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When Mike and Gally move to a new cottage in Somerset, it's to make a new start. But the relationship comes under strain when Gally forms an increasingly close attachment to an old countryman, Ferney, who seems to know everything about her. What is it that draws them together? Reluctantly at first, then with more urgency as he feels time slipping away, Ferney compels Gally to understand their connection - and to face an inexplicable truth about their shared past.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 480 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 31mm | 350g
  • Sphere
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 075153885X
  • 9780751538854
  • 666,008

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'A story of love and self discovery that resonates across the ages' Nicholas Evans ** 'The book grips ... It belongs to the unputdownable, so goodbye sleep. I love it ... the whole story sang' Mary Wesley ** 'The book is a lovely puzzle ... an enthralling, ambitious novel with distinct echoes of Hardy' Mail on Sunday ** 'If a book ever deserved a second chance, it's this; a historical novel, a love story and a tale of time slippage, just the tale you need when you want to escape into a book and forget the world for 480 pages. I first read this many years ago and it was wonderful to get the chance to go back to it. As fresh and intriguing as ever, the love story and the historical detail are all done with a master's touch. There's many a current bestseller in this vein that can't hold a candle to Long's involving story' Sue Baker, Publishing News **
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About James Long

James Long is the author of both historical fiction and thrillers. A former BBC correspondent, he lives in Devon with his wife and three children.
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1,290 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 40% (510)
4 31% (398)
3 19% (240)
2 8% (101)
1 3% (41)
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