The Summer House

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Allison & Busby, 2009 - Family secrets - 399 pages
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1918. Young Lady Helen Barstairs, the dutiful daughter of Lord Hardingham, believes everything her mother and father tell her. So when her parents say she will never find a better husband than Richard - ?brave, handsome, wealthy, such a charming man and quite a catch? ? she believes them, and agrees to marry him before his return to the Front. Helen hopes the letters they exchange will allow them to get to know one another but over time, Richard?s correspondence becomes increasingly cold and distant, and Helen begins to wonder just who this man she has married really is. And that?s when Oliver Donovan enters her life.
Helen knew embarking on an affair was not a wise decision but, for the first time in her life, Helen knew what it felt like to be in love. With the war continuing on foreign shores, Oliver had to return to his regiment ? and was never seen again. Learning she is with child, Helen confesses all to her shocked parents, who force her to give up her baby. She vows to find her child again one day.
Over twenty years pass and it seems history is about to repeat itself; a new war has begun, and another young woman is about to lose her heart to a serviceman - Can lessons of the past save the heartache of a new generation?

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User Review  - Amanda Milburn - Goodreads

A very enjoyable family saga set in the 1940s. My only pet hate is that all the "goodies" speak in RP yet all the "baddies" have regional accents. Having an accent doesn't make you a bad person! Read full review

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User Review  - Carley Cesare - Goodreads

Thoroughly enjoyed this book, found it hard to put down. Read full review


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About the author (2009)

Mary Nichols has been a radiographer, school secretary, editor, and an information services manager as well as a writer. From short stories and articles for a variety of newspapers and magazines, she turned to writing novels. Mary writes historical romance for Mills & Boon as well as family sagas. She is also the author of The Mother of Necton, a biography of her grandmother, who was a midwife and nurse in a Norfolk village between the wars. She now lives in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

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