Three Friends. Two Secrets. One Hidden Life.
Disastrous choices and heartbreaking consequences, but a love that endures a lifetime.
Growing up around Winston Churchill’s country estate in Kent, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable, but when Frank marries Hilda for duty rather than love, the three friends’ lives fragment.
As WW2 begins to cast its menacing shadow Frank goes on to make other catastrophic choices – the repercussions of which will leave a tragic legacy.
For over fifty years Florence has been the keeper of Frank’s secrets, but soon after his death in 2002 she writes to his grandson, Richard, hinting at his family’s troubled past. Richard digs further and unearths disturbing secrets that not only haunted his grandad, but will impact on him too.
When a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill during WW2 is revealed and a mystery relative in a psychiatric hospital discovered, how much more does Florence dare disclose about her and Frank? And is Richard ready to hear?
Spanning three generations comes a multi-layered and sumptuously atmospheric story showing how – sometimes – the only way forward is through the past.
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As i might have mentioned once or twice I’m a huge fan of dual timeline, historical fiction so I was very excited to be invited onto the blog tour for The Walls We Build which is by a new author for me.
I was immediately drawn into the story and felt transported back in time to the war years. I know little apart from the basics about Winston Churchill and had never heard of Chartwell House so I really enjoyed learning more about the two. All of the characters were wonderful creations that felt very real as they are all given great backstories which gives the reader a better insight into who they are. I found I really enjoyed learning more about them and following their journey throughout the book.
The slow unraveling of the story and the revealing of all the secrets was cleverly done, with the author managing to keep the intrigue until the end. Just when I thought I had figured out what was happening something would happen to send the story in a new direction. The tension and heartache that the characters go through was well described and seemed to reflect what many people actually went through adding to the realistic feel in the book. I’m normally sceptical when I see author’s compared to Kate Morton but in this case I feel it’s justified and I’m surprised this author isn’t better known as she deserves to be!
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for my copy of this book and for inviting me onto the blog tour.
About The Author:
Jules Hayes lives in Berkshire, UK with her husband, daughter and dog. Jules has been writing for 10 years and The Walls We Build is her debut historical novel, which she began working on whilst attending the Novel Writing course at the Faber Academy in London in 2017. “A compelling story of friendship and the secrets we keep for generations. The poignant and moving narrative had me enthralled.” Critically acclaimed author, Sarah Ward. Jules has a degree in modern history and is fascinated with events from the first half of the 20th century, which is the time period her historical fiction is set. She is currently working on her 2nd historical novel, set in civil war and 1970s Spain, as well as England. You can find more out about Jules at her website: jules-hayes.com Hop over to her website and sign up to her newsletter list, which will give you an exclusive read of a short story, Cliché. See image on the right! Jules’ work has been longlisted in the Mslexia Novel Competiton, and shortlisted in the prestigious Bridport Short Story Competition. You can find her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JulesHayes6 And her Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/JulesHayesAuthor Jules Hayes is a pseudonym for JA Corrigan: http://www.jacorrigan.com