A captivating story of family secrets and second chances …
It’s the autumn of 1962 in the idyllic Suffolk village of Melstead St Mary. Evelyn Devereux’s husband Kit is
planning their twentieth wedding anniversary party. But as they prepare to celebrate, Evelyn receives an anonymous
letter that threatens to unravel the secrets she’s kept hidden for many years—secrets that reach back to the war and her
days at Bletchley Park.
Evelyn’s sister-in-law, Hope, has brought joy to countless children with her bestselling books, but despite having a
loving husband and caring family, happiness has never come easily to her. Then in an instant her fragile world is turned
upside down when she too receives an anonymous letter.
Across the village, up at Melstead Hall, Julia Devereux has married into a life beyond anything she could have
dreamt of, not realising until it’s too late that it comes with a heavy price.
Meanwhile, in the sun-baked desert of Palm Springs, Romily Devereux-Temple, crime-writer and former ATA
pilot, is homesick for her beloved Island House, where she’s saved the day more times than she can count. On her
return home, and shocked to learn what has been going on in her absence, she finds herself reluctantly confronting
a secret she’s kept hidden for a very long time. Once again Romily is challenged to save the day and hold the family
together. Can she do it, and maybe seize some happiness for herself at the same time?