Isabelle was surrounded by Nazi soldiers, their black boots pounding on the pavement, barring her way… 1939, Berlin. Max Albrecht is the young and handsome heir to a beautiful house on a lake where he spent his happy childhood. As war approaches, his parents tell him he must join the Nazi party or the whole family will be killed. But when his beloved French fiancé Isabelle shows him the horrifying truth, Max faces an impossible choice: protect his family or save the girl he loves? 2010, San Francisco. Anna Young is content with her life, running a bustling deli and taking care of her adored grandfather Max, who raised her. Max has never spoken of his past until he hands over an old map, the plans to a grand house just north of Berlin. With a shaking finger, he points to it and says, “I left something behind under the floorboards. Please bring it home before I die.” When Anna arrives at the crumbling manor in Germany, she discovers a hidden engagement ring in a velvet box. She is desperate to find the woman her grandfather hoped to marry, but the local villagers look away when she mentions Max’s name, and back in San Francisco he is now in hospital, too unwell to speak to her. What did Max do so many years ago? Is Anna ready for the terrible secret that her family’s past may hold? A gripping and heartbreaking novel that uncovers the secrets and devastating choices that people were forced to make during history’s darkest time. If you were captivated by My Name is Eva, The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See, you’ll adore The House by the Lake. Readers are utterly captivated by The House by the Lake: “Brilliant… It made me cry (can’t remember when I last did that)—I also laughed and felt sad when the book finished. I wanted to know what happened next… I highly recommend this book. Really looking forward to her next one.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I LOVED this book!! I didn’t want it to end because the story was so great and fast moving.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I NEEDED to know what happened. It kept me turning the pages… I have grabbed up the other two books in the set.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I loved this book! The history has such beautiful detail and it was also a beautiful love story!!! I felt like I was there with them!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down and read it in one night. Ella Carey's descriptions had me in awe, I truly could visualize everything especially the Christmas scenes!!!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “WOW! What a great story… I highly recommend this book.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “One of the best books I have read in a long time. I will definitely read anything by this author. I recommend it to everyone, it’s really, really an excellent read.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Wow!! This book was awesome and I couldn’t put it down. I was so enthralled with the story and characters. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out!!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A real page-turner. I couldn’t put this book down… The ripple down effects continue to this very day, as this story illustrates so well.” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I have only one Ella Carey book left to read… Please, write MORE & MORE!” Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book should really come with a box of tissues because believe me, you are going to need them!… I found myself turning the pages with such a speed of “just one more chapter” until the very end… I loved this book.’ Confessions ...
Author: Julia Roberts
I was so sure I saw Sophie on the beach that day. But it couldn’t be her. Sophie’s dead… Ever since we locked fingers and swore to be best friends at school, Sophie was there for me. When she married my brother, we became family. We laughed together and cried together. We never kept secrets from each other. At least, that was what I thought… And then she was gone. The terrible accident that took her life devastated me. Without her I had no one to turn to, and I had to take a break. Now I’m standing on the beach we visited when we were younger and there’s a woman with long blond hair a few metres away, playing with a dog in the sunshine. She turns, and I see Sophie. Heart racing, I struggle to my feet, but before I can reach her she’s vanished, leaving only footprints in the sand. It can’t be Sophie… But if it is, why did she disappear? What was she running from? And if the answers change everything I believe about the people I love, will I ever be able to forgive her? A heartbreaking emotional read about the ways we lie to ourselves and how love and hope can heal us. Fans of Amanda Prowse, Kate Hewitt and Susan Lewis will absolutely love The Woman on the Beach. See what readers are saying about Julia Roberts: ‘My first read of 2021 to reduce me to tears… A page-turner and a tear-jerker. I didn’t want to stop reading… I loved every word.’ The Book Lover’s Boudoir, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Beautiful and heart-rending… I was enthralled… You will smile through your tears… Beautiful, engrossing and captivating… I was sorry when it finished.’ Sibzz Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Wow!… one of the saddest and most heartbreaking reads I've encountered… My gosh! This book should really come with a box of tissues because believe me, you are going to need them!… I found myself turning the pages with such a speed of “just one more chapter” until the very end… I loved this book.’ Confessions of a Bookaholic, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘I picked this book up at 3pm, and less than 8 hours later, despite having to navigate tea and bedtime for the kids and logging back on to work, I had finished it… Addictive, gripping and emotional.’ @iheartbooks1991 ‘Another amazing 5-star read and another used up packet of those handy little tissues, or is it two? – Who knows how many tears this one has made me shed!… An author who held me captive in the palm of her hand… Took me on quite a personal journey on, oh! so many fronts.’ Fiction Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Truly emotional… Will make your heart break… There were definite tears leaking.’ Jen Med’s Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This book broke me. It left me an emotional, vulnerable shell of a person… By golly My Mother’s Secret turned me into a puddle.’ The Writing Garnet ‘Had me flipping over the pages at speed… Make sure you have tissues at hand… A tearjerker of a read!’ Carla Kovach, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Such an emotional experience… Its conclusion made me cry and smile – in fact, I was a bit of a soggy mess a few times as I was reading… I really loved it.’ Being Anne
So tissues are a necessity when reading this absolutely awesome book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Had me in tears.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Another wonderful book from Shirley Dickson that kept me hooked from ...
