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This delightful family drama takes us back to a quiet, genteel Sussex in the summer of 1914. But appearances are deceptive and there is darkness at the heart of this novel.
In the last peaceful summer before the First World War, trouble is rumbling within the tranquil, idyllic setting of Summerhayes in Sussex. Head strong, independent Elizabeth is resisting the expected path of a young lady in her position and dreams of an independent life making her way as a professional artist. Inspired by the suffragette movement she dares to dream that a more exciting future could be hers for the taking and yet she knows that her traditional family expect nothing more from her than to settle down, marry well and protect the future of the estate. Elizabeth is not interested in marriage though, that is until she meets Aiden Kellerway a young architect’s assistant. Their background couldn’t be more different and yet they think alike and soon an attraction begins to grow between then.
Elizabeth begins to realise that life at Summerhayes is not quite as it appears as an unexpected enemy begins to try and destroy all that her father has built. Can she help save her family and herself from the threat that will stop at nothing to take their home and heritage and will she ever have the freedom to be with the man she loves? This is an engrossing drama that looks at the effect family ties can have in a time when the world was changing and moving towards an unknown, darker future. A delightful piece of period escapism. ~ Shelley Fallows
May, 1914. Nestled in Sussex, the Summerhayes mansion seems the perfect country idyll. But with a long-running feud in the Summers family and tensions in Europe deepening, Summerhayes' peaceful days are numbered. For Elizabeth Summer, the lazy quiet of her home has become stifling. A chance meeting with Aiden Kellaway, an architect's assistant, offers the secret promise of escape. But to secure her family's future, Elizabeth must marry well. A man of trade falls far from her father's uncompromising standards. As the sweltering heat of 1914 builds to a storm, Elizabeth faces a choice between family loyalty and an uncertain future with the man she loves. One thing is definite: this summer will change everything.
Closing date: 11/10/2018
Publication date: 12/01/2017
Publisher: HQ an imprint of Harlequin (UK)
|Publication date:||12th January 2017|
|Publisher:||HQ an imprint of Harlequin (UK)|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,|
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