Rosa has arrived in London from Poland to look for her younger brother Michal. But he has disappeared, and now she’s alone, with nowhere to stay and no one to help her.
Stef is running away from her boyfriend Oliver and the claustrophobic life she’s been living in his opulent flat. Frightened, friendless and far from her family, she needs somewhere to hide.
Rick is living in a limbo; a shy young man sheltering from the world to write and draw and dream. He needs a place to nourish his creativity.
All three find refuge at 11 Bellevue Gardens, the shabbiest house of a smart white-painted Georgian terrace in North London. Here, its owner Leonie herself once found sanctuary following a brief career as a model in the sixties and a destructive marriage. Now, out of gratitude, she opens her house to others in need.
However, the house which has provided sanctuary for so many is now itself under threat. Can Leonie rescue the place that saved her all those years ago…?
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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