A perfect summer. A young woman in love. And a shocking secret kept for decades... An unputdownable read for fans of Kate Morton and Rachel Hore.
Addie thinks she knows everything about her mother. But when a stranger appears claiming to be her sister, she realises that her life so far has been a lie. But why?
'Intriguing, twisting... I loved it' Dinah Jefferies. 'A gripping family mystery told in lush, evocative prose' Erin Kelly. Perfect for fans of Kate Morton and Santa Montefiore.
Hartland House has always been a faithful keeper of secrets...
1958. Sent to beautiful Hartland to be sheltered from her mother's illness, Liz spends the summer with the wealthy Shaw family. They treat Liz as one of their own, but their influence could be dangerous...
Now. Addie believes she knows everything about her mother Elizabeth and their difficult relationship until her recent death. When a stranger appears claiming to be Addie's sister, she is stunned. Is everything she's been told about her early life a lie?
How can you find the truth about the past if the one person who could tell you is gone? Addie must go back to that golden summer her mother never spoke of...and the one night that changed a young girl's life for ever.
'A compelling family story... Beautifully written and evokes vivid pictures of an English summer in the 1950s' Sheila O'Flanagan.
'Trembles with family secrets' Victoria Fox
A gripping family mystery told in lush, evocative prose - Erin Kelly
Compelling, atmospheric and beautifully written...trembles with family secrets. I adored it - Victoria Fox
An intriguing twisting story with a lush opening and beautifully descriptive writing throughout. I loved it - Dinah Jefferies, author of THE TEA PLANTER'S WIFE
A compelling family story... beautifully written... evokes vivid pictures of an English summer in the 1950s - Sheila O'Flanagan
Born in Germany, Nikola Scott studied English and American literature before moving abroad to work as a fiction editor in New York and London. After over a decade in book publishing, she decided to take the leap into becoming a full-time writer herself. Her debut novel, My Mother's Shadow, was published in 2017 and has been translated into more than ten languages. Nikola lives in Frankfurt with her husband and two sons.