The Beloved Girls
The STUNNING new novel from bestselling author Harriet Evans has arrived . . .
by Harriet Evans
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Pub Date 19 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 2 Sep 2021
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'A gorgeous epic . . . Wholly absorbing. I adored it' MARIAN KEYES
'This sweeping, absorbing story is a treat' ADELE PARKS
'A compelling story of female friendship, dark secrets and family bonds that pulls you in and won't let go' ROSANNA LEY
'If you love atmospheric stories about old houses, families and secrets, this is for you' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
'A gorgeous story to get immersed in' Prima
BY SUMMER'S END, THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE . . .
'It's a funny old house. They have this ceremony every summer . . . There's an old chapel, in the grounds of the house. Half-derelict. The Hunters keep bees in there. Every year, on the same day, the family processes to the chapel. They open the combs, taste the honey. Take it back to the house. Half for them -' my father winced, as though he had bitten down on a sore tooth. 'And half for us.'
Catherine, a successful barrister, vanishes from a train station on the eve of her anniversary. Is it because she saw a figure - someone she believed long dead? Or was it a shadow cast by her troubled, fractured mind?
The answer lies buried in the past.
It lies in the events of the hot, seismic summer of 1989, at Vanes - a mysterious West Country manor house - where a young girl, Jane Lestrange, arrives to stay with the gilded, grand Hunter family, and where a devastating tragedy will unfold. Over the summer, as an ancient family ritual looms closer, Janey falls for each member of the family in turn. And she and Kitty, the eldest daughter of the house, will forge a bond that decades later, is still shaping the present . . .
'We need the bees to survive, and they need us to survive. Once you understand that, you understand the history of Vanes, you understand our family.'
'Bewitching, beguiling and utterly beautiful, The Beloved Girls will pull you into their mysterious and enchanted world and never let you go. With a cast of compelling characters and a labyrinthine plot, it's a page-turner of the most luxurious kind - a real escape.' VERONICA HENRY
Compelling, immersive and luxurious, THE BELOVED GIRLS is the outstanding new novel from the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of The Garden of Lost and Found and your perfect summer escape.
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Average rating from 45 members
I'm still reeling from reading this book ! It started a little slow . A little girl and her father go to stay in a house in the country, where everyone and everything is a bit ' weird and strange ' The family that live there are compelled to carry out a ritual every year and feel there would be consequences of they fail to do so. A great book that has many moments that keep you turning the page to see what happens next.