The Storm Girl
by Kathleen McGurl
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Pub Date 11 May 2022 | Archive Date 25 May 2022
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The gripping new historical novel from the USA Today bestselling author of The Girl from Bletchley Park and The Forgotten Secret.
A heartbreaking choice. A secret kept for centuries.
1784. When Esther Harris’s father hurts his back, she takes over his role helping smugglers hide contraband in the secret cellar in their pub. But when the free traders’ ships are trapped in the harbour, a battle between the smugglers and the revenue officers leads to murder and betrayal – and Esther is forced to choose between the love of her life and protecting her family…
Present day. Fresh from her divorce, Millie Galton moves into a former inn overlooking the harbour in Mudeford and plans to create her dream home. When a chance discovery behind an old fireplace reveals the house’s secret history as a haven for smugglers and the devastating story of its former residents, could the mystery of a disappearance from centuries ago finally be solved?
Sweeping historical fiction perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley, Kathryn Hughes and Tracy Rees.Readers LOVE Kathleen McGurl!
‘Captivating… Could barely put [it] down.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Drew me in from the word go. I was on the edge of my seat through the entire book.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A beautiful read.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A good read to get lost in.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A twin timeline that worked absolutely perfectly… Outstandingly poignant… I can't praise this book enough.’ NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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This was just the most beautiful book ,from it's gorgeous cover to the immersive storyline. I haven't read anything quite as engaging as this in recent years! Recommend Storm Girl to everyone!
A highly enjoyable dual time line juxtaposing the smuggling of brandy, tea and tobacco with modern day drugs smuggling. The two main female characters are well drawn and highly likable and alternate chapters make for easy reading.
I also liked the fact that a lot of the intrigue was based on actual events. It was well researched and thought out.
The author has yet again produced a gripping read.
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