The unforgettable novel from Nikola Scott about two women - born decades apart - each faced with the knowledge that a man in their lives is not what he seems... Perfect for readers of Dinah Jefferies and Kate Morton.
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'An atmospheric and gripping read' My Weekly
'Wonderful characters and a very moving storyline' Sun
'I was completely enthralled' Kathryn Hughes
'I loved this touching exploration of love and its capacity for consolation and destruction... compelling and satisfying ' Judith Lennox
At peaceful Summerhill, orphaned Maddy hides from the world and the rumours of war. Then her adored sister Georgina returns from a long trip with a new friend, the handsome Victor. Maddy fears that Victor is not all he seems, but she has no idea just what kind of danger has come into their lives...
Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future, despite her husband's devotion. When chance takes her to Summerhill, she's drawn into the mystery of what happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could change everything...
What readers are saying about Summer of Secrets:
'An absolute joy... If you only read one book this year I recommend this one' 5 Star Amazon Reviewer
'Nikola Scott has a magical way of piecing her stories together and has done her characters proud with the way she has written their journeys. An emotionally charged, harrowing and majestic novel' Kaisha at The Writing Garnet
'Such an intriguing story with a balance of lighter and darker moments. Rich in detail and beautifully told. Five stars from me!' Rachel at Rae Reads
As in her debut, My Mother's Shadow, Scott divides this languorous family mystery between past and present. In 1939 on England's southern coast, 16-year-old Maddy sketches on the Summerhill estate and awaits the return of her sister, Georgiana, from the Continent. In present-day Plymouth, 28-year-old photographer Chloe is starting to realize she's unhappy with her husband, wealthy physician Aidan, who forbids her from working. Georgiana sweeps home with a swain, Victor, whose manner with Maddy is first confusing, then frightening. Chloe tries to believe Aidan's surveillance and control are normal but keeps putting off telling him about her pregnancy. When Chloe ducks Aidan's veto to do a portrait shoot of elderly author Madeleine Hamilton at Summerhill, lies and secrets intersect. The well-constructed story teeters on a weak foundation namely the mystery of how Chloe, who took charge of raising her disabled younger brother and once was the gifted apprentice of a renowned, crankily independent woman, "quickly" and "easily" "surrendered" to being a vague, yes-dear wife to a man who sees her personality as a mess to tidy away. The lack of real explanation for this gives an element of contrivance to Scott's theme of evil men ruining women's lives, diminishing the otherwise carefully observed story. Conversations where more is implied than said gradually build into a series of revelations that will satisfy fans of overheated interpersonal dramas.