Three friends …
Growing up together around Winston Churchill’s estate in Westerham, Kent, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable. But as WW2 casts its menacing shadow, friendships between the three grow complex, and Frank – now employed as Churchill’s bricklayer – makes choices that will haunt him beyond the grave, impacting his grandson’s life too.
Two Secrets …
Shortly after Frank’s death in 2002 Florence writes to Richard, Frank’s grandson, hinting at the darkness hidden within his family. On investigation, disturbing secrets come to light, including a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill during the war and the existence of a mysterious relative in a psychiatric hospital.
One Hidden Life …
How much more does Florence dare reveal about Frank – and herself – and is Richard ready to hear?
Set against the stunning backdrop of Chartwell, Churchill’s country home, comes a tragic story of misguided honour, thwarted love and redemption, reverberating through three generations and nine decades.
For readers of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore, Katherine Webb, Lucinda Riley and Juliet West.
“Passion, intrigue and family secrets drive this complex wartime relationship drama. A page turner. I loved it.” #1 bestselling author, Nicola May
This book caught my attention right from the beginning and had me hooked. Then again, I was already predisposed to enjoying it as one of the settings is Chartwell, the country home of Winston Churchill, and somewhere that I have visited more than once
It took me a while to work out what was going on, with who and when, even with hints at the top of the chapters. I think my brain wasn’t quite following things as it would normally
Once I caught up, I was desperate to keep reading, to understand what had gone on in Frank, Florence and Anna’s lives as something drastic seemed to have done having found out quite early on that Anna was committed to a psychiatric hospital. I also found out a lot about the Churchill family that I didn’t realise and could see how the families influence shaped Franks life
Frank and Florence are the main narrators, having met as children and both worked at Chartwell. Hearing Frank and Florence’s points of view, what they went through and how it shaped there lives gripped me and pulled me through so many emotions, from anger to frustration to heartache ending at tears
A lot of family secrets were uncovered by Franks grandson Richard when he started to look at his family’s past having first become aware of Anna on his grandmother Hilda’s death, his father and uncle where unaware of her either and to see how everything unfolded as well as the risks of burying secrets, hiding them away became clear to me as a reader
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance story with huge twists and turns that will pull you through every emotion
AM 🐾 x
UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0855YZ3GG/
US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0855YZ3GG/
Waterstones – https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-walls-we-build/jules-hayes/9781916338005
Jules Hayes lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and a dog. She has a degree in modern history and holds a particular interest in events and characters from the early 20th century. As a former physiotherapist and trainer – old habits die hard – when not writing Jules likes to run. She also loves to watch films, read good novels and is a voracious consumer of non-fiction too, particularly biographies.
Jules is currently working on her second historical novel, another dual timeline story.
Jules also writes contemporary thriller and speculative fiction as JA Corrigan.
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