Secrets and memories collide in The Twilight Hour, the new novel from bestselling author Nicci Gerrard. 'Be with me now, at the twilight hour. When the light fails.' 'I'm here.' 'Tell me.' 'What shall I tell you?' 'Tell me about us, when we were young. What was it like? What was I like then?' Eleanor Lee has lived a fiercely independent existence for over ninety years, but now it's time to tidy her life away - books, photographs, paintings, letters - a lifetime of possessions all neatly boxed up for the last time. But amongst them there are some things that must be kept hidden. And, nearing blindness, Eleanor needs help to uncover them before her children and grandchildren do. Peter, a young man with a broken heart who feels as lost as Eleanor's past, is employed to help with this task. And together they uncover traces of another life - words and photographs telling a story of forbidden love, betrayal, passion, grief and self-sacrifice, which Eleanor must visit one last time. By speaking her memories out loud, and releasing the secrets of her past, Eleanor can finally lay them to rest. To honour them at last, and protect those who must never know.
A beguiling story of two souls drawn together over memories of the past. Eleanor Lee is finally ready to leave her home after ninety years of independence, but her near-blindness prevents her from sorting though papers that could reveal her darkest secrets to the family. When Peter, a young man with troubles of his own, comes to help her, the two become close, as details of Eleanor’s extraordinary past, defying convention as the Second World War raged through Europe, come to light. Atmospheric and lyrical, this tender story of ageing, adventure and love strives for redemption and offers hope for the future.
Praise for Nicci Gerrard:
'Beguiling, poignant, wonderful .'
'Acutely observed and beautifully written .'
-Woman and Home
'Subtle, poignant and tremendously skilful .'
Publication date: 23/10/2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||23rd October 2014|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Internationally bestselling authors Nicci Gerard and Sean French, writing as Nicci French, have sold more than eight million copies of their books worldwide.More About Nicci Gerrard