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Margaret Leroy studied music at Oxford. She has written four novels, one of which was televised by Granada and reached an audience of eight million. Margaret has appeared on numerous radio and TV programmes, and her articles and short stories have been published in the Observer, the Sunday Express and the Mail on Sunday. Her books have been translated into ten languages. Margaret is married with two daughters and lives in Surrey.
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When seventeen-year-old Stella Whittaker is offered the chance to study at the Academy of Music in Vienna it's a dream-come-true, made possible by old family friends, Rainer and Marthe Kraus, who offer her a place to live. Seduced by the elegant beauty of the city, Stella explores the magnificent palaces, gardens and fashionable coffee houses, and after a chance meeting in an art gallery, falls in love with Harri Reznik, a young Jewish doctor. But as the threat of war casts a dark shadow over Europe, Stella soon discovers that both the household where she lives, and the city she has come to call home, are not as welcoming as they once seemed.
June 2011 Book of the Month. Margaret Leroy explores a forbidden friendship in the frightening world of Guernsey during the German occupation in the Second World War. With her husband fighting on the frontline Vivienne begins a relationship with a Nazi soldier - to her it feels like a betrayal but can she fight against it or is love stronger than everything else around? Historically accurate and the storytelling is terrific, so much so it will keep you gripped to the page. Margaret Leroy's novels The Downing Girl and The Perfect Mother are also featured on the Lovereading site. Click the titles to view them.
February 2010 Book of the Month. A compelling read tackling one of those subjects that is difficult to comprehend – how a mother could purposefully harm her own child. Beautifully written and keeping the reader guessing as to what the truth really is, you will be intrigued and fascinated until the end.
May 2009 Book of the Month. A great read, a well thought-out plot with a good build to the final crisis. It concerns a disturbed child with a mother who is at her wits’ end to find help. She eventually takes Sylvie to a professor who deals with children and the paranormal and together they unravel an extraordinary mystery. It’s well worth reading. Comparison: Alice Hoffman, Cecelia Ahern, Audrey Niffenegger.