Author: Shirley Dickson
As they walked towards the railway station, their mother took an envelope from her handbag. ‘I want you to keep this somewhere safe.’ ‘What’s in the letter?’ ‘Listen carefully. You’re never to open it unless you or your sister are in real trouble. Promise me.’ England, 1943: Home is no longer safe for eight-year-old twins Molly and Jacob. Night after night wailing bombs and screeching planes skim the rooftops overhead. They cradle each other, shivering in terror, not knowing if they will live to see dawn. Their mother, Martha, has no choice but to evacuate them to the safety of the countryside. At the train station, Martha bites back tears as she says goodbye to her precious children. Knowing she might never see them again, she gives Jacob a letter, pressing the envelope into his hands and telling him to only read it if they are in danger. In the country, Molly and Jacob must adjust to life with strangers. Every night they dream of returning home to the arms of their beloved mother. But then the unimaginable happens. Martha is killed in an explosion, leaving the twins all alone in the world. The war has robbed Molly and Jacob of everything – all they have left is one another. Motherless and destitute, they face the grim reality of life in an orphanage. The time has finally come for Jacob to open the letter. What secret does it hold, and could it change the course of their tragic fate? Because if they are together, they can survive anything – but what if they are torn apart? From the bestselling author of The Orphan Sisters comes an utterly heartbreaking and unforgettable tale of two children who must lean on each other in a time of tragedy and learn the shocking truth of their past. Fans of Wives of War, Lisa Wingate and Diney Costeloe will be swept away by this sublime World War Two novel. Readers absolutely love The Lost Children: ‘THIS. BOOK. WAS. AMAZING. It made me sob so bad… Beautiful… Everything was perfect.’ The Confessions of a Music and Book Addict, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Completely captivated me… Completely heartwarming and uplifting… Managed to leave me with a smile on my face and a happy feeling in my heart… I was caught at the very first page didn’t put it down until I’d finished it!… You will absolutely love this!!… Such a wonderful read!!!’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Outstanding… What a fantastic page-turner!… Heart-breaking… Keep the tissues handy because you will need them!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A gripping storyline from beginning to the end!… So compelling that I was brought to tears… I would give it more than 5 stars if I could!’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What an overwhelming, heart-touching book. This book is so perfect… So emotional… This author deserves 5 perfect stars.’ The Book Chic Blog, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘A hauntingly beautiful story… Had me captivated from the first page… Beautiful yet heartbreaking… Keeps you glued to the pages… You never want the book to end.’ Goodreads Reviewer ‘This book had me sucked right in. I didn’t want to stop reading it. I was hooked… Utterly fantastic story… Heartbreaking… I will admit to shedding tears. So tissues are a necessity when reading this absolutely awesome book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Had me in tears.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Another wonderful book from Shirley Dickson that kept me hooked from start to finish and I can highly recommend this book.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Will its secrets bring Melanie and Josh together or tear them apart? Readers love The Beach House: “WOW, I couldn’t love this book any more than I already do!
