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A Season of Secrets by Margaret Pemberton
  

A Season of Secrets

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A glorious, sprawling family saga spanning both world wars and following a Yorkshire aristocratic family, Lord Gilbert, Lady Blanche and their three daughters. It is very Downton Abbey-esque, only the girls all go off into fascinating lives. One to the Spanish Civil War, another marries a German and the youngest becomes a film star and spy based in Berlin. The head gardener was killed in WWI so his daughter his brought up with the sisters and we follow her life too. So we have wealth, class, war, tragedy and lots of human drama in a highly absorbing, grand read. Terrific.

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A Season of Secrets by Margaret Pemberton

Sweeping from the Great War, through the Jazz Age to the 1940s, this unforgettable tale follows the entwined lives of the Fentons, an aristocratic family from Yorkshire. Thea, the eldest daughter of Viscount Gilbert Fenton, flouts the unwritten rules of her class by embarking on a love affair with Hal, the fiercely socialist son of one of her father's tenant farmers. Carrie, her close childhood friend and granddaughter of the Viscount's nanny, has always been expected to marry Hal - but when she goes into service she finds herself longing for the one person she can never hope to marry. Olivia, the middle Fenton sister, follows a more conventional path, forging friendships with the British royal family and attending a finishing school in Germany. Her relationship with Count von der Schulenburg does not raise eyebrows, but as the mid-1930s approach, she finds herself in a country experiencing rapid, radical and dangerous social change. Violet, the youngest of the Fenton sisters, is also the most reckless. She dreams of becoming an actress in Hollywood, unaware her life will be filled with more drama than any part she will ever play. And then there is Rozalind, their American cousin, who is secretly in love with a married U.S. senator. Her ambitions to become a photojournalist will also take her into the heart of Hitler's Germany. Set against the rich canvas of the first half of the twentieth century, A Season of Secrets is an unforgettable tale of passion and betrayal, love and war.

About the Author

Margaret Pemberton is the bestselling author of over thirty novels in many different genres, some of which are contemporary in setting and some historical. She has served as Chairman of the Romantic Novelists' Association and has three times served as a committee member of the Crime Writers' Association. Born in Bradford, she is married to a Londoner, has five children and two dogs and lives in Whitstable, Kent. Apart from writing, her passions are tango, travel, English history and the English countryside.

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Book Info

Publication date

29th January 2015

Author

Margaret Pemberton

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Publisher

Pan Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Format

Paperback
576 pages
Interest Age: From 18 years

Categories

Sagas and Romance
Historical Fiction
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Sagas
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ISBN

9781447248569

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