'[a] beautifully written novel that brims with art, beauty, love, family, passion and secrets' - Books+Publishing
Two summers, decades apart. Two women whose lives are forever entwined. A house of secrets that could free them both.
At twenty-six, Lillian feels ancient and exhausted. Her marriage to Charles Oberon has not turned out the way she thought it would. To her it seems she is just another beautiful object captured within the walls of Cloudesley, her husband's Chilterns manor house. But, with a young step-son and a sister to care for, Lillian accepts there is no way out for her. Then Charles makes an arrangement with an enigmatic artist visiting their home and her world is turned on its head.
Maggie Oberon ran from the hurt and resentment she caused. Half a world away, in Australia, it was easier to forget, to pretend she didn't care. But when her grandmother, Lillian, falls ill she must head back to Cloudesley. Forced to face her past, she will learn that all she thought was real, all that she held so close, was never as it seemed.
An utterly compelling story of secrets, betrayals and the consequences of a long-ago summer from the internationally bestselling author of SECRETS OF THE TIDES and THE SHADOW YEAR.
The Shadow Year shows [Richell] developing the storytelling skills that made her first book stand out from the crowd of commercial women's fiction. - Sydney Morning Herald
Set against the ebb and flow of the ever-present sea this complex family drama [Secrets of the Tides] is a page-turner of a debut novel. - Australian Women's Weekly
Assuredly written and impeccably structured, [Secrets of the Tides] excavates the emotional layers of family drama when something goes terribly wrong... - Sydney Morning Herald
This cracking debut novel [Secrets of the Tides] will have you turning the pages so fast you'll get a paper cut. - Sun-Herald
A tale of secrets, lies, betrayal and infidelity [Secrets of the Tides]. It's also about a loss that strikes at the heart of a family; one that time will mellow but never completely heal. Heartbreakingly good. - Herald Sun
Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham she worked in the book publishing and film industries in both London and Sydney. She is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia and currently lives the South West of England with her family. Hannah is the author of international bestsellers Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year. The Peacock Summer is her third novel. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages.