I love re-working of fairy tales and myths! This book is an addition from a recent wishlist I viewed. Can’t wait to read it!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 331 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publisher: Walker (7 July 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language English
When Alexandra’s mother is slain by an unnatural beast, shadows fall on the once-lush kingdom. Too soon the widowed king is entranced by a cunning stranger — and in one chilling moment Alexandra’s beloved brothers disappear, and she is banished to a barren land. Rich in visual detail, sparked by a formidable evil, and sweetened with familial and romantic love, here is the tale of a girl who discovers powerful healing gifts — and the courage to use them to save her ailing kingdom.
This story has echoes of one in my life – my grandfather came home from WWI to find out that his wife and youngest son had died (at the end of the war) by the influenza that was sweeping through London. I will never know completely how much that changed his life.
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Virago Press Ltd (7 April 2011)
- Language English
- ISBN-10: 1844086097
- ISBN-13: 978-1844086092
1920. The Great War has been over for two years, and it has left a very different world from the Edwardian certainties of 1914. Following the death of his wife and baby and his experiences on the Western Front, Laurence Bartram has become something of a recluse. Yet death and the aftermath of the conflict continue to cast a pall over peacetime England, and when a young woman he once knew persuades him to look into events that apparently led her brother, John Emmett, to kill himself, Laurence is forced to revisit the darkest parts of the war. As Laurence unravels the connections between Captain Emmett’s suicide, a group of war poets, a bitter regimental feud and a hidden love affair, more disquieting deaths are exposed. Even at the moment Laurence begins to live again, it dawns on him that nothing is as it seems, and that even those closest to him have their secrets …
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