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The Inheritance – The Guernsey Novels book 7
1862 Young widow Eugénie faces an uncertain future in Guernsey when her husband dies at sea. A further tragedy brings her to the attention of Monsieur Victor Hugo, exiled on the island and living in his voluptuous house only yards away from Eugénie. Their meeting changes her life and she begins working for him as a copyist, forming a strong friendship with both Hugo and his mistress, Juliette Drouet.
2012 Doctor Tess Le Prevost, born in Guernsey, now living in Exeter, is shocked to inherit her Great-Aunt’s house on the island. As a child she listened to Aunt Doris’s tales of their ancestor, Eugénie, whose house this once was, and who, according to family myth, was particularly close to Hugo. Was he the father of her child? Tess doubts it, but inheriting the house allows her to make a fresh start in her beloved island.
Will she discover the truth about Eugénie and Hugo? A surprise find may hold the answer as Tess embraces new challenges which test her strength – and her heart.
This may well be the seventh book in the series but, as I haven’t read any of the earlier books, I can categorically state that it works brilliantly as a standalone- I found it an intriguing and fascinating read.
Doctor Tess Le Provest inherits the estate of her great aunt, including her home back on the island of Guernsey where Tess was born and grew up until she was twelve. Now working as a Doctor in the A&E department in Exeter, this is the incentive she needed to move back to the island again. As she reconnects with old friends and places from her childhood, she also plans to renovate the home she’s inherited and to seek to discover more about what connection there really was between her ancestor, Eugenie, and the renowned author, Victor Hugo. In the process, she meets new friends, has family dramas to deal with and the possibility of discovering romance for herself!
With a secret room full of hidden journals, art work and more, the story is told from the point of view of Tess and the journal entries of Eugenie. It is an intriguing mix of historical facts and characters, interwoven with additional fictional and contemporary ones. It is written so well it has you wondering just what is true and what the author has created. I found it a fascinating, intriguing page turner, packed with romances past and present as well as giving an insight into the different expectations and attitudes in that historical era. I thoroughly enjoyed escaping into this story and have no hesitation in highly recommending it!
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
Author Bio –
Anne Allen lives in Devon, by her beloved sea. She has three children, and her daughter and two grandchildren live nearby. Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves which included Spain for a couple of years. The longest stay was in Guernsey for nearly fourteen years after falling in love with the island and the people. She contrived to leave one son behind to ensure a valid reason for frequent returns.
By profession, Anne was a psychotherapist, but long had the itch to write. Now a full-time writer, she has written The Guernsey Novels, six having been published and the seventh, The Inheritance, is due out in 2018.
Social Media Links – Website: http://www.anneallen.co.uk
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