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Excited to be on the blog tour and share with you today my review for this compelling book! Many thanks to Anne Cater for my invitation!💕
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
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…
4.5 Mesmerizing Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5
This was such a heart wrenching captivating story very reminiscent of “before We Were Yours”; One of my top reads of 2017… i’m not a big fan of comparing books, but in this case it is almost impossible not to… from the duel timelines to the horrific treatment of children steeped in history… if you enjoyed BWWY you will absolutely be entranced by this book as well….
There are so many layers to the story… so many well-developed multi dimensional characters, but one character really stood out to me… Ivy in my opinion was the true hero of this book… her letters really tour at my heartstrings… whisked away from her family to a home for unmarried women…. where she was treated horribly and made to give up her baby…. through all of this she maintained her humanity and her compassion…. and in her darkest of moments her thoughts were not of her self but of another… truly isn’t this The definition of a mother? Well apparently in the 50s and 60s being unmarried trumped unconditional love…. so many parts of this portion of the story were frustrating and sad…. and truly the saddest part of all is it is part of our history…. yes this Book took place in the UK, but we would be remiss to think it did not happen in the US as well….
Where the past timeline of the story was steeped in history the present day timeline was steeped in mystery… Samantha a struggling reporter, finds one of Ivy‘s letters clutched in her grandma‘s hand when she comes across her napping in the rocking chair… curious by nature Samantha doesn’t buy her grandma’s story… so why does Samantha’s grandmother have this letter? and what happens to the girl in the letter? You will need to read this book to find out the mystery and the real story behind these letters…. I guarantee you will be as enthralled as I was… as more and more secrets of the past are revealed I was more and more invested in this story…
Absolutely recommend to fans of a book with a well researched dose of history and a well developed mystery…
*** many thanks to Headline for my copy of this book ***
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Emily Gunnis previously worked in TV drama and lives in Brighton with her young family. She is one of the four daughters of Sunday Times bestselling author Penny Vincenzi.
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