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Written by Callie Langridge




Are family secrets the ties that bind or the lies that divide?

The secrets of one family live in the walls of a cottage perched high on a Dorset cliff. But secrets can only be kept for so long.

Follow three generations of a family from war-torn London, to the permissive 60s and liberated 80s. Gertie, Rose and Abi live through joy, tragedy and heartache as they navigate complicated mother-daughter relationships and learn the importance of friends and finding love. When circumstances force them under the same roof, secrets begin to unravel and promises made in love threaten to tear them apart.

How far would you go to protect the people you love?








A Very Enjoyable Read!   4 stars


A wonderful tale of family love showing the differences and similarities in the generations!

This is the story of Abi,  Rose, and Gertie, three women from different generations of the same family. Spanning the years from the second world war, through the swinging sixties up to the eighties, following a normal British family with three strong women. When circumstances bring them all together under the one roof, secrets begin to peek out from their hiding place and the dynamics subtly change.

This is an easy read; following these woman one by one we get to know them well, their lives, their hopes and aspirations before discovering the skeletons lurking at the back of the cupboard. The author makes an excellent job of showing the differences in life which each woman faced during ‘her’ time, while also managing to bring the similarities to the fore. It’s an attention grabbing novel – before you know it, you find yourself really invested in their lives and mesmerised by the generational differences and likenesses. There are more than a few surprises along the way, and it all adds up to a very enjoyable read and certainly one I recommend to those who enjoy a good saga crossing the generations.

My thanks to Bombshell Books, and imprint of Bloodhound Books, for my copy of this novel. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: family saga
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2338 KB
  • Print Length: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Bombshell Books: an imprint of Bloodhound Books
  • Publication Date: 8 October 2018
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US




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Meet the Author


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Callie was born and brought up in Berkshire. After a brief teenage spell in the depths of Lancashire, she moved back to London.

Having left school at 16, she studied drama before embarking on a career in marketing. This saw her work in music marketing in the heady days of Britpop in the nineties. She unleashed her creativity in the design of window displays and marketing campaigns for the leading music retailer. More recently she has followed her passion for history, working in marketing and communications for historical and cultural organisations.

On hitting her thirtieth birthday, she decided finally to pick up her pen and take the first of many creative writing courses. A few years later and she has had a number of short stories published and plays performed at theatres and venues across London. Her first novel A Time to Change was published in September 2017.

Her second novel Keep You By My Side will be published in October 2018.

Callie lives in London with her long-term partner, an ever-growing collection of antique curiosities, and more books than any person really needs.


Social Media

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