1862 Young widow Eugénie faces an uncertain future in Guernsey when her husband dies at sea. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, exiled on the island and living in his voluptuous house only yards away from Eugénie. Their meeting changes her life and she begins working for him as a copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.
2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, born in Guernsey, now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she listened to Aunt Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and who, according to family myth, was particularly close to Hugo. Was he the father of her child? Tess doubts it, but inheriting the house allows her to make a fresh start in her beloved island.
Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.
I loved this story, I loved the way that the author set the story out with the different view points as the plot goes back and forth between the two different time periods.
Anyone who follow my reviews will know that I am a massive fan of anything Victorian normally so this was right up my street – and I do love a bit of historical fiction too as well as the dual time periods.
The author has a lovely writing style and she really transports you back in time. I was completely immersed in the story and location through her words, it really is a very good piece of work. The author had clearly done her research on the time periods and the locations. It was a pleasure to read and follow the story as it progressed.
I have read a few books in the series now (this is book 7) and would say that they are fine to be read as stand alone books as well as part of the series, I haven’t read them all yet or in the right order and don’t feel as though I have been at any detriment.
Five stars from me for this one, I really enjoyed it – very highly recommended!!
All the other 6 titles in The Guernsey Novels are only 99p/c across all ebook retailers until 15th April while The Inheritance is only £1.99/$2.99 until that date.
Here’s the link for all titles on Amazon: http://Author.to/AnneAllen
Trailer – https://youtu.be/iHD6YrBzoP4
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.
By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.
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