This is the perfect book to snuggle down with in front of the fire. As the rain lashes and the wind blows- no matter where you are- you will be whisked to the wild Cornish coast and the close-knit community whose support means life or death on a daily basis.
I do love a bit of historical now and then- and this was definitely one of those times! What I look for in a historical novel is to be immersed in the period and in the story, without feeling like I'm in a history lecture. I don’t know how the author has managed it, but she made feel as though I was an intimate part of this poor fishing community.
The reader gets to see Freya grow from a little girl to a young woman in the blink of an eye, so when her and her family’s lives stand to be affected so strongly by the arrival of Anna, Mairead and the air of mystery that surrounds them, we’re drawn in – unable to look away from the pages.
This brilliant book has so much pace that it kept me hooked from beginning to end. There’s plenty of plot, and the intrigue and mystery is backed up by a cast of characters whose complex histories, relationships and hardships have ensured that I’m desperate to get my hands on the next book in the series.
I highly recommend you grab a copy when it comes out on the 1st of December!
1910. Anna Garvey arrives in Caernoweth, Cornwall with her daughter and a secret. Having come from Ireland to take up an inheritance of the local pub, she and her eighteen year-old daughter Mairead are initially viewed with suspicion by the close-knit community.
Anna soon becomes acquainted with Freya Penhaligon, a vulnerable girl struggling to keep her family business afloat in the wake of her grandmother's death, and starts to gain the trust of the locals. As their friendship deepens, and Freya is brought out of her shell by the clever and lively Mairead, even Freya's protective father Matthew begins to thaw.
But when a part of Anna's past she'd long tried to escape turns up in the town, she is forced to confront the life she left behind - for her sake and her daughter's too...
About the Author
Terri Nixon was born in Plymouth in 1965. At the age of nine she moved with her family to Cornwall, to the village featured in Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn – North Hill – where she discovered a love of writing that has stayed with her ever since. Her first commercially published novel was Maid of Oaklands Manor, published by Piatkus in 2013. She has since published two more novels in the Oaklands Manor trilogy: A Rose in Flanders Fields and Daughter of Dark River Farm.