The London House

The London House by Katherine Reay 0785290206 9780785290209
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Uncovering a dark family secret sends one woman through the history of Britains World War II spy network and glamorous 1930s Paris to save her familys reputation.

Caroline Payne thinks its just another day of work until she receives a call from Mat Hammond, an old college friend and historian. But pleasantries are cut short. Mat has uncovered a scandalous secret kept buried for decades: In World War II, Carolines British great-aunt betrayed family and country to marry her German lover.

Determined to find answers and save her familys reputation, Caroline flies to her familys ancestral home in London. She and Mat discover diaries and letters that reveal her grandmother and great-aunt were known as the "Waite sisters." Popular and witty, they came of age during the interwar years, a time of peace and luxury filled with dances, jazz clubs, and romance. The buoyant tone of the correspondence soon yields to sadder revelations as the sisters grow apart, and one leaves home for the glittering fashion scene of Paris, despite rumblings of a coming world war.

Each letter brings more questions. Was Carolines great-aunt actually a traitor and Nazi collaborator, or is there a more complex truth buried in the past? Together, Caroline and Mat uncover stories of spies and secrets, love and heartbreak, and the events of one fateful evening in 1941 that changed everything.

In this rich historical novel from award-winning author Katherine Reay, a young woman is tasked with writing the next chapter of her familys story. But Caroline must choose whether to embrace a love of her own and proceed with caution if her familys decades-old wounds are to heal without tearing them even further apart.

Praise for The London House:

"Carefully researched, emotionally hewn, and written with a sure hand, The London House is a tantalizing tale of deeply held secrets, heartbreak, redemption, and the enduring way that family can both hurt and heal us. I enjoyed it thoroughly." --Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars and The Book of Lost Names

"An expertly researched and marvelously paced treatise on the many variants of courage and loyalty . . . Arresting historical fiction destined to thrill fans of Erica Roebuck and Pam Jenoff." --Rachel McMillan author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

  • A stand-alone split-time novel
  • Partially epistolary: the historical storyline is told through letters and journals
  • Book length: approximately 102,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Uncovering a dark family secret sends one woman through the history of Britains World War II spy network and glamorous 1930s Paris to save her familys reputation.

Caroline Payne thinks its just another day of work until she receives a call from Mat Hammond, an old college friend and historian. But pleasantries are cut short. Mat has uncovered a scandalous secret kept buried for decades: In World War II, Carolines British great-aunt betrayed family and country to marry her German lover.

Determined to find answers and save her familys reputation, Caroline flies to her familys ancestral home in London. She and Mat discover diaries and letters that reveal her grandmother and great-aunt were known as the "Waite sisters." Popular and witty, they came of age during the interwar years, a time of peace and luxury filled with dances, jazz clubs, and romance. The buoyant tone of the correspondence soon yields to sadder revelations as the sisters grow apart, and one leaves home for the glittering fashion scene of Paris, despite rumblings of a coming world war.

Each letter brings more questions. Was Carolines great-aunt actually a traitor and Nazi collaborator, or is there a more complex truth buried in the past? Together, Caroline and Mat uncover stories of spies and secrets, love and heartbreak, and the events of one fateful evening in 1941 that changed everything.

In this rich historical novel from award-winning author Katherine Reay, a young woman is tasked with writing the next chapter of her familys story. But Caroline must choose whether to embrace a love of her own and proceed with caution if her familys decades-old wounds are to heal without tearing them even further apart.

Praise for :

"Carefully researched, emotionally hewn, and written with a sure hand, is a tantalizing tale of deeply held secrets, heartbreak, redemption, and the enduring way that family can both hurt and heal us. I enjoyed it thoroughly." --Kristin Harmel, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Vanishing Stars and The Book of Lost Names

"An expertly researched and marvelously paced treatise on the many variants of courage and loyalty . . . Arresting historical fiction destined to thrill fans of Erica Roebuck and Pam Jenoff." --Rachel McMillan author of The London Restoration and The Mozart Code

  • A stand-alone split-time novel
  • Partially epistolary: the historical storyline is told through letters and journals
  • Book length: approximately 102,000 words
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs

Author: Katherine Reay

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 368

Publisher: Harper Muse

Publication Date: 2021-11-02


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