Love in a time of war is hard when you are on the wrong side. . . 1938. Penelope George lives a charmed existence preparing to be a debutante. But it is an empty life - a gilded cage with its door firmly shut on adventure and independence. When her sister Evadne needs help in Athens, Penny seizes the opportunity to escape to a future away from the straitjacket of London society. Arriving in the historic city, she reinvents herself, finding her true vocation as a Red Cross nurse, just another stranger among strangers until war breaks out. Greece is invaded and Penny finds herself stranded on the island of Crete, tending the wounded and dying, one of the few foreign nurses left on the battlefield. Forging a dangerous friendship with Yolanda, a young Jewish nurse, Penny attracts the unwanted attention of a high-ranking German officer. Little does she know how this encounter will change her life . . . Sixty years later, it is time for Penny to return, to make the journey she never thought she'd dare to, reliving those final dark days stranded on the island as the last remaining female foreigner. It's a pilgrimage which will lead her to a reunion with someone she thought she has lost forever - and the truth behind a secret buried deep in the past. eah Fleming was born in Lancashire and is married with three sons and a daughter. She writes from an old farmhouse in the Yorkshire Dales and an olive grove in Crete.
May 1941, and the island of Crete is captured by the Germans bringing together two very different women and changing their lives forever... May1941 and the island of Crete is invaded by paratroopers from the air. After a lengthy fight, thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers are forced to take to the hills or become escaping PoWs, sheltered by the Cretan villagers. Sixty years later, Lois West and her young son, Alex, invite feisty Great Aunt Pen to a special eighty-fifth birthday celebration on Crete, knowing she has not been back there since the war. Penelope George - formerly Giorgidiou - is reluctant to go but is persuaded by the fact it is the 60th anniversary of the Battle. It is time for her to return and make the journey she never thought she'd dare to. On the outward voyage from Athens, she relives her experiences in the city from her early years as a trainee nurse to those last dark days stranded on the island, the last female foreigner. When word spreads of her visit, and old Cretan friends and family come to greet her, Lois and Alex are caught up in her epic pilgrimage and the journey which leads her to a reunion with the friend she thought she had lost forever - and the truth behind a secret buried deep in the past...Praise for The Captain's Daughter:'I enjoyed it enormously. It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' Rachel Hore'A born storyteller' Kate Atkinson
'I found the photograph album by chance when we were clearing out the old coach house. It must have been sitting on the garage shelf for years among all the other family rejects.'When a woman finds a lost photo album in a garage clearout, she is drawn to the images of her ancestors. But one image in particular stands out: a baby sitting in the lap of its mother, both draped from head to toe in a cotton lace curtain or something, completely enveloped and unrecognizable. Who are they and what has happened to them?In a story that moves between 2012 and 1850, the shocking secrets of one family are gradually revealed ...
The Last Pearl: one magnificent gem; three lives bound together by fate ...1879, York.Greta Costello must rely on her wits to survive. She finds refuge as a Saturday girl for an old jeweller, Saul Abrahams, and her eye for detail, her long fingers and appreciation of beauty persuade Saul to train her as a pearl stringer. This skill will lead her through hardship and pain towards a new life. 1879, Scotland.Jem Baillie knows the immense power of a perfect pearl. His father was a fisher on a tributary of the Tay river in Perthshire, Scotland, and together they found the rarest of pearls, a great white pearl they call Queenie. When this is stolen from them, Eben vows revenge. Spanning generations and continents, tracing the rivers of Scotland and the Mississippi, The Last Pearlis a sweeping novel of desire and revenge, of family and freedom, and of one woman's journey to open the shell she has built around herself to reveal the true beauty within.
2002, Australia. When Melissa discovers a postcard addressed to 'Desmond' among her recently deceased father's effects, she is determined to discover this person's identity and his relationship to her father. She soon embarks on a journey that will take her across oceans and into the past...1930's, London. Caroline grew on a secluded Scottish estate with her 'Aunt' Phoebe. Now, the shocking realisation that Phoebe is actually her mother fuels a rebellious streak in Caroline, who elopes to Cairo to get married. But her marriage quickly turns sour and leads to an affair with an old lover, and to a baby boy, Desmond. With her personal life in tatters and WWII approaching, she volunteers as a secret agent, smuggling valuable information into Europe for the British government. When Caroline finally returns from the war, Desmond is gone; he was secretly taken to Australia by his nanny years before. Will Caroline be able to track him down? And how will her journey to find her son lead to Melissa's mission to uncover her father's past? Praise for The Captain's Daughter:'I enjoyed it enormously. It's a moving and compelling story about a lifetime's journey in search of the truth' Rachel Hore'A born storyteller' Kate Atkinson
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