Author: Jenny Hale
An absolutely gorgeous and heartwarming read about finding love where you least expect it, new beginnings, and how family is always with you, no matter where you are. Fans of Susan Mallery, Pamela Kelley, and Mary Alice Monroe will adore this romantic page-turner. When her gram passes away, Melanie Simpson feels utterly lost. But her grandmother’s will gives her a purpose: an inheritance to buy a crumbling house in Rosemary Bay. They used to visit the village every summer, sit by the sparkling water on a beach the color of pearl, and daydream about turning the place on the corner into a bed and breakfast. On her first night in her new hometown, Melanie meets local contractor and landowner Josh Claiborne, whose eyes match the dazzling sea. Melanie plans to restore the beach house to its original glory, and Josh is the perfect person to help renovate the wrap-around porch weathered by the coastal breeze and the peeling white paint faded by the sun. But hiding in a closet is a yellowing stack of letters that could change everything. The looping handwriting reveals the mystery of the rickety house––a buried history that touches everyone in Rosemary Bay. Will its secrets bring Melanie and Josh together or tear them apart? Readers love The Beach House: “WOW, I couldn’t love this book any more than I already do! So beautifully written… Amazing!” Goodreads reviewer “I absolutely loved this book!… The cutest read of the summer!” The Miron Monologues “WOW what a brilliant book, it had me totally gripped from the beginning and I couldn’t put in down. I devoured this in a couple of sessions and I am now gutted it has finished.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Loved this book!… Spectacular! Can't wait to read more of her work!” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Simply wonderful. Such a fantastic tale of love… Had me turning the pages faster and faster. It was heartbreaking… Simply beautiful… It was as if I was sitting with a friend having a cuppa.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Absolutely loved reading this story and all the twists and turns throughout… Had me hooked.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A beautiful heartwarming read… The perfect summer holiday beach read and left me with a warm fuzzy feeling inside… Perfect escapism… I could almost picture the blue skies sun on my back and sandy beaches.” Fiction Café, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “The Beach House will be your favourite read this summer! The only downfall to reading this book is that you’ll get nothing else done until you finish it! It’s a small price to pay for a good story!… Difficult to put down! I was sad when it ended!” Goodreads reviewer “Oh my stars this book was just what my little heart needed!… I adored it and will recommend it to anyone who will listen :).” @theloopyknot “Sensational! This author never disappoints… So full of emotion and drama you will want to read this book in one sitting. This book is worth more than five stars.’ @romance.movies.and.books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book really touched my heart and I was so engrossed that I couldn’t put it down until I read the last page. And even today, I find myself thinking about this story… Tugged at my soul.” StarAngels Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
What a fantastic story this is touching just about every emotion there is.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This story just swept me away… I was left speechless… just wow!
Author: Catherine Hokin
‘The best historical fiction book I’ve read this year! I was awake until the early morning hours finishing it, because I could not put it down! The story was heartbreaking… It held me riveted from the first page to the last.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars When Karen Cartwright is unexpectedly called home to nurse her ailing father, she goes with a heavy heart. The house she grew up in feels haunted by the memory of her father’s closely guarded secrets about her beautiful mother Elizabeth’s tragic death years before. As she packs up the house, Karen discovers an old photograph and a stranger’s tattered love letter to her mother postmarked from Germany after the war. During her life, Karen struggled to understand her shy, fearful mother, but now she is realising there was so much more to Elizabeth than she knew. For one thing, her name wasn’t even Elizabeth, and her harrowing story begins long before Karen was born. It’s 1941 in Nazi-occupied Berlin, and a young Jewish woman called Liese is being forced to wear a yellow star… A beautiful and gripping wartime story about family secrets and impossible choices in the face of terrible hardship. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, We Were the Lucky Ones and The Alice Network. What readers are saying about Catherine Hokin: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What an amazing read, well written emotional and very compelling… I was totally absorbed in the story and I would love to give it 10 stars. One of my best reads this year. I can't begin to say how much I loved this book, I couldn't put it down, absolutely brilliant.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This is a wonderfully heart-breaking story of life, love and above all survival. A truly emotional book and very hard to put down. 5*.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘The more I read of this book, the more I had to read! What a fantastic story this is touching just about every emotion there is.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This story just swept me away… I was left speechless… just wow!!... I do recommend a box of tissues… This book will have you turning the pages.’ Red Headed Book Lady blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘This bittersweet story will grab you from the first page and will keep you up late at night reading chapter after chapter. The characters will stay with you long after you finish the last page. In a bookstore full of World War II novels, this one is a must-read!’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘Contained within a richly detailed narrative was a story that spoke of prevalence of the human spirit, both resilient and beatific, bowed but never broken by the unfathomable horrors of war. Captivating. Sobering. Unflinching. 5+ stars.’ Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ ‘What an extraordinary, engaging story. It moved me to undiscovered heights of understanding and compassion. A novel that will stay in my mind forever.’ Goodreads reviewer
Readers are raving about My Name is Eva: 'Could not put this book down, and heaven help anyone that tried to disturb my reading !!...I absolutely loved this book !...I laughed, I cried, I cheered , I sympathised all because of Evelyn.
