Daughters of Cornwall
by Fern Britton
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Pub Date 11 Jun 2020 | Archive Date 1 Apr 2022
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, HarperCollins
Love can last a lifetime. But can it last three?
World War One is over. But Clara’s fight for her family is only just beginning…
Clara’s daughter, Hannah, is in love for the first time – but like her mother before her, she realises that everything comes at a price. In the devastating wake of World War Two, she must protect her baby, Caroline…
Caroline lives a quiet life on the Cornish coast. But a devastating discovery threatens everything she holds dear… This secret could break her family, but only if they let it.
Are the daughters of Cornwall ready to tell the truth?
From the Sunday Times bestselling author comes a sweeping, epic novel of mothers and daughters, secrets and lies, and a love that lasts a lifetime…Reader reviews for Daughters of Cornwall
‘The best book I have read for a long while’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I love the way that Fern’s books transport me to Cornwall’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I couldn’t put this book down. I think it’s Fern’s best one yet’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I loved every page of it’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘What an absolute joy to read!’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Another heartwarming story from Fern. She never disappoints’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A delightful yarn. Can't wait for her next book.’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I didn't want to put it down’ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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With thanks to netgalley for an early copy in return for an honest review.
Having read all of fern's books I was delighted to get an early copy this book is quite a change in her writing style but I really enjoyed it slightly slower than her other books to get going but a very complex family saga was taking place. Clara was an amazing lady she endured so much but had good broad shoulders to carry all the pain and trauma I really enjoyed this family saga and can highly recommend
I love ferns books all based in picturesque Cornwall and this one was no exception, I normally veer away from historical type reads but really enjoyed this book and found it particularly poignant at this present time, the restricted freedom, queuing for food shopping and the threat of death we are living under pales into insignificance when you read of the hardships and conditions people were forced to endure during the Great War and the long term repercussions they suffered, but amazingly throughout it all the courage and resilience they demonstrated particularly the women such as Clara and her subsequent generations is truely awe inspiring! A very thought provoking,interesting and inspiring read that I would thoroughly recommend!
Thank you net galley for this early read!
Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for an early review copy.
Thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Clara and Bertie and the lives during the war and what followed for Clara and her children. What they went through during the war.
Reading about Caroline and how she was brought up and what she went through during her childhood.
I couldn’t put this book down, had to know what happens next.
Definitely recommend it. You won’t be disappointed.
In a change from perhaps what I was expecting from Fern Britton, I am transported to Cornwall as is to be expected but I am submerged into the past in this excellent piece of historical fiction.
Clara is making the journey from London to Cornwall after the Great War to meet the family that she could have been apart of. She is taking with her a secret, one that only one other person knows about.
Hannah wants to know more about her past but her mother's reluctance makes her even more curious. With the outbreak of the Second World War looming, Hannah and her brothers want to make a difference. They don't think they can from their corner of Cornwall. But Cornwall always calls them back.
Caroline discovers her families history through a trunk which looks like it has come all the way from Penang. She embarks on a discovery. Caroline wants to show her daughter how a life can be lived and that all it takes is determination and an inner strength that all the women in the family clearly have.
This story starts like a whisper as all the characters are introduced and you are immediately caught up in love affairs, war, secrets and lies. The book is rich in description at the breathtaking views of Cornwall of the horror of war, of death and birth and shows how strong women can be no matter what the path in life they have chosen to be on. as the secrets come tumbling out or are kept hidden until the end, the story draws you right in. A story that will stay with you long after you have finished reading.
If you like Fern Britton's previous novels this will be a change - but it is worth every word on the page.
Great for fans of historical fiction with multiple narratives, a book to get lost in.
A huge thank you to Harper Collins and net galley for allowing me to review this ARC.
Having read all of Fern Brittons books which I absolutely love, I got so excited to read this one. When I read the blurb I was a little unsure, dating back to the war is not something I would usually pick up.
This style is not Fern's usual but boy did Fern put some great effort into researching the war.
I was totally smitten with Clara and Berties love story, which then followed down the line to Hannah and Caroline. What a wonderful family they all are.
Clara went though some deep hard times and sacrificed a lot for her children.
I love that all Fern's books are set in wonderful Cornwall and part set in Ealing an area I know so well.
A truly magical, heartwarming and heartbreaking brilliantly written book which gave me pleasure reading.
Fern delivers as always.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for this advanced reader's copy in return for my honest review. I enjoyed this sweeping family saga immensely. Engaging characters and an intriguing story line. Characters that draw you in and make you genuinely care about them.
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