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Rachel Hore

Rachel Hore worked in publishing for many years before giving up her job in 2001 to focus on writing what would eventually become her debut novel, The Dream House. She grew up in Hong Kong and used to love receiving parcels full of books from British relatives. After a childhood of reading, she went on to study history at university before becoming an editor at a publishing company.

Rachel didn’t start writing until after her three children were born. Similar in style to Jojo Moyes, among her bestselling books are A Place of Secrets, The Memory Garden and The House on Bellevue Gardens. She now lives in Norwich and also teaches publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia


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    The Love Child

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: LCRH
    Hardback
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    What happens when long-buried secrets come to light?

    When Alice Copeman falls pregnant at just 19, her father and stepmother force her to give up the baby. Alice didn't want to give her child away and for years all she thinks about is the child and the young soldier father who will never have the chance to know his daughter.

    Childless couple Edith and Philip Burns feel their life is complete when secretly adopt a baby girl called Irene. However, Irene knows she is different to other children...

    Later in her life, Irene struggles to define a career and finds work in London. Meanwhile, Alice has embarked upon a pioneering medical career. Eventually, their extraordinary stories intertwine...

    Rachel Hore's The Love Child is a tender and thought-provoking novel that evokes changing attitudes about love, family, separation, hope and despair.
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  • Last Letter Home

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: BQJYZ
    Paperback
    From the bestselling author of A Week in Paris, and the Richard & Judy Bookclub pick A Place of Secrets, comes a gripping and moving story spanning 70 years, set in Italy and in Norfolk. On holiday with friends, young historian Briony Andrews becomes fascinated with a wartime story of a ruined villa in the hills behind Naples. There is a family connection: her grandfather had been a British soldier during the Italian campaign of 1943 in that very area. Handed a bundle of letters that were found after the war, Briony sets off to trace the fate of their sender, Sarah Bailey. In 1939, Sarah returns with her mother and sister from India, in mourning, to take up residence in the Norfolk village of Westbury. There she forms a firm friendship with Paul Hartmann, a young German who has found sanctuary in the local manor house, Westbury Hall. With the outbreak of war, conflicts of loyalty in Westbury deepen. When, 70 years later, Briony begins to uncover Sarah and Paul's story, she encounters resentments and secrets still tightly guarded. What happened long ago in the villa in the shadow of Vesuvius, she suspects, still has the power to give terrible pain ... Praise for Rachel Hore's novels: `A tour de force. Rachel's Paris is rich, romantic, exotic and mysterious' JUDY FINNIGAN `An elegiac tale of wartime love and secrets' Telegraph `A richly emotional story, suspenseful and romantic, but unflinching in its portrayal of the dreadful reality and legacy of war' Book of the Week, Sunday Mirror 'Pitched perfectly for a holiday read' Guardian 'Engrossing, pleasantly surprising and throughly readable' SANTA MONTEFIORE
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  • The Memory Garden

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: BTOQR
    Paperback
    From the Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Letter Home, the 2018 Richard and Judy Book Club pick, comes a breathtaking story of family secrets and forbidden love.

    A hundred years ago, Lamorna Cove, a tiny bay in Cornwall, was the haunt of a colony of artists. Today, Mel Pentreath hopes it will be a place she can escape the pain of losing her mother and a broken love affair, and gradually put her life back together.

    Renting a cottage in the enchanting grounds of Merryn Hall, Mel embraces her new surroundings and helps her landlord Patrick to restore the overgrown garden. Patrick finds some old paintings in the attic, and as they investigate the identity of the artist, they are drawn into an extraordinary tale of illicit passion and thwarted ambition from a century ago - but how long can Mel's idyll last before reality breaks in and everything is threatened?
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  • The Love Child

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: CDAWJ
    Paperback
    The UNMISSABLE brand new novel from Rachel Hore, Sunday Times bestselling author of LAST LETTER HOME, a 2018 Richard and Judy Book club pick 'A gorgeous and deeply absorbing story' TRACY REES A young mother's sacrifice. A child's desperate search for the truth . . .London, 1917 When nineteen-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like child she gave away, and she mourns the father, a young soldier, so beloved, who will never have the chance to know his daughter. Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth. Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London. As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at last come to light? Brilliantly evoking the changing attitudes of the time, The Love Child is a novel about love, family, separation, despair and hope, full of tenderness and deep feeling. 'Simply stunning . . . I savoured every moment of this moving story of love, loss and, ultimately, forgiveness. The Love Child is an absolutely beautiful book' DINAH JEFFERIES 'This tender account, spanning two generations, reveals how the loss affects mother and child across the years. A story that stirs the deepest emotions' WOMAN & HOME 'A poignant story, rich in period detail' SUNDAY MIRROR 'An emotive and thought-provoking read . . . My heart went out to both these two women as they faced such difficult personal decisions that would change their lives forever' ROSANNA LEY 'I really enjoyed this book. Hore tackles difficult subjects with a clever, light touch and a sunny positivity. Her women are brave and good and you desperately want them to win' DAILY MAIL 'A novel that stirs the deepest emotions' WOMAN 'Rachel's stories are always absorbing and intricately woven and The Love Child is no exception. This is a wonderfully moving tale of love and loss, hope and eventual reconciliation, and I very much enjoyed it' BARBARA ERSKINE 'I found her writing warm, compassionate in this story about one girl's search for her true identity amidst the secrets and dynamics of her adopted family. It had a realism about the poignancy of illegitimacy in this pre-war setting' LEAH FLEMING 'The Love Child is a hugely compelling, poignant and moving read. Rachel has great skill as a storyteller and readers are sure to be engrossed and swept away by her clever double-stranded tale' JANE JOHNSON
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  • The Glass Painter's Daughter

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: AOWEC
    Paperback
    In a tiny stained-glass shop hidden in the backstreets of Westminster lies the cracked, sparkling image of an angel. The owners of Minster Glass have also been broken: Fran Morrison's mother died when she was a baby; a painful event never mentioned by her difficult, secretive father Edward. Fran left home to pursue a career in foreign cities, as a classical musician. But now Edward is dangerously ill and it's time to return. Taking her father's place in the shop, she and his craftsman Zac accept a beguiling commission - to restore a shattered glass picture of an exquisite angel belonging to a local church. As they reassemble the dazzling shards of coloured glass, they uncover an extraordinary love story from the Victorian past, sparked by the window's creation. Slowly, Fran begins to see her own reflection in its themes of passion, tragedy and redemption. Fran's journey will lead her on a search for the truth about her mother, through mysteries of past times and the anguish of unrequited love, to reconciliation and renewal. Rachel Hore is also the author of the bestseller A Week in Paris and Richard and Judy Book Club selection A Place of Secrets.
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