Author: Sue Stephenson
You can pay a terrible price for keeping a promise...Evelyn Taylor-Clarke sits in her chair at Forest Lawns Care Home in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by residents with minds not as sharp as hers. It would be easy to dismiss Evelyn as a muddled old woman, but her lipstick is applied perfectly, and her buttons done up correctly. Because Evelyn is a woman with secrets and Evelyn remembers everything. She can never forget the promise she made to the love of her life, to discover the truth about the mission that led to his death, no matter what it cost her...When Evelyn's niece Pat opens an old biscuit tin to find a photo of a small girl with a red ball entitled 'Liese, 1951' and a passport in another name, she has some questions for her aunt. And Evelyn is transported back to a place in Germany known as 'The Forbidden Village', where a woman who called herself Eva went where no one else dared, amongst shivering prisoners, to find the man who gambled with her husband's life...A gripping, haunting and compelling read about love, courage and betrayal set in the war-battered landscape of Germany. Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka's Journey and The Child of Auschwitz will be hooked.Readers are raving about My Name is Eva:'Could not put this book down, and
I absolutely loved this book. An engrossing, edge-of-your-seat read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘What. A. Book… such a perfect read… kept me glued from beginning to end.
Author: Emma Davies
When I stumbled across the listing for Pevensey House I knew I had found a way for my family to be free and I didn’t hesitate. I should have, I know that now… When Thea sees her old family home is up for sale – a beautiful old rectory in the small town where she and her childhood sweetheart, now husband, Drew, grew up – she knows she has to have it. Her parents moved her away suddenly when she was eleven, but her childhood there was filled with happy memories. Drew seems less sure, but Thea is certain it’s the perfect place to raise their two children. But as the last boxes are unpacked, Thea can’t seem to settle. She thought the move would bring her family closer together, but Drew is growing more distant. And why do old friends cross to the other side of the road when they see her coming? Alone in the house, exploring the creaky corridors she used to cartwheel down as a young girl, Thea smiles as she slides open the loose panel she once used as a hiding place. But it only takes one look at the faded local newspaper clipping hidden inside for the bonds holding her perfect family together to break. It’s not long before news of the scandal spreads further and the whole town turns against her. Thea’s life is in freefall as her head and her heart wrestle between taking the blame, and fighting for her innocence. In a small town where no one ever forgets the past, can Thea find a way to save her family’s future? This heart-wrenching and gripping family drama will have you hooked from the very first page. Perfect for anyone who loves Amanda Prowse, Liane Moriarty and Diane Chamberlain. What readers are saying about My Husband’s Lie: ‘Gave me goose bumps right from the start. Fantastic page-turner that I finished in one sitting.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Addictive, emotional read... Didn't really want to put down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘An incredible novel that drew me in and never let go. I felt emotionally invested in the characters’ lives and couldn’t stop reading.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘Page-turner! I was hooked and could not stop until the last page. Wow! Stunning read. Definitely recommend.’ Goodreads reviewer ‘A powerful and engrossing read!... a real page-turner… consumed me… I lost myself in the story… filled to the brim with secrets and lies... I absolutely loved this book. An engrossing, edge-of-your-seat read.’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘What. A. Book… such a perfect read… kept me glued from beginning to end. Even when I had to do my chores… A delightful book filled to the brim with suspense and emotions… a completely immersive read where I had to know how the book ended. Addictive and captivating.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Little Darling A mysterious letter unravels Carina's hidden past and leads her on an unknown journey to a small fishermen's village on the coast of Italy.
Author: Urcelia Teixeira
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Little Darling A mysterious letter unravels Carina's hidden past and leads her on an unknown journey to a small fishermen's village on the coast of Italy. Carina had never received a letter before. As an orphan, raised in a convent, she'd assumed she was alone in the world. So who would be writing to her? And why was the wording so mysterious? Clearly, the sender could unlock the secrets of her unknown past, and so Carina has no option but to set out to discover the truth for herself. Heading out to a remote village on the Italian coast, Carina discovers how truly naive she is about the world around her. But will it be worth it if it leads her to the mother she always yearned for and never knew she had?What, or more importantly, WHOM does she finally encounter upon her arrival? Can she unlock the truth and mysteries of her past, or did she discover much more than she had bargained for? A gripping page-turner of an innocent, young woman on a quest to find a mother she never knew and a chance encounter with a knee-buckling mysterious stranger who turns her world upside down! An innocent woman. A mother she never knew. The knee-buckling mysterious stranger! And one heart-wrenching adventure!
