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Elle Newmark is an award-winning writer whose books are inspired by her travels. She and her husband, a retired physician, have two grown children and five grandchildren. They live in the hills north of San Diego.
An English couple with their young child find themselves beginning a new period of their life in a small village in India in 1952. Martin is still struggling to get his life on track as he grapples with unbearable wartime memories whilst life for Evie is not what she expects. But when she finds some letters hidden in a wall she becomes completely spellbound by them and the characters therein. The author cleverly interweaves the story of Evie and her family with that of the people from 100 years earlier. And, as Evie's fascination with her Victorian discoveries deepens, she unearths powerful secrets. But at what cost to her present, already fragile existence in India?
September 2009 Debut of the Month. Fifteenth century Venice and a street urchin is ‘rescued’ by the Doge’s master chef and taken on as his apprentice. The court life and culinary snippets add depth to the mystery surrounding an ancient book and its dark secrets. The whereabouts of the book becomes the talk of Italy and the obsession of the Doge, and naturally our young apprentice becomes intrigued. There are secrets within secrets here, mounting in a suspenseful read with an unexpected twist or two. Good fun. Comparison: Robert Goddard, Joanne Harris, Kate Mosse.