The world is at war. And time is running out…
London, 1940. Britain is gripped by the terror of the Blitz, forcing Nell Spelman to flee the capital with her young daughter – leaving behind her husband, Arthur, the clockmaker who keeps Big Ben chiming.
When Arthur disappears, Nell is desperate to find him. But her search will lead her into far darker places than she ever imagined…
New York, Present Day. When Ellie discovers a beautiful watch that had once belonged to a grandmother she never knew, she becomes determined to find out what happened to her. But as she pieces together the fragments of her grandmother’s life, she begins to wonder if the past is better left forgotten…
A powerful and unforgettable tale of fierce love, impossible choices and a moment that changes the world forever, perfect for fans of Fiona Valpy and Suzanne Kelman.
The Clockmaker’s Wife is available in ebook now and in paperback on the 5th of August. You can purchase or pre-order your copy by clicking on the links below.
The Clockmaker’s Wife is a beautiful and moving dual timeline story which I really enjoyed.
As I might have mentioned once or twice I’m a huge fan of dual timeline historical fiction so this book instantly appealed. I especially enjoy it when the book teaches me something new and this book was no exception as I loved learning more about Arthur’s job maintaining Big Ben. I was also fascinated to learn a bit more about the fascist groups and supporters of Hitler that were in the country at that time.
Nell was a fantastic main character and one I really enjoyed following throughout the book. She really shows what she’s made of when she discovers Arthur is missing and sets off back to London to find out what happened. Her story there is truly amazing and I was in total awe of her bravery as she searched. I found myself completely absorbed in what was happening and found it hard to put the book down as I had to find out what happens.
The story moves seamlessly between the two timelines and while I did prefer following Nell’s story I thought Ellie’s story was very interesting especially the strong themes of family and how important it is to maintain memories.
This is I believe the author’s debut novel and I can’t wait to read more from her in the future. Huge thanks to Ellie from Avon for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book via netgalley. If you love dual timeline stories you need to read this!
About The Author:
Daisy Wood worked in publishing for some years before leaving to concentrate on her own writing. She has had several children’s books published, both historical and contemporary, and is happiest rooting about in the London Library on the pretext of research. She lives in south London and when not locked away in her study can be seen in various city parks, running after a rescue Pointer with a Basset Hound in tow.