ABOUT THE BOOK
Following the breakdown of her marriage, Theo has bought a tumbledown cottage on the banks of the river Tamar which divides Cornwall and Devon. The peace and tranquillity of Boatman’s Cottage, nestled by the water, is just what she needs to heal.
Yet soon after her arrival, Theo discovers a stash of hidden letters tied with a ribbon, untouched for more than a century. The letters – sent from the battlefields of France during WW1 – tell of a young servant from the nearby manor house, Abbotswood, and his love for a woman he was destined to lose.
As she begins to bring Boatman’s Cottage and its gardens back to life, Theo pieces together a story of star-crossed lovers played out against the river, while finding her own new path to happiness.
Recently divorced Theo has moved to a county side cottage on a riverbank that separated Devon and Cornwall. Impulsively she had purchased the property unseen and was now finding out that quaint meant in places it was falling apart, and rustic was another way of saying no running water or electrics. She takes it all in her stride and can see in her mind how it will look when it this restored.
As she is assessing each room one at a time, she comes across a stash of letters under one of the bedroom floors, tied neatly with a ribbon. She cannot resist taking a look. The letters are over one hundred years old.
Set on timelines, in the present day and the past, the cottage had kept its secrets well hidden until now. With the opening of each letter, the truth will now come to light. It is outside influences that steer the young couple’s lives and kept them apart. The letters had been sent from the young man across the river, while he was away in France during the 1st World War. They were for the woman he loved. They had lived on each side of the river, and were not free to be together, by either social standing or availability.
The story drops back to events as they had taken place and forbidden love that could ruin both the men and women. In present-day life is going on, with Theo determined to find out who these mystery pair were while forging along with the repairs and friendships she is making. Theo has her own story and secrets. I particularly enjoyed a wedding she got pulled into doing the flowers for. I unashamedly giggled more than once.
The characters, past and present, are very engaging, with strong courageous men and women, who would have been ruined socially because of their choice of loving someone. It is at times heart-breaking, but the sheer strength of these characters is remarkable. Beautifully written, these people will stay with me a long time.
I wish to thank the publisher and Net Galley for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Writer, ex-pat expert, wife, mother of three, and dreamer turned doer….
Award winning author of The Cornish House, A Cornish Affair, A Cornish Stranger, Under A Cornish Sky, The Returning Tide, One Cornish Summer, The Path to the Sea and the novella A Cornish Christmas Carol. After ten international moves, I’m a bit of a global nomad. It’s no wonder my heart remains in Cornwall.
The River Between Us out 10 June 2021 and I’m now writing the next book.
My books are available in Dutch, Germany, Portuguese, French, Estonia, Norwegian, Danish, Turkish, Swedish, Latvian, Serbian and Czech.