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The New Mrs Clifton

by Elizabeth Buchan

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction

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At the end of WWII Gus brings back an emotionally damaged German wife, Krista, to his family home on Clapham Common, London.  In a bombed terrace his house remains unscathed yet possibly unstable.  His two sisters are at home, one a grieving wartime widow who has also lost her baby.  The other is suffering from the effect from war but we do not discover how deeply until towards the end.  Gus works for an Intelligence Unit interrogating war criminals and Krista assists him until she has a baby.  Gus had an English fiancée and his marriage sends emotional ripples through both his family and his ex fiancée’s.  Krista has a difficult time adapting to English life and facing the obvious hostility towards Germans.  Emotions run high throughout the book, personalities clash, lives change in this impressive tale.  The Prologue alerts us to a dead body of a woman with child in the garden next door.  We the reader, are left guessing who that woman might be until a fast-paced conclusion.  Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The New Mrs Clifton Synopsis

'A gripping, immensely satisfying novel with a twist in the tale' Red 'Wrapped in the roots of the sycamore was a skeleton; the remains of a woman, between twenty-five and thirty. She had carried a child ...' At the close of the Second World War, Intelligence Officer Gus Clifton returns to London. On his arm is Krista, the German wife he married secretly in Berlin. For his sisters, this broken woman is nothing more than the enemy. For Nella, Gus's loyal fiancee, it is a terrible betrayal. These three friends wonder what hold Krista has over decent, honourable Gus. And, they ask themselves, how far will they have to go to permanently get her out of their home, their future, their England? 'Buchan brilliantly captures the blighted atmosphere of blitzed London' Daily Mail 'The tension is palpable and the atmosphere claustrophobic. Buchan vividly conveys the mood of a post-war London brought to its knees. A powerful and emotional read' Sunday Express 'I loved this story of post-war adjustment which sets up a mystery on the first page' Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist 'So so good. Great writing, great story. I could not put it down' Marian Keyes

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The New Mrs Clifton Press Reviews

'A gripping, immensely satisfying novel with a twist in the tale' Red

'A wonderful book about life in post-war London ... Buchan's believable characters live in a world of bombsites, shortages and speculators that is deftly realised' The Times

'A truly wonderful writer. Her books are rich with authentic period detail and her characters are vivid and intensely believable - I love this book' -- Peter James

'Impressive ... nerve-janglingly engrossing ... Buchan brings the period vividly to life' Sunday Times

'I loved The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan, a story of post-war adjustment which sets up a mystery on the first page' -- Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist

'When their brother brings home a German bride in the wake of the Second World War, two sisters wonder what hold she has over him in the elegantly written The New Mrs Clifton' Good Housekeeping

'Compassionate and gripping' -- Fanny Blake, Woman and Home

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ISBN: 9781405918190
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780718184063
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405918190
Publication date: 1st June 2017
Author: Elizabeth Buchan
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 416 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction,

About Elizabeth Buchan

Elizabeth Buchan began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books after graduating from the University of Kent with a double degree in English and History. She moved on to become a fiction editor at Random House before leaving to write full-time. Her novels include the award-winning Consider the Lily and the international bestseller, Revenge of the Middle-Aged Woman, which was made into a CBS Primetime Drama. Other novels include I Can’t Begin to Tell You, a story of SOE agents and resistance in wartime Denmark, and The New Mrs Clifton which is set in London and ...

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