A sweeping story of upstairs, downstairs, love and loss by the author of MR ROSENBLUM'S LIST.
In the spring of 1938 Elise Landau arrives at Tyneford, the great house on the bay. A bright young thing from Vienna forced to become a parlour-maid, she knows nothing about England, except that she won't like it. As servants polish silver and serve drinks on the lawn, Elise wears her mother's pearls beneath her uniform, and causes outrage by dancing with a boy called Kit. But war is coming and the world is changing. And Elise must change with it.
At Tyneford she learns that you can be more than one person.
And that you can love more than once.
A lush tale of love, loss and triumph. - The Daily Telegraph
This delightfully bittersweet book weaves a deep sense of impending doom with irresistibly romantic moments. - Grazia Magazine
A charming historical novel, one which will envelope the reader...the wild settings, the quaint characters, the grandness of the manor are all brought to life in vivid fashion. The Novel in the Viola will satisfy lovers of the great, classic English love stories. - Manly Daily
For Mr Rosenblum's List:
'The descriptions of England - as friend, adversary and eventually home - are exquisite. A touching, surprising and satisfying read.' - Sadie Jones, author of The Outcast
Solomon s latest novel continues her fascination with Jewish history, but throws in romance, heartache and the pathos of changing times. - Herald Sun
What typifies Solomon s storytelling is her ability to mix light with dark without diminishing the conviction of either mood. It is a moving examination of a young woman in wartime, the one family she loses and the other she creates. - Saturday Age
A beautiful, epic tale of love and loss. This is a sweeping tale of love and war in an enormously romantic era. A fabulous page-turner, you won t want this book to end. - Townsville Bulletin
'Utterly charming and very funny' - Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Natasha Solomons is the author of the internationally bestselling Mr Rosenblum's List, The Novel in the Viola, which was chosen for the Richard & Judy Book Club, and The Gallery of Vanished Husbands. Natasha lives in Dorset with her son and her husband with whom she also writes screenplays. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages.