57 Kensington Road: A Vera Lawson Series

M. K. Jacobs
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Vera Lawson accepts an offer of employment with the aristocratic Wellmont family in London as a tutor. But she has an ulterior motive. Could her mother the scatterbrained Caroline Montieff have fled to Paris in search of her lost freedom?

Gunther Polt, a Waffen SS Tank Commander, aristocratic, arrogant and wealthy with vast estates in Germany finds himself in an impossible position.

Vera knows the family are hiding the connection between her mother Caroline and Polt, but needs to prove it. It is not until 1944 and she enlists with the British Nursing Corp does she discover her mother’s innermost secrets.

For instance, what if you raised the lid of a piano stool in a bombed out house, and discovered a photograph of your mother with a German soldier… in NORMANDY?

It is only when disaster strikes killing the entire Welmont household, and skeletal remains are uncovered in the Chateau’s crypt along with two stolen canvases, will Interpol disclose Caroline Lawson’s dark history? 

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M. K. Jacobs
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Feb 21, 2016
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408
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9781517181505
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English
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Fiction / Romance / General
Fiction / Romance / Historical / 20th Century
Fiction / Romance / Historical / General
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Amazon reviews:

By Mrs A Smith on 1 October 2014

‘I highly recommend Monet's Angels: the characters are well rounded, totally believable and come alive on the page. You feel with and for them. This book perfectly captures the atmosphere of that time and circle of artists, ex-pats and local people. It is full of a painter's point of view, you almost see and smell the garden that so much inspired Monet and you understand his seeing the world as a play of light and colour. I was also touched and deeply moved by the enduring theme of the women who sacrifice their own lives, careers and dreams for the men in their lives.’

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