I signed the letter with a flourish. I wouldn’t send it. There was no need. But I wanted to keep it somewhere safe, somewhere I could find it if I ever needed to remember why I’d done what I’d done. The fight goes on, I told myself. The fight goes on…
London, 1910. Twenty-one-year-old Esther Watkins would do anything for the Suffragette cause. Imprisoned, force-fed and beaten, she is determined to fight for what she believes is right – no matter what it costs her. With new love Joseph by her side, will she get the better future she dreams of?
Kent, 2019. With her marriage in tatters, school teacher Lizzie Armstrong moves to sleepy Elm Heath for a fresh start, and her pupils and the community soon steal her heart. So when the school is threatened with closure Lizzie knows she has to fight, and she looks to the school’s founder for inspiration.
What makes Esther, born and bred in London, a proud Suffragette, suddenly leave the city and escape to Elm Heath? And when Lizzie uncovers Esther’s heartbreaking secret, could it give her the strength she needs to save not just the school, but her new beginning too?
A heart-wrenching and uplifting novel for fans of Emily Gunnis, Kathleen McGurl and Kathryn Hughes.
The Secret Letter is published in ebook and paperback on the 6th February 2020. You can pre-order your copy using the link below.
I so enjoyed this enthralling, emotional dual timeline mystery from one of my favourite authors.
The two main characters Lizzie and Esther were fantastic creations who I loved getting to know better. They are surprisingly alike as they are both very strong women who know exactly what they want. I really admired their determination to succeed and their ability to try again when things go wrong.
The author has clearly done her research for this book and I liked the way she subtly included actual historical events into the story. The Suffragette’s fight for the vote is one of my favourite periods in history and I really enjoyed finding out more about it, especially as I could look up events on line to learn more too.
I thought this book was perfectly paced and plotted to just draw the reader into the story. I soon found myself lost in the characters world and reluctant to put the book down. There are lot of very emotional moments which were hard to read at times as I had grown very fond of the characters. I had to put the books down at times and come back to it which is always a sign of a well written book. The ending was brilliant with the epilogue helping to finish the book off on a lovely, if poignant, note.
Huge thanks to Jessica from HQ Digital for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book via Netgalley.
About The Author:
Kerry Barrett was a bookworm from a very early age and did a degree in English Literature, then trained as a journalist, writing about everything from pub grub to EastEnders. Her first novel, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, took six years to finish and was mostly written in longhand on her commute to work, giving her a very good reason to buy beautiful notebooks. Kerry lives in London with her husband and two sons, and Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes is still her favourite novel.