To celebrate the release of The Love Child, the brand new novel from Rachel Hore, Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Letter Home, we’re giving one lucky gransnetter the chance to win a Fortnum & Mason Hamper worth £100 and a signed copy of the new book. Five runners-up will also win a copy of the book.
A young mother’s sacrifice. A child’s desperate search for the truth...
When 19-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like child she gave away, and she mourns the father, a young soldier, so beloved, who will never have the chance to know his daughter.
Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth.
Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London.
As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at last come to light?
Brilliantly evoking the changing attitudes of the time, The Love Child is a novel about love, family, separation, despair and hope.
Praise for The Love Child:
"A gorgeous and deeply absorbing story" - Tracy Rees
"The Love Child is an absolutely beautiful book" - Dinah Jeffries
"A story that stirs the deepest emotions"- Woman & Home
"A poignant story, rich in period detail" - Sunday Mirror
"An emotive and thought-provoking read . . . My heart went out to both these two women as they faced such difficult personal decisions that would change their lives forever" - Rosanna Ley
The Love Child by Rachel Hore is out on 9 January and available online from all good bookshops.
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