The secrets and tragedies of a family's past and the far-reaching effects on succeeding generations of women...
The women in Helena Mayrick's family have always led secretive and tragic lives and when Helena's comfortable marriage is devastated by her husband's violent death, it seems that she, too, is locked into the cycle.
Helena is invited to research a book on her grandfather, H. Donaldson, the celebrated Edwardian photographer. At first she is reluctant to immerse herself in family history, particularly as Donaldson's relationship with her grandmother, Ruth, is shrouded in mystery and turmoil.
But gradually, as the story of enigmatic Ruth and the elusive, passionate Donaldson unfolds, Helena finds that the past, like the present, was shaped by cruel dilemmas and the demands of love...
this winning story of misplaced passion showcases the author's budding historical sensibilities - INDEPENDENT
Touching prose and passion make this romance a must-read - BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH
Katharine McMahon is the author of ten novels, including The Alchemist's Daughter and The Crimson Rooms, that focus on astonishing women and their ability to find a voice and make a mark, even at times and in societies when they are risking everything. The Rose of Sebastopol was a Richard & Judy pick and a Sunday Times bestseller. http://www.katharinemcmahon.com