Some secrets are better left buried. A dual-timeline novel spanning a Somerset village during WW2, to a body found under the flagstones in the chapel of Telton Hall in 2022.
2022. Stained-glass expert Rhoda Sullivan is called to Telton Hall to examine a window designed by an Italian prisoner of war during WW2. It should be a quick job but when she and the owner’s son, Nate Hartwell, discover a body underneath one of the flagstones in the chapel, Rhoda cannot let the mystery go. She knows what it’s like to miss someone who is missing – her twin brother disappeared just before their eighteenth birthday, and she has been looking for him for nearly a decade. But when the threats start, it’s clear someone doesn’t want the secrets of Telton Hall to come to light.
1945. Alice Renshaw is in trouble. Pregnant and alone, she is sent away to hide her shame and taken in by Louise Hartwell who has a farm in Somerset worked by prisoners of war. As the weeks pass, Alice finds solace in new friendships, but not everyone at Telton Hall is happy about it. And even though peace has been declared in Europe, the war at home is only just beginning…
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In 2022 Rhoda is an artisan who restores antique glass. Having spent part of her childhood in the care system, she dislikes authority and still mourns losing contact with her twin brother when they were eighteen. The removal of the old chapel at Telton Hall in Somerset needs her expertise, but the owner doesn’t want to move, and a chance discovery of human remains with the owner’s son leads to a web of dark secrets. In 1945 pregnant Alice finds a temporary home at Telton Hall. She finds friendship with the other workers and a menacing danger threatening them all.
A dual timeline story, it explores the prejudices prevalent in wartime Britain and the camaraderie that existed between relative strangers. Suspenseful with an underlying menacing ethos in both 1945 and 2022, it keeps you reading to find out what happens to the easy to empathise characters.
I enjoyed the female protagonists and the plot twists. The historic details create a believable world, and the ending, whilst not a total surprise, was satisfying.
A USA Today and Amazon UK & USA bestselling author, with ‘The Girl Who Lied’ and ‘Sister Sister’ both reaching #1 in the Amazon UK Kindle chart in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Her books have sold over a million copies, and translation rights for her novels have been sold worldwide. She was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, often moving with her family, before eventually settling in West Sussex, where she now lives with her husband and family.