One house, two women, a lifetime of secrets…
Following the death of her mother, Becky begins the sad task of sorting through her empty flat. Starting with the letters piling up on the doormat, she finds an envelope post-marked from Cornwall. In it is a letter that will change her life forever. A desperate plea from her mother’s elderly cousin, Olivia, to help save her beloved home.
Becky arrives at Chynalls to find the beautiful old house crumbling into the ground, and Olivia stuck in hospital with no hope of being discharged until her home is made habitable.
Though daunted by the enormity of the task, Becky sets to work. But as she peels back the layers of paint, plaster and grime, she uncovers secrets buried for more than seventy years.
Secrets from a time when Olivia was young, the Second World War was raging, and danger and romance lurked round every corner…
The Sea Gate is a sweeping, spellbinding novel about the lives of two very different women, and the secrets that bind them together.
Engaging & Evocative!
This is a wonderfully warm story with the past and present interwoven flawlessly, resulting in an engaging and evocative read.
When Becky’s mother dies suddenly, she has to take on the job of sorting through her effects and comes across a letter from her cousin, pleading for help. Without taking time to think, Becky races off to the Chynalls – the home on the Cornish coast which she vaguely remembers from her childhood. With cousin Olivia stuck in hospital until certain renovations are made to the ancient house, Becky agrees to take charge and deal with it all, but gets much more than she bargained for . . .
What a fabulously created novel! The cleverly crafted story had me fully invested very quickly and I was eager to find out what happened next. With romance, history and mystery all easily intertwined, the narrative flows smoothly and makes for a very rewarding read. With a cast of varied characters, there is never a dull moment and I flew through the pages, looking forward to finding out what came next both in Becky’s story and, of course, Olivia’s – and what an amazing life the latter had! I have been riveted throughout and adored all the quirky details of the house. A fitting conclusion to a book which I feel I have more absorbed than read, and am very happy to give 4.5*.
My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley and especially to Vicky Joss for my spot in this tour; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.
Tags: historical women’s fiction
- Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover
- Size: 416 pages
- Publisher: Head of Zeus
- Publication Date: 04 June 2020
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Jane Johnson is a British novelist and publisher. She is the UK editor for George R. R. Martin, Robin Hobb and Dean Koontz and was for many years publisher of the works of J. R. R. Tolkien. Married to a Berber chef she met while researching The Tenth Gift, she lives in Cornwall and Morocco.
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