Sweeping and heartrending – the perfect summer read for fans of Victoria Hislop and Kate Morton.
LONDON, 1986: Bequeathed an old portrait by her grandmother, Kate Darling begins to unpick the tapestry of her family’s secret history in a journey that takes her to Corsica, Paris and back to the heady days of the Roaring Twenties where it all began.
PARIS, 1939: Alice Eversley and Thomas Stafford meet once again in the City of Light. Tom is now a world-famous artist, Alice is much-changed too – bruised from the events of the last decade. Perhaps they can lose themselves in the love story that ignited by a moonlit lake all those years ago?
But sometimes there’s no place for happy endings – and there’s no hiding from the shadow of war . . .
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
From the author: “I love those century-spanning, epic family mysteries and I kept building on it and polishing and enhancing it. I love a writer like William Boyd: Any Human Heart is a book that spans centuries and it’s glorious. This novel is set in Corsica, which is the first place I remember going as a child. I remember that everything—even the smell of the air—was so different to anything I knew at home. It’s just this magical place really and I wanted to get it in this book. I had the idea of these two characters, Tom and Alice, and their great love for each other. I spent a long time just writing little pieces from Tom and Alice’s point of view and playing with the idea of these two characters. And then the character of Kate came to me, and suddenly I felt like I might have something. I loved writing this book and I’m really proud of it.”