LOSE YOURSELF IN THIS SPELLBINDING STORY OF LOVE, COMMUNITY AND THE POWER OF READING: THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER & REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB PICK FROM THE AUTHOR OF ME BEFORE YOU'Inspiring and wildly romantic' DAILY MAIL BOOKS OF THE YEAR'Her best novel yet. The most appealing thing is Moyes' wonderful way with romance' THE TIMES___________The greatest love story is the one you least expect . .
. Alice is stifled, bored, and misunderstood. So when she meets wealthy and handsome American, Bennett Van Cleve, she is quickly swept off her feet.
Marrying him and moving to America seems like a great adventure - but life as a newlywed in stuffy Baileyville, Kentucky, is not at all what she hoped for. Until, that is, she responds to a call for volunteers to start a travelling library, surprising herself by saying yes, before her husband can say no . .
. Led by feisty and rebellious Margery O'Hare, this unlikely group of women travel far and wide on their mission to bring books and reading to those that need it. Finally, Alice finds the freedom, friendship and love that she's been looking for.
But not everyone approves of what they are doing, especially her new father-in-law. And when the town turns against them, will their belief in each other and their work be enough?Discover what happens when we stand together in this mesmerising tale of female friendship, romance, and the wonder of reading, inspired by a remarkable true story. __________GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BOOKS OF THE YEAR'So amazing and transportive.
I'm the biggest Jojo Moyes fan. It is so beautifully written' REESE WITHERSPOON 'Extraordinary. The best thing she has written since Me Before You' METRO'An entertaining, immersive and moving read' THE SUNDAY TIMES'Intensely moving and crammed with romance and emotion' SUN'Packed full of romance, tension and brilliantly drawn characters' SUNDAY POST'A beautiful, special novel.
I loved it and didn't want it to end!' LIANE MORIARTY, author of Big Little Lies'Moyes' best yet' SUNDAY POST'My favourite of 2019' 5***** READER REVIEW'Epic' DAVID NICHOLLS, bestselling author of One Day'I laughed and I cried. Could not put it down' 5***** READER REVIEW'The most sweeping, dramatic, richly evocative book, full of brilliantly feisty women' SOPHIE KINSELLA, bestselling author of The Confessions of a Shopaholic
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Category: FictionNumber One bestselling author Philippa Gregory's new historical novel tracks the rise of the Tidelands family in London, Venice and New England.
Midsummer Eve 1670. Two unexpected visitors arrive at a shabby warehouse on the south side of the River Thames. The first is a wealthy man hoping to find the lover he deserted twenty-one years before. James Avery has everything to offer, including the favour of the newly restored King Charles II, and he believes that the warehouse's poor owner Alinor has the one thing his money cannot buy – his son and heir.
The second visitor is a beautiful widow from Venice in deepest mourning. She claims Alinor as her mother-in-law and has come to tell Alinor that her son Rob has drowned in the dark tides of the Venice lagoon.
Alinor writes to her brother Ned, newly arrived in faraway New England and trying to make a life between the worlds of the English newcomers and the American Indians as they move toward inevitable war. Alinor tells him that she knows – without doubt – that her son is alive and the widow is an imposter.
Set in the poverty and glamour of Restoration London, in the golden streets of Venice, and on the tensely contested frontier of early America, this is a novel of greed and desire: for love, for wealth, for a child, and for home.
‘A gripping read spanning London, Venice and New England, all beautifully observed by Gregory’ Woman & HomePraise for Tidelands, the first in the Fairmile series:
‘A gripping and intelligent portrait of a woman fighting to survive in a hostile world’ The Times
‘The first in a planned series . . . The author crafts her material with effortless ease. Her grasp of social mores is brilliant, the love story rings true and the research is, as ever, of the highest calibre’ Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail
‘Vivid and beguiling – Philippa Gregory at her best’ Woman & Home‘A compelling novel that shines a light on the struggles of 17th century women’ Daily Mirror‘The novel's power lies in Gregory's evocative portrayal of the tidelands and the everyday lives of those who are bound to them’ Sunday Express
‘Philippa Gregory returns with an English Civil War novel that excels in everything she does best. Historical events are written with breathless immediacy, keeping the reader enthralled even if they know the outcome’ Alys Key, The i
‘If this novel is the first sign of what's to come then readers are in for a treat’ Emma Lee-Potter, Daily Express
Every night on their long journey to Paris from their troubled homeland, Levon's grandmother has read to them from a very special book. Called The Nocturne, it is a book full of fairy stories and the heroic adventures of their people who generations before chose to live by starlight.
And with every story that Levon's grandmother tells them in their new home, the desire to live as their ancestors did grows. And that is when the magic begins...
Nobody can explain why nocturnal water dogs start appearing at the heels of every citizen of Paris-by-Starlight like the loyal retainers they once were. There are suddenly night finches in the skies and the city is transforming: the Eiffel Tower lit up by strange ethereal flowers that drink in the light of the moon.
Outside a remote manor house in an idyllic wood, a baby girl is found.
The Harrington family takes her in and disbelief quickly turns to joy. They're grieving a terrible tragedy of their own and the beautiful baby fills them with hope, lighting up the house's dark, dusty corners.
Desperate not to lose her to the authorities, they keep her secret, suspended in a blissful summer world where normal rules of behaviour - and the law - don't seem to apply.
But within days a body will lie dead in the grounds.
And their dreams of a perfect family will shatter like glass.