Are you between 5 and 25? If so, enter the Wicked Young Writer Awards NOW - click here for details...

debuts of the month book price comparison tudor queens series
Search our site
A Country Escape by Katie Fforde Read the opening extract of the brand new Katie Fforde book before its publication on 22/02/2018

Larkswood by Valerie Mendes
  

Lovereading view...

On becoming unwell, London society girl, Louisa, is packed off to her grandfather, Edward, in the country and well attended by his staff. She builds a relationship with the old man and becomes enchanted with the house, Larkswood, and upon recovering opts to stay. While exploring the house she discovers a painting which shows her grandfather with two sisters. Louisa confronts him, he becomes short-tempered and she knows he is hiding something. So begins a wonderful family drama of dead babies, disgrace and hidden secrets in a most satisfying read of high drama, lovely dual period detail of the 1930s and the 1890s and a fascinating plot. Highly recommended.

If you like Valerie Mendes you might also like to read books by Santa Montefiore, Kate Furnivall and Julia Gregson.

Synopsis

Larkswood by Valerie Mendes

Larkswood House. The very name suggests birdsong, peace and elegance. It is home to the Hamilton children - Edward, Cynthia and Harriet - who enjoy the freedom and excitement of privilege. But in the glorious summer of 1896, with absent parents and a departed governess, disaster strikes the family, leaving it cruelly divided. More than forty years later, on the eve of the Second World War, Louisa Hamilton, newly presented at court but struck down with glandular fever, is sent to Larkswood to recuperate. There, for the first time, she meets her grandfather, Edward, home after decades in India. But as Louisa begins to fall under the spell of Larkswood, she realises it holds the key to the mystery that shattered her family two generations before. Will she find the courage to unravel the dark secrets of the past? And can Larkswood ever become home to happiness again?

About the Author

Valerie Mendes started her working life as a journalist, before moving into book publishing where she worked with Oxford University Press, Penguin Books and Elsevier among others. She lives in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Valerie Mendes

More books by Valerie Mendes
Author 'Like for Like'
    recommendations

Author's Website

www.valeriemendes.com

Publisher

Format

Paperback

Categories

Family Drama
eBook Favourites


ISBN

9781409129387

They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.

Maggie Crane

Its jam packed with fantastic titles, informative descriptions & fantastic reviews and has a vast array of great features & competitions.

Linda Rollins

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

Hooked on books? Give Lovereading a go - for the chance to discover brilliant books, and to see why our members love it so.

Claire Hill

I love the newsletter with reviews of all the new books coming out. Can't wait to open it when it arrives in my inbox.

Rachel Aygin

A well laid out site, I love the fact that is separates paranormal fiction from fantasy and horror, which other sites don't.

Jen Rainbow

Books of the month/debuts of the month, kids/adults, fiction/non-fiction, free prize draws and free extracts, what's not to love?

Emma Smith

Lovereading is a wonderful way to expand my literary horizons, discover inspiring authors & get the chance to read new novels first. #loveit

Zarina de Ruiter

Lovereading4kids

Lovereading4schools