A young mother’s sacrifice. A child’s desperate search for the truth . . .
When nineteen-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like child she gave away, and she mourns the father, a young soldier, so beloved, who will never have the chance to know his daughter.
Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth.
Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London.
As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at last come to light?
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This was a compelling, emotional but ultimately feel good book which I thoroughly enjoyed. The author has once again written a wonderful story which was beautifully written and has some quite serious themes running through it.
Firstly I always find it amazing to realise how different the attitudes toward women were less than a hundred years ago. The author has managed to portray all the emotion, heart break and confusion that I imagine giving a child away for adoption would entail. Being a mum myself I found the bits describing this quite hard to read at times and I found myself giving my kids lots of extra cuddles!
I thought this story had a lovely flow to it with the story unraveling at a good pace that seemed very realistic. The reader is given the chance to really get to know Alice and Irene as they discover what they want in life. The two stories came together brilliantly with perfect timing and I thought the ending was very uplifting.
Huge thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and to Simon and Schuster for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
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.