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Larkswood by Valerie Mendes
  

Larkswood

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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 Julia Gregson, Kate Furnivall and Santa Montefiore.

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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.

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Publication date

30th November 1999

Author

Valerie Mendes

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www.valeriemendes.com

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Family Drama
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ISBN

9781409129387

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