It's the summer of 1939, and after touring an unsettled Europe to promote her latest book, Romily Temple returns home to Island House and the love of her life, the charismatic Jack Devereux.
But when Jack falls ill, his estranged family are called home and given seven days to find a way to bury their resentments and come together.
With war now declared, each member of the family is reluctantly forced to accept their new stepmother and confront their own shortcomings. But can the habits of a lifetime be changed in one week? And can Romily, a woman who thrives on adventure, cope with the life that has been so unexpectedly thrust upon her?
Praise for Erica James:
'A beautifully crafted and hugely uplifting tale of friendship, history and love. A real gem' - Isabelle Broom, Heat
'A captivating tale of love and loss' - Sunday Express Magazine
'Delightful...a blend of emotion and wry social observation' - Daily Mail
'A captivating read: beautifully written and heartrendingly sad' - Daily Telegraph
Fans of Santa Montefiore, Katie Fforde, Jill Mansell and Rosamunde Pilcher will love the warm characters and storytelling in this wonderful new bestseller from Erica James.
Voice-over artist Alice avoids telling the truth. It's not lying, exactly, and the freedom of reinvention makes those tough years in the past a little easier to bear. So when she meets writer Clayton Miller, she recognizes the suspicious signs of someone who wants to shrug off his old life. Untangling the web of secrets they've constructed creates an unlikely friendship-until Alice discovers that Clayton has betrayed her in the worst possible way.
The author of fifteen international bestsellers, Erica James deftly explores infidelity, bereavement, and the bonds of family with a sparkling voice that will resonate long after the book is finished.
Praise for Erica James
"Intense, compelling stuff."
"The author writes with a sturdy, feel-good optimism."
"It is a captivating read: beautifully written."
"You know you have made it as a storyteller writer when readers simply cannot put your book down...Erica James has this page-turning ability in abundance...I wouldn't have thought this writer could get any better, but she has!"