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The Twilight Hour by Nicci Gerrard

The Twilight Hour

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Peter, having lost his girlfriend to Johan is asked by Johan to help his grandmother, Eleanor, to sort out her papers before she dies. Eleanor is blind and so cannot do it herself and she wants to destroy letters that she has kept secret from her family. Eleanor lives in a remote, large house and Peter welcomes the privacy and forms an instant rapport with Eleanor. He learns much about her past and is welcomed into the family by her children and grandchildren. She had married a much respected doctor and they had had a happy relationship, or had they? This is lovely picture of a marriage during the Second World War with all the loss and sadness of that period.

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Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. 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.
~ Susie Cogan


The Twilight Hour by Nicci Gerrard

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.


Praise for Nicci Gerrard:

'Beguiling, poignant, wonderful .'

-Sunday Express

'Acutely observed and beautifully written .'

-Woman and Home

'Subtle, poignant and tremendously skilful .'


About the Author

Internationally bestselling authors Nicci Gerard and Sean French, writing as Nicci French, have sold more than eight million copies of their books worldwide.

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Publication date

23rd October 2014


Nicci Gerrard

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Penguin Books Ltd


416 pages


Family Drama
Historical Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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