A Gathering StormPaperback
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- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 480 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 32mm | 358g
- Publication date: 15 September 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1849832889
- ISBN 13: 9781849832885
- Sales rank: 9,035
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...
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Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing at UEA. She is married to writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons.
By Marian Sutton 14 Jun 2013
This is the 3rd book from this author that I have read and her stories just get better. I was captured from the beginning and when Bea in her nineties started to tell story of her life, I could not put the book down. The book goes between the present day and war time in England and France and the ending will leave readers pleasantly surprised.