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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 House on Bellevue Gardens

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: HOBG
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    When Rosa arrives in London from Poland in a search for her missing brother, she finds herself alone; a shy young man, Rick, is living in limbo as he seeks a place to nourish his creativity; while Stef is running away from her boyfriend, Oliver, and the claustrophobic life she's been living in his opulent flat...

    These three strangers all find refuge at 11 Bellevue Gardens - the shabbiest house of a smart Georgian terrace in North London. Its owner, Leonie, found sanctuary in this house back in the '60s after a brief career as a model and a destructive marriage. Now, she opens the house to others in need.

    However, this house is now under threat itself. Will Leonie be able to rescue the place that saved her?
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  • The Love Child

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: LCRH
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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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  • The Glass Painter's Daughter

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: AOWEC
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    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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  • 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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  • Last Letter Home

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: BQJYZ
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    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 House on Bellevue Gardens

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: AUOTK
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    The stunning new novel from the bestselliing Richard and Judy Book Club author. Bellevue Gardens is a tranquil London square, tucked away behind a busy street. You might pass it without knowing it's there. Here, through the imposing front door of Number 11, is a place of peace, of sanctuary and of secrets. It is home to Leonie; once a model in the sixties, she came to the house to escape a destructive marriage and now, out of gratitude, she opens her house to others in need. Rosa, Stef and Rick are running from their own problems. They have all found their way to Leonie's home, each seeking refuge and searching for a new start. But then Leonie discovers that the house which has provided sanctuary for so many is under threat. Can she rescue the place that saved her all those years ago...? Turn the key to enter Rachel Hore's most compelling novel yet...
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  • A Place of Secrets

    Rachel Hore

    Product Code: AANFX
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    In Rachel Hore's A Place of Secrets, Jude begins to wonder if dreams can be passed down through families. As a child, she suffered a recurrent nightmare - running through a dark forest, crying for her mother. Now her six year-old niece is having the same dream and Jude is frightened for her. While grieving for her husband, Jude is asked to value a collection of 18th century astronomy instruments and manuscripts in Norfolk. She leaps at the chance to escape London and visit her home county, but once there she discovers threatening links to the present. With the help of local naturalist Euan, she searches for answers in the wild splendour of the Norfolk woods. Can she learn to love again?

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