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Summary

Under the shade of the weeping willow, she could see a sparkle of silver....

She reached out to it and felt a tremor through her body, knowing instantly: This was a secret, and somebody hid it here in this garden....

Russia, 1940: When a beautiful English-speaking young woman named Anya is recruited to be a Russian spy working with the Nazi party, her first thought is that it means she can escape an increasingly terrifying situation at home. But when she finds herself sent to work as a land girl in a beautiful corner of England and begins to make friends—ones she knows she may have to betray—she fears she’s made a terrible mistake.

The only person she can turn to is her fellow informer, Nikolai, and she finds herself impossibly drawn to his soulful blue eyes and his quiet intensity. But being together increases the risk to them both—if one of their secrets is exposed, their cover could be compromised. So they devise a plan. If they’re ever separated, they will find their way back to each other. They just have to follow the messages they’ve left each other....

England, now: Laura has escaped her troubles, moving to rural Norfolk to restore a beautiful secret garden in the grounds of an English stately home. But when she finds a box buried under the garden’s weeping willow tree, she is spellbound by its contents—a key and a note. As Laura begins to piece together the fragments of a love story that stretches across wartime Europe, she doesn’t realize it but she is embarking on an unforgettable journey. One which will change her own life forever.

A totally heart-rending and powerful story about love, secrets, and betrayal. Perfect for fans of Rhys Bowen’s The Victory Garden and Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.

©2022 Suzanne Kelman (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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  • k.vano
  • 24-04-22

Have tissues ready

Another Suzanne Kelman masterpiece. I felt like I was present in the story due to the exceptional description of characters, environment, and the emotions. Multiple love stories, a little mystery, and WWII history; what more do you need? I enjoyed the writing style of the different time period with intertwining stories. Similar to “When We Were Brave” my favorite Suzanne Kellman novel.

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  • Laura Maness
  • 16-06-22

Could Be Better

At first I thought this was going to be a great WWII historical fiction book but ended up being a duel romance novel. I enjoyed the part where they were spy’s in London, that story like was good however Laura’s story line bothered me. Her relationship with Liam bothered me. So much so that I forwarded through that section of the story.
A lot of times I found no rhyme or reason for the back and forth. It just didn’t synch.
I wouldn’t recommend unless you were looking for a WWII romance novel and even then it wasn’t a very good one.
One good part was the narrator. At least she kept it bearable.

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  • Kim
  • 01-06-22

Thanks Suzanne for a beautiful love story!

Wonderful and riveting, highly recommended this for those who believe in love. Thanks Suzanne Kelman.

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  • Amy Bourne
  • 26-04-22

Another winner by Suzanne Kelman

Alison Campbell is probably my favorite narrator and I keep going back to find more books written by Kelman and narrated by Campbell. I hope they continue this amazing partnership for many more years!