Eliza Graham lives in the Vale of the White Horse in Oxfordshire, with her husband, children and dogs.
July 2010 Good Housekeeping selection. In Jubilee by Eliza Graham, Meriel searches for the cousin who vanished from their village in 1953 – and discovers how World War II continues to shape the community years later.
Shortlisted for the Spread the Word : Books to Talk About 2008.A haunting historical novel as the events in a sleepy Dorset town of today mix with those of the past. Two women come together, Minna is mourning the loss of her son and the elderly woman, Felix, is a melancholy figure whose past is somehow linked to the discovery of the body of a GI from the Second World War found on the beach. A sensitive story with believable characters.
Abalada por um luto recente, Minna e o marido Tom se refugiam para uma vila isolada na costa de Dorset, na esperanca de encontrar a solidao que lhes permitira lidar com sua perda e reconstruir seu casamento que esta naufragando. Um dia, caminhando pela praia, eles descobrem um esqueleto humano. E uma descoberta que fara Minna mergulhar em um misterio que vai consumi-la pelos meses seguintes. Os restos mortais sao logo identificados como sendo do Soldado Raso Lew Campbell, um soldado americano negro que, aparentemente, se afogou na area durante um exercicio na epoca de guerra ha meio seculo. Ficando cada vez mais preocupada com o destino do soldado morto, Minna faz amizade com uma mulher idosa melancolica, Felix, que morou na vila durante a guerra. Como Minna persuade Felix a contar sua historia, torna-se claro que a senhora sabe mais sobre o soldado morto do que demonstrou inicialmente. O que Acontece sob a Lua e um romance inesquecivel de recordacoes e perdas, sobre o legado da guerra e a necessidade de reconciliar-nos com nosso passado para viver com o presente. A confissao chocante de Felix ao final permite que ela se reconcilie com um evento que lancou uma sombra sobre a vida dela e ajuda Minna a comecar a aceitar sua propria perda.
1822: La giovane figlia illegittima di Byron muore in un convento in Italia, lontana dalla madre che la adorava. 1838: la giovane Alice Clarke, infelicemente sposata con un uomo violento, e inseguita nelle strade di Londra da un greco e da una donna che indossa un mantello nero.
February 1945. Europe is in ruins and the Red Army is searing its way across Germany's eastern marches, revenging itself upon a petrified population. The war is over, but for some the fight for survival is only just beginning. Alix, the aristocratic daughter of a German resistance fighter, is alone and desperate to flee before the Reds come. But when a ferocious snowstorm descends she must return to the shelter of her abandoned ancestral home. There, she is shocked to find her childhood sweetheart Gregor. As old passions are rekindled, a couple break into the house to hide - the man, dressed in Gestapo uniform, is a stranger, but his companion is altogether more familiar. By morning, the blizzard has died down but the Reds are back. The woman and her Nazi escort are dead, and Gregor has vanished. Alone and terrified, Alix runs for her life, and embarks upon an extraordinary and heartbreaking journey. It will take sixty years and the fall of another empire - Communism - before the riddles of that fateful night can be deciphered. Restitution is a memorable novel about love and betrayal, hatred and heroism - a reminder that, even in the worst of times, the most courageous acts of kindness are possible.
It's the Queen's Golden Jubilee, and Rachel and her aunt Evie are celebrating with the crowds on the village green. The scene is tranquil, but Rachel and her aunt can never forget what happened exactly twenty-five years ago. On that day, Evie's young daughter Jessamy vanished. She hasn't been seen since. Soon after, news comes of Evie's sudden death, and Rachel must return to the village to deal with her aunt's estate. The extraordinary story she uncovers there will change everything. It is a story of departure and return, of atrocity and betrayal, of unrequited love and the dreadful legacy of war.
After her soldier husband is seriously injured and her marriage begins to fall apart, Meredith Cordingley returns to teach at Letchford, the grand Cotswold private school run by her father, who outwardly appears to be a typically English headmaster. The setting provides Meredith with a tranquil refuge from her own heartache until one September afternoon, when a shocking discovery is made in the history room. The police are called, but all is not what it seems. Meredith is determined to discover the culprit and becomes convinced that a manipulative member of staff is controlling the sinister goings-on at her beloved Letchford, and exerting a calculating influence on a vulnerable and troubled young student, but on her journey to untangle the truth Meredith risks her father's reputation, as well as her own. As the mystery unravels Meredith comes to discover that there is more than one person at Letchford School hiding a past filled with complicated secrets. What follows is a gripping mystery, a tale of war, grief, love and second chances.