I am becoming a huge fan of historical fiction, and Kathleen McGurl’s The Lost Sister was one of my stand out reads of 2021. Therefore, I was excited to read her new release for 2022!
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.
Once again, Kathleen McGurl has managed to produce an enchanting and beautiful novel that balances the dual narrative perfectly.
Usually with this sort of book, I find myself favouring one narrative (past/present) over the other and this is not the case with this book.
I loved the mix of history, romance, mystery and how McGurl uses the dual narrative to show how the land and the community has changed over time.
The characters are vibrant and believable, and are a huge part of what drives the story and makes it so engaging. The “Storm Girl” in particular comes across as a determined and brave character, which I loved.
Overall, this has been a gripping and beautifully told historical mystery that I have thoroughly enjoyed.