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…
Rachel Hore worked in London publishing for many years before moving with her family to Norwich, where she teaches publishing and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. She is married to the writer D. J. Taylor and they have three sons. Her previous novels are The Dream House, The Memory Garden, The Glass Painter's Daughter, which was shortlisted for the 2010 Romantic Novel of the Year award, A Place of Secrets, which was picked by Richard and Judy for their book club, A Gathering Storm, which was shortlisted for the RONA Historical Novel of the Year 2012 and the latest bestseller, The Silent Tide.
‘Compelling, engrossing and moving; a perfect holiday indulgence’
– Santa Montefiore on The Silent Tide
‘A tour de force. Rachel’s Paris is rich, romantic, exotic and mysterious’
– Judy Finnigan on A Week in Paris
‘Engrossing and romantic, it’s a wonderful story of family secrets and the choices women make’
– Jane Thynne on The Silent Tide
‘With a serious eye for exquisite detail, Hore’s latest, brilliantly crafted novel aptly follows a photographer, Lucy. She takes a journey to capture past, life-changing family secrets, embracing three generations along the way, across Cornwall, London East Anglia and Occupied France’
– Mirror on A Gathering Storm
‘A fascinating, hugely readable book . . . Rachel Hore’s research and her mastery of the subject is deeply impressive’
– Judy Finnigan on A Place of Secrets
‘Another of this year’s top offerings’
– Daily Mail on The Glass Painter's Daughter
‘Pitched perfectly for a holiday read’
– Guardian on The Memory Garden
‘A caring, compelling tale of 21st century life from a perceptive writer’
– Lancashire Evening Post on The House on Bellevue Gardens
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