Bath, 1821. Rachel Crofton escapes her unhappy employment as a governess by marrying a self-made businessman. But her new life soon takes an unexpected turn. Reclusive Jonathan Alleyn is a man tormented by the disappearance of his childhood sweetheart, Alice. Starling, foundling child and now servant, is convinced that Alice, the woman she loved as a sister, was stolen from her. Did Alice run away? Or did something altogether more sinister occur? As Starling tries to expose the lies behind Bath's immaculate facades, others want only to forget, and will go to extreme lengths to do so. And the courage both Rachel and Starling need to bring these truths to light will come at a very high price...
Secrets and haunting mysteries...A wonderfully powerful and poignant historical novel from the author of the TV Book Club bestseller THE LEGACY.
The mystery of a woman's disappearance powers this gripping story of two young women who unravel past misdeeds to discover the truth. An engrossing tale of deceit, passion and courage WOMAN & HOME on The Misbegotten This is an engrossing and totally convincing piece of storytelling, a perfect curl-up-by-the-fire read YOU Magazine on The Unseen In a series of flashbacks, Katherine Webb's enticing Gothic tale weaves between the 'present' Bath of 1821 and the events of 16 years earlier, with some stark depictions of the horrors of war. A compelling and convincing novel DAILY MAIL on The Misbegotten 20130920 An atmospheric page-turner WOMAN & HOME on The Unseen Brilliant and absorbing drama GOOD HOUSEKEEPING on The Legacy A dreamy summer epic ESSENTIALS on A Half Forgotton Song Another intricately constructed, beautifully written historical masterpiece -- Lisa Ballantyne A wonderful book! The atmosphere and detail is really quite incredible...a truly gifted writer of historical fiction -- Lucinda Riley, author of Hothouse Flower and The Girl on the Cliff
Katherine Webb was born in 1977 and grew up in rural Hampshire before reading History at Durham University. She has since spent time living in London and Venice, and now lives in Wiltshire. www.facebook.com/KatherineWebbAuthor