It is a beautiful, compelling read… Lizzie Page writes like a dream… I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I really fell in love with this book… Beautifully done, the imagery is well ...
Author: Lizzie Page
It’s a photograph of two little girls, the camera catching the cold whiteness of their legs, the pretty lines of their dresses, the smooth surface of the lake. I know at once it’s my mother and Aunty Barbara, I’ve always known it somehow. But I also know that the camera doesn’t tell the whole story. It can’t. London, 1943. German bombs rain down on London, but Elaine Parker knows her job transcribing letters from far-away prisoners of war is more important than her own safety. But at home, Elaine’s life isn’t so simple – as the main breadwinner for her struggling family, she doesn’t have much time to consider her own future hopes and dreams. And then Elaine meets dark-haired and passionate Bobby – a wartime photographer on the dangerous front line – and her world shifts. Will Elaine be forced to choose between her family and her growing passion for Bobby? And how do you let yourself love someone with your whole heart when each moment could be their last? Present day. Even the kiss of warm sunshine and the musical call of birds at her family’s countryside villa can’t make Jen forget the heartbreak she’s left behind. That is, until she begins to investigate the origins of a tattered family photograph: two sweet little girls gazing out across a sparkling bay, their eyes clear and hopeful – looking for all the world as if England hadn’t just suffered the most terrible war imaginable. What is the story behind the picture, and could it finally be the key to mending the cracks in Jen’s own past? A heartbreaking World War Two novel – emotional and unforgettable. Perfect for fans of Orphan Train, Sold on a Monday and Before We Were Yours. What readers are saying about The Forgotten Girls… ‘Twists and turns that keep you turning the page… I must read one more chapter before I turn out the light for the night… fans who enjoyed The Nightingale or Sold on a Monday will love this book as much as me. Authentic, heart-tugging and soul-stirring. Be sure to have tissues nearby.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘A heartbreaking tale of life in 1943 living through the war… One of the best historical fiction books I have read in a long while.’ Sean’s Book Reviews, 5 stars ‘It not only brought tears to my eyes when the connection between the two women was revealed, but it pulled on my heartstrings all the way through the book. A story of love and loss, family and friendships, this book will keep you gripped until the very last page. Would definitely recommend.’ Stardust Book Reviews ‘I came to really love the blossoming romance between Robert and Elaine… A beautiful novel, and one I highly recommend.’ Emily Claire Writes ‘A captivating story.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I absolutely loved The Forgotten Girls. It is a beautiful, compelling read… Lizzie Page writes like a dream… I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars ‘I really fell in love with this book… Beautifully done, the imagery is well written and I found myself picturing the scenes and living them out in my mind's eye. Well done!’ Goodreads reviewer ‘Oh, how I loved this book! I smiled, cried, my heart raced and I marvelled at the storytelling… Wonderful!’ Angela Petch, author of The Tuscan Girl, 5 stars ‘I just love the deft and thrilling blend of fact and fiction, and the way Lizzie Page brings characters from the past back to life. I am such a huge fan of her work.’ Bestselling author Jill Mansell
Discover the story of the remarkable World War Two gunner girls in this entrancing and heartbreaking novel, perfect for fans of Martha Hall Kelly's The Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.
Author: Julia Kelly
Publisher: Hachette UK
A forgotten diary, a forbidden love affair, a desperate fight to save her country 2017 When Cara Hargreaves discovers a diary from the 1940s, its contents will change her life forever... 1941 When Louise Keene meets dashing RAF pilot, Paul Bolton, she is swept off her feet. Then Paul is sent to war and Louise, defying her mother's wishes, ends up a gunner girl in London. Watching the pitch-black skies for bombers, Louise finds comfort recording her dreams in her diary. And as Cara reads her words, decades later, she learns that hope can be found even in the darkest of times, she just needs to take a chance... Discover the story of the remarkable World War Two gunner girls in this entrancing and heartbreaking novel, perfect for fans of Martha Hall Kelly's The Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.
Readers are hooked on My Name is Eva: ‘Could not put this book down, and heaven help anyone that tried to disturb my reading !!…I absolutely loved this book !…I laughed, I cried, I cheered , I sympathized all because of Evelyn…I ...
Author: Suzanne Goldring
You can pay a terrible price for keeping a promise… Evelyn Taylor-Clarke sits in her chair at Forest Lawns Care Home in the heart of the English countryside, surrounded by residents with minds not as sharp as hers. It would be easy to dismiss Evelyn as a muddled old woman, but her lipstick is applied perfectly, and her buttons done up correctly. Because Evelyn is a woman with secrets and Evelyn remembers everything. She can never forget the promise she made to the love of her life, to discover the truth about the mission that led to his death, no matter what it cost her… When Evelyn’s niece Pat opens an old biscuit tin to find a photo of a small girl with a red ball entitled ‘Liese, 1951’ and a passport in another name, she has some questions for her aunt. And Evelyn is transported back to a place in Germany known as ‘The Forbidden Village,’ where a woman who called herself Eva went where no one else dared, amongst shivering prisoners, to find the man who gambled with her husband’s life… A gripping, haunting and compelling read about love, courage and betrayal set in the war-battered landscape of Germany. Fans of The Letter, The Alice Network and The Nightingale will be hooked. Readers are hooked on My Name is Eva: ‘Could not put this book down, and heaven help anyone that tried to disturb my reading !!…I absolutely loved this book !…I laughed, I cried, I cheered , I sympathized all because of Evelyn…I could so picture the setting and as Evelyn sets out to fool everyone, I thought you go girl !!...I don't want to say anything else but what a fantastic read… I can't recommend this book enough !!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘What a magnificent read! Eva is amazing. One of the best characters in a book EVER! What a fantastic, beautiful, heart-wrenching tale, incredibly told. I absolutely loved every single page. I sat for the last 20% of the book in tears, sad but happy tears. An absolutely beautiful book.’ Kim the Bookworm, 5 stars ‘A poignant and evocative story of love, betrayal and bravery that kept me page turning and completely engrossed from start to finish. Loved it and would definitely recommend.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘A phenomenal story of courage, love, murder and all the atrocities that go with war. Eva is an extraordinary character, strong, loyal, smart, funny, loving, and brave.A phenomenal read!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This may be my new favorite book!!!! I absolutely love the premise of the heroine faking dementia in her retirement home to cover up her knowledge of (and possible involvement in) questionable activities centering around WWII events. The tempo of this novel was perfect--kept me wondering until the very last page!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Absolutely loved this book and its riveting plot!... The author has successfully penned a debut novel that I would highly recommend without any hesitation. An excellent debut novel from Suzanne Goldring and I look forward to reading more of her work. Historical fiction is my favourite genre to read and this book was every bit as good as some of the well-known WW2-themed titles published in recent years.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This book was excellent! Totally kept my attention and I wanted to find out what would become of the main characters. Highly recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘Everything about this book is amazing. I love the main character Eva, the way the author integrates the past with the present, and the emotional plot that kept me hooked from the beginning to the end. I’ve read over 30 historical fiction novels in the past year and this one is definitely in my top 10.’ Netgalley Reviewer, 5 stars ‘My Name is Eva is laugh out loud funny, sad in parts and had me glued to the pages… Wham!... I did not see “that” coming. Oh, the secrets Evelyn has!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars ‘This book is haunting and moving and told in a way that had me engaged in the story from the start. Recommended!’ The Princess and the Pen, 5 stars ‘This book had me hooked from the start....and because my grandparents are currently in assisted-living facilities, Evelyn's time in her assisted-living resonated with my heart. I loved her sassy, snarky personality and being privileged to see the inner workings of her mind. And I loved the love letters between she and her husband during WWII. I am excited to read all of Goldring's works! This is the first book of hers I've read, and it won't be the last!’ The Book Distiller, 5 stars ‘This novel had me hooked from the very first page! I always enjoy delving into historical fiction novels and My Name is Eva is the perfect example of why! This riveting book time hops between the 1940’s, 1980’s and present day (2016) to tell the tale of Evelyn Taylor-Clarke’s life. Suzanne Goldring does a fantastic job with the pacing of this novel, I sometimes find historical fictions can get a little dry, but there wasn’t any parts that I felt lagged—love that! The storyline was incredibly moving and depth filled! Evelyn is a character that will definitely stay with me!’ Steph and Chris’s Book Review, 5 stars