A Gathering Storm, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)

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From the bestselling author of A Week in Paris, and the Richard & Judy Bookclub pick A Place of Secrets, comes a gripping and moving story of secrets passed through the generations of one family ...Photographer Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom.

While sifting through his papers, she finds he'd been researching an uncle she never knew he'd had.

Intrigued, she visits her father's childhood home, the once beautiful Carlyon Manor.

She meets an old woman named Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell.

Growing up in the 1930s, Beatrice plays with the children of Carlyon Manor - especially pretty, blonde Angelina Wincanton, Lucy's grandmother.

Then, one summer at the age of fifteen, she falls in love with a young visitor to the town: Rafe Ashton, whom she rescues from a storm-tossed sea.

But the dark clouds of war are gathering, and Beatrice, Rafe, and the Wincantons will all be swept up in the cataclysm of events that follow.

Beatrice's story is a powerful tale of courage and betrayal, spanning from Cornwall to London, and Occupied France, in which friendship and love are tested, and the ramifications reach down the generations. And, as Lucy listens to the tales of the past, she learns a secret that will change everything she has ever known ...Praise for Rachel Hore's novels: 'A tour de force.

Rachel's Paris is rich, romantic, exotic and mysterious' JUDY FINNIGAN 'An elegiac tale of wartime love and secrets' Telegraph 'A richly emotional story, suspenseful and romantic, but unflinching in its portrayal of the dreadful reality and legacy of war' Book of the Week, Sunday Mirror 'Pitched perfectly for a holiday read' Guardian 'Engrossing, pleasantly surprising and throughly readable' SANTA MONTEFIORE 'A beautifully written and magical novel about life, love and family' CATHY KELLY

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A nice little tale involving friendship, love and betrayal spanning the years of the second World War and beyond, told from the viewpoint of the main character in her twilight years. I enjoyed how the characters grew and even though it was mostly obvious what had happened, the book still drew me in enough to want to know the exact details of how the characters lives had turned out they way they did. I also learned some interesting facts about the role of women during the war, which I wasn't aware of before!

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Photographer Lucy Cardwell has recently lost her troubled father, Tom. While sifting through his papers, she finds he'd been researching an uncle she never knew he'd had. Intrigued, she visits her father's childhood home, the once beautiful Carlyon Manor. She meets an old woman named Beatrice who has an extraordinary story to tell ...Growing up in the 1930s, Beatrice plays with the children of Carlyon Manor - especially pretty, blonde Angelina Wincanton, Lucy's grandmother. Then, one summer at the age of fifteen, she falls in love with a young visitor to the town: Rafe Ashton, whom she rescues from a storm-tossed sea. But the dark clouds of war are gathering, and Beatrice, Rafe, and the Wincantons will all be swept up in the cataclysm of events that follow.My Thoughts:Again another tale of rambling old houses, family secrets and Cornwall. Which I have to admit is normally my thing. This book however let me down. The story started out ok, with everything that I would have expected. Then I found I was plodding along then can to slow crawl, then I just wanted to stop. I did flick through the last third of the book just to find out the secret which I guessed anyway. I was getting quite bored with the book and I felt I was watching a film with cardboard acting.This book was too nice. There was no swearing, which ins’nt a bad thing. At times I felt I was reading a ‘Famous Five’ book ( no insult intended to the FF ), and everybody was going to be home for tea.Not sure if I would recommend this book as I feel that there are a lot better dual time period/ rambling house books out there. I have read another book by this author and looking back on my reviews I felt the same about that one too, so I may give Ms Hore a miss in the future.

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