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Publisher Description

An absolute must read. I devoured this book in its entirety… I am almost speechless a box of Kleenex is mandatory. I absolutely loved this book, historical fiction at its best!... Definitely worth ten stars.’ Page Turners, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

1945, England: Brave and determined Nancy Jones is fighting for her country as a gunner girl. Each night she scans the skies for enemy planes, feeling both exhilarated and terrified by the responsibility on her young shoulders. And one dark night she’s forced to make a decision that puts her in extreme danger… When VE Day finally comes, Nancy allows herself to be swept up in a whirlwind romance with handsome Joe. They move to an idyllic countryside cottage with roses around the front door and Nancy hopes she can escape her past.

But when the terrible truth about the worst night of her life threatens to resurface will the secret shatter Nancy’s marriage?

2019, England: Devastated by the sudden loss of her husband, Lorna Haynes escapes to the beautiful but crumbling Gamekeeper’s Cottage. When she enters, it’s like going back in time. A soldier’s uniform still hangs on the back of the door and the flowery wallpaper is intact. At the back of the room, Lorna discovers a red, leather-bound diary in a hidden compartment of a desk drawer.


As Lorna battles with heartache, she takes comfort in reading the ink-stained words. Turning the pages of the old book, she learns of the incredible bravery of the woman who lived in the house decades before her. And discovers a shocking wartime secret that will change the course of her own life…


Fans of The NightingaleThe Alice Network, and Lilac Girls will love this unforgettable, poignant tale of love, loss and courage during the darkest days of war.


Readers love The Secret Diary:


Whoa! Don’t take those tissues away, I’m not quite cried out just yet! Happy tears, sad tears, who knows where one ends and the other begins!... Beautiful, heart-breaking, heart-warming, uplifting and inspirational.’ Fiction Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


I literally could not put this book down! From the very beginning I found myself pulled into the storyline… I couldn’t put this book down and I finished it in two sittings.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Pulled me in from the beginning, and it kept me wanting to keep reading… I loved both of the timelines… a wild heart-warming story of friendship and moving on.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Excellent… fascinating to see the lives of so many brave women... The character cast is excellent, pacing is perfect, and I just loved how it all rolled out… I highly recommend this historical fiction. 5/5 stars.’ @rachel.fox.14224, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Beautifully written story set between World War Two and the present day… intense and heartbreaking… Once you start this book you just can’t put it down! Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐


I read this fast as I could not put it down… twists to keep me guessing, I am definitely going to be looking for more from this author, highly recommended.’ Fiction Vixen, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

August 3
StoryFire Ltd

Customer Reviews

Grandmother Joyce ,

History come alive

I’ve read this and the Berlin Zookeeper almost nonstop. Both are wonderful. The characters are so real they become your friends and you just want to keep talking with them. If we could all just learn the lessons of how to live with each other in spite of our differences,

Moosech ,

Historical Fiction at its best

It’s Norfolk in 1945 and only a few months before Nancy Jones was a gunner in World War Two, fighting for her country. Nancy and her husband had a whirlwind romance and are soon married. But there is so much that they don’t know about each other. Things that occurred during the war begin to come to light. Norfolk, 2019, Lorna Haynes looses her husband and is on the verge of loosing her home, Gamekeeper’s Cottage. While at the Cottage she finds a locked room that she never knew about. When she enters the room, Lorna finds a red diary in a desk drawer. As Lorena reads through the diary, she learns about the woman who lived in the cottage decades before her. But reading through the diary, she reads the very secrets that were so desperately meant to be kept quiet. The secrets that change her life. This time slip historical fiction is an absolute must read. I devoured this book in its entirety. It is filled with suspense, romance, and plot twist and turns, that will have you flying through the pages. I enjoyed this book so much, that I am almost speechless. This is a definite must read, however, a box of Kleenex is mandatory. I absolutely loved this book…historical fiction at its best!

Thank you Anna Stuart for yet another well written story. I loved the dual timeline as it made it a fast paced read. The characters were relatable and the storyline was phenomenal and heartbreaking. I loved it, this one can’t be surpassed. Definitely worth ten stars.

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