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The Second Bride

by Katharine Swartz

Part of the Tales from Goswell Series

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction

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A bittersweet, compassionate family drama set in Cumbria. Ellen is under pressure after her step-daughter comes to live with her family. Emotionally bombarded, Ellen attempts to solve the mystery of a death certificate from 1872, that was found under their floorboards. This is the third in the ‘Tales from Goswell’ series with its trademark dual time frames, yet a sharper, biting edge hovers over the stories. 1872 is brought to intense life, yet past and present almost become one, as feelings breach the time divide. Both tales reveal heartbreak and family angst, Katharine Swartz handles the pain and emotion with great sensitivity and tenderness. Goswell centres the tales, with the warmth of village life sitting in the background, along with Jane Hatton fromThe Vicar’s Wife.  An emotional read awaits in ‘The Second Bride’, yet one that is ultimately full of love and hope. ~ Liz Robinson

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The Second Bride Synopsis

Ellen Tyson is living the perfect village life in Goswell. But when her stepdaughter moves in, her fragile idyll is fractured. At seventeen, Annabelle is surly, withdrawn, and adamant that she isn't, and never will be, part of her father's second family. As Ellen battles with Annabelle, new tensions arise with her husband Alex, shattering the happiness she'd once so carelessly enjoyed. Then Ellen finds a death certificate from the 1870s hidden under the floorboards, and its few stark lines awaken a curiosity in her. Ellen tries to involve Annabelle in her search for answers. But as they dig deeper into the circumstances of Sarah Mills' untimely death, truths both poignant and shocking come to light - about the present as well as the past. Interlacing the lives of Ellen Tyson and Sarah Mills, The Second Bride is a captivating and moving story about what it means to be a family, and the lengths we will go to for the people we love.

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The Second Bride Press Reviews

'With stunning prose and deep emotion, Katharine Swartz weaves a powerful story of love and redemption, perfect for the world right now.' -- Maisey Yates, New York Times bestselling author of Hold Me, Cowboy

'A Victorian death certificate found under the floorboards - who wouldn't be longing to find out who it was and how it came to be there? But Ellen has problems of her own when her stroppy stepdaughter comes to stay. Intriguing parallels between Sarah's life in the 1870s and Ellen's in the present day kept me turning the pages until the early hours!' -- Kathleen McGurl, author of The Daughters of Red Hill Hall

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ISBN: 9781782642121
Publication date: 17/02/2017
Publisher: Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782642121
Publication date: 17th February 2017
Author: Katharine Swartz
Publisher: Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Katharine Swartz

After spending three years as a diehard New Yorker, Katharine Swartz now lives in the Wales with her husband, their five children, and a Golden Retriever. She enjoys such novel things as long country walks and chatting with people in the street, and her children love the freedom of village life—although she often has to ring four or five people to figure out where they’ve gone off to. She writes women’s fiction as well as contemporary romance under the name Kate Hewitt, and whatever the genre she enjoys delivering a compelling and intensely emotional ...

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