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The Secret of Summerhayes by Meryn Allingham
  

The Secret of Summerhayes

Historical Fiction   

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Summer 1944: Bombed out by the blitz, Bethany Merston takes up a post as companion to elderly Alice Summer, last remaining inhabitant of the dilapidated and crumbling Summerhayes estate. Now a shadow of its former glory; most of the rooms have been shut up, the garden is overgrown and the whole place feels as unwelcoming as the family themselves. Struggling with the realities of war, Alice is plagued by anonymous letters and haunting visions of her old household. At first, Beth tries to convince her it's all in her mind but soon starts to unravel the mysteries surrounding the aristocratic family's past.

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Synopsis

The Secret of Summerhayes by Meryn Allingham

A war-torn summer A house fallen into ruin A family broken apart by scandal...An evocative and captivating tale, The Secret of Summerhayes tells of dark secrets, almost-forgotten scandals and a household teetering on the edge of ruin.

About the Author

Merryn Allingham was born into an army family and spent her childhood moving around the UK and abroad. Unsurprisingly it gave her itchy feet and in her twenties she escaped from an unloved secretarial career to work as cabin crew and see the world. Merryn loves history and in 2014 published her first historical suspense trilogy, Daisy's War, set in India and wartime England in the 1930s/1940s. All three novels are now available - The Girl from Cobb Street, The Nurse's War and Daisy's Long Road Home.

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Book Info

Publication date

27th July 2017

Author

Meryn Allingham

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Publisher

Mira an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Format

Paperback
350 pages

Categories

Historical fiction
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ISBN

9780008193850

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