From wartime Bletchley to a modern day Suffolk village, a gorgeous tale of friendship and love from the Sunday Times bestselling author of SUMMER AT THE LAKE.
'Someone had made a perfect job of creating a place in which to hide a notebook . . . there was no address, only a date: September 1943 . . .'
Ashcombe was the most beautiful house Saskia had ever seen as a little girl. A rambling cottage on the edge of a Suffolk village, it provided a perfect sanctuary to hide from the tragedy which shattered her childhood.
Now an adult, Saskia is still living at Ashcombe and as a book restorer devotes her days tending to broken and battered books, daydreaming about the people who had once turned their pages. When she discovers a hidden notebook - and realises someone has gone to a great deal of trouble to hide a story of their own - Saskia finds herself drawn into a heart-rending tale of wartime love.
Delightful ... a blend of emotion and wry social observation - DAILY MAIL
A captivating read: beautifully written and heartrendingly sad - DAILY TELEGRAPH
A skilful writer possessing great sympathy and humour - GOOD BOOK GUIDE
A big hug of a novel that leaves you feeling warm and fuzzy - WOMAN
With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.
The author of many bestselling novels, including Gardens of Delight, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, Coming Home to Island House and Song of the Skylark, Erica divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.
Visit her website www.ericajames.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @TheEricaJames