Past and present collide in this exquisite new love story from the much-loved Sarra Manning
'Extremely atmospheric and unputdownable. I loved it' Marian Keyes
5-star reader reviews for THE HOUSE OF SECRETS
'Libby and Zoe are complex, courageous and believeable and I found their stories absolutely compelling to read with a very satisfying ending. Highly recommended'
'I cried, I smiled, I swore in anger at parts . . . such a brilliant piece of writing'
'Enjoyed every page of this lovely book and its lovely heroines Zoe and Libby. Highly recommended for a great feel good read'
'Finished the whole book in one night, literally unputdownable'
Every home has a story to tell . . .
An ordinary house on an ordinary street, built in 1936 and never lived in. Its rooms might be empty, but this house is full of secrets.
When Zoe and Win, raw and reeling from a recent tragedy, move into their new home it's meant to be a fresh start and a way to mend the holes in their relationship.
But pushed to the back of a cupboard is a suitcase that's been gathering dust for eighty years. Inside is a wedding dress, letters and a diary all belonging to a woman called Libby. And there's something else in the suitcase, something that echoes Zoe's own pain.
Zoe follows Libby's trail from Paris to Spain on the brink of Civil War to secret trysts in London, and as Libby finds the courage to live and love again, Zoe begins to let go of her own grief.
But when Libby's story takes a darker turn, Zoe becomes increasingly obsessed with discovering what really happened all those years ago. Because if Libby managed to get her happy ever after then maybe Zoe and Win can too . . .
Deeply satisfying and impossible to put down - Santa Montefiore on After the Last Dance
Fascinating . . . Such a gripping and unusual story of love and war - Rachel Hore, author of A Week in Paris, on After the Last Dance
I absolutely devoured After the Last Dance . . . for me, it had echoes of Me Before You - Tamar Cohen, author of The Mistress's Revenge
Sarra Manning is a teen queen extraordinaire. She spent five years
working on the legendary but now sadly defunct UK teen mag, J17, first
as a writer and then as Entertainment Editor. She then joined the
launch team of teen fashion bible Ellegirl UK, which she later went on
to edit and has consulted on a wide range of other youth titles
including Bliss, The Face and More.
Sarra was most recently editor of BBC's What To Wear magazine. She's
now advises a number of UK magazine publishers as well as writing
features and a monthly column for ELLE UK and is a regular contributor
to Grazia and Red magazines. Sarra has also contributed to The
Guardian, ES Magazine, Seventeen, Details and Heat and wrote the Shop
Bitch column for Time Out London. Sarra lives in North London with her
devoted dog, Dino, the mongrel she saved from an untimely death.