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Also set in France, during World War 2
THE BLUEBELL GADSY books:
First love and dark secrets in a family saga spanning three generations from occupied France to the beginning of a new century.
Every summer throughout her childhood, Florence would return to her family home on the west coast of France, where she would be joined by her exotic, hopelessly glamorous cousins. Here life as she knew it would begin under the benevolent eye of her grandmother Mimi. It was a heady existence of illicit drinking, stolen kisses and the bittersweet pains of first love.
But now Florence is living completely alone with her new baby. Haunted by nightmares, she cannot open the letters from her grandmother accumulating on her mantelpiece. What devastating truth do these letters hold? Why has Florence turned her back on her past? And will she and Mimi ever be able to escape the guilt that is tearing them apart and has shaken their family to its very core?
Young readers be warned - this is the first book I ever wrote, and it is not a book for children!
Published by Black Swan, July 2008
Sold to Goldmann in Germany and DeKern in The Netherlands
Audio rights sold to Oakhill Publishing Ltd
Selected for the Tesco Book of the Month Club