Reminiscent of the evocative Cornish setting that permeated Daphne Du Maurier’s books, Jessica Mann revives the haunting beauty of a region that inspires great writing. With Jessica herself playing a central role in the story, she beautifully shades the divide between fact and fiction...
In 1940, the heir to Cornish estate Goonzoyle, Jonathan Hicks, and the son of the estate’s groundskeeper, Ted Johns, are flung together in the icy Atlantic Ocean when their evacuee ship is torpedoed by a German U-boat on its way to the USA. As they cling to the wreckage, only one of the boys survives.
Sixty-one years later, in 2001, bestselling author Jessica Mann is researching her wartime evacuation novel Out of Harm’s Way when she is contacted by Ted Johns’ sister. As she grapples with the mysteries of what happened aboard that fateful ship, human bones are discovered at Goonzoyle, and she slowly unearths the secrets thhat binds the Hicks and Johns families together.
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