The Locked-Away Life
by Drew Davies
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Pub Date 4 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 4 Aug 2022
A lonely soul is on the verge of giving up. Can the kindness of a young stranger save her?
Esther has shut away herself in her vine-covered manor house on the top of a hill for as long as she can remember. Everyone in the village whispers about the scandal that broke her heart. She has cut herself off from the world – until now. Now, she needs help uncovering the mystery that has plagued her for decades…
On a sunny spring day, eighteen-year-old Bruno is in the local library when he spots an advert. The old lady on the hill is looking for internet lessons, and Bruno sees his chance. Forever the outsider, he can’t wait to escape the sleepy village – the paid position could be his ticket out of there.
Esther and Bruno have nothing in common, except that they are both in hiding, and their secrets are stopping them from truly living… Esther must come to terms with her past, and Bruno needs to figure out his future. Can these two strangers save one another?
Just as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming, this page-turner is for anyone who has ever felt left behind or came close to giving up. Perfect for fans of Sally Page, Ruth Hogan and Mike Gayle.
A Note From the Publisher
*** THIS IS AN UNCORRECTED ADVANCE REVIEW COPY ***
Readers love Drew Davies:
‘AMAZING… Had me in tears of laughter and in tears of sadness. A completely mesmerising, heartwarming and unforgettable book!… Took me less than 24 hours to read! In fact, I’m off to read it all again!’ Stardust Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This book was laugh-out-loud hilarious and give-me-a-box-of-tissues heartbreaking. I loved it so much!… I literally went back and reread some parts a fewtimes… It’s a beautiful story andI’m sure it’ll stick with me.’ Tales of a Bookbound Mum, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This book shook me to my core! It is filled with such heartache, beginnings, and life emotions… A perfect book!!’ Literacy Indulgence, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘A cute, endearing, heartwarming, hilarious, tear-jerker of a book. I found myself crying and then suddenly laughing out loud at the same time.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Loved, loved this beautiful book… I laughed, I cried. I will be gifting this book to friends… Grab this book – you’re in for a treat.’ NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘This book is wonderful. Simply wonderful. I can’t recommend it enough.Funny, heartfelt, wise, sweet. It had me laughing and crying. Perfect.’JTHBooks, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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