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The Lake District, 1948. When Chrissie Kemp arrives to visit her grandmother Georgia, she is not prepared for the shocking revelation which will throw her family into turmoil.
Chrissie is at first enthralled as her grandmother recounts her youth in San Francisco, including the moment she fell for handsome British sailor Ellis Cowper and her unwilling betrothal to cruel businessman Drew Kemp. Perhaps there are parallels in Chrissie’s own life as she encounters Ben Gorran, who seems far more appealing than the dull boyfriend she has left behind in London.
But there is something missing from Georgia’s story, something Chrissie’s own mother refuses to tell. As the truth unfurls, the passion, emotion and astounding love that blossomed in San Francisco forty years earlier is revealed, and three generations of one family are tested to their limits.
What The Critics Said
'This book has everything a good family saga should have, including illicit affairs, decadent gamblers, incest... it's packed with sub-plots and themes to keep you guessing and gasping throughout - Freda knows how to fill the pages and it's a delight to read.'
' This is an outstanding historical saga, on a par with Pilcher’s "The Shell Seekers", in its family complexity... Woven into the main story are many sub-plots devised to tempt the reader to reach further into the cupboard of family skeletons. If ever there were a filmic novel with great characters and loads of visual interest, this is it. The book reveals much about love and human nature as page after page of oversensitive female characters’ thoughts abound. This is a book of elaborate and extreme emotional introspection. If this is what you like, then this is for you.'