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The Second Bride by Katharine Swartz
  

The Second Bride

Part of the Tales from Goswell Series
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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 it’s 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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Synopsis

The Second Bride by Katharine Swartz

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 At seventeen, Annabelle is surly, withdrawn, and adamant that she isn't, and never will be, part of her father's second family.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.

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

About the Author

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 story. The Second Bride is the third book in Katherine’s charming series, Tales From Goswell.

Below is a Q&A with this author.

1. What first inspired you to write the Tales from Goswell series?
Moving to a 200-year-old vicarage in a small village in Cumbria lit the creative spark.
2. Do you have a particular writing routine?
I have small children so I tend to fit my writing around them. I try to write in the mornings for about three hours while I have childcare and then be firm about closing the laptop and devoting time to my family.
3. Name the writing habit you rely on to get you through a first draft.
I have to push through the hard parts, including, inevitably, when I am convinced this is the worst thing I’ve ever written, and just finish it.
4. Which living author(s) do you most admire?
Mary Lawson. Her books are beautiful.
5. Which book would you take to a desert island? Let’s stick to the formula – excluding the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare.
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, which has been on my bedside table for years. I always pick it up when I need to be encouraged.
6. How much of you is in any of your characters?
Everything and nothing—all my characters are fiction, but I bring myself, my emotions and fears and desires, to every person I write.
7. In another age I would have been . . .
A governess. I like the safety of the school room.
8. Who would your fantasy dinner guests be?
My family. Living abroad I don’t see them often enough.
9. Which book do you wish you had written?
The Harry Potter series for obvious reasons, or the above mentioned Stepping Heavenward for how much hope it has given people over the years.
10. Who is your favourite literary character?
The narrator of Remains of the Day. He is oblique and unreliable and yet you have so much sympathy for him.
11. Did any of the characters in your book surprise you while writing?
Characters continually surprise by how they have a mind of their own, even though I’m the one controlling them!
12. What would your super power be?
Flying.
13. What is the worst piece of writing or career feedback you’ve received?
Many years ago an agent once sent me an email that was not meant for me to see—‘Her writing is mediocre, but this is the kind of thing we could make money from’. I never want that to be my motive for being in this business!
14. What is the worst job you've done?
Waitressing in New York City.
15. What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Trust in God. Love never fails.
16. Have you written anything and been surprised by its reception?
I have been gratified by how many people have enjoyed my books, and I have also appreciated the criticism I’ve received as I hope it makes me a better writer.
17. Which book (not your own) do you wish everyone would read?
The Bible, with an open mind.
18. Which book do you suspect most people claim to have read, but haven’t?
The current work of literary genius, whatever it is!
19. How do you feel about physical books versus e-books?
I have a foot in both camps. I love reading e-books but I don’t actually feel like I own the book, and I keep all my physical books too.
20. Do you have any advice for an aspiring author?
Write. Try to write everyday, or as often as you can. That is the only way you will improve your craft.

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Publication date

17th February 2017

Author

Katharine Swartz

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Publisher

Lion Fiction an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781782642121

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