PUBLISHED BY SARNIA PRESS 8th APRIL 2019
Anne Allen was born in Rugby to a Welsh father and an English mother. As a result, she spent many summers with her Welsh grandparents in Anglesey and learned to love the sea. Now she is based in Devon to be near her daughter and two small grandchildren. Her restless spirit has meant many moves, the longest stay being in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns. Her younger son is based in London – ideal for city breaks.
By profession, Anne was a psychotherapists who long had a desire to write and Dangerous Waters, her first novel, was published in 2012. It was awarded Silver (Adult Fiction) in The Wishing Shelf Awards 2012. Since then she has published six more books in The Guernsey Novels series; Finding Mother, Guernsey Retreat, The Family Divided, Echoes of Time, which was a winner of The Diamond Book Award 2017, a finalist in Readers favorite awards and granted a Chill With A Book Award, The Betrayal, and The Inheritance, published April 2019.
How close were Victor Hugo and his copyist?
1862 Young widow Eugénie is left bereft when her husband dies suddenly and faces an uncertain future in Guernsey. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, living in exile on the island in his opulent house only yards away from Eugénie’s home. Their meeting changes her life and she becomes his copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.
2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, Guernsey born though now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she was entranced by Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and who, according to family myth, was particularly close to Hugo. Was he the real father of her child? Tess is keen to find out and returning to the island presents her with the ideal opportunity.
Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.
WHAT DID I THINK – I was so pleased when Anne asked me to read and review this book as I have read a few of her others and I really enjoy them. The descriptions of the areas make you almost feel as if you are there. I love that they have a bit of history in them. This book did not let me down, I read it in a couple of days, it was nice and easy reading and I enjoy that every so often. The characters both years ago and present day all work together and are such nice people. That is apart from the wife beaters, I was surprised to learn that this has been going on since time began, it really needs stamping out and people should not be allowed to get away with it. Anyway back to the book, I loved it and recommend to pop over to Amazon at the link below and buy it now.
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Super book to read