It was an idyllic summer. Until they had to escape.
Forced to flee war ravaged Poland, Sara and her parents are offered refuge in a beautiful but dilapidated house in the French Alps. It seems the perfect hideaway, despite haunting traces of the previous occupants who left in haste.
But shadows soon fall over Sara’s blissful summer, and her blossoming romance with local villager Alain. As the Nazis close in, the family is forced to make a harrowing choice that could drive them apart forever, while Sara’s own bid for freedom risks several lives.
Will Sara be reunited with those she loves?
And can she ever find her way back to Alain?
By turns poignant and atmospheric, this is the compelling new novel from Sunday Times bestselling author Carol Drinkwater about the power of first love and courage in our darkest hours.
Carol Drinkwater is a multi-award-winning actress who is best known for her portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small. Her quartet of memoirs set on her olive farm in the south of France have sold over a million copies worldwide and her solo journey round the Mediterranean in search of the olive tree’s mythical secrets inspired a five-part documentary film series, The Olive Route. She is also the author of novels The Forgotten Summer, The Lost Girl and The House on the Edge of the Cliff. She lives in the south of France.
What a touching, sensitive and well written book this is.
We have a family of Polish Jews who are moving through necessity in the Second World War, and to a life fraught with danger and the possibility of death, if blind eyes begin to see.
I found my heart in my mouth throughout this novel. The writing is beautiful and evocative. It makes you truly feel and imagine you are there with the character seeing through her eyes.
This is a fantastic novel and I can’t recommend it enough.
With thanks to Chrissie Antoniou, and the author and publisher for the advanced reading copy of this book.