August 1939. As a perfect Cornwall summer ends, war is in the air. And a secret changes Maddy Hamilton's world for ever. Decades later, Chloe MacAllister, with a dark secret of her own, stumbles into Maddy's life...
'I was completely enthralled' Kathryn Hughes
The heart-breaking and unforgettable new novel from Nikola Scott about two women born decades apart caught up in dark secrets. Perfect for readers of Dinah Jefferies and Kate Morton.
At peaceful Summerhill, orphaned Maddy hides from the world and the rumours of war. Then her adored sister Georgina returns from a long trip with a new friend, the handsome Victor. Maddy fears that Victor is not all he seems, but she has no idea just what kind of danger has come into their lives...
Chloe is newly pregnant. This should be a joyful time, but she is fearful for the future, despite her husband's devotion. When chance takes her to Summerhill, she's drawn into the mystery of what happened there decades before. And the past reaches out to touch her in ways that could change everything...
'The perfect summer read' Liz Trenow
'I loved this touching exploration of love and its capacity for consolation and destruction... compelling and satisfying. It was beautifully written' Judith Lennox
Praise for Nikola Scott: 'A well-written, intriguing read full of family secrets... Brilliant' - Fabulous
An intriguing twisting story with a lush opening and beautifully descriptive writing throughout. I loved it
A delightful debut about family and secrets - Prima
An emotional and involving story - Woman & Home
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.