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Return to Fourwinds

by Elisabeth Gifford

Return to Fourwinds Synopsis

***Shortlisted Author For Historical Writers' Association's Debut Crown For Best First Historical Novel*** What will it cost to hide your deepest secrets from those you love most? At Fourwinds they gather: Alice and Ralph, Patricia and Peter, to celebrate the marriage of their children. But the bride is nowhere to be seen. What could have caused Sarah to vanish? As both families search for the answer, the past floods through the corridors of the old house. What secret has Ralph been keeping from his wife? What is it about Alice's wartime encounter with Peter that has haunted her ever since? Return to Fourwinds is a sweeping, lyrical story of the things we choose to tell and the secrets that we keep.

The Good Book Guide Review

As two families gather at Fourwinds, a country house, for the marriage of their children, they realise that they now have to confront difficult secrets from the past. What exactly has Ralph been keeping from his wife Alice, and what happened between Alice and Peter during the war that has proved so emotionally tumultuous? And in the present why has Sarah, the prospective bride, suddenly disappeared on the eve of her wedding? There are many questions to answer. Skilfully moving between the landscapes of luscious Valencia, the British countryside and Manchester, Gifford fashions a lyrical, compassionate narrative that examines the threads that bind us together in relationships.

Return to Fourwinds Press Reviews

Beautifully written, brilliantly observed... a wonderful and intriguing book -- Barbara Erskine A moving novel of great sweep and depth -- Tim Pears Secrets of the Sea House is an arresting tale of the things that haunt us. But the real pleasure in this debut novel is Elisabeth Gifford's finely wrought prose; at turns acute, delicate and fierce -- Liza Klaussmann on SECRETS OF THE SEA HOUSE Gifford moves nimbly between the centuries and voices of her intriguing tale. She is a singular and poetic writer -- Rhidian Brook on SECRETS OF THE SEA HOUSE Sure to ignite an interest in sea mythology partnered with real-life ground-breaking sightings and discoveries, this is the perfect read if you're heading to a British beach this summer * Red Magazine on SECRETS OF THE SEA HOUSE * Fans of historical fiction, folklore and Scotland will all enjoy this wonderful debut; Gifford is a writer to watch * We Love This Book on SECRETS OF THE SEA HOUSE *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782391166
Publication date: 4th June 2015
Author: Elisabeth Gifford
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Elisabeth Gifford

Elisabeth Gifford grew up in a vicarage in the industrial Midlands. She studied French literature and world religions at Leeds University. She has written articles for The Times and the Independent and has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Oxford OUDCE and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway College. She is married with three children. They live in Kingston upon Thames.

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