RACHEL HORE is a British fiction writer, living in Norwich. After reading Modern History at St Catherine's College, Oxford, she worked at HarperCollins until moving to Norfolk with her husband, the author D. J. Taylor, and three children. She now teaches creative writing and publishing at the University of East Anglia. She is the author of eight novels, several of which have been Sunday Times Top Ten bestsellers.
2011. When Lucy’s troubled father Tom passes away, she travels to Cornwall to visit his childhood home – the once-beautiful Carlyon Manor. Before he died, Tom had been researching an uncle she never knew he had. Determined to find out why, Lucy tracks down Beatrice Ashton, a local woman who seems to know more than she lets on, and has an extraordinary story to tell . . .
1935. Growing up in Cornwall, Beatrice plays with the children of Carlyon Manor – especially pretty, blonde Angelina Wincanton. Then, one summer at the age of fifteen, she falls in love with a young visitor to the town: Rafe, whom she rescues from a storm-tossed sea.
On the surface, her life seems idyllic. But the dark clouds of war are gathering, and nobody, not even the Wincantons, will be left untouched.