The Girl from Summerhayes: An absolutely heartbreaking wartime family saga (Paperback)
1914, England. Will her decision unite her family or tear them apart?
Surrounded by beautiful gardens in the glorious Sussex countryside, Summerhayes House seems like a true hidden paradise, but behind its polished floors and perfect green lawns is a family divided. The Summer family's beloved home is under threat, and nineteen-year-old Elizabeth Summer finds herself caught in the heart of the crisis.
Elizabeth's father believes his daughter marrying well will save Summerhayes. But Elizabeth is distraught at the stifling future ahead of her. A chance meeting with green-eyed Aiden Kellaway, the handsome architect's apprentice working on the estate's prized gardens, changes everything. For the first time, Elizabeth pictures an entirely different life, and - despite her father's wishes - she is determined to take hold of it.
But war is brewing in Europe, and when its long shadow touches Summerhayes, Elizabeth realises her rebellion will come at a price. Desperately torn between family loyalty, society's expectations and the bright chance at happiness she glimpsed in Aiden's arms, she is forced to make an impossible choice.
As Elizabeth's future - and her family's - hangs in the balance, she must ask herself, is the price worth paying? And can she live with the consequences?
An unforgettable, totally gripping and heart-wrenching historical family saga. Fans of Tracy Rees, Kate Morton and Elizabeth Jane Howard will be utterly swept away by The Girl from Summerhayes.
Previously published as The Buttonmaker's Daughter.
What readers are saying about the Summerhayes House series:
'Right from page one I was hooked... I LOVED IT ' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
'I absolutely loved this... Definitely a five-star read for me.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
'A real page-turner... A book I totally disappeared into for an evening and long into the night, totally losing any sense of time.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
'Everything I hoped it would be and so much more... Excellent.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
'Beautiful book. I was completely immersed in the story... Made me feel I was there in the midst of it all.' Goodreads reviewer, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️