As Britain is pulled towards war, the secrets within two families threaten to tear them apart, in the new novel from Juliet West, The Faithful....
July 1935. In the village of Aldwick on the Sussex coast, 16-year-old Hazel faces a long, dull summer with just her self-centred mother, Francine, for company. But then Francine decamps to London with her lover, Charles; Oswald Mosley's blackshirts arrive in Aldwick; and Hazel's summer suddenly becomes more interesting. She finds herself befriended by two very different people: Lucia, an upper-class blackshirt, passionate about the cause; and Tom, a young working-class boy, increasingly scornful of Mosley's rhetoric. In the end, though, it is Tom who wins Hazel's heart - and Hazel who breaks his.
Autumn 1936. Now living in London, Hazel has grown up fast over the past year. But an encounter with Tom sends her into freefall. He must never know why she cut off all contact last summer, betraying the promises they'd made. Yet Hazel isn't the only one with secrets. Nor is she the only one with reason to keep the two of them apart....
From the beaches of Sussex to the battlefields of civil war Spain, The Faithful is a rich and gripping tale of love, deception and desire....
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In the shadow of World War II, 16-year-old Hazel is drawn to Oswald Mosley's blackshirts when his fascist group attends a holiday camp at her Sussex seaside home. She meets the charismatic Lucia, a die-hard blackshirt devotee and Tom, who's starting to question his mum's devotion to the cause. At its heart, The Faithful is a powerful love story, but it's the fascinating historical detail that resonates most. Who knew, for example, that so many suffragettes were drawn to Mosley's party? Juliet West has laid bare this often-overlooked time in history with skill and aplomb. A great story and a compelling Audible performance.