From the bestselling author of A Week in Paris, and the Richard & Judy Bookclub pick A Place of Secrets, comes a gripping and moving story of secrets passed through the generations of one family ...
Photographer Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he'd been researching an uncle she never knew he'd had. Intrigued, she visits her father's childhood home, the once beautiful Carlyon Manor. She meets an old woman named Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell.
Growing up in the 1930s, Beatrice plays with the children of Carlyon Manor - especially pretty, blonde Angelina Wincanton, Lucy's grandmother. Then, one summer at the age of fifteen, she falls in love with a young visitor to the town: Rafe Ashton, whom she rescues from a storm-tossed sea.
But the dark clouds of war are gathering, and Beatrice, Rafe, and the Wincantons will all be swept up in the cataclysm of events that follow. Beatrice's story is a powerful tale of courage and betrayal, spanning from Cornwall to London, and Occupied France, in which friendship and love are tested, and the ramifications reach down the generations.
And, as Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known …
~*~*~*Readers love Rachel Hore's A GATHERING STORM~*~*~
'Rachel Hore has done an enchanting job recreating a woman's life in England during WWII' C., Goodreads reviewer
'Hore is a gifted storyteller, giving us a fascinating look into World War II England and the behind-the-scenes people who never got the glory they so justly deserved. If you enjoy a good suspenseful mystery injected with tons of historical information this is definitely the book for you!' Reflections of a Book Addict
'It felt as though I lived in the book. I was breathing the book!!!'Gizy, Goodreads reviewer
'This book blew me away!' Danielle, Goodreads reviewer
'I read this book in one sitting unable to stop turning pages until the end' Teresa, Goodreads reviewer
'Parts of the story that broke my heart and the whole thing kept me gripped' It's Time to Read
'I didn’t want the journey to end. Because I went through so many emotions, such highs and such lows, with this book' Fleur in Her World
Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Her previous novels are The Dream House, The Memory Garden, The Glass Painter's Daughter, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Romantic Novel of the Year award, A Place of Secrets, which was picked by Richard and Judy for their book club, A Gathering Storm, which was shortlisted for the RONA Historical Novel of the Year 2012 and the latest bestseller, The Silent Tide.
‘Compelling, engrossing and moving; a perfect holiday indulgence’
– Santa Montefiore on The Silent Tide
‘A tour de force. Rachel’s Paris is rich, romantic, exotic and mysterious’
– Judy Finnigan on A Week in Paris
‘Engrossing and romantic, it’s a wonderful story of family secrets and the choices women make’
– Jane Thynne on The Silent Tide
‘With a serious eye for exquisite detail, Hore’s latest, brilliantly crafted novel aptly follows a photographer, Lucy. She takes a journey to capture past, life-changing family secrets, embracing three generations along the way, across Cornwall, London East Anglia and Occupied France’
– Mirror on A Gathering Storm
‘A fascinating, hugely readable book . . . Rachel Hore’s research and her mastery of the subject is deeply impressive’
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