The Secret Orphan

The Secret Orphan

by Glynis Peters

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Overview

Keep her secret

Keep her safe

On the 14th November 1940, Hitler’s bombs rain down on Coventry. From the rubble of a bombed-out family home, a young girl is saved…

This is a stunning and memorable page-turner of love, loss and resilience for fans of The Secret Wife by Gill Paul

As the Nazis’ relentless bombs fall during the Blitz of Coventry, six-year-old Rose Sherbourne finds herself orphaned and under the guardianship of a Cornish farmer's daughter, Elenor Cardew.

Elenor knows that the only way to protect spirited Rose is to leave the city and make a new life for themselves away from harm. But soon Elenor discovers that Hitler’s firestorm is not the only thing she must fear when she learns a devastating secret about Rose…

With Rose’s life in imminent danger, Elenor turns to the only person she can trust to keep the deadly secret, heroic Canadian pilot, Jackson St John. And amidst the destruction of war, an unlikely romance blossoms as they find a way to protect the child they have both grown to love…and each other.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008348021
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 07/23/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 10,101
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Glynis Peters lives in the seaside town of Dovercourt-Harwich. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Festival of Romance New Talent Award.

When Glynis is not writing, she enjoys making greetings cards, Cross Stitch, fishing and looking after her gorgeous grandchildren.

The Secret Orphan is her first WW2 historical novel.

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The Secret Orphan 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was certainly an easy read and one that you weren’t temped to stay up all night to finish. It was rather uneventful for the most part. To call this book a gripping historical novel is really an overstatement or maybe I have read to many really gripping historical novels. Maybe more suited for a teenager
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riveting book!!! I could not put this one down. It took me a short while to get into it, but then I was hooked.
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
Loved this book!! I enjoyed everything about it- the characters, story and writing style. Loved reading about Elenor and I felt like I was right there with her. She was amazing-- running the farm by herself, her love of Rose, and how she treated everyone, especially those who helped her on the farm. Tom, Susie and Dottie were great additions to the farm and loved how they joked about Dottie's donkey laugh. Jackson was the perfect charming pilot. The story was not what I expected and I would never have guessed the secret surrounding Rose. That part came as a complete surprise. The story centers around WWII and the bombings on England. Elenor leaves the farm she lives on with her two brothers to help take care of her elderly aunt. Even though Elenor owned part of the farm, her brother's treated her like a maid. Elenor loves living at Aunt Maude's house. The housekeeper Victoria and her husband, George and daughter Rose also live with Maude. Elenor meets the dashing Canadian pilot Jackson. Eventually, Elenor moves back to her farm and bombings cause Rose to be reunited with her. When Elenor discovers the secret surrounding Rose, she does everything in her power to keep her safe. My short, little summary doesn't do justice to the book and Elenor's wonderful story. Definitely recommend the book, especially if you like historical fiction with a dash of romance. I look forward to reading more books by the author. Thanks to NetGalley, Harper Impulse and Killer Reads and the author, Glynis Peters, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
annemariebookaholic More than 1 year ago
One of THE best historical novels I have read in a long time...not a genre that I normally read but one I will look for more books... I instantly fell in love with the story line, I became invested in each character but Elenor and Rose were the primary characters that you felt the most emotions. When I started reading I didn't want to put my tablet down but life trickled through to my reading and I had commitments to uphold. I'm not one that likes when a review gives up the story so I won't do that. I will say that I was so invested in the story line at the end I was like WHAT? I want more...I have to know what happened to Elenor and Rose...I want to hear about their lives after the war...I hope the author writes another book to go along with this one... Highly recommend!!!
Anonymous 22 days ago
Easy read
Anonymous 6 months ago
liked the main characters good plot
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved this book and I am sad it ended. I grieve for more and wish she would add to and make a series of this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From start to finish , held my interest.
AnnaDee More than 1 year ago
The Seret Orphan tells the story of little Rose Sherbourne, the child of German spies who live in England during WWII. The father, George, poses as a professor of music while the mother, Victoria, works as a housemaid for an elderly English woman. Aunt Maude. Elenor Cardew is the English woman's niece who moves to London to live because her aunt is ill. When Hitler begins to bomb London, Rose's parents are killed, Aunt Maude dies of her illnes, and Elenor moves back to her home in Coventry, taking Rose with her. Many of the Coventry neighbors are happy to ignore the rumors that Rose may be German, but some are willing to report this to the authorities. The heart of the story tells of Rose's rescue by a Canadian pilot who falls in love with and marries Elenor. Details of ife on the farm in Coventry and the maneuverings of the military at the time provide solid historical context. The third-person narrative reads like a well-told story, providing specific conversations and information about the dangers to Rose and the close encounters surrounding her possible discovery. It is an interesting story that reveals much about the perils of war and its effects on the daily lives of those who persevere and survive. Thanks to Netgalley and HarperImpulse for the advanced copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. I wish it was longer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was good but it seemed to drag on and on.
Anonymous 7 months